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Pursue your calling to serve others in a professional setting.

Description:

 

The Bachelor of Science in Human Services will provide a comprehensive understanding of helping and healing relationships that enables graduates to serve individuals, families and society. Its purpose is to develop practitioners who are biblically-informed, ethical thinkers who can practically apply their knowledge to serving others in society. The program seeks to prepare professionals who can meet the needs of diverse communities with integrity and sensitivity, and be prepared for a further education and life-long learning.

 

Career Opportunities:

 

This degree is applicable in many career fields, but it is especially designed for organizations and non-profits that focus on human services, such as education, recreation, corrections, social services, and business.

Core Classes

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Semester 1

GEN 322 - Research and Concept Development Skills

This course will help students develop the skills and strategies to be successful as an adult learner.  Focus is on the topics of adult learning, time management skills, and research. The American Psychological Association (APA) formatting guidelines for academic writing, understanding personal learning styles and personality types, and personal goal setting is included in these broader topics.

Credits: 3

LEA 374 - Working with Teams

This course emphasizes the importance of teamwork in organizational or professional settings. In addition to reviewing the components of effective teams, the dysfunctions of teams, accountability within teams, and values will also be discussed. Success in organizations is largely dependent on teamwork. Students will become more effective team members as well as equipping them to improve team relationships. Characteristics of dynamic and thriving teams will be explored, with a special emphasis on the common dysfunctions of teams and how to avoid them.

Credits: 3

BIB 342 - Life of Christ

This course is a journey in the steps of Christ to experience authentic and transformative Christian living, which prepares students to follow the steps of Christ and serve the Church and society. Students will explore context, life examples, teachings, and theology inherent in the life of Christ in order to develop a personal theology. The four Gospels serve as the knowledge base.

Credits: 3

LEA 372 - Organizational Leadership

This course will provide an understanding of organizational leadership from a biblical, theoretical and practical point of view.  The topic of leadership will be discussed in four contexts that include intrapersonal, interpersonal relationships, organizational structure and processes, and organizational culture.  A biblical approach will be used as a unifying theme for leadership best practices within each of these contexts.

Credits: 3

Semester 2

MIN 362 - Marketplace Ministry

The purpose of this course is to learn and live the foundational tenets of biblical Christianity in the marketplace of life; at home, at work, and in the school; in short, in the public arena.  Attention will be given to the lifestyle of the believer as a statement to the non-Christian, relationship building, lifestyle evangelism, spiritual conversation with the non-Christian, and the biblical elements of conversion.

Credits: 3

THE 454 - Knowing God

This course provides an in-depth study of Theology Proper, the study of God the Father.  Included with this will be understanding the Trinity doctrine, with an emphasis on biblical, historical and theological dimensions of knowing God as the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  The course supports not only knowing more about God, but actually knowing God better through the application of Christian doctrine to life, worship and mission.

Credits: 3

HUM 332 - Personal and Social Ethics

This course lays the foundation for a Christian response to ethical issues arising in 21st Century Western culture. Attention is given to the biblical foundation of Christian personal and social ethics, the history of ethics, ethical decision-making, and personal character development. Application of these topics will be made to a range of contemporary issues.

Credits: 3

THE 352 - Theology of Leadership

This course provides a biblical, Christ-centered perspective of leadership ideas.  Historical trends in the development of leadership thinking—both from a secular and Christian perspective—are discussed and evaluated in light of biblical truth, and students will be challenged to apply this truth to their own lives and their understanding of organizational behavior.

Credits: 3

Semester 3

SOC 356 - Marriage and Family

This course is designed to lay foundational principles for an understanding of biblical manhood, biblical womanhood, biblical marriage, and the nurture of children. Along with this will be a review of the stages of life involved within marriage and family.

Credits: 3

PSY 349 - Theories and Foundations in Counseling

This course has three main purposes, which include analysis of several psychological theories regarding personality, simulated theory application, and personal application of theoretical concepts to their own lives.  In this way, students should begin to develop a solid foundation for his/her own counseling skills and increase their self-understanding. Integrated with the understanding of theories will be compatibility of scriptural teaching.

Credits: 3

PSY 310 - Abnormal Psychology

Abnormal Psychology is designed to introduce students to models of thinking concerning mental health, mental disorders, and classification of mental disorders.  The general goals are to expose students to the range of thinking within the field of mental health and to help students understand the complexities of modern day classification of various mental disorders. The students will be challenged to define what is considered “normal” and “abnormal.” They will become familiar with the bio-psycho-social-spiritual model of abnormal psychology, including the various theories developed and used to explain causes and treatments for mental disorders. Emphasis in this undergraduate class will focus on symptoms and causes, although treatment will certainly be included. All information will be compared and contrasted with a Christian worldview of the various theories and concepts of Abnormal Psychology.

Credits: 3

PSY 456 - Survival Psychology

This course focuses on the traits responsible for surviving in high-stress environments, including responding directly to high-threat encounters. Pro-survival behaviors are presented, including “the gift of fear” and balancing independence and leadership versus the need for teamwork collaboration in responding to stressful events. Organizational and professional psychological traits present in law enforcement, paramilitary organizations and high stress organizations are explored, as well as healthy lifestyle factors that lead to career effectiveness and avoiding burnout, such as managing vicarious trauma and promoting self-care.

Credits: 3

Semester 4

PSY 383 - Studies in Research Statistics

This course is an introduction to fundamental constructs of statistics as they are applied to research. Learners are introduced to core concepts, including: sampling, reliability and validity, descriptive and inferred statistics, hypothesis formulation, statistical significance, confidence intervals, interpretation of research, common statistical tests, and ANOVA computations. Learners will also become familiar with software for statistical computing and graphics.  Previously listed as PSY 328 Research Statistics.

Credits: 3

THE 453 - Christian Theology II

This course is an in-depth study of the doctrines of systematic theology, including Anthropology (Man), Hamartiology (Sin), Soteriology (Salvation and the Atonement), Angelology (Angels), Ecclesiology (Church) and Eschatology (End Times).  These doctrines will be considered from the mid-Acts dispensational view of theology held by Grace Bible College.  The course also encourages the practical integration of these doctrines in the life and service of the Christian.

Credits: 3

MIN 466 - Biblical Counseling

This course will provide an overview of counseling from a biblical perspective. This course will discuss an overview of the change process, with brief exploration into personality structure and the origin of personal struggles, from a biblical perspective. This course will also provide a study of the modern day integration perspectives of theology and psychology.

Credits: 3

PSY 478 - Human Services Capstone

This course involves integrating concepts and theory from the degree program as applied to practical interventions. Students will be familiar with the context of a chosen agency that includes protocols and norms, as well as the agency’s role in the broader community. Students will also demonstrate knowledge of alternative services and gaps in services that could potentially affect clients served by their chosen agency. Students will gain first-hand knowledge from interviewing a human services worker in their area and are encouraged to integrate critical, biblical thinking as they apply human services methods and theories in service to ministering to diverse populations in various settings.

Credits: 3

Total Credits: 48

What Students Love

  • Experienced and highly rated faculty
  • A stimulating academic environment
  • Cohort groups with an average of 14 students provide maximum interaction and support from instructors
  • Cohorts meet online in an efficient, accelerated program
  • Students from a variety of cultures and ministry backgrounds

 

Admission Requirements:

 

  • Admissions Application free to apply
  • Official Transcripts from all prior colleges where the student wishes to transfer college credits.

 

Length

  • Varies depending on transfer credits.  Roughly 24 months to complete bachelor credits (48 core, 12 concentration).

 

Credits

  • 60 bachelor credits (48 core, 12 concentration), 120 total credits required to graduate with a bachelor’s degree.
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