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Minor in Human Services


Contact Person:

Dr. Jeremy J. van Blommestein, Chair

317-3 Satterlee, (315) 267-2569, vanblojj@potsdam.edu

22-24 semester hours required. Open with certain restrictions to all majors.


The Human Services Minor is an interdisciplinary minor housed in Sociology and offered principally within the Departments of Sociology, Psychology, Community Health, and Politics. The minor provides an opportunity for students to develop a critical understanding of the human services area through examination of the related disciplines. An appreciation for differing perspectives and an understanding of values and their effects are also gained.


No more than 6 semester hours of this minor may be counted toward the following majors: Sociology, Psychology, Politics, or Community Health. The minor consists of three core required courses, a choice of one of four concentrations and electives.


All courses are 3 credits unless noted. Credits are divided as follows:

Credits
Required Core Courses 10
SOCI 325
Sociology of Social Services
PSYC 364 Counseling Theory and Methods
POLS 323 Welfare Policy Research (4 credits)


One of the following concentrations:

9-10
Child Welfare/Youth Services (9-10 credits)
SOCI 305 Sociology of the Family
SOCI 380 Family Violence


One of the following:
HLTH 250 Drug Studies
HLTH 325 Alcohol Studies
HLTH 331 Death and Dying
HLTH 341 Sexual Health
POLS 410 Politics and the Family (4 credits)
PSYC 220 Child Development
PSYC 321 Psychology of Adolescence
PSYC 376 Child Psychopathology
PSYC 424
Child Maltreatment
SOCI 385 Sociology of Troubled Youth
WILD 445 Therapeutic Recreation

Aging (9 credits)


SOCI 335 Sociology of Aging
SOCI 330 Social Thanatology
One of the following:
HLTH 331 Death and Dying
PSYC 323 Adulthood, Middle Age and Aging
SOCI 380 Family Violence

Health (9 credits)


SOCI 465 Health and Illness
HLTH 361 Introduction to Community Health
One of the following:
HLTH 341 Sexual Health
HLTH 385 Epidemiology and Biostatistics
HLTH 430 Human Disease: Patterns, Prevention and Intervention
SOCI 320 Work and Complex Organizations
SOCI 375 Women and Work
SOCI 390 Sociology of Mental Illness

Mental Health (9 credits)


SOCI 390 Sociology of Mental Illness
PSYC 375 Abnormal Psychology
One of the following:
HLTH 250 Drug Studies
HLTH 325 Alcohol Studies
PSYC 370 Theories of Personality
PSYC 376 Child Psychopathology

Electives

3-4
Choose one elective from any of the other courses listed above (in any concentration) or from the following list of supporting courses:
ANTH 345 Medical Anthropology
ANTH 347 Humans, Disease and Death
HLTH 300 Environmental Health
HLTH 344 Issues in Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Health
PSYC 270 Issues in Exceptionality
PSYC 322 Mental Retardation
PSYC 330 Social Psychology
PSYC 361 Elements of Behavior Modification
PSYC 383 Drugs and Behavior
PSYC 390 Tests and Measurements
SOCI 310 Racial and Ethnic Relations
SOCI 355 Individual and Society
SOCI 420 Rich and Poor in America
SOCI 470 Field Research/Practicum**

**SOCI 470 involves an internship. All Human Services minors are strongly encouraged to do an internship. Internships can be arranged at local St. Lawrence County human service agencies or at an agency in the student?s home area.