Human Services Violence Prevention
The Human Services Violence Prevention (VP) 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 HSVP concentration draws on a number of fields to prepare students to work in a broad range of human services. The HSVP 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 and gender studies. These disciplines work together to promote effective prevention of and intervention in violence at the individual, family, and community levels. Students who are HSVP majors study not only the theories and dynamics of interpersonal violence, but various approaches to responding to and preventing violence as well.
Declaring your Major
To declare your major, you 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.
- PSYC 100 General Psychology or two Psychology courses.
- SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology or two Sociology courses.
Core Required Courses (20 credits):
- HSER 355 Introduction to Human Service: History and Trends
- HSER 346 Counseling and Interviewing Skills
- HSER 353 Social Casework Methods
- HSER 395 Human Services and Diversity
- HSER 455 Human Services Capstone Seminar
Practicum (5 credits)
In addition to the five core courses, a practicum is required. Experiential learning experience is an essential component of the human services degree program. Thus, every student is required to complete a practicum experience.
- HSER 320 Human Services Pre-Practicum Group Seminar
- HSER 331 Human Services Group Practicum and Seminar
Human Services Violence Prevention and Intervention Requirements (20 credits)
In addition to the prerequisite, core and practicum requirements, students must complete 20 credits as follows.
General requirements (8 credits)
- HSER 300 Violence: Origins and Explanations
- HSER 301 Violence: Individual, Community and Global Responses
Required VPI Electives (8 credits). Choose two of the following:
- HSER 302 Advocacy in Violence Prevention
- HSER 307 Gender Violence in Global Perspective
- HSER 308 Family Violence Across the Lifespan
- HSER 309 Violence and Disability
Research/Evaluation Requirement (4 credits). Choose one of the following:
Interdisciplinary courses (8 credits). Choose two of the following courses:
- HSCD 301 Chemical Dependency and the Family
- HSCD 306 Prevention of Substance Abuse
- HSCO 332 Rehabilitation of the Public Offender
- HSCO 326 Community Corrections
- HSCO 327 Women Offenders in Correctional Facilities
- HSCO 321 Juvenile Delinquency: Prevention and Intervention
- HSTD 390 Conflict Resolution
- CJS 346 Victimology
- CJS 333 Gangs
- CJS 354 Restorative Justice
- CJS 356 Urban Violence
- CJS 302 Juvenile Justice
- CJS 360 Diversity Issues in Criminal Justice
- PSYC 341 Violence and the Media: Psychological Effects of Film and Popular Music
- PSYC 333 Psychology of Victims
- ETHS 303 Politics of Resistance and Protest Movements
- ETHS 305 Major Issues in U.S. Race Relations
- SOC 303 Ethnic Conflict in Global Perspective
- SOC 306 Deviance and Social Control
- COMM 342 Conflict Mediation
- ETHS 318 Trauma & Traumascapes: Identity, Legacy, & Memory