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Human Services            College of Health and Human Services                 Division of Human Development

Bachelor of Arts



(vacant), Program Coordinator

Arthur Bohart, Sharon Raphael

Program Office:  SBS A-240, (310) 243-3517


Mission and Goals Statement

The mission of the Human Services program at CSUDH is to provide diverse members of the community a university education that focuses on the knowledge and skills required to help those in need.  The goals of the program are to provide a broad interdisciplinary background of the knowledge and skills needed to help improve the quality of life of those in need; to provide the opportunity for specialization in either target populations or methods of intervention; through supervised fieldwork, to provide experience applying academic knowledge and skills in human services organizations. 


Program Description

The Human Services program at CSU Dominguez Hills is a professional undergraduate major, normally extending over at least four semesters of upper division academic work.

Students in human services receive both a broad, multi- disciplinary education in a set of core courses and specialized, in-depth training in an area of concentration.  Sufficient electives are offered to allow for individually tailored programs of study. 


The Human Services major is a single-field major.  A minor is not required.

A unique aspect of the Human Services major is the student’s involvement in actual work in the field of human services.  The practicum courses provide for on-the-job training in a variety of community settings.  There are many instances when practicum experience leads to employment.


Academic Advisement

New students are encouraged to see an academic advisor prior
to enrolling in classes.   Students may call the College of Health and Human Services Student Service Center at (310) 243-2120 or (800) 344-5484, WH A-300.  They should bring copies of transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, and their general education evaluation. 



Community college transfer students are encouraged to complete general education courses and to take human anatomy, child development, and abnormal psychology prior to transferring to CSUDH.


Career Possibilities

The Human Services Program prepares students to work in mental health agencies, family service centers, facilities for  the developmentally disabled, drug and alcohol services, geriatric care, personnel services, educational settings and other service areas.  Some training in human services administration is offered.  Human services workers assume many roles such as: case managing, advocating, teaching, group facilitation, outreaching, mobilizing, consulting, planning, administering, and evaluating.  Students have ample opportunity to learn about community agencies and available occupations before they graduate.


Student Organizations

Students in the Human Services major are eligible to join the Human Services Association. 



Bachelor of Arts in Human Services


Total Course Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree

See the "Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree" in the University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements.  A minimum of 40 units, including those required for the major, must be upper division. 


Elective Requirements

Completion of elective courses (beyond the requirements listed below) to reach a total of a minimum of 120 units.


General Education Requirements (54-60 units)

See the "General Education" requirements in the University Catalog or the Class Schedule for the most current information on General Education requirements and course offerings.

United States History, Constitution                                  and American Ideals Requirement (6 units)

See the "United States History, Constitution, and American Ideals" requirements in the University Catalog.  Courses used to satisfy this requirement do not apply to General Education.


Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement

See the "Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement" in the University Catalog.


Minor Requirements

Single field major, no minor required.


Major Requirements (54 units)

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this degree.

A.  Common Core Courses (27 units)

1.   Required Courses  (9 units)

PSY 363.         The Abnormal Personality  (3)

PSY 367.         Effective Communication Skills  (3)

HUS 400.        Case Management in Human Service Agencies (3)

2.   Select six courses from the following  (18 units):

ANT 310.       Culture and Personality:
Psychological Anthropology (3) or

ANT 389.       Transmission of Culture (3)

BIO 250.         Elements of Human Anatomy
and Physiology (3) or

BIO 254.        Human Biology (3) or

BIO 370.        Biological Bases of Human Behavior

BIO 374.         Drug Abuse  (3) or

PSY 314.        Behavior Modification  (3) or

SOC 363.       Sociology of Alcohol and Other Drug Use  (3)

PSY 350.         Child Psychology  (3)  or

PSY 352.        Psychology of Adult Development and Aging  (3)

HIS 379.         The Family in History (3) or

SOC 320.       The Family  (3)

PSY 342.         Interpersonal and Group Dynamics (3) or

SOC 341.       Seminar in Small Groups (3)


B.  Electives:  Select four courses from at least two different departments  (12 units):

ANT 335.     Comparative Cultures  (3)

BIO 370.       Biological Bases of Human Behavior  (3)

BIO 374.       Drug Abuse  (3)

BIO 380.       Biology of Childhood and Adolescence  (3)

BIO 386.       Human Aging  (3)

HIS 344.       The Afro-American from
Reconstruction to the Present (3)

HIS 346.       History of the Mexican American People II (3)

PSY  314.      Behavior Modification  (3)

PSY 340.       Social Psychology:  Psychological Perspective (3) or

SOC 340.     Social Psychology:  Sociological Perspective  (3)

PSY 353.       The Experience of Death and Dying: 
Psychological Perspective  (3)

PSY 368.       Human Sexuality (3)

PSY 372.       Industrial and Organizational Psychology  (3)

PSY 376.       Psychology of Gender  (3)

PSY 380.       Psychology of the Mexican American (3)

PSY 382.       Psychological Development of the Black Child (3)

PSY 383.       Psychology of the Black Experience (3)

PSY 464.       Introduction to Clinical Psychology  (3)

PSY 470.       Community Psychology:  Issues and Practice (3) [I]

PUB 300.      Foundation of Public Administration  (3)

PUB 371.      Health Services Administration
and Public Policy Development  (3)

REC 334.      Leisure Education and Gerontology  (3)

SOC 315.      Sociology of Work  (3) or

ANT 346.     Anthropology of Work  (3) [I]

SOC 316.      Sociology of Adult Life and Aging  (3) or

ANT 344.     Aging in Cross-Cultural Perspective (3)

SOC 321.      Sociology of Education  (3) or

SOC 322.     Social Environment of Education  (3)

SOC 328.      Social Agencies:  Practice and Power  (3)

SOC 331.      Minority Racial and Ethnic Relations  (3)

SOC 362.      Gangs and Adolescent Subcultures  (3)

SOC 363.      Sociology of Alcohol and Other Drug Use  (3)

SOC 364.      Corrections  (3)

SOC 369.      Juvenile Delinquency  (3)

SOC 386.      Sociology of the Helping Professions  (3) [I]


NOTE:  BIO 370, BIO 374, PSY 314, and SOC 363 may not be counted for both core and elective requirements


C. Fieldwork (15 units)

HUS 300.      Introduction to Human Services (3)

PSY 396.       Practicum in Psychology (3,3)

PSY 496.       Internship (6)



1.   PSY 396. Practicum in Psychology (3) is to be repeated two times during the student's residence, for a total of 6 units and must be taken CR/NC.

2.   SOC 381.  Field Studies in Urban Problems (3) may be substituted for one section of PSY 396.



Course Offerings

Upper Division

The credit value for each course in semester units is indicated for each term by a number in parentheses following the title.  Departments may indicate the term in which they expect to offer the course by
the use of:  “F” (fall), “S” (spring) or “EOY” (every other year).


HUS 300   Introduction to Human Services (3) FS.

Introduction to human services as a profession.  Exploration of social forces that contribute to human needs, issues and problems related to planning, delivering and evaluating programs.  Some site visits are required. 

HUS 400   Case Management in Human Service Agencies (3) FS.

Prerequisite:  HUS 300.

Models of institutional service delivery and case management systems.  Principles of and critical issues in case management, including collaborative and interagency services.