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2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Human Services Major, B.S.

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Clemmer College of Education

Department of Counseling and Human Services

Human Services Program Information

Box 70701
Johnson City, TN 37614
Phone: (423) 439-7692

Coordinator: Dr. Jamie Branam Kridler
Advisors: Dr. Steve Cockerham, Dr. Mary R. Langenbrunner, Teresa Brooks-Taylor
email: cockerha@etsu.edu; langenbr@etsu.edu; taylort@etsu.edu
Phone: (423) 439-7667

Counseling and Human Services offers programs that focus on the application of development, learning, and other psychological principles in a wide variety of settings including home, school, and community. Courses in the behavioral sciences are provided both for majors and students in other academic areas. Areas of emphasis include developmental, educational and applied psychology, assessment, human services, counseling, early child development, and special education.

The Department of Counseling and Human Services offers one undergraduate program leading to the Bachelor of Science degree. In addition, minors in human development and learning and family studies are available through our department. Also offered are programs leading to the master of arts degree in school counseling, couples and family therapy, clinical mental health counseling, and college counseling/student affairs.

Students failing to demonstrate ethical and/or professional behaviors, as required by the appropriate professional associations, upon review and substantiation (with due process), may be denied continuance in departmental programs.

Human Services (HSER)

The program in Human Services leads to the Bachelor of Science degree (B.S.) and is designed to provide a human and behavioral science background for persons interested in entering professions such as counseling, case management, teaching, program  administration, and similar endeavors. Human service practitioners work in a variety of settings for a broad range of organizations dedicated to helping others transition through their developmental issues and processes.

Human service professionals are credentialed under the auspices of the National Organization of Human Services, a collaboration of over 1200 colleges and universities in the U.S. with degree programs in Human Services, in addition to human service practitioners throughout the country. The Southern Organization of Human Services represents the ETSU region. The Center for Credentialing and Education administers certification as a Human Services-Board Certified Practitioner (HS-BCP). Human service professionals compose the largest number and proportion of helping professionals, exceeding psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers combined. All these professions work together in providing the best of care for people as they grow and develop through life.

Many graduates of Human Services continue their education beyond the bachelor’s degree. Students often select the Human Services degree program in order to become licensed counselors, especially in school, marriage and family, community agency, and college/university settings. Students entering graduate programs in audiology and speech-language pathology, counseling, education, psychology, and related health professions regularly take Human Services coursework to prepare for their competencies.

Professional employment in Human Services is applied in treatment centers, hospitals, child and youth care facilities, community mental health centers, licensed professional practice, colleges/universities, schools, academies, governmental and non-governmental organizations, institutions, group homes, foster and transitional care, in-home counseling, homeless and runaway shelters, community action agencies, wilderness and adventure programming, and similar programs for social and personal development.


  1. Students are not formally admitted to the program until they have completed 30 credit hours; however, interested students are encouraged to seek advising earlier. Students seeking advising or admission should see the program coordinator.
  2. A broadly based determination of the applicant’s potential for academic and professional success will be made by departmental faculty. Factors considered for admission will include the applicant’s academic record, entrance examination scores, career goals, and communication skills. The following indicators of academic performance will be given particular attention.
    1. Scores on either the ACT or SAT will be considered in the context of the applicant’s high school and college record. Students with ACT subscores of less than 19 (16 if the ACT was taken prior to 1989) or SAT subscores of less than 360 and students who have not taken the ACT or SAT may be required to complete a prescribed program of HDAL courses prior to a final decision for admission.
    2. A grade point average of 2.50 on all college-level courses completed at the time of admission is a minimum criterion.
    3. Effective communication skills are required. Students who lack acceptable communication skills but who are otherwise qualified for admission may be asked to complete certain courses or undergo other experiences in order to correct the noted deficiencies. Upon completion of the assigned remedial experiences, admission will either be granted, denied or additional work will be recommended.
  3. Certain students who fail to meet minimum requirements for admission may be admitted on a probationary basis provided they have acceptable communication skills as noted above. Those students who present evidence of significant work experiences with children or adults, or those students whose admission test scores and/or grades are determined to have been diminished by cultural, linguistic, or certain educational factors may be admitted with the written understanding that they maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.50. Students who also lack acceptable communication skills must satisfy the requirements described in item 2(c), above, prior to probationary admission.

Course and Graduation Requirements

  1. Two lower division prerequisites are required for entrance into certain of the major courses. The prerequisite courses include Child Psychology-HDAL 2320  or Developmental Life Span Psychology-HDAL 2310 , and Elementary Statistics-PSYC 3100  or Probability and Statistics (Non-Calculus) -MATH 1530 . The preceding required major courses and prerequisites, must be completed with a grade of C - or higher in order to be accepted for major credit. Otherwise they must be repeated.
  2. In addition to the courses constituting the HSER major (and their prerequisites), students majoring in HSER are required to complete the university’s general education core, a minor or second major, and electives chosen by the student and approved by the faculty advisor. In all, students must complete 120 credit hours (see typical program of study).
  3. A minimum grade point average of 2.50 is required for all work completed at the time of graduation.
  4. Provided they have satisfied all other university, college, and departmental requirements, students may be granted the Bachelor of Science degree if:
    1. they have completed the major described in item one above;
    2. and the approved general education core and the minor or second major, and electives described in item two.

General Program Information

To earn a degree from ETSU, there are specific course requirements established by ETSU, by the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR), by each college, and by each department. All students must meet the degree requirements at each of these levels outlined in the following list:

University-level Degree and Graduation Requirements

Total Credit Hours for Degree: 120

TBR General Education Requirements: 41 - 42 Credit Hours

Listed below are the categories and courses specified under TBR General Education Requirements. Note that certain courses are required for this degree, specific to this major. Thus, these courses will satisfy both a TBR General Education requirement AND a requirement of this major. (Other majors may require different General Education courses.) Where specific courses are required for this major,  only those courses are listed under the category. If there are no specific major requirements for a category, all course options appear.


It is recommended that students take MATH 1530 Probability and Statistics – Noncalculus  for the Mathematics requirement as it is a prerequisite for HDAL 4950 Research in Learning and Development . It is also recommended that students take PSYC 1310 Introduction to Psychology  and HDAL 2310 Developmental Psychology  for the Social and Behavioral Sciences requirements as these courses are prerequisites for required HDAL courses.


9 credits, consisting of 6 credits of written composition and 3 credits of oral communication.

Written Composition

Complete both of the following: 

Oral Communication

Complete one of the following:

Humanities and Fine Arts

9 credits, consisting of 3 credits of literature, 3 credits of fine arts, and 3 credits of humanities electives.

Social and Behavioral Sciences

6 credits, consisting of both of the following:


6 credits, consisting of both of the following:

Natural Sciences

8 credits, consisting of two of the following (some require labs which are listed directly after the lecture):

(Note: Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in the College of Arts and Sciences must select 8 credit hours in a SINGLE laboratory science. Please see listing in College of Arts and Sciences B.S. Degree Requirements for options.)


Students will enroll in the appropriate general education math course during their first calendar year of enrollment at ETSU. Students required to complete learning support in mathematics must enroll in a learning support-designated section (L01-L99) of MATH 1530  during their first 15 hours at ETSU (not including summer) unless they are also required to complete learning support in reading or writing. Students needing learning support in reading or writing in addition to learning support in math should enroll in MATH 1530-Lxx immediately upon completing their other learning support requirements. Additional information may be found on the University Advisement Center website www.etsu.edu/uac/learningsupport/

Human Services Major

Human Services Major Requirements

To graduate with a degree in Human Services, students must earn a C- or better in all courses within the major and have a cumulative overall GPA of 2.5 or higher.

Be sure to check with an advisor to determine availability of classes. Not all classes meet every semester.

Human Services Field Experience: 6 Credit Hours

(Must take both courses.)

  • HDAL 4710   - Human Services Practicum (3 credits)
  • HDAL 4720   - Human Services Internship (3 credits)

These two courses MUST be arranged with and supervised by a Certified Child Life Specialist.

General Electives: 14-22 credits

Minor Requirements: 18-24 Credit Hours

(chosen from the list below)

(If required, must be advised for requirements in minor by an advisor in that minor.)

  • African and African American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Appalachian Studies
  • Applied Sociology
  • Applied Spanish: Community Studies
  • Communicative Disorders
  • Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • Early Childhood Development
  • Environmental Studies
  • Family Studies
  • Human Development and Learning
  • International Studies
  • Leadership Studies
  • Leisure Services
  • Management
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Social Work
  • Special Education
  • Women’s Studies

Additional Information

Click here to view the Human Services Major Suggested Course Sequence 


This major, if required courses are taken, leads to preparation for Certification in Child Life Specialist.

Students seeking Child Life Certification must arrange HDAL 4710  and 4720  with a certified Child Life Specialist.

Students seeking Child Life Certification must take HDAL 2001  and 3001  as their guided electives.

In addition, students seeking Child Life Certification MUST minor in Early Childhood Development.

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