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Human Services Violence Prevention and Intervention

The Human Services Violence Prevention and Intervention (VPI) concentration (53 credits) is a multidisciplinary curriculum focusing on violence prevention and intervention. Because the prevention of violence requires efforts across so many disciplines, the VPI concentration draws on a number of fields to prepare students to work in a broad range of human services. The VPI concentration increases students' competence in a variety of fields including general human services, public health, corrections & criminal justice, public policy, education, sociology, psychology, social work, gender studies, and nursing. These disciplines work together to promote effective prevention of and intervention in violence at the individual, family, and community levels. Students who are VPI majors study not only the theories and dynamics of interpersonal violence, but various approaches to responding to and preventing violence as well.

Acceptance to the Program

To be eligible for acceptance to the Human Services BHS major, students must submit a College of Health, Community and Professional Services Undergraduate Program Declaration Form. Consult with an advisor before submitting declaration form or enrolling in courses toward the major.


Core Required Courses (20 credits):

Practica (5 credits)

In addition to the five core courses, a practica is required. Experiential (practica) experience is a vital component of the human services degree program. Every student is required to complete a practicum experience.

Human Services Violence Prevention and Intervention Requirements (20 credits)

In addition to the prerequisite, core and practica requirements, students must complete 20 credits as follows.

General requirements (8 credits)

Required VPI Electives (8 credits). Choose two of the following:

Research/Evaluation Requirement (4 credits). Choose one of the following:

Interdisciplinary courses (8 credits). Choose two of the following courses:

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