The Bachelor of Science in Community Development and Counseling is designed for students who wish to work in a direct helping-related capacity, in areas including Community Development and Human Services Administration.

College of St. Joseph established Guided Pathways for each undergraduate major in 2016. The Guided Pathways were developed through the CSJ Learning Collaborative and provide a visual road map showing students what courses they should take and when to achieve four-year graduation success. View the Community Development and Counseling Guided Pathway here.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Community Development and Counseling

CourseCreditsDescription
HUS102 Introduction to Human Service3This is an introductory survey course designed to help students examine career options and educational requirements in the field of Human Services. Some of the specialty areas examined include social rehabilitative and welfare services to children, families, and the elderly, correctional/criminal justice services, substance abuse, mental retardation and vocational rehabilitation services. Additional topics include an analysis of historical, current, and projected trends in the field and issues involved in the provision of human services provider agencies.
HUS108 Professional Development3
HUS217 Personality Theory and Evaluations3The purpose of this course is to acquaint the student with the philosophy, fundamental techniques and proper role of psychological assessments in helping to understand the nature of human behavior from the standpoints of cognitive, emotional and personality functioning. Proper and ethical use of such assessment, as well as aspects of personality theory will be addressed and the impact of both on diagnosis and treatment. The student will have the change to study specific assessment tools, and will develop a more advanced understanding of their own personality style and how it will impact their work and with others in this field.
HUS306 Case Management & Counseling3Students are instructed in the skills of assessing a client’s unique treatment or program needs, designing a treatment or service plan, delivering a course of counseling, documenting and evaluating progress, and working within a team approach in order to ensure that appropriate services are provided to clients. As part of the course, students will focus on refining their skills to develop and maintain effective relationships with clients, and practice specific counseling strategies and techniques in the context of simulated individual and group counseling situations. Prerequisite: 12 hours in HUS or PSY including PSY103 and 304. HUS305 is also recommended.
HUS315 Culture & Community in Human Services3This course explores the historical underpinnings of service delivery as well as current day practices and service characteristics in the field of human services. The course will also address issues of ethnic-sensitive practices as well as institutional vs. community based helping services. Current legislation including the Americans with Disabilities Act will be studied. Fieldwork component will also be required. Prerequisite: PSY102 or permission of Division Chairperson.
HUS320B Field Experience I in Community Development and Counseling3The purpose of this course is to provide an introductory opportunity for supervised application of theory to practice under direct supervision of qualified persons in a sponsoring agency and of the college faculty. This experience provides the opportunity for a student to determine interest in a particular area through ―hands on‖ experience in an agency. Component of 3 credits requires 120 actual hours in the field and attendance in a weekly seminar. (Supervision fee is required.)
HUS420B Field Experience II in Community Development and Counseling6The purpose of this course is to provide an introductory opportunity for supervised application of theory to practice under direct supervision of qualified persons in a sponsoring agency and of the college faculty. This experience provides the opportunity for a student to determine interest in a particular area through “hands on” experience in an agency. Component of 3 credits requires 120 actual hours in the field and attendance in a weekly seminar. (Supervision fee is required.) Prerequisite: Completion of core requirements, except HUS306 Case Management and Counseling and 400 level courses, a minimum of a “C” grade in PHI301 Ethics for the Professional, HUS315 Culture and Community in Human Services, and an overall cumulative average of at least “2.0” in major coursework prior to the semester in which the field experience is scheduled, or permission of the instructor.
HUS427 Community Organizations and Counseling3This course focuses on issues which impact on the provision of services in human service community settings. The effects of organizational, fiscal, and philosophical trends (such as restructuring, interagency collaboration, managed care, and shifting governmental priorities) will be discussed as they impact on providing behavioral health services and client welfare. Alternative models of service delivery and methods of outcome-based assessment will be discussed. Students will have an opportunity to conduct field research in area community agencies.
PSY104 Human Growth and Development3This course will provide students a systematic examination of the processes of human psychological growth from conception throughout infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood and into old age. Socio-emotional, intellectual and biological domains of development will be considered from perspectives of psychodynamic and psychosocial theory, as well as more contemporary socio-cultural, cognitive, neuroscientific and ecological approaches.
PSY201 Principles of Learning3An investigation is conducted with respect to learning principles derived from classical and operant conditioning. The student is led through a step-by-step examination of processes such as response acquisition, extension, relearning higher order conditioning, generalization, and discrimination, principles and schedules of reinforcement, punishment, and other related processes. Emphasis is placed on developing a solid understanding of basic scientific principles and an opportunity for utilizing data collection and experimental design procedures is part of a field experience.
PSY207 Research Methods I3This course introduces the student to scientific assumptions and methodology that apply to research and program development, implementation, and evaluation in psychology as well as allied human service, business and educational disciplines. Individual and group designs will be examined as well as statistical and behavioral methods to analyze research results. As part of this course, students will develop a written proposal for a possible research project, although the study will not be completed in the course.
PSY304 Abnormal Psychology3This course examines the etiology and treatment of abnormal human behaviors. Areas of study include: historical and current approaches to conceptualizing abnormal behavior, and a review of the characteristics and treatment of organic and functional disorders described in the current edition of The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association (including areas such as anxiety, affective and personality disorders, schizophrenia, impaired brain disorders and disorders of childhood.)
SOC101 Introduction to Sociology3An integrated and systematic survey of modern sociological methodology and concepts which include as subject matter: the nature of culture and human society, social processes, social structures, and social changes.
PSY453 Seminar in Psychology and Human Services*3This is the capstone course for Psychology and Human Services majors. The overarching purpose of this course is to provide a way for students in these majors to pull together knowledge gained during the course of their undergraduate academic career and synthesize it into a comprehensive paper and presentation on a pertinent topic from this field. Students will work with the course instructor to develop their topic, paper and presentation, the latter of which they will present both in class and on Capstone Wednesday.
Electives in HUS, PSY, SOC, EDU or BUS15The Bachelor of Science in Community Development and Counseling requires students to take fifteen elective credits.

General Education Core

General Education Core40Must pass PHI301 Ethics with a grade of “C” or better.

General Electives

General Electives20No more than nine credits of content courses in PSY/HUS.
Total 120