The Department sets high expectations for our students. In addition to academic standards, students must also demonstrate behaviors that indicate a readiness to work with vulnerable populations.
Examples of these behaviors are:
- Ability to get along with classmates and faculty.
- Respect for other cultures and values.
- Good decision-making and problem solving skills.
- Timeliness, punctuality and preparedness.
Learn more about academics, internships, and self-care and wellness expectations below.
Each course will have a syllabus indicating the requirements and grade system. Some general expectations include:
- Strong written and oral communications skills.
- Being prepared for each class by completing assignments.
- Knowledge of basic technology, including computer skills and library research skills.
- Many courses have Fieldwork or volunteer work as part of the course requirements.
It is the responsibility of the student to obtain information presented in class and/or assignments made when the student is absent.
Each student is expected to take tests as scheduled. Individual instructors differ in their rules for missed tests and if they allow make-up exams.
A grade of ‘C’ is required is required in all courses.
Each degree and certificate plan requires two Internships. These are placements in appropriate social service agencies
Students must apply for Internship the semester before they would like to enroll.
Approval is given if the student:
- Has a 2.8 GPA.
- Demonstrates workplace readiness.
- Has completed most of the courses in the degree plan.
Students are required to get their own transportation to travel to sites off campus.
Students are at their sites 160 hours/semester.
Internships are rarely paid, but students are expected to follow all workplace rules including dress code, grooming, scheduling and HIPAA confidentiality.
Self-Care and Wellness
Many students are drawn to the Human Services major because of personal life experiences.
Our students often trigger deep emotional issues during some coursework. As such, it is recommended that our students engage in their own personal therapy or support group.
Mental health or substance use relapses which come to the attention of the Department will generate a referral to the College Counseling office.