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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 practice theories in human services. Grade of C or higher is required. Writing intensive. Emphasis is on 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 Fall and 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.

Modern Social Work Theory
By Payne, M., & M. King (Lyceum)
Publication Manual
By American Psychological Association (American Psychological Association)
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.

    Measurable Learning Outcomes:

  • Gather, assess, and communicate (through presentations and papers) information about current events, issues, and developments within the field of Human Services.
  • Plan and lead discussions on professional topics.
  • 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.
  • Create a concept map for a Human Services practice model, perspective or theory.

    Topical Outline:

    Note: This class emphasizes writing in the APA format and students are expected to improve their research and writing skills.

  • Licensure, certification, and other credentials for the Human Services professional
  • Planning for continuing and life-long education
  • Job seeking skills
  • Graduate school options
  • Construction and reality in Human Services theory
  • Applying theory to practice
  • Concept maps
  • Models, theories and perspectives for Human Services practice: - Memetics - Contact theory - Chaos theory - Systems theory - Psychodynamic perspective - Strengths perspective - Ecological perspective - Crisis intervention and task-centered models - Cognitive-behavioral theories - Social psychology and social construction - Humanism and existentialism - Social and community development - Critical perspectives - Feminist perspectives - Social exchange theory - Social network theory - Modern and postmodern thought - Cybernetics
  • Anti-discrimination and cultural and ethnic sensitivity A primary purpose of the culminating experience is to asses learning outcomes in the major. It demonstrates the following set of characteristics:
  • The experience occurs after the completion of appropriate foundational skills, electives, and requirements.
  • Assessment instruments used in the experience measure student achievement of the stated learning objectives for the major.
  • Departmental faculty use the information given by assessment to improve teaching and learning in 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:

    Online databases are available at You may access them from off-campus using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

    Prepared by: Lia Willis Date: February 10, 2011
    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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