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Administrative Unit: Criminal Justice Administration and Human Services Department
Course Prefix and Number: HUMS 495
Course Title: Senior Seminar
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Required as a culminating experience prior to graduation. Capstone course integrating prior learning while exploring current research, contemporary issues and areas of practice in human services. Grade of C or higher is required. Writing intensive. Emphases include exploration of self and creating expertise within an area of interest pertinent to the career and academic goals of the student. Prerequisites: Human Services major, senior standing, and all core requirements completed (or currently enrolled).

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

Human Services major, senior standing, and all core requirements completed (or currently enrolled).

Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered Spring.

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Textbooks listed are not necessarily the textbooks used in the course. Textbook(s) chosen should include theory and technique appropriate for baccalaureate level practice.

I never knew I had a choice: explorations in personal growth
By Corey and Corey (Cengage Learning)
Course Objectives

  • To identify individual academic and career goals and construct a plan to meet them.
  • To identify an area of preferred practice within Human Services and demonstrate an understanding of current issues, developments and research in that area.
  • To explain and integrate major Human Services models, perspectives and theories into an identified area of practice.
  • To describe current research and policy developments for an identified area of practice.  
  • To facilitate personal growth and self-awareness.  
  • To gain an understanding of ethical practice.  
  • To improve writing skills.

    Measurable Learning

  • Gather, assess, and communicate (through presentations and papers) information about current events, issues, and developments within the field of Human Services.
  • Create a resume and a written plan for academic and career goals.
  • Survey jobs in the Human Services field at the local, state and national level.
  •  Identify areas of strength and areas for personal growth.  
  • Identify and resolve ethical dilemmas using the NOHS Code of Ethics. 
  • Expand knowledge of poverty and the overall impact on populations served.

    Topical Outline:


  • NOHS code of ethics 
  • Licensure, certification, and other credentials for the Human Services professional
  • Planning for continuing and life-long education
  • Writing skills.
  • Job Seeking skills.  
  • Graduate school options.  
  • Resumes.  
  • Assessment of learning outcomes in the major.  
  • Assessment instruments used in this course measures student achievement of the stated learning objectives for the major.

    Culminating Experience Statement:

    During this course the ETS Proficiency Profile may be administered.  This 40-minute standardized test measures learning in general education courses.  The results of the tests are used by faculty to improve the general education curriculum at the College.


    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 20

    Library Resources:

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    Prepared by: Lia Willis Date: April 5, 2013
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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