Master of Arts in Human Services

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(All courses are 3 credits and are listed in the recommended sequence.)

HUM 6500 Issues in Human Diversity
This course is a systematic study of multicultural issues emphasizing respect for diversity of people and families, particularly with regard to matters of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, and sexual orientation. Specific ethnic groups are studied in regard to family relations and mental health issues. Attention is given to ethnocentrism and racism in society. Through this course, students better understand themselves (including expectations and biases toward employees and agency clients) based on their ethnic families of origin. Positive and negative feelings about ethnicity are also explored.

HUM 5010 Overview of Human Services
This course is designed to introduce the student to the broad field of human services, the types of disciplines represented in the field, the general nature and scope of services provided by the disciplines, the similarities in services provided, and the differences among the disciplines. A major emphasis will be on the ways in which human services professionals can effectively and efficiently interact to enhance service delivery and maximize the use of valuable resources.

PSY 5280 Ethics, Laws & Standards of Professional Practice *
This course is a study of the ethical and legal issues confronting those practicing in human services. Topics related to clinical methodology, standards of practice, and inter-professional relations are explored. Students learn principles of ethical decision making, standards for human and animal use in research, and standards of care specified by state and federal laws. Emphasis is placed on exploration of the emotional impact that major ethical and legal dilemmas have on decision making. Students also master the current code of ethics of the American Psychological Association and other professional codes of ethics, such as the code of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy or the code of the American Counseling Association. This course must be taken at University of the Rockies and may not be transferred from another institution.

PSY 5420 Principles of Social Psychology
This course provides an introduction and overview of the principles and theories of social psychology. The course includes exploration of behavior in groups, group impacts on individual behavior and the ways in which organizational rules and norms impact behavior. Constructs of social psychology, including social influence, social thinking, and attitude formation are covered and related to sociological and psychological research.

ORG 6503 Organizational Theories & Systems
This course explores the theories of human organizations and how they function and the factors which influence the structure, design, operation, and performance of individuals in complex organizations. The emphasis is on integrating theory and concepts from the behavioral and social sciences as a basis for understanding human behavior within organizations.

HUM 5060 Grant Writing in Human Services
This course provides students with knowledge of various types of government and private grants, sources of information on funding agencies, grant writing principles and techniques, pre-submission consultation review processes, and the overall grant review process. Practice in researching funding sources and grant guidelines and in proposal preparation are included.

HUM 6405 Applied Research in Human Services
This course is designed to give the student the hands-on knowledge of the practices employed in collecting and analyzing data in human services settings. Data may be quantitative or qualitative in nature. Students will be able to analyze critically the information in order to provide the appropriate feedback to their agency or an external requesting entity. Students will be prepared to communicate the research and analysis processes to others and develop appropriate written manuscripts or reports.

HUM 5100 Integrative Project for Human Services Learners
This course provides the opportunity for students planning careers in human service agencies to apply knowledge and skills obtained throughout the program in a practical way. Students may opt for projects in new program/service delivery design, program evaluation, quantitative or qualitative research on an issue in human service delivery, or other appropriate areas, approved by the instructor. HUM 5100 is intended to be a capstone course in the student's program.

Not-for-Profit Management Specialization

ORG 6515 Social Capital (Networking in Organizations)
The concept of social capital is used to describe the resources available to individuals through their membership in community networks. This course explores the history and definitions of social capital, the approaches to measuring social capital, and an in-depth analysis of how systems can be designed to prevent the erosion and encourage the development of social capital.

HUM 5210 Recruiting & Coaching Volunteers
This course is designed to provide students with working knowledge of volunteer use in human service agencies. Sources and methods of volunteer recruitment, legal issues in the recruitment and use of volunteers, screening issues, methods of training, and techniques for coaching, securing and maintaining on-going commitment, and effective use of volunteers are areas of focus.

HUM 5220 Non-Profit Principles & Practices
This course provides students with the common issues and principles surrounding non-profit agencies and organizations. Background and philosophy, rules and regulations, tax implications, principles of philanthropy, the role of grants and other sources of external funding are emphasized.

Mental Health Administration Specialization

HUM 5300 Human Services Policy
This course provides students with a broad overview of the laws and regulations that govern delivery of services in the various human services disciplines. Cross-disciplinary regulations, policy development and review in agencies, and methods to impact policy /regulation development and revision at the state and national level are areas of emphasis.

HUM 5400 Organizational Behavior & Leadership
This course explores the theories of human organizations, principles of organizational behavior, and principles of leadership, focusing on functions and factors that influence the structure, design, operation, and performance of individuals in complex organizations. The emphasis is on integrating theory and concepts from the behavioral and social sciences as a basis for understanding human behavior and leadership within organizations.

HUM 5500 Human Services Administration
This course draws from the concepts of organizational behavior and leadership theory and human services policy to present the students a conceptual framework for leading a human services organization. Leadership issues unique to human services settings will be discussed, with the focus on developing effective leadership styles for deployment in human services agencies.

Comprehensive Exam

Total Credits 33

* This course may not be transferred in.

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