Human Relations (B.A.)
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For students who want to better understand human behavior and the social world, our human relations major offers them the opportunity to develop a scholarly perspective in the two major social science areas of psychology and sociology. This interdisciplinary approach fosters intellectual sophistication by demonstrating how these disciplines, both separately and combined, interpret the world and endeavor to answer a wide range of questions concerning human behavior and group life.
Our human relations major embodies many of the primary goals of the Trinity curriculum by focusing on issues of gender, diversity, social justice, ethics, public policy and technology. We are committed to experiential and service learning outside the classroom (with a special emphasis on social justice and advocacy), and the program thus promotes internships and practica in our students’ areas of interest.
Featured CoursesHUMR 212 Introduction to Counseling for the Helping ProfessionsExplores the role of counseling in the helping professions. Surveys history, philosophy and theories of counseling, including an overview of methods and techniques. Possible topics include introductions to individual, group, community, marriage, family, grief, substance abuse, academic, employee, and vocational counseling. Also considers the implications of current economic and social climates on the practice and efficacy of counseling in the helping professions.
Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or SOCY 100 (both are recommended) HUMR 301 Seminar: Perspectives on GenderApproaches the concept of gender from the standpoints of psychology and sociology. Specifically, the topics of socialization, language and communication, sexuality and the media, and work and the family will be addressed in an interdisciplinary fashion. Emphasis will be placed on synthesis and integration, while applying course material to real-world events. Note: This may count as a PSYC, SOCY, or HUMR course. Formerly HRE 301.
FLC Seminar II
Prerequisites PSYC 101 and SOCY 100 HUMR 311 Research Methods for Human RelationsIntroduces students to research methods utilized in human relations professions. Critical thinking, data analysis and synthesis are emphasized, along with understanding basic statistics. Students will learn to read, understand, and produce written research reports and will gain familiarity with SPSS, the statistical package for the social sciences.
Prerequisites: PSYC 101, SOCY 100, and MAT 110 HUMR 350 Multicultural Social WorkPresents an overview of multicultural issues in social work. Emphasis is placed on the increasing need for cultural and ethnic diversity in social work practice with the changing U.S. population. Also discusses the politics of social work, with a focus on historical oppression and issues of social justice. Utilizes case studies of assessment, planning and intervention with diverse clients.
Prerequisite: HUMR 211 PSYC 231 Child PsychologyReviews theories of development and contemporary research and how they relate to current social issues concerning children. The developmental period from conception through middle childhood is the focus, with topics including cognitive changes, language acquisition, sensory-motor, moral, and socioemotional development. Formerly PSY 257 Child Psychology.
FLC Area V
Prerequisites: PSYC 101 or permission of instructor SOCY 321 Inequality and SocietyExamines classical and contemporary theories of social stratification. Are we all created equal? Can we become equal? Particular emphasis is on the American class structure, its impact on social institutions, and the importance of gender and race as factors contributing to inequality in society. Formerly SOC 378 Inequality and Society.
Prerequisites: SOCY 100 SSC 107 Social Science WritingIntroduces students to the basics of writing papers for social science courses. It will cover proposal writing, library research, internet research, organization of the paper, outlines, drafts, and documentation.
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