Field Experience

Field experience is an important component of the Bachelor of Arts in Human Services program. Students will have the opportunity to participate in supervised field work in several classes to better prepare for graduation. Although the majority of the field work experience hours will be completed in the HMS 480 Field Experience in Human Services and the HMS 499 Human Services Capstone, the chart below will breakdown the number of hours required in the classes that have a field experience component.

Through enrollment in the HMS 480 courses, students go through a supervised work experience at an appropriate agency in the community. This course provides the student with an experiential learning opportunity to apply classroom knowledge to the field of human services, while being exposed to and gaining a broader understanding of the principles of the human services. Students are required to complete 160 field experience hours. Field experience classes will meet weekly for 1.5 hours. In addition to completing all coursework, successful completion of the course will require a Field Experience Supervisor evaluation rating of satisfactory or above. Prerequisites: Completion of core courses except HMS 499. Field Experience agency must be approved by Academic Coordinator prior to beginning the course.

In addition to HUM 480 Field Experience in Human Services, students are also required to complete a minimum of 70 field experience hours (continued from the HMS 480) in the HUM 499 Human Services Capstone. In addition to completing all coursework, successful completion of the capstone course will be required a Field Experience Supervisor evaluation rating of satisfactory or above.

Placements can be obtained in organizations that provide services to hospice patients, the homeless, and victims of domestic violence and child abuse.

SUPERVISED FIELD EXPERIENCE
Course NumberCourseObservationDirect Supervised Client ContactIndirect Supervised Client ContactIndependent Caseload or Assigned Administrative ResponsibilityHours of Supervised Field Experience
HMS 299Foundations of Human Services (3 cr.)x20
HMS 305 Diversity in Human Services (3 cr.)XX20
HMS 308 History and Systems in Human Services (3 cr.)X20
HMS 311 Professional Ethics and Ethical Issues in Human Services (3 cr.)XX20
HMS 420 Case Management and Program Development in Human Services (3 cr.)XX20
HMS 440 Constituency Building and Advocacy Networks (3 cr.)XX20
HMS 480Field Experience in Human Services (3 cr.)X160
HMS 499Human Services Capstone (3 cr.)X70