Specific learning outcomes of the Human Services degree with Juvenile Justice concentration include:
- Students gain the skills needed to work with people in a way that preserves their dignity and builds on their strengths, empowering them to address their concerns and leading to better outcomes.
- Students learn to identify and work with the strengths inherent in individuals, families and communities.
- Students gain practical skills for assisting people in making positive changes that will improve the quality of their lives.
- Students are prepared for personal and professional growth.
- Students have built a solid base for graduate studies in a wide variety of professional and academic fields.
- Students become effective agents of positive change.
- Critical Thinking, Logic, and Analysis
- Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning
- Written and Oral Communication
- Information Literacy and Computer Sciences
- Understanding of the scope and relevance of the arts and humanities throughout history and within contemporary society
- Integration of Scientific Thought and Analysis
- Understanding of intercultural and intra-cultural concepts within the social sciences
- Fundamental understanding of the historical development of concepts of juvenile justice and methodologies of psychology
- Understanding and basic knowledge of major psychological theories, concepts and processes of adolescent behavior
- Understanding learning theory and cognition, personality, motivation and group theories
- Understand a variety of perspectives regarding mental health, psychopathology, maladaptive behaviors and psychotherapy
- Understand the roles of cultural, social and historical forces in shaping behavior
- An understanding of the complex factors that contribute to adolescent behavior, its impact, and societal responses.
- Developing skills in vital areas such as suicide assessment, crisis intervention, and family mediation
- Gaining skills to address youth issues in the context of government agencies and community organizations
- Detailed understanding of current practices and research on successful treatment models
Careers and Further Study
The health and human service industry has been identified by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as an area of increasing growth in the 21st century. Students majoring in human services may find themselves working and leading in a variety of settings — with adolescents in residential programs or with the elderly in nursing homes, in the community or in health centers, as program directors, as case managers or outreach workers. They work in prevention or in treatment, in after-school programs or criminal justice programs
Students will acquire a vocabulary in concepts and methods of critical thinking and will gain the skills necessary to navigate and manage complex systems, obtain fulfilling employment, and compete in the working world. Students will develop persuasive oral communication and writing skills and be prepared to utilize them in their employment and graduate study. With these transferrable skills and broad-based knowledge, our graduates will be equipped to take on new and unforeseen challenges in this fast-paced and quickly changing world.
Our graduates are well positioned to enter graduate studies in human services, psychology, counseling, social work, juvenile justice, criminal justice, forensic psychology, youth development and advocacy, family studies, addiction studies, and counseling. Career possibilities include juvenile residential and community-based programs, state and private non-profit agencies, probation departments, violence prevention, child protection and youth advocacy.