ERIC Number: ED213348
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Oct-1
Reference Count: 0
Human Services Curriculum in a Small College Setting.
The experience of Kendall College, Illinois, a small liberal arts college, in developing a human services program is described. Attention is directed to the history of the college, the growth of the program, the curriculum content, and its benefits to both college and community. The associate degree program which admitted its first students in September 1975, entails the study of sociology, personality development, the causes of health and pathology, and service delivery. The human services foundation courses are interdisciplinary, bringing together behavioral science theory and service methods. For three of the four semesters, there is a field work requirement. The early development of the program found support both within and outside the college. The development of the bachelor of arts curriculum occurred within the context of institutional change in the college itself. The college was granted permission by the State Board of Higher Education to offer baccalaureate degrees in the areas of business studies, American studies, and the helping professions. Among the reasons for extending the human services program were that most of the A.A. graduates were planning to continue at four-year colleges, graduates were selecting related fields as their majors because there was not a baccalaureate program in human services, and students were having trouble in evaluations of their credits when transferring to other colleges. Based on three years of experience, the human services courses and internships are judged as teaching the generic core of human services well and in depth and still providing a background in the liberal arts. (SW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Kendall College IL
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Organization of Human Services Educators (Chicago, IL, October 1, 1981).