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Degree Requirements


Human Services Administration Degree Requirements

  • These requirements apply to students entering this program in fall 2014 and thereafter. Students who enrolled earlier should consult the catalog in effect at the time they enrolled.
  • You can also reference the graduation requirements for the year in which you enrolled on the portal; view graduation requirements by year (PDF) in the right-hand column of your MyResources page.
  • Read the course descriptions.

General-Education Requirements
(43 credits)

General-education requirements for:

  • all students who entered UB prior to fall 2013
  • any student who entered UB with 24 or more credits before fall 2014

General-education requirements for:

  • all new freshmen (fewer than 24 college credits) who entered UB in fall 2013 and after
  • all new students entering UB in fall 2014 and after

Human Services Administration Program Requirements (42 credits)

Major Requirements (30 credits)

  • Introduction to Human Services (HSER 100)
  • Models of Effective Helping (HSER 200)
  • Case Management and Documentation (HSER 340)
  • Social Research Methods for Human Services 
    (HSER 350)
  • Field Practicum (HSER 400)
    must be completed by preservice students who do not transfer to UB with college-level human services internship credits
  • Program Design and Proposal Writing (HSER 420)
  • Fundraising and Grant Writing (HSER 430)
  • Evaluation of Human Services Programs (HSER 440)
  • Human Services Management (HSER 450)
  • Senior Seminar and Portfolio (HSER 470)

Major Electives (12 credits)

Select major electives from among GVPP, HSMG, PHIL, PSYC and SOCI courses, due to the interdisciplinary nature of the human services field. Other relevant courses may be taken with the permission of the program director.

  • Grass Roots Strategies of Social Changes in Human Services (HSER 300)
  • Bureaucracy and Public Policy (GVPP 322)
  • The Legislative Process (GVPP 345)
  • State and Local Government (GVPP 348)
  • Introduction to Global Health (HSMG 378)
  • Professional Ethics in Human Services (PHIL 305)
  • Human Development (PSYC 205)
  • Interpersonal Psychology (PSYC 210)
  • Human Sexuality (PSYC 215)
  • Stress Identification and Management (PSYC 220)
  • Behavior Modification in Applied Settings (PSYC 230)
  • Interviewing Psychology (PSYC 355)
  • Cross-Cultural Psychology (PSYC 360)
  • Social Problems (SOCI 301)
  • The American Family in Perspective (SOCI 302)
  • Community Organization Practice and Analysis
    (SOCI 312)
  • Race and Ethnic Relations (SOCI 380)

General Electives

  • First Year Seminar: Introduction to University Learning (IDIS 101)
    freshmen only; transfer students replace this with a different elective

Complete as many courses as necessary from any discipline to fulfill your 120-credit requirement to graduate.

Information Literacy Requirement

Meet the UB Information Literacy graduation requirement by successfully completing one of the following:

  • Introduction to Information Literacy (INFO 110)
  • Social Research Methods for Human Services
    (HSER 350).
as of fall 2014