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Human Services and Counseling - Bachelor of Arts - Major

Myra Ford, MEd, Director of the Human Services and Counseling Program
Goodin 224 (270) 384-8153

Full-time Program faculty: Annette Able, PhD; Holly Abel, PhD; LaShawn Bacon, PhD;

Andrea Brooks, MEd; Jeff Crane, PhD; Jodi Crane, PhD; Monda Derenzo, Ed. D; Myra Ford, MEd; Jody Giles, Ed.D.; Acha Goris, EdD; Melinda Mays, EdD; Patrice McCarter, EdD; Jacquelyn Montgomery, MA; PhD; Susan Patterson, MEd; Daniel Schnopp-Wyatt, PhD; Nicole Schnopp-Wyatt, PhD; Mark Staples, PhD; Daniel Williamson, PhD; Jennifer Williamson, PhD and Curtis Wisely, PsyD

 The Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Services & Counseling is an interdisciplinary program comprised of course work in psychology, sociology, and social work in combination with broad-based general education courses. (Most Human Services & Counseling course work is designated by an "HS" prefix.) Each course is taught by faculty with advanced degrees and experience in the course content area. Practicum experiences will equip the student with the skills to enter a variety of work settings.

  Entrance Criteria: In addition to the required course work, the following criteria must be met for a student to successfully complete the Human Services & Counseling program.

  • Each student must have completed at least one semester of college course work with a minimum overall GPA of 2.25 before making application to the program.
  • Each student is expected to complete an Application for Admission to the program as a part of the requirement for Introduction to Human Services (HS 2103).
  • The application process also requires a letter of recommendation from each of the following people:
    • a Lindsey Wilson faculty member;
    • a community leader; and
    • an employer (if the student has never been employed, another category will be assigned).
  • The student must have their advising file transferred to Human Services & Counseling.
  • A personal interview may be conducted by a committee of Human Services & Counseling faculty. This committee will review each application, letters of recommendation, and interview content. A majority of the committee must have a favorable recommendation for the student to be admitted into the program. 
  • Students will be notified in writing when the committee has acted on their application to the program. Possible committee action includes acceptance, probationary acceptance, or denial of admission.
  • If admission is denied, the student may appeal to the Division Chair and Provost. If admission is denied, an alternative program of study will be recommended.
  • Transfer students (as well as others out of the expected course sequence) should consult their adviser regarding the application process.

Degree Requirements

  A. General Education Requirements: 42 - 47 hours

  • Principles of Psychology (PSYC 1003 ) with a minimum grade of C - 3 hours

  B. Program Requirements: 45 hours

  • Introduction to Human Services (HS 2103) - 3 hours
  • Introduction to Counseling Theory (HS 2903) - 3 hours
  • Principles and Techniques of Group Counseling (HS 2953) - 3 hours
  • Life Span Development (HS 3103) - 3 hours
  • Abnormal Psychology (HS 3153) - 3 hours
  • Case Management, Intake and Referral (HS 3233) - 3 hours
  • Practicum I (HS 3503) - 3 hours
  • Research Methods and Statistics (HS 4003) - 3 hours
  • Introduction to Counseling Techniques (HS 4153) - 3 hours
  • Ethics and Multicultural Diversity (HS 4253) - 3 hours
  • Assessment in the Helping Professions (HS 4293) - 3 hours
  • Substance Abuse (HS 4343) - 3 hours
  • Mental Health Administration (HS 4893) - 3 hours
  • Practicum II (HS 4943) - 3 hours
  • Practicum III (HS 4953) - 3 hours

C. General Electives: 38 - 41 hours

Note: In addition to a major, a student may select a minor.  Courses taken for a minor reduce the number of general electives a student must take.

 Exit Assessment: A comprehensive examination is required for the Human Services and Counseling program. The exam is taken in Practicum III (HS 4953), during the second semester of the senior year. This examination is graded on a 200-point scale. A student must pass each section with at least 50% or better to pass. A passing grade is required for graduation.



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