Course Descriptions

HSER 1100    Introduction to Human Services     Credits  3         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course introduces students to the field of Human Services. Course describes history, worker roles, and current career trends in the field. Recommended completion of, or concurrent enrollment in EAP 1260: College Writing Skills Development plus EAP 1230: College Reading and Study Skills or above with a grade of C or better.



HSER 1200    Multicultural Awareness in Human Services     Credits  3         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This class examines attitudes and enhances knowledge and skills that are necessary to work effectively with culturally diverse populations in the human services field. Students will explore their own and other's cultural identities, values, attitudes, and behaviors. Adjusting services to the multicultural needs of individuals who are served will be emphasized. Recommended completion of, or concurrent enrollment in EAP 1260: College Writing Skills Development plus EAP 1230: College Reading and Study Skills or above with a grade of C or better



HSER 1300    Crisis Assessment and Intervention     Credits  3         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

Presents basic concepts of crisis assessment, intervention, and referral. The application of strategies and techniques with a discussion of intervention, assessment, and referral models is included. An overview of interventions for specific crisis will be reviewed. An assessment model for making appropriate referrals is presented.



HSER 1400    Basic Counseling Skills     Credits  3         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

Introduces basic counseling and interviewing skills. Students will learn and apply skills that range from basic attending and listening skills to chart documentation and treatment planning. Prerequisites: HSER 1100 and HSER 1200



HSER 1500    Group Processes     Credits  3         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

Focuses on the development of communication skills and self-awareness important in the roles of group membership and leadership. Provides an understanding of the evolution and function of therapeutic groups. Emphasizes the development of knowledge and skills. Prerequisites: HSER 1100, HSER 1200 and HSER 1400



HSER 1600    Loss and Grief     Credits  2         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

Review dynamics of loss and grief across the lifespan and how grief impacts families and children. Students will learn to identify, assess, and intervene in grief situations while exploring gender differences. The course will incorporate journal assignments and experiential activities designed in the healing of each persons grief journey.



HSER 1700    Family Functions and Interactions     Credits  3         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

The course offers an introduction to family systems theory, normal and problematic family systems and family functioning concepts. The impact and effects of family on individual development is also explored. Students will examine family violence including the impact of chemical dependency, social and the psychological roots of violence.



HSER 1800    Mental Disorders Through the Life Span     Credits  3         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

The course introduces an overview of the range of mental disorders throughout the lifespan including those impacting children and the elderly. Students will learn to identify signs and symptoms of each disorder in addition to learning basic skills and therapeutic treatments that effectively help individuals who have mental disorders. Prerequisite: HSER 1400



HSER 1900    Current Human Services Topics     Credits  3         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course examines current topics and issues specific to the field of Human Services. Students will take an active role in the research and presentation of topics in the course.



HSER 2100    Human Services Seminar     Credits  1         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

The course provides an opportunity for human services students to create and implement projects for the development of personal knowledge and skill using a seminar approach. Students should be aware that a Minnesota Department of Human Services background study and fingerprinting is required.



HSER 2101    Human Services Internship     Credits  6         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course is a capstone off campus experiential-learning component for the Human Services program. Students will spend 240 hours at a human services internship site to have the opportunity to gain experience, enhance their knowledge and further develop skills learned in the program. Students should be aware that a Minnesota Department of Human Services background study and fingerprinting is required. Prerequisites: HSER 1100, HSER 1400, and HSER 1500