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2012-2013 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2012-2013 Undergraduate Bulletin [Archived Catalog]

Human Services (B.S.)

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Program: B.S. degree
Department of Human Services
College of Health and Human Services

Neff Hall 130 ~ 260-481-6424 ~ www.ipfw.edu/hs/

 Students who complete the bachelor’s degree curriculum will:

  • be able to interpret and extrapolate from basic concepts and principles.
  • be able to discuss practicing theories and design treatment plans utilizing the appropriate theory.
  • be able to demonstrate, analyze and evaluate Human Services helping skills.
  • demonstrate an understanding of organizational structure of their internship.
  • use a variety of computer programs necessary in HSRV programs.be able to demonstrate competency in two concentration areas related to Human Services.
  • be able to engage in a service learning project in the community.
  • be able to discuss implications of diversity fir their clinical practice.
  • be able to demonstrate research methods and utilize SPSS to analyze data.
  • think clinically and critically, demonstrating this in professionally-written reports.
  • analyze and judge their own values, predicting how these values will affect their professional experiences and they will differentiate between those values that they  can put aside and those that they will not alter.  Students write a value paper differentiating their values from someone they interview. Students will examine how each value was developed and tested.
  • be able to apply ethical standards, personal integrity and professional ethics in a human services setting.

The Bachelor of Science in Human Services is a degree that requires a total of 125 semester credit hours. The program is designed to prepare students to become human service professionals who can meet the needs of clients and communities within a diverse society. Examples of job roles that graduates of the degree would be qualified to fill include group home supervisor, substance abuse prevention educator, case manager, social service agency staff/manager, and psychiatric rehabilitation worker/supervisor, among others.

Call the Human Services office at 260-481-6424 for additional information and to be assigned an advisor.


To gain entry into this program, you must meet all of the requirements for admission to IPFW and comply with internship agency requirements for internship placements.  Students should contact the Department of Human Services at 260-481-6424 for more information and to be assigned an advisor.

Human Services Admission Requirements
(Effective January 1, 2010)   

 Students are admitted to this degree program as follows:

  • Students new to IPFW must complete an application for undergraduate admission and meet the criteria for admission to the university. Students who have ever taken courses at IPFW should apply for re-entry to the university if they have not been actively enrolled at IPFW for one year or greater. Contact the Office of Admissions at 260-481-6812.

  • Students who have completed the requirements for the Associate of Science in Human Services at IPFW, Ivy Tech Community College, or another Human Services program from another accredited institution, and have a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 with no grades of D or F, are enrolled in the program with junior status.

  • Students who have not completed the requirements for the Associate of Science in Human Services may be admitted to IPFW as a Pre-Human Services student. Pre-Human Services students may combine studies at IPFW and Ivy Tech in order to complete the requirements of the Fort Wayne Ivy Tech Community College A. S. in Human Services and may also work on B. S. courses.

  • All students will be required to meet the regular IPFW and Purdue University admission standards, as presented in the IPFW Bulletin.
  • The Bachelor’s degree requires a Senior Internship at a nonprofit organization.

Students must comply with agency requirements for internship placements. A live interview is required. The agency may require proof of certain immunizations and/or certification in CPR. Many clinical agencies now require that students provide them with a criminal history check with the Indiana State Police prior to acceptance as an intern and have varying policies regarding what constitutes an acceptable history for placement with their client population.

Anyone with a record of a sex crime against a child may not be placed into a clinical in which there is an actual or potential possibility that they will come into contact with children (IC5-2-12-12). Students who cannot be placed in clinicals with reasonable effort as a result of their criminal histories and subsequently cannot complete the program requirements may be unable to graduate from the program.

IPFW General Education Requirements

Area I—Linguistic and Numerical Foundations

Must complete the following courses with a grade of C or better.

Area III—The Individual, Culture, and Society Credits: 6

Must complete the following courses with a grade of C- or better.

Area IV—Humanistic Thought Credits: 6

See Part 2 General Education Requirements for approved courses 

  • Philosophy elective  Cr. 3

Area V—Creative and Artistic Expression Credits: 3

See Part 2 General Education Requirements for approved courses 

Area VI—Inquiry and Analysis Credits: 3

Must complete the following courses with a grade of C- or better.

See Part 2 General Education Requirements for approved courses

  • Psychology elective  Cr. 3.

Required supporting courses Credits: 33

Choose from the following Credits: 3

Choose from the following Credits: 3

Course must be completed with a grade of C- or better.

Choose from the following Credits: 3

Course must be completed with a grade of C- or better.

Human Service Concentration Credits: 24

Student works with advisor to identify a group of courses from human services and related disciplines that support a concentration in such areas as addictions, psychiatric rehabilitation, gerontology, child/adolescent services, activity/recreational therapies, and developmental disabilities. These courses prepare students to graduate with knowledge and skills directly applicable to their chosen area of interest within the human services profession.

 Students’ must complete 12 credits in concentration Area A and 12 credits in concentration Area B.   See your academic advisor for approval of your chosen concentration areas and for approval of courses under each concentration area.

 Concentration Area A (12 CR.)

Students are allowed to choose four courses in their chosen area of program concentration.  Choose a concentration in one of the following areas: Business and Administration, Case Management Working with Children, Communication Disorders, Communications and Public Relations, Computers and Technology, Development Across the Liffespan, Divinity, Early Childhood Education, Ecology, Ethics, Ethnic and Cultural Studies, Family Services, Homeless and Food & Shelter Issues, International Studies, Marketing and Fundraising, Medical and Healthcare, Missionary Work, Peace Studies, Political Science, Professional Writing, Psychology of Young Children, Psychology of the Family, Public Affairs, School Guidance Counselor, Sign Language, Sociology, Teaching English as a New Language, Women at High Risk or Women’s Studies.

Concentration Area B (12 CR.)

Students will choose a concentration in one of the following areas: Adolescents, Children, Disabled and Special Needs, Diversity, Domestic Violence and Gender Roles, The Family, Health and Well Being, Impact of Substance Abuse on Children, Justice System, Leadership and Management, Seniors/Gerontology, Spanish, or Substance Abuse.

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