Human Service

Diane Haller, MS, Chair
Phone: (419) 995-8202
Office: 145F Tech Edu Lab

If you have a desire to make a positive impact by helping those who require assistance, a career in Human Service may be right for you. Human Service Professionals and Social Work Assistants have specialized training to help individuals and communities facing challenges.  They are employed in a wide variety of settings such as community service centers, mental health agencies, addiction centers, correctional facilities, domestic violence shelters, group homes, government agencies, halfway homes, homeless shelters, and activities departments.  The curriculum is designed so you will practice and apply what you learn and includes practicum (internship) experiences to prepare you for entering the profession.  

Graduates of the program receive an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Human Service Technology.  The curriculum offered meets the requirements to pursue a certificate of registration as a Social Work Assistant (SWA) with the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, & Marriage and Family Therapist Board and the credential of Human Services-Board Certified Professional (HS-BCP) with The Credentialing and Education Center.

Grading Policy

Academic standards are found under Grading and Credit System of the Student Handbook section of this catalog. Human Service students must attain a “C” grade in each Human Service core course. Any Human Service core course in which a grade below a “C” is received must be repeated. 

Curriculum Options

Students are encouraged to review their individual needs with the department chairperson when considering full-time and part-time alternatives. Additionally, students should review educational needs in conjunction with current work experiences.

Articulations (2+2 Option)

Students interested in pursuing a Bachelor’s degree should speak to a Human Service Advisor early in their Rhodes State College career.

Technical Standards

See here for details.

Human Service Technology Major

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Structured Course Sequence (4 Semester Plan)

First Year
First SemesterHours
COM 1110 English Composition 3
CPT 1040Introductory Computer Applications 1
HUM 1111 Introduction to Social Work 3
HUM 1150Interviewing Techniques 3
HUM 2100Case Management Practice 3
PSY 1010 General Psychology 3
SDE 1010 First Year Experience 1
 Term Hours17
Second Semester
HST 1620American History Since 1877 3
HUM 2230Issues and Ethics in Helping 3
HUM 1900Professional Preparation and Engagement 2
MTH 1100
   or MTH 1151
   or MTH 1260
Math of Business
   or Quantitative Reasoning
   or Statistics
PSY 1730Abnormal Psychology 3
SOC 1010 Sociology 3
 Term Hours17
Second Year
First Semester
COM 2110
   or COM 2213
Public Speaking
   or Verbal Judo
HUM 2400Crisis Management 3
HUM 2991Practicum I 2
SOC 1320American Cultural Diversity 3
 Term Hours14
Second Semester
HUM 2170 Dynamics of Mental Illness 3
HUM 2310Group Dynamics/Intervention 3
HUM 2992   Practicum II 2
PSY 2150Lifespan Psychology 3
 Term Hours14
 Total Hours 62

Portfolio Course

Capstone Course


If planning to pursue a bachelor degree, choose from one of the OTM/TAG approved Math courses. See MTH courses in Course Description section of this catalog. 

See here for Portfolio and Capstone information.

Please see the course descriptions section for prerequisites before registering for courses.

Students should check course prerequisites before registering. Prerequisites are listed in the Course Tab.

Human Service Program Electives

Technical Electives

HUM 1310Activity Directing I3
HUM 1320Activity Directing II3
HUM 1990Independent Study in HUM1-3
HUM 2000Special Topics in Human Services1-3
HUM 1212Social Welfare in the United States3
ASL 1010American Sign Language I4
ASL 1020American Sign Language II3
ASL 2010American Sign Language III3
ASL 2020American Sign Language IV3
HUM 1710Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders3
HUM 1720Aging and Gerontology3

Portfolio course

Please see advisor when considering 2+2 option.

HUM 1111 — Introduction to Social Work
3 Credit hours  

Provides an introductory understanding of the human service and social work professions. Topics such as historical developments, underlying assumptions, core values, ethical principles, functions, major social problems, and methods of human service/social work will be covered. Goals of the human/social service system and the role of human service professionals, social work assistants, and social workers will be examined. "C" grade policy applies.
Transfer: TAG.

HUM 1120 — Society of Aging
2 Credit hours  

Focuses on problems facing the elderly in present society and how it differs from 50 years ago. The course covers the developmental aspect of aging including milestones and issues faced by the elderly. Students will learn techniques in interviewing and dealing with various physical, social and psychological issues of the elderly. "C" grade policy applies.

HUM 1150 — Interviewing Techniques
3 Credit hours  

Covers the principles and practices of interviewing clients in the human service area. Students will be taught a model of interviewing and learn to use various techniques such as verbal/nonverbal communication skills. Students will practice skills through role playing. "C" grade policy applies.

HUM 1200 — Chemical Dependency
2 Credit hours  

Discusses the historical, cultural, and social context of addiction, as well as the theories of addiction. Other topic areas will include assessing and providing intervention to substance abusers. Prevention services will also be presented. "C" grade policy applies.

HUM 1212 — Social Welfare in the United States
3 Credit hours  

Introduces the history, structure, functions, and challenges of the American social welfare system. Various social problems along with societal/student values and beliefs on social welfare topics will be examined. Topical areas include factors in the delivery of social services, issues of diversity and discrimination, empowering at-risk and vulnerable populations, and fields of practice. "C" grade policy applies for Human Service majors.
Transfer: TAG.

HUM 1230 — Therapeutic Recreation
2 Credit hours  

Reviews the technical aspects of recreation as an intervention. Course will include recreation techniques as alternatives for persons with a variety of problems as well as prevention strategies. Therapeutic recreation techniques used in individual Human Service settings will be reviewed and practiced. "C" grade policy applies.

HUM 1310 — Activity Directing I
3 Credit hours  

Introduces activity directing; specifically covers textbook knowledge, lecture, and in-field demonstrations to gain working knowledge of the activity profession. Students will also learn about the elderly as individuals and what makes them unique human beings, and what happens to them as they age. They will also learn about Resident Rights, activities of daily living and community resources. This is part one of a two part class. "C" grade policy applies.

HUM 1320 — Activity Directing II
3 Credit hours  

Introduces the various aspects of management such as planning, organizing, hiring, creating job descriptions, and maintaining employee-employer relations. They also learn about the controlling function of management. They will also learn about the evaluating function of management: managing risks, establishing department and people performance standards, measuring performance, and correcting deviations from standards and plans. This class completes the MEPAPII 90 hour Advanced Class for Activity Directing this is required for National Certification by NCCAP (National Certification Council of Activity Professionals). This is part two of the two part Activity Directing class. "C" grade policy applies.
Prerequisites: HUM 1310.

HUM 1350 — Developmental Disabilities
2 Credit hours  

Explores historical, current, and future trends in the Developmental Disabilities field. Students will develop a working knowledge of terms and treatment modalities/concepts. "C" grade policy applies.

HUM 1601 — American Sign Language I
4 Credit hours  

Introduces conversation in American Sign Language. Beginning conversation using American Sign Language (ASL) which will include dialogue using fingerspelling, numbers, and vocabulary. "C" grade policy applies.

HUM 1602 — American Sign Language II
3 Credit hours  

Follows the introductory course in American Sign Language (ASL). Emphasis on vocabulary, conversation, enhanced knowledge of understanding ASL and Deaf culture and history. "C" grade policy applies.
Prerequisites: HUM 1601.

HUM 1603 — American Sign Language III
3 Credit hours  

Continues the practice and learning of American Sign Language taught during HUM 1601, American Sign Language I and HUM 1602, American Sign Language II. Students will develop more advanced ASL communication skills, both receptive and expressive, with vocabulary and grammar. This course will continue to enhance knowledge about the Deaf community and its culture. "C" grade policy applies.
Prerequisites: HUM 1601, HUM 1602.

HUM 1604 — American Sign Language IV
3 Credit hours  

Follows the advanced ASL class and continues the practice and learning of American Sign Language taught during HUM 1601, American Sign Language I and HUM 1602, American Sign Language II. Students will develop more advanced ASL communication skills, both receptive and expressive, with vocabulary and grammar. This course will continue to enhance knowledge about the Deaf community and its culture. "C" grade policy applies.
Prerequisites: HUM 1601, HUM 1602, HUM 1603.

HUM 1710 — Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders
3 Credit hours  

Introduces a variety of topics in working with addicted populations such as chemicals of use, theories, diagnosis, treatment approaches, legal and ethical issues. "C" grade policy applies.

HUM 1720 — Aging and Gerontology
3 Credit hours  

Provides an overview of the study of gerontology and aging. Covers a variety of theories, issues, the positives and challenges facing aging adults, their families, and their communities. "C" grade policy applies.

HUM 1900 — Professional Preparation and Engagement
2 Credit hours  

Apply knowledge, skills and strategies to career preparation and development. Advises students of the requirements and preparation needed for entering practicum courses.
Prerequisites: HUM 1150, HUM 2100.

HUM 1990 — Independent Study in HUM
1-3 Credit hours  

Provides individualized instruction with students working on a one-on-one basis with an instructor on a project entailing reading, writing, and discussion. The subject matter is set by the instructor and student and will relate to the Human Service field. A student may register for 1, 2, or 3 hours of Independent Study. Independent Study may be taken more than one time, BUT Human Service majors may not apply more than 3 hours in total of Independent Study toward their elective hours requirement. "C" grade policy applies.

HUM 2000 — Special Topics in Human Services
1-3 Credit hours  

Explores current topics in Human Services. This allows students to explore material in Human Services outside of the regular course offerings. Offered on demand as determined by the Chair of Human Services. "C" grade policy applies.

HUM 2090 — Community Resources
2 Credit hours  

Enhances the networking skills of Health and Human Services professionals. The curriculum includes the development of a community resource guide targeting needs of patients/clients of all ages based on a holistic approach to client services. Students will gain the necessary skills to plan and negotiate services for patients/clients. Students will have the opportunity to develop community-network plans on a variety of different case studies based on their scope of practice. "C" grade policy applies.

HUM 2100 — Case Management Practice
3 Credit hours  

Emphasizes case management process and the skills related to the management of client cases in human service agencies. The course will cover planning, implementing, coordinating and documenting. Students will also research and understand the various agencies that assist clients in various settings. "C" grade policy applies.

HUM 2170 — Dynamics of Mental Illness
3 Credit hours  

Explores the historical perspective of mental illness and how changes have occurred. Symptoms, causes, and treatment modalities will be discussed with emphasis on deinstitutionalization. Specific emphasis will be placed on developing a working knowledge of the mental health system and an introduction of the common treatment practices in mental health. "C" grade policy applies.

HUM 2190 — Chemical Dependency in Family
2 Credit hours  

Exposes students to chemical dependency and its impact on family; specifically, the dynamics of family by understanding interactive patterns among family members and the alteration of those patterns due to the presence of an addition. "C" grade policy applies.

HUM 2230 — Issues and Ethics in Helping
3 Credit hours  

Applies the Ohio Laws and Rules, Ethical Standards of Human Service Professionals, and NASW Code of Ethics in the practice of social work assistants and human service professionals. Students will create their own style of intervention based on current and past learning. "C" grade policy applies.

HUM 2310 — Group Dynamics/Intervention
3 Credit hours  

Examines group process, group behaviors and the application of group work in the human service field. Emphasis will be placed on current issues, ethical and specific needs of various populations. Students will practice group leadership skills and lead assimilated groups. They will also learn to research and write group proposals. "C" grade policy applies.
Prerequisites: HUM 1150.

HUM 2400 — Crisis Management
3 Credit hours  

Utilizes interview skills and learns how to use them in a crisis intervention format. Students will learn to deal with a variety of crisis situations ranging from suicidal situations to natural catastrophes. The class involves a combination of interpersonal communication skills and crisis intervention strategies for diverse populations. Emphasis will be placed on de-escalation techniques. "C" grade policy applies.
Prerequisites: HUM 1150.

HUM 2500 — Observation/Community Service
2 Credit hours  

Spends 64 hours in community service and 16 hours observing human service agency operations at various private and public organizations. Every week a two hour lecture/discussion group will meet to express ideas and knowledge from observations. An exploration of career management compromising of organizational issues, job development, interviewing, self-awareness, stress management, employee coping skills, legal issues, ethical concerns and environment. This course is used to assist students in selecting an agency for practicum class. This course is graded S/U.
Prerequisites: HUM 1150, HUM 2100.

HUM 2991 — Practicum I
2 Credit hours  

Provides on-the-job training for students in Human Service agencies. Students will work in the field learning and implementing human service skills. Students will complete a total of 180 hours of supervised experience, which is equivalent to 12 hours weekly at their practicum agency over a 15-week semester. In addition, the student is required to attend a 1-hour weekly class. This course is graded S/U.
Prerequisites: HUM 1150, HUM 2100, HUM 2230, HUM 2500.

HUM 2992 — Practicum II
2 Credit hours  

Provides continuing on-the-job training either at the same agency as HUM 2991 or at a different agency. Upon completion of HUM 2500, HUM 2991 and HUM 2992 students should be familiar with the operations of a human service agency including client/staff relationships and employee responsibilities. Students will complete 180 hours of practical experience, which is equivalent to 12 hours weekly at their practicum agency over a 15-week semester. In addition, the student is required to attend a 1-hour weekly class. This course is graded S/U.
Prerequisites: HUM 1150, HUM 2100, HUM 2230. HUM 2500, HUM 2991.

Admission Requirements

See the General Admissions Procedures in the College catalog.

Students who begin the curriculum in spring semester or who need developmental course support should recognize that it may take longer than four semesters to complete the program.

Individuals must recognize that to be successful in the Human Service field, there are important disposition and professional conduct factors, such being emotionally mature, respectful, dependable, and responsible.

The Human Service program is accredited by:
Council for Standards in Human Service Education
Elaine R. Green, President

Human Service Certificate Option

The Human Service Program offers a certificate for students wishing to advance their knowledge in the activities field. Interested students should contact the Human Service Advisor for any certificate requirements or questions.

Activity Directing Certificate

HUM 1310Activity Directing I3
HUM 1320Activity Directing II3
Total Hours6

This certificate provides the basic coursework required to head an activity department at a long-term care facility in Ohio. Additional college credit and work experience may be necessary to become a National Certified Activity Director or Assistant Director (please see the department chairperson for more information).

See for additional information on certificates.