Introduction to Human Services – HUSR 200

Catalog Course Description:

This course covers the history and philosophy of the human services; function and orientation of human service agencies and institutions; human services as careers; opportunities and qualifications at various entry levels of human services employment.


Burger, William R., Human Services in Contemporary America, 7th Edition, 2008, BROOKS/COLE Publishing Company, Pacific Grove California ISBN-10: 0-495-11524-X (I will also accept students using the 6th edition)


Learning experiences will consist of assigned readings, lectures, class discussions, videos, student and guest lecturer presentations.

Evidence of Learning Objectives and Class Assignments


There will be two tests. Each test will be comprised of fifty multiple-choice questions each worth 2 points. In addition the midterm exam will have an essay question worth 50 points. The midterm test will be worth a total of 150 points. The final exam will be worth 100 points. Exams will test knowledge and understanding of information presented during lectures, readings and class presentations. Exam #2 will be a final exam in the traditional sense. It will be cumulative, and will cover material presented over the entire course of the semester. Students will be permitted to take an exam late if, in the Instructor’s opinion, there was a very good reason for missing the original exam date. There will be a 10% Late Penalty, no exceptions. Students will need a Scantron Form #886-E for each exam. Scantron forms can be purchased in the bookstore.

Reaction Paper

There will be one reaction paper worth a maximum of 50 points. This paper is to be at least four pages long, double spaced, and are to be the student’s reactions to a guest speaker presentation. There will be a 10% late penalty, no exceptions. Please follow the outline in the back of the syllabus.

Site Visit Project & Presentation

Each student will be required to complete a site visit project and presentation. Each student is to visit a human services agency site and interview an agency professional. Students are not to pick a site where they have or do work or have received services. The student is to write up their findings utilizing the outline in the back of the syllabus. The student will also present their findings in a five-minute class presentation. Students are encouraged to, but are not required, to team up in pairs and when they do so presentation time will be extended to 10 minutes. Even though site visits and presentations may be done in pairs, papers are to be written individually. This class project and presentation will be worth a maximum of 150 points (100 for the paper and 50 for the presentation). There will be a 10% late penalty, no exceptions.

Life is an adventure to be lived and not a problem to be solved.