Human Services Core Courses

1.  Communication Skills:  Topics for student mastery include platform speaking skills, basic and advanced techniques of interpersonal communication along with identification and assessment of personal strengths and weaknesses in human relations.  Students learn to and improve their ability to influence thought through oral and nonverbal forms of communication.

Student reflection:  This class changed my life and my way of handling relationships with others around me. The skills we learned in class allowed me to see that I was lacking some very key communication skills. It also helped me to understand the nature of some of the conflicts that I saw as repetitive in my life. This class opened my mind to a new way of thinking and gave the perspective needed to allow for personal growth both in my personal as well as my professional life.

Link: Who Am I? A paper written about self-discovery. Click the link to read! Who Am I

2.  Professional Writing: This course emphasizes collaborative learning and writing across the disciplines by addressing writing skills in a variety of professional modes (directions, descriptions, process), forms (memos, letters, reports), and social media (twitter, blogging).  Students identify and use a range of web sites to enhance their writing, which combines writing and research skills in practical assignments.

Student reflection:  The professional writing class gave me the skills to feel confident about my writing. When one is looking for a job and writing clover letters and resumes, sounding educated but not stale can be the most difficult part of the process. This class gave me the ability to express myself on paper and feel confident about the first impression I was putting forward.

3.  Human Services:  The goals of this course are that the students recognize and understand the variety of jobs linked to the helping professions, determine the interconnectedness involving human services organizations, identify components of human services in employee settings, and understand the role of human services in society.

Student reflection:  This was a very important class because it broke down the field of Human Services. The class provided me with the knowledge I will use when I step into the non-profit world. The best part of the class for me was having to write a business plan for a local non-profit that I wanted to volunteer for. Once I put the proposal together, I was able to bring it to an interview and impress the director of the IIBA with the amount of research and details that went into putting the paper together.

Link: International Institute of the Bay Area Business Plan. Click on the link to read: IIBA Business Plan

4.  Financial Management:  This course introduces financial management for non-profit organizations, focusing on the key principles and terminology needed by managers. the emphasis on management, organization, financial accounting, budgeting, financial reports, and reporting cycles occurs through case studies and a final project that analyzes the fiscal status of a non-profit agency or organization. to

Student reflection I learned a great deal of useful information that I can put into practice on a daily basis. The information in this class helped me to understand how the finances are run within a non-profit and what are the many legalities involved with running a 501(c)3 organization. This class  required a final project that analyzes the fiscal status of the nonprofit agency or organization.  It is also a great class for learning time management and the fundamentals of  funding, raising money, and money management.

5.  Social Research Methods:  Introduces the major techniques of social research to demystify the research process and increase competence in student’s ability to investigate ideas, concepts, and statistical data or literature. Proficiency is measured by performance in individual and collaborative group projects, individual written assignments, and a final research presentation. The main objective is to demystify the research process by encouraging the student’s ability to systematically investigate interesting ideas.

Student reflection:  One of my most hated and loved classes thus far. The required research paper was the first paper I have written of this magnitude. I spent countless hours researching, organizing, and writing the paper. In all, I would say I spent the equivalent of two months putting this paper in order. The topic I chose for the research paper was Ethnicity and self-esteem. The basis of the paper was finding out if ethnicity plays a role in lowering self-esteem in people from ethnic cutlures. I conducted a survey of my peers as well as review of previous research conducted to help examine my theory. Definitely one of the most challenging papers in my educational career. I feel so proud and accomplished by the fact that I was able to produce something so significant and that I did not give up on myself.

Link: The Relationship Between Self-Esteem and Ethnicity. Clink on the link to read: The Relationship between Self-Esteem and Ethnicity- Final

6.  Ethics and Professional Responsibility:  This course is designed to ensure that students understand basic concepts in the study of ethics, including the reasoning and analytical skills needed to apply ethical concepts to human decisions and understanding about how the social, economic, organizational, cultural and natural environment affect moral issues in the professions.  Students should grow in their ability to identify moral issues in specific problem areas and develop effective strategies for dealing with these issues

Student reflection: I truly loved this class and the understanding it gave me of ethics and how they affect us everyday. We explored many topics that we face in our daily lives and applied different points of views and solutions to the issue. I learned that everyone has different views on morality and was able to learn how to apply different strategies and analytical skills to solve such issues. The class helped me to develop my views on social issues and learn how to effectively put them into play in a professional environment.

7.  Human Services Senior Seminar:  Class Work & Projects

To compile an educational and professional portfolio demonstrating academic and career accomplishments.

To present a project proposal outlining the rationale, goals, objectives, evaluation methods along with a proposed budget and timeline for completion to an outside panel for review and evaluation.

To successfully develop, manage and complete a significant project with a Human Services organization using accepted professional project management techniques.

Student reflection: In progress…..

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