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The Human Services Program

The degree prepares students for entry-level positions in the human services – e.g., community mental health, psychological counseling, community social services, criminal justice, and other human welfare agency settings – as well as further, graduate-level study.

Careers

The following is a list of careers graduates with a Human Services degree will be qualified for and some employers who have hired them:

  • Case Management
  • Child Adovocate
  • Crisis Counseling
  • Direct Service Provision
  • Administrative/Supervisory Oversight
  • United Way of Mahaska County
  • Oskaloosa Police Department

Faculty

Michael O. Johnston, Ph.D

Assistant Professor of Sociology 641-673-1346 Email

Michael Collins, Ph.D

Social and Behavioral Sciences Division Chair, Professor of Sociology 641-673-1393

Organizations

William Penn University’s Social and Behavioral Sciences Club is designed for student development within leadership positions, and creating a social environment directed toward generating skills pertaining to social and psychological analysis. The club is open to all Penn students interested in social interaction.

The Human Services major provides students with a combination of knowledge, skills, and experiences required of human services professionals. The program equips students with knowledge of theory and practical experience.

Dr. Michael Johnston, Assistant Professor of Sociology

Facilities

Penn Hall

As one of the oldest buildings on the university campus, Penn Hall has undergone several transformations over the years; both structurally and functionality. Classrooms are located on all four stories, along with administrative offices located on the second level. All classrooms are easily accessible and are equipped with the tools and technology needed for students to be successful.

  • Administrative Offices
  • Chemistry Lab
  • Classrooms
  • Computer Lab
  • IS Help Desk
  • Service Center & Mail Room

Courses

The following is a list of courses you will take as a student enrolled in the Human Services program:

Psychology

  • PSYC 108 Life-Span Psychology
  • PSYC 221 Introduction to Counseling
  • PSYC 331 Human Services in Contemporary America
  • PSYC 348 Crisis Intervention

Sociology   

  • SOCI 123 Sociology of Contemporary Issues
  • SOCI 217 Ethnic and Race Relations or
  • SOCI 219 Sex and Gender in Society
  • SOCI 220 Social Organization
  • SOCI 335 Social Research Methods

Physical Education

  • PHLE 231 Substance Abuse
  • PHLE 208 Recreational Leadership or
    PHLE 210 Camp Management and Outdoor Education or
    PHLE 336 Organization and Administration of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (HPER)

 

Electives (students must take 2 of the following courses)                                                     

  • PHLE 334 Tests & Measurements in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation
  • PSYC 240 Health Psychology
  • PSYC 305 Theories and Systems of Counseling
  • PSYC 322 Multicultural Counseling Approaches
  • PSYC 326 Abnormal Psychology
  • SOCI 211 Introduction to Criminology
  • SOCI 218 Juvenile Delinquency
  • SOCI 311 Marriage and Family
  • HS 390 Human Services Practicum