Human Relations (B.A.)
Our human relations majors are fascinated by human behavior and are given a unique opportunity: to study and understand human behavior from both a psychological and a sociological perspective.
Our students learn how to explore and tolerate differing points of view. In our courses, students focus on issues of gender, diversity, social justice, ethics and public policy in order to interpret the world and endeavor to answer a wide range of questions concerning human behavior.
A human relations degree can translate into many fields and positions. Our majors can be found anywhere from the corporate business world to the high school classroom and from non-profit organizations to government agencies. This major also complements graduate studies in sociology, psychology, social work, education and public relations.
Featured CoursesHUMR 201 Introduction to Human RelationsThis course is designed to provide students with a conceptual framework within which to examine some of the major human relations problems faced by society and to introduce students to the breadth and depth of the field of human relations. Emphasis is on the processes of communication, problem solving, decision making, conflict and change as they occur in individuals, interpersonal, group and intergroup relations. The course emphasizes key ideas of theorists who have contributed to the interdisciplinary field of human relations. Formerly HUMR 201 - Special Topics in Human Relations.
Prerequisites: PSYC 101 and SOCY 100 HUMR 211 Introduction to Social WorkIntroduces the profession of social work and the wide range of factors that influence generalist social work practice. Surveys the historical development of pro-social policy and practices of the profession, with particular focus on issues of social justice. Methods, fields of practice, knowledge and skills fundamental to social work are presented throughout. Discussion will also include current issues confronting the profession, volunteer and para-professional experiences, and guest speakers. Formerly HRE 200.
3 credits HUMR 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.
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 PSPP, a 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, with an emphasis on cultural competence. This course focuses on the increasing need for cultural and ethnic diversity in social work practice with the changing U.S. population. The politics of social work is also examined, with attention to historical oppression and issues of social justice. Utilizes case studies of assessment, planning and intervention with diverse clients.
Prerequisite: HUMR 211 HUMR 420 Group CounselingThis course is an analysis of the role and function of group procedures with special emphasis on the elements of group process and group interaction in counseling. Attention is given to the relevant research in group procedures. Both didactic and experiential approaches to group procedures are utilized. This course is designed for students who are planning to work in the mental health field.
Prerequisites: PSYC 101, HUMR 212, Junior Standing in PSYC or HUMR
- Social Worker
- Child Psychologist
- Public Relations Assistant
- Media Relations Coordinator
- Legislative Aide
- Teacher / Professor
- Program Manager
- Behavior Specialist
Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh, Associate Professor of Psychology
Dr. Roberta Goldberg, Professor of Sociology
Dr. Deborah Harris O'Brien, Associate Professor of Psychology (program chair)
Dr. Konia Kollehlon, Associate Professor of Sociology
Dr. Roxana Moayedi, Professor of Sociology
Dr. E. Wairimu Mwangi, Assistant Professor of Sociology
Dr. Carlota Ocampo, Associate Professor of Psychology; Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs
Dr. Debbie Van Camp, Associate Professor of Psychology; Associate Provost for Academic Assessment