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:

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:

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  

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.