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Community and Human Services

/Community and Human Services
Community and Human Services 2017-10-18T15:54:11+00:00

Program Overview

This program prepares students for graduate study in social work or careers in service to others in individual and community settings. Students take courses in sociology, psychology, and community and human services to integrate knowledge and understanding of the socio-economic and cultural context through which community and human services are delivered to provide students with the cultural competence needed to deliver effective services. In addition to a junior year practicum, the program culminates in an internship with a human services agency to provide students with experience in applying theory into professional practice.

Learning Outcomes

  • Effectively communicate (in oral and written forms) the benefits of diversity and difference to advocate for the social and economic well-being of individuals at all levels of community. (GELO I and III)
  • Apply professional and ethical standards of conduct appropriate to human and community service functions. (GELO IV and V)
  • Analyze the social and economic context which shapes human behavior in the social environment.  (GELO II and V)
  • Produce recommended solutions to social and organizational problems through the critical use of qualitative and quantitative research data.    (GELO II and V)
  • Apply appropriate methods in a given context to design effective service to individuals and communities. (GELO II and V)
  • Utilize theoretical foundations and context as a basis for delivering effective human and community services. (GELO V)

Why Study This Program?

The Bachelor of Arts in Community and Human Services is an interdisciplinary program preparing students for graduate study in social work or careers in service to others in individual and community settings. Students take courses in sociology, psychology, and community and human services to integrate knowledge and understanding of the socio-economic and cultural context through which community and human services are delivered to provide students with the cultural competence needed to deliver effective services.
The program is designed to provide students with a strong foundation for pursuit of a Master of Social Work as it is designed around the standards established by the Council on Social Work Education so that students are well-prepared to continue on in graduate study. Students are highly encouraged to choose a minor in either Criminal Justice Studies or Diversity Studies in conjunction with the degree. In addition to a junior year practicum, the program culminates in an internship with a human services agency to provide students with experience in applying theory into professional practice.
This theory to practice approach to learning, as well as intentional preparation for graduate study, are what distinguish our program from other programs!

Experience & Opportunities

Students will receive hands-on experience through their internships and practicum requirements.

Careers

After graduation from the proposed program, students will be well positioned for entry into graduate study in a Master of Social Work or a related graduate degree based on the substantial research components, theoretical foundations, and practical experience throughout the curriculum. Eight public universities in Illinois offer a Master’s of Social Work with Illinois State University and University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana being the closest in proximity to Lincoln College. Additionally, Western Illinois University and Northwestern University offer graduate study in the field of community organization and advocacy.
For students who do not wish to pursue graduate study immediately after graduation, employment opportunities include:

  • Probation officer
  • Correctional treatment officers
  • Social and community service managers
  • Social and human service assistants
  • Religious workers
  • Public policy analyst
  • Child welfare worker
  • Caseworker
  • Community health worker
  • Referral specialist

The Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook projects that employment opportunities in community and social service occupations are projected to grow by 10% between 2014 and 2024 with a median income of $42,000 per year. The Bureau of Labor Statistics also projects that employment opportunities in the general health care and social assistance sector will grow by 23% through 2024.

Required Coursework

Degree Requirements:
Successful completion of the Bachelor of Arts in Community and Human Services curriculum (74 hours)
Behavioral Sciences Foundation Courses (15 hours – may be completed in general education) – C or better required
CJS 108 Introduction to Criminal Justice Science (3)
SOC 203 Sociology of the Family (3)       IAI S7.902
SOC 206 Social Inequalities (course renamed from Minority Relations) (3)
PSY 204 Social Psychology (3)     IAI S8.900
PSY 208 Developmental Psychology (3)  IAI S6.902

Foreign Language Requirement (16 hours) – May be completed in general education or through appropriate articulation/demonstrated competency through AP, CLEP, or proficiency exam. (The department will accept other foreign languages to meet these requirements)
SPN 101 Spanish I (4)
SPN 102 Spanish II (4)
SPN 201 Spanish III (4)
SPN 202 Spanish IV (4)

Mathematics (3 hours – may be completed in general education) – C or better required
MAT 110 Elementary Statistics (3)  IAI M1.902

Community and Human Services Courses (33 hours)C or better in each of the following and all prerequisites
CHS 201 Introduction to Community and Human Services (3)
CHS 210 Techniques of Interviewing & intervention in Human Services (3) (Coreq. CHS 201)
CHS 301 The Social Environment and Human Behavior (3) (pre. PSY 208)
CHS 305 Community Diversity and Human Services (3) (pre. SOC 206)
CHS 325 Social Welfare Services and Policy (3) (Coreq. CHS 201)
CHS 330 Organizational and Community Theory (3) (Coreq. CHS 201)
CHS 340 Theories and Techniques of Crises Intervention (3) (pre. CHS 210; PSY 208)
CHS 350 Community Organization (3)
CRT 353 Research Methods in the Social Sciences (3) (pre. MAT 110)
CRT 401 Qualitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences (3) (pre. CHS 210; CRT 383)
CHS 410 Critical Social Theory (3) (pre. CHS 305; CHS 325)

Applied Coursework (7 hours) – each requires Lead Faculty approval
CHS 391 Human and Community Services Practicum (3)  (pre. CHS 310; Jr standing)
CHS 491 Internship (pre. CHS 391; CHS 340; Sr standing)  (4)

  • Complete a minimum of 120 credit hours
  • Minimum of 30 credit hours at 300 level or above
  • Final 30 hours completed at Lincoln College
  • Final Lincoln College cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or above
  • Complete Lincoln College general education requirements (may also be completed through AA or AS at Lincoln College or any regionally accredited institution)