Bachelor of Arts

OCU’s Bachelor of Arts in Human Services program requires its majors to critically explore the practice of social advocacy within a Biblical worldview. Human Services majors will be prepared for a variety of professions and for graduate work in criminology, counseling, psychology, and social work. Through exposure to a broad set of readings, extensive composition activity, and oral presentations, OCU’s Human Services majors will develop the intellectual and practical skills needed to make a difference in their community.

Program Objectives

Upon completion of the program, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an ability to think clearly, logically, critically, and creativity.
  2. Students should be able to analyze best practices in current trends related to human services.
  3. Identify, advocate for, and manage the unique expectations and needs of human services within a variety of culturally diverse communities.
  4. Integrate a Biblically based and Christ-centered approach in the practice of managing human services within a variety of contexts and to a variety of constituencies.
  5. Be accepted into a graduate program or be employed in a field related to human services.

Course Requirements

120 Semester Credits

  • 36 credit hours in General Education
  • 18 credit hours in Bible or Theology Courses (beyond the General Education Requirements)
  • 30 credit hours in Electives
  • 36 credit hours in Human Services - 21 credit hours at the 3000-level or above which must include the following:
    • 12 credit hours in Human Services
    • 6 credit hours in Criminal Justice
    • 3 credit hours in Human Resources
    • 9 credit hours in Psychology
    • 6 credit hours in Substance Abuse Counseling

 

    Program Course List

    Human Services Courses (12 credit hours required):

      HSV4000 Advocacy and Public Policy 3 credits 5 weeks

      Students in this course will become acquainted with human services policies and the legislative and private sector processes of policy formation. Students will also develop a deeper understanding of the ways in which public policy is made, with a particular emphasis on the roles of advocacy campaigns, which are often influenced by policy analysis.

      HSV4100 Ethics in Human Services 3 credits 5 weeks

      Students in this course will become acquainted with the principles of professional ethics in the field of Human Services with primary attention given to the Code of Ethical Standards for Human Services Professionals.

      HSV4200 Leadership and Administration 3 credits 5 weeks

      This course considers the principles of leadership and administration within the field of human services. Attention is given to personal assessment and the development of leadership capabilities.

      HSV4300 Human Services Capstone Course 3 credits 5 weeks

      This course examines the theoretical and practical application of the skills and techniques that advance the needs of culturally diverse client communities, which includes a plan of advocacy for services from various agencies and/or institutions. Students will identify an issue or problem, develop an action plan, and complete sufficient research to produce a final project that incorporates an understanding of the Code of Ethical Standards for Human Services Professionals.

      Criminal Justice (6 credit hours required):

      CJU4000 Victimology 3 credits 5 weeks

      This course considers the role of the victim and the relationship between victims and offenders in criminology. The historic and current treatment of victims will be discussed as well as the problems and dilemmas faced by victims. Students will engage in the concept of theodicy for their personal understanding and communication with victims.

      Prerequisite:
      CJU3000 Introduction to Justice Systems

      CJU4100 Criminal Law 3 credits 5 weeks

      This course provides a study of the fundamental principles and practices of law and how it impacts criminal justice.
      This course emphasizes the dynamic interaction among the individual, criminal justice, and society. The concepts of Christian ethics and proper conduct will be emphasized throughout the course.

      Prerequisite:
      CJU3000 Introduction to Justice Systems

      CJU3000 Introduction to Justice Systems 3 credits 5 weeks

      This course gives an overview of fundamental concepts and roles related to the justice systems: law enforcement officers, court officers, corrections officers, victims, and defendants. It aligns the justice system with Christian worldview. Students will have the opportunity to explore and plan strategic career steps upon which to focus throughout the program and into their career after graduation.

      CJU3400 Courts and Judicial Process 3 credits 5 weeks

      This course provides a study of the functions, operations, and decision-making processes of the judicial process in the United States, including an analysis of the role of courts and the function and responsibilities of the key personnel within them.

      Prerequisite:
      CJU3000 Introduction to Justice Systems

      Human Resources (3 credit hours required):

      Psychology (9 credit hours required):

      PSY3060 Statistics for Social Sciences 3 credits 6 weeks

      This course provides an introduction to basic psychological research techniques and methodology. Methods of collecting, organizing, and analyzing psychological data for quantitative research will be explored.  The course will also introduce statistical reasoning with a focus on fundamental concepts and statistical methods used in psychological research. (Recommendation: prior college level math course)

      PSY3020 Theories of Personality 4 credits 7 weeks

      This course is designed to both explain the major personality theories and stimulate critical thinking about them. The major features of each theory and a focus on the underlying assumptions will be presented. Throughout the course comparison will be made between the theories and principles of Scripture.

      Prerequisite:
      any introductory psychology course

      PSY3030 Social Psychology 2 credits 3 weeks

      This course is an intensive look at social group influences on individual behavior. Behavioral expressions such as aggression, prejudice, attitude change, and affiliation are studied from the viewpoint of social science and Scripture.

      Prerequisite:
      any introductory psychology course

      Substance Abuse Counseling (6 credit hours required):

      SAC3100 Introduction to Substance Abuse 3 credits 5 weeks

      This course gives an overview of fundamental concepts related to chemical dependency and addiction treatment. It includes views from science, sociology, criminology, and family studies, as well as a Christian and biblical worldview. Students will be encouraged to develop their own personalized view of chemical dependency, addiction and treatment.

      SAC3700 Case Management 3 credits 5 weeks

      Best practices are presented for case management common to various human services.  Topics include interviewing skills, documentation, cultural aspects, self-care, and ethical issues.

      Prerequisite:
      SAC3100 Introduction to Substance Abuse