Learn to help people understand their problems and motivate them to seek assistance. Human Services professionals assist in obtaining services for people in need through advocacy, outreach and brokering, and the collection of client personal, social and vocational data for the preparation of intake reports and case records. 

Program Requirements

General Education Courses Credits
BIO 103 General Biology I (or natural science general education requirement elective) 3
BIO 104 General Biology I Lab (or natural science general education requirement elective) 1
ENG 101 College Composition I 3
MTH 113 Modern College Mathematics I (or MTH elective) 3
PHI 101 Introduction to Philosophy 3
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
SPC 101 Principles of Sociology I 3
SPE 101 Public Speaking 3
  Total 22
*See General Education Requirements on page 56 of the College Catalog.
Program Course Credits
HUS 101 Human Services I 3
HUS 102 Human Services II 3
PSY 105 Introduction to Group Dynamics 3
HUS 110 Contemporary Issues in Social Welfare 3
HUS 201 Introduction to Counseling 3
PSY 202 Interviewing Techniques 3
HUS 205 Social Work Process 3
HUS 210 Human Services Field Placement 3
PHI 205 Ethics 3
PSY Choose from: PSY 250, PSY 251, PSY 255, PSY 256, PSY 258, or PSY 259 3
SOC 201 Social Problems 3
SOC 205 Marriage and the Family 3
  Total 36
  Electives 2
  Total Requirements for Degree 60
Program Courses

The following syllabi are for reference purposes only in regards to Human Services courses. Official course syllabi are distributed to students in class.

Human Services I - Syllabus
This introductory course offers an overview of helping strategies and interventions with attention to principles, methodology, practitioner skills and knowledge. It addresses social issues and problems and the attendant service systems of social care, social control, a d social rehabilitation. It introduces the fields of human services, social work, counseling and case management. It emphasizes legal issues of the human services profession.

Human Services II - Syllabus
This course introduces students in the human services, public administration, criminal justice, childcare, gerontology, and related curricula to intervention skills and activities and their uses in working with others. It examines ethical dilemmas in the helping professions.  

Group Dynamics - Syllabus
This course focuses on group functioning and leadership and the factors involved in group cohesion and group conflict, communication systems, emotional styles, and group role function. It examines how to design and facilitate task groups and therapy groups.

Contemporary Issues in Social Welfare - Syllabus
This course defines and discusses issues from various aspects of social service practice. It proposes and analyzes intervention methodologies and solutions for problems such as family violence, mental health and chemical dependency, foster care, adoption, delinquency, and crime. It prepares students to work with diverse populations as helping professionals.

Introduction to Counseling - Syllabus
This course examines the theoretical foundations and various counseling styles and technique s. It develops student skills in the understanding of developmental, nondirective, psychodynamic, transactional and other approaches to individual, martial, and family counseling. It examines the characteristics of a workable counseling relationship.

Social Work Process - Syllabus
This course surveys practices, concepts, methods, and current trends in human service work. It stresses basic skills inherent in casework, group work, and community organization. It examines methods of data collection used by a variety of social service agencies. It utilizes a strength-based empowerment approach and emphasizes skills for working with populations such as older adults and persons with developmental disabilities.

Interviewing Techniques - Syllabus
This course trains students to understand and effectively utilize the interviewing process to assist clients w ith problem resolution. It examines various interviewing styles and techniques and the theoretical foundations of each. It develops interviewing skills through the use of student interaction, role-playing, videotape, and recordings of actual student interviews. It focuses on th e concepts of communication, interaction, and the self.

Human Services Field Placement - Syllabus
This course places students in a social service agency for eight hours per week for fourteen consecutive weeks to perform tasks and engage in learning activities associated with acquiring professional standards, behaviors, and conduct. Students are supervised by a faculty member a nd field supervisor a nd are expected to attend a weekly seminar to discuss their experiences and observations. Students learn how to prepare for clinical supervision and complete a professional portfolio.

Addiction Dynamics & Interventions - Syllabus
This course provides a working knowledge of the helping process as it applies to drug and alcohol counseling. It focuses on assessment and diagnostic skills; the pharmacology of commonly abused substances; appropriate goals and treatment plans; individual, group, and family treatment approaches; the levels of care available to drug and alcohol clients and their families; current research, trends and success rates in treatment; the impact of sex, age and ethnicity on the treatment process; the ethical guidelines of practice; and the American Psychiatric Association’s diagnostic criteria for substance use disorders and their relationship to other mental health disorders. 

Human Services Club

The Human Services Club is dedicated to promoting respect, empathy and social justice throughout Burlington County College and beyond.

Membership is open to any students of Rowan College at Burlington County.  Each year the club members participate with community service events, fundraisers and professional development in the field of Human Services.

  • Student Government Association Club of the Year 2011
  • Student Government Association Club of the Year 2012
Program Contact

Brina Sedar 
Assistant Professor, Department Chair 
Mount Laurel Campus 
Laurel Hall, Room 203E 
(856) 222-9311, ext. 2713