Department of Counseling

Chair: Dr. Mary Nichter

Human Services Minor

The Human Services minor field of study is offered by the Counseling Department. The counseling program is located in the Counselor Education Center, adjacent to the Teacher Education Center.

The Human Services minor is designed for students working toward a bachelor’s degree who are interested in developing skills necessary to work with people in a variety of professional and personal settings.  The goals for the 18 semester-hour minor are:

  • introduce undergraduates to the helping professions, especially counseling in its many applications.
  • involve undergraduates in courses that are highly experiential and that involve service learning opportunities.
  • offer two sophomore level classes which can be useful electives for a wide range of majors, i.e. COUN 3321 Introduction to the Helping Relationship, and COUN 3322 Career Development. COUN 3322 provides critical support for all undergraduate students as they prepare for the world of work.
  • expand student awareness of the Counseling profession through the upper division courses that explore a variety of approaches to counseling, observation of client-centered play sessions structured to facilitate child development, and Adlerian approaches to parent education and marriage enhancement (in COUN 4387).

Courses to be included in the 18 semester-hour undergraduate minor in Human Services are as follows:

Required Courses
COUN 3321 Introduction to the Helping Relationship

In addition, students must pick three from the following courses:
COUN 3322 Career Development
COUN 3331 Introduction to Principles of Counseling
COUN 4088 Special Topics in Counseling
COUN 3332 Therapeutic Play Skills

Specific Courses (pick two from the following courses):
FACS 3369 Family Relationships
COMS 4386 Family Communication
PSYC 3365 Close Relationships                              
SOCI 3341 Marriage and the Family


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