Human Services at BHSU
The Black Hills State University Human Services program provides students with the knowledge necessary to understand and address the needs of various human populations. This program allows students to study the psychology and sociology of human behavior, while our human services classes provide hands-on learning opportunities. The BHSU Human Services program also offers three emphasis options: Justice Studies, Family Studies, or Community Studies. These options allow students to focus their studies within the field best suited to their professional goals. Faculty and staff are here to help students identify their goals and navigate a path to achieve them. This includes personal guidance and support with internships, employment, and graduate school opportunities.
Internships are service experiences for students who have already attained considerable academic preparation related to a professional field. Internships involve advanced undergraduate or graduate students working in professional settings under the supervision of practicing professionals. Not only does an internship provide an amazing learning opportunity, and many internships earn students academic credit. To learn more about internship credit at BHSU, please view our Internship Manual. Internship experiences may also involve some type of income. There are many internship opportunities available for students wanting to gain practical experience.
Possible Internship Opportunities:
Human Services Faculty
Faculty within the BHSU Human Services program have a wide-range of experience in human services related research and work. Our faculty includes licensed clinical psychologists, professional counselors, former youth programming workers, sustainability scholars, and community development researchers. Faculty are well connected with human services agencies and organizations within and beyond South Dakota.
Stay connected in the realm of Human Services by joining a professional organization.
Beginning with the very first Human Services course, the BHSU Human Services curriculum is designed to help you envision your goals and build a path to achieving them. The interdisciplinary core curriculum delivers a well-rounded understanding of human behavior from our sociology and psychology faculty, while the human services courses focus on applying this knowledge to important practical skills. Three emphasis areas allow you to focus your studies within the coursework most closely aligned with your professional goals, including: Justice Studies, Family Studies, and Community Studies. Our faculty and advisors will help you tailor your curriculum in a way that reflects your unique professional goals.
BHSU HMS Core Curriculum – 30 credits
• HMS200: INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN SERVICES
• HMS351: Case Management
• HMS400: Program Planning & Evaluation
• SOC100: Introduction to Sociology
• SOC150: Social Problems
• SOC307: Research Methods I
• SOC350: Race & Ethnic Relations
• SOC400: Social Policy
• PSYC101: General Psychology
• PSYC451: Psychology of Abnormal Behavior
• PSYC452: Psychology of Trauma
BHSU HMS Emphases – 12 credits