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HUMAN SERVICES

The Black Hills State University Human Services program (BHSU HMS) provides students with the knowledge necessary to understand and address unique needs of various human populations. BHSU HMS is an interdisciplinary program where students study the psychology and sociology of human behavior and learn how this information can be used to address human needs. Through three emphasis areas, students also have opportunities to focus their studies and take internships within the field for academic credit.

Within and beyond South Dakota, our alumni are working as ranking law enforcement officers, child protection specialists, disabilities services administrators, probation and parole officers, and in many other critical professions. Graduates also attend graduate school in the counseling, social work, and public health fields.

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HUMAN SERVICES AT BHSU

The Black Hills State University Human Services program (BHSU HMS) will provide you with the knowledge necessary to understand and address unique needs of various human populations. BHSU HMS is an interdisciplinary program which allows you to study the psychology and sociology of human behavior and learn how this information can be used to address human needs. BHSU offers emphases in Community Studies, Family Studies, and Justice Studies, allowing you the opportunity to focus your research and take internships within the field best suited for you. Our alumni are currently employed as ranking law enforcement officers, child protection specialists, probation and parole officers, disability services administrators, and many other related professions. Graduates also attend graduate school in the counseling, social work, and public health fields.

CURRICULUM

BHSU Human Services consists of an interdisciplinary core curriculum of Human Services, Psychology, and Sociology courses. The core curriculum is supported by electives from three emphasis areas, including: Community Studies, Family Studies, and Justice Studies. With these emphases, you will work with an advisor to choose courses best suited towards your professional goals.

Students in Research Methods with Dr. Trenton Ellis work together to enter and analyze data from their class survey project.

BHSU HMS Core Curriculum – 30 credits

• HMS200: INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN SERVICES

• HMS351: Case Management

• HMS400: Program Planning & Evaluation

• SOC100: Introduction to Sociology

• SOC150: Social Problems

• SOC307: Research Methods I

• SOC350: Race & Ethnic Relations

• SOC400: Social Policy

• PSYC101: General Psychology

• PSYC451: Psychology of Abnormal Behavior

• PSYC452: Psychology of Trauma

BHSU HMS Emphases – 12 credits

Community Studies

• Community Studies courses cover political and social organization of communities, mediation and conflict resolution, and other topics relevant to students desiring careers in local and state government, community development, or community programming.

Family Studies

• Family Studies coursework provides you with foundational knowledge for work in family or youth services, or perhaps with older adults.

Justice Studies

• Justice Studies cover various aspects in the criminal justice system. This emphasis is geared towards careers in law enforcement, justice administration, and corrections.

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities include:
» Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors
» Case Workers
» Client Advocates
» Crisis Intervention Counselors
» Juvenile Court Liaisons
» Probation/Parole Officers
» Social Service Liaisons

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KAYLA GOSS

CLASS OF 2016

» Human Services major (Justice Studies emphasis) with a Sociology minor
» Today Kayla is a professional caseworker with the Wyoming Department of Corrections

Human Services Programs

Student Organization

The BHSU Human Services and Sociology Association (HSSA) is a student organization holding a variety of service related professional development opportunities on campus. They were the 2017 recipient of the Outstanding Educational Program Award for hosting several Mental Health First Aid training programs.

Internships

Through the BHSU School of Behavioral Sciences Internship Program, you will receive valuable field experience along with academic credit while working for real human services agencies. Human Services majors intern with: Division of Child Protection of SD Department of Social Services, SD Division of Criminal Investigation, Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation, Canyon Hills Center, and more.

Human Services Faculty

Faculty teaching courses within the BHSU Human Services program have a wide-range of experience in human services related research and work. Our faculty includes licensed clinical psychologists, professional counselors, former youth programming workers, sustainability scholars, and community development researchers. Faculty are well connected with human services agencies and organizations within and beyond South Dakota.

Contact Info

Dr. Trenton Ellis
Assistant Professor, Human Services and Sociology
Trenton.Ellis@bhsu.edu
Jonas Skywalk 207 Map
Phone: 605-642-1283

Black Hills State University
1200 University St.
Spearfish, SD, USA 57799