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Human Services Administration Concentration

Human Services Administration Concentration

Human services professionals manage and lead organizations that address some of the most important and critical societal needs. The Human Services Administration concentration area enables present and future human services professionals in the public and private sectors to effectively develop and shape their organizations to facilitate and improve services. Courses in this concentration area provide students with a better understanding of the United States human services delivery system. Students also strengthen management skills that are critical to success within the human services administration arena.

American Social Policy and the Development of Human Services 
6 classes 
Course #4540

This course traces the emergence and evolution of human services in the United States. Students are introduced to the broader field of social welfare policy. The development of social policy will be examined, and include social, economic and political perspectives, as well as perspectives on issues of race and gender.

Sought Learning Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the historical development of the human services system in the U.S.
  • Describe the dominant ideologies, values, and beliefs that have influenced the development of social welfare systems
  • Demonstrate conceptual clarity of policy making
  • Explain the role of human services professions in influencing social policy
  • Identify the social, economic, and political factors that influence social policies
  • Understand how social policy is created
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of social policy responses to identified problems
  • Analyze the response of the social welfare system to the needs of populations at-risk

Analysis of Community Characteristics 
5 classes 
Course #4541

Students learn how to assess community needs through an analysis of community demographics, economics, institutions, and power structures. Common community problems such as homelessness, racism and prejudice, violence, unemployment, and access to health care are explored.

Sought Learning Outcomes:

  • Objectively assess demographic, social, and economic patterns in a local community
  • Examine the various power and economic dynamics of the community
  • Delineate needs of a local community
  • Demonstrate knowledge of holistic perspectives on community and its place in the larger context of society

Special Issues in Human Services Administration 
4 classes 
Course #4542

Issues unique to human services agencies are explored, including working with cultural, educational, and regional differences. Problems of supervision unique to human services are also explored. This course covers how to start a nonprofit organization that provides direct services. Students will also learn about the increased demand for accountability in the public sector.

Sought Learning Outcomes:

  • Discuss skills in communication, team building, and coaching needed by human services administrators
  • Understand laws and regulations that impact human services organizations
  • Describe strategies to alleviate common causes of stress in organizations
  • Explore legal and economic issues related to starting a new nonprofit human services organization
  • Affect changes in organizations to meet increasing demand for accountability in the public sector.

Grantwriting for Nonprofit Organizations*
6 classes 
Course # 4583

Every year hundreds of foundations, corporations, and government agencies have millions of dollars available to be distributed to nonprofit organizations. To access these funds, fundraising professionals must know how to write and submit grants. Grantwriting is a competitive process that requires knowledge of the politics of grantwriting, the art of grantwriting, and the mechanics of grantwriting. In this course, students learn how to identify potential funding resources, how to satisfy the needs of grantors, and how to write winning grants.

Sought Learning Outcomes:

  • Have knowledge of the application and grant review process
  • Understand the concepts of relationshipbuilding with potential grantors
  • Understand the importance of grant-seeking research
  • Explain the differences between private and government funding
  • Know the parts of a grant and how to write a grant
  • Know what grant reviewers look for in a grant

*This course is offered in both the Fundraising Management, Human Services Administration, and Jewish Communal Services concentrations.