Bachelor of Arts in Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies

The Bachelor of Arts in Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies requires completion of 40 courses/120 credits, with at least 15 courses/45 credits taken through CCE at Assumption University.
The program includes the CCE Core, a common core of 10 liberal arts courses designed to provide a foundation of knowledge in ethics, writing, theology, philosophy, literature, history, mathematics, natural science, and foreign languages. Human Services core requirements are also required, consisting of 9 courses/27 credits, plus an internship/elective pool of 12 credits. Students choose electives consisting of 14 courses/42 credits.

CCE Core Requirements:

ENG130E English Composition

Take your writing to the next level with this basic writing course emphasizing planning, composing, and revising. Specifically, the course deals with strategies for generating ideas, recognizing audience, clarifying purpose, focusing on a perspective, and choosing effective arrangements of ideas. Techniques of revision, which are central to the course, focus on appropriateness of language and effectiveness of development, as well as on editing.

ENG204E Effective Business Writing OR ENG112E Professional and Academic Writing
ENG204E Effective Business Writing
Learn to get your point across and achieve your goals in business. Simple and direct writing works best, and this course improves skills and provides strategies to write better emails, memos, letters, reports, and resumes.
ENG112E Professional and Academic Writing
This course provides practice in writing to inform and persuade, and prepares students for successful writing for college and career. Emphasis is on audience, organization, summary, analysis, use of sources, documentation, revision, and mechanics. Several types of essays and a research paper are required. Prerequisite: ENG130E recommended.
THE100E The Bible
An introduction to the Bible. Both the Old and the New Testaments are approached from their historical and theological perspectives.
PHI100E Introduction to Philosophy
A course designed to familiarize the student with that activity called philosophy, the study of the meaning of life and the human condition. There is an examination of the beginning, the method, and the goal of philosophy. A division of philosophy into its specialized problem areas is included.

  • One Philosophy or Theology elective
  • One Literature course
  • One Survey History course
  • One course in Mathematics (MAT111E or higher)
  • Two courses chosen from Natural Science and/or Foreign Language

Human Services Courses

HRS119E Introduction to Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies
This course is an introduction to the theory and practice of Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies. The information presented in this course is intended for students in ALL majors so that they may become politically, culturally, socially and humanly aware of the issues many individuals with special needs face. This course employs a social justice framework and provides students with information about the history, legislative underpinnings, mission, purpose, and services provided to individuals across the lifespan by human and rehabilitation service organizations. This course examines the major models and theories of helping that can be used to support/help individuals experiencing the myriad of developmental, environmental, economic, political, social, vocational, behavioral, physical, psychological and learning issues. Current issues and trends in human service provision are covered with specific attention to disability and other types of diversity. Ethics and ethical decision making in the human services is covered in this course. A service learning component may be integrated in this course to provide students with the opportunity to observe and volunteer in a human and/or rehabilitation service setting. This course fulfills the social science requirement in the Core Curriculum.
HRS121E Human Development and Disability Across the Lifespan
The purpose of this course is to study disability within the context of human development. Lifespan development will be studied to provide a framework for exploring the implications of specific developmental, learning, communication, sensory and physical disabilities. The psychological processes involved in adjusting to disability will be presented along with various stage theories of adjustment to disability. Specific psychological, social, environmental, and political factors impacting individuals with disabilities will be studied. Students will gain an in-depth appreciation and understanding of what it means to have a disability. Cultural sensitivity and diversity issues related to disability will also be explored. The concepts of consumer involvement, consumer rights, and consumer choice related to individuals with disabilities and service systems will be studied.
HRS200E Addiction: Etiology, Assessment, Treatment and Rehabilitation
This course will provide an overview of addictions and addictive behavior. Topics such as the historical, psychological, social, societal, physiological, family and relationship aspects of addictions will be covered. The pharmacology, treatment, prevention, intervention, and rehabilitation related to substance abuse, alcohol dependence, eating disorders, gambling addictions, steroid use, etc. will also be explored. This course will introduce students to the different theories of addiction (e.g., biological, psycho-dynamic, social-learning, and socio-cultural) and the implications for successful intervention. Ethical issues related to addictions and addiction counseling will also be discussed. (Fall/Spring) Staff/Three Credits
HRS210E Medical Aspects of Disability
The goal of this course is to assist students in developing sensitivity, appreciation and understanding of disability and health impairments. The course provides information about the medical aspects and characteristics of disabling conditions along with treatments and interventions aimed at ameliorating the resulting functional limitations. Students will study chronic diseases and disabling conditions that are commonly encountered in rehabilitation service settings. In addition to emphasizing the medical aspects and characteristics, treatment and intervention strategies will be covered. Basic medical terminology will be studied. This course will focus on disease, chronic illness and physical impairments.
HRS219E Rehabilitation Strategies and Interventions
This course explores the full range of rehabilitation strategies and interventions that occur across the lifespan of individuals with disabilities. Educational and rehabilitation strategies aimed at maximizing independence for people with disabilities will be covered. Early intervention, inclusion and transition services will be examined as critical educational strategies aimed at minimizing the impact of disability and enhancing independence. The course will provide critical knowledge and skills related to employment and independent living options for people with disabilities including related legislation. Supportive strategies for assisting and maintaining individuals with disabilities in educational and employment settings will be addressed. Rehabilitation and assistive technology options will also be covered.
HRS305E Client Information and Assessment
This course is intended to provide the student anticipating a professional role in the human and rehabilitation services with an opportunity to develop awareness, understanding and skills related to the use of assessment and evaluation tools. Clients utilizing human and rehabilitation services are in need of professionals with skills in utilizing assessment results in order plan and provide appropriate interventions. This course will utilize lifespan approach to provide an overview of common assessment and evaluation tools used in a variety of human service and applied settings such as schools, early intervention programs and rehabilitation agencies. (Fall)
HRS320E Psychiatric Rehabilitation
As an introduction to psychiatric rehabilitation, this course emphasizes an understanding of lifespan development with an appreciation for the complex interaction of biological, social and psychological variables that influence human behavior. From this bio-psycho-social framework, the course will review major psychiatric and developmental disorders with attention to diagnostic and intervention strategies. This course will also address the co-occurrence of psychiatric disorders and substance use disorders in individuals. The challenging nature of treatment and rehabilitation for individuals with co-occurring disorders will be identified and covered. Educational and vocational factors as they impact the rehabilitation of individuals with psychiatric and co-occurring disorders will be discussed. Students will gain an understanding and appreciation of the personal experience of psychiatric disabilities and co-occurring disorders with a focus on recovery. This course will provide an understanding of the core principles and motives of psychiatric rehabilitation.
Prerequisites: HRS 119; HRS 121
HRS330E Interviewing Techniques in Human and Rehabilitation Services
This course is designed to provide students with a thorough understanding of the interview process. A strong emphasis will be placed on developing skills in applying and utilizing specific interviewing skills and techniques in human and rehabilitation service settings. Students will understand the impact of diversity, culture, and individual lifestyles on the helping process. The course will assist students to apply effective interpersonal skills in interviewing and communicating with persons with disabilities, their families, related professionals, and the general public. Client choice and consumer self-direction will be emphasized in interviewing and counseling situations. Students will be taught to incorporate cultural sensitivity into daily practice and interactions with clients. Ethical principles and decision making will be covered and practiced. Prerequisites: HRS 119 (Fall) Staff/Three Credits
HRS340E Principals of Case Management
This course is designed to assist students in developing the necessary case management skills that are essential to the human and rehabilitation services fields. It will provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to facilitate client movement from initiation of services to case service termination. Students will be exposed to case management practices across human service agencies. Efficient case documenting, case recording and time management approaches will be developed along with case planning skills that recognize individual client needs. Community resource utilization, goal development, action planning, advocating, service coordination and utilization of assessment information will also be covered. This is a skill-based course that aims to teach organizational principles, practices and processes to students, thus enabling them to be effective in human and rehabilitation service delivery systems. Prerequisites: HRS 119 (Spring) Staff/Three Credits


(12 credits–combination) *Related work experience may be applicable to internship hours.

HRS-495E / Internship I
Completion of HRS 400E ­– 100 hour internship (3 credits). 9 additional credits will be needed from the elective pool of classes.
HRS-496E / Internship II
Completion of HRS 400E and HRS 401E totaling a 200 hour internship (6 credits earned with completion of HRS 400E and HRS 401E). 6 additional credits will be needed from the elective pool of classes.
HRS-497E / Internship III
Completion of HRS 400E, HRS 401E and HRS 402E totaling a 300 hour internship (9 credits earned with completion of HRS 400E, HRS 401E, and HRS 402E). 3 additional credits will be needed from the elective pool of classes.
HRS-498E / Internship IV
HRS 490E ­– 400 hour internship ­– 12 credits earned. There are no additional credits needed.


(3 courses, 9 credits)

Students are also required to complete a total of 3 courses with at least one course in each of the following areas for the major in Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies. NOTE: Alternative elective courses may be selected with approval from their academic advisor or the Director of Continuing & Career Education.

Psychological Perspective (choose one)
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Psychology of Personality
  • Psychology of Adolescence & Maturity
  • Psychology of Development: Infancy & Childhood
  • Social Psychology
  • Psychology of Learning
Cultural Perspective (choose one)
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Women and Men in a Cross-cultural Perspective
  • North American Indian
  • Interaction with Indians in North America
  • Racial and Ethnic Relations
  • Gender Issues in Society
  • Aging in Society
  • Psychology of Aging
  • Psychology of Women
  • History of African Americans
  • Women & the American Experience
  • The Sociology of Urban Life
  • Racial and Ethnic Relations
  • Women’s Studies I: Images
  • Special Topics: Cultural Competencies for H.S. Professionals
Societal, Family Perspective (choose one)
  • Social Problems
  • The Family in Society
  • Family Aspects of Disability
  • Schools and Society


(14 courses, 42 credits)
Students are encouraged to choose from other course offerings in HRS, PSY and SOC or other disciplines within Humanities.

Capstone Course

All bachelor degrees require the CCE Capstone course, a multi-disciplinary directed study, designed by the student, and completed under supervision and guidance of Assumption faculty.

The Capstone Course
A capstone course is required of all bachelor degree candidates. The CCE Capstone is a multi-disciplinary independent study designed by the student, approved by an Academic Counselor, and completed under the supervision and guidance of an Assumption University faculty member. The purpose of the Capstone is to create an opportunity for bachelor degree candidates to make connections between the variety of disciplines that are part of their liberal arts or business administration degree program.
The CCE Capstone may include an academic or career portfolio, research papers, projects or presentations, publications, journals, films or plays, etc., and should be equivalent to a three-credit upper-level college course in scope and content. Some interaction between the student and supervising faculty is to be expected, and adequate time must be invested in the planning stages. Students should approach the CCE Capstone thoughtfully. It is strongly recommended that students plan a full semester ahead of the scheduled start date, to allow for full development and faculty input in the planning stages. Students who have completed a minimum of 105 credits are eligible for the CCE Capstone and are required to submit a formal proposal (CCE Capstone Application) to their Academic Counselor for approval no later than one week prior to the start of the semester in which it will be completed.

A student whose concentration within the Bachelor of Arts in Humanities is English might create a capstone that combines literature with another area of interest, such as paralegal studies, and might want to focus on works of literature and films that depict the practice of law in some way. The student might work with a faculty member from English or Paralegal Studies, someone who shares this interest and is willing to provide guidance and evaluation of the work. The English/Paralegal Studies Capstone might have a bibliography that would include works such as The Merchant of Venice, To Kill a Mockingbird, Inherit the Wind, A Few Good Men, and The Brothers Karamazov, to name just a few sources of inspiration. It might end up being a short story or novel, suitable for publication, written by the student about a particular legal issue or case study. The student might compare and contrast fictional representations of courtrooms and trials with actual cases, and try to determine whether art imitates life, or life imitates art, with examples drawn from extensive readings and interviews.

Concentration in Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling

There are multiple ways to combine the Certificate in Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling with CCE’s Bachelor of Arts in Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies. Students completing the certificate program may choose to apply all credits earned in the certificate towards the bachelor degree program. After completion, you’ll meet the requirements of CADC Licensure and LADC Certification with a clear path to employment as an entry-level counselor.

Furthermore, students entering the Bachelor Degree Program in Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies may pursue a concentration in Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling to enhance the potential for employment in the field.

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