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Undergraduate Bulletin 2006-2008 
Undergraduate Bulletin 2006-2008 [Archived Catalog]

Human Services Completion Degree (B.S.)

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Program: B.S. completion degree
Department of Human Services
School of Health Sciences

Neff Hall 120 ~ 260-481-6424

The Bachelor of Science in Human Services is a completion degree that requires a total of 125 semester credit hours with a minimum of 60 semester credits earned during the B.S. completion program, and an additional 65 credits transferred in from an A.S. program in human services. The program is designed to prepare students to become human service professionals who can meet the needs of clients and communities within a diverse society. Examples of job roles that graduates of the degree would be qualified to fill include group home supervisor, substance abuse prevention educator, case manager, social service agency staff/manager, and psychiatric rehabilitation worker/supervisor, among others.

Students are admitted to this degree-completion program as follows:

  1. Students new to IPFW must complete an application for undergraduate admission and meet the criteria for admission to the university. Students who have previously taken courses at IPFW should apply for re-entry to the university if they have not been actively enrolled at IPFW for one year or greater.
  2. Students who have completed the requirements for the Associate of Science in human services at IPFW, Ivy Tech Community College, or another human services program from another accredited institution and have a GPA of at least 2.0, will enroll in the program with junior status.
  3. Students who have not completed the requirements for the Associate of Science in human services will complete those at Ivy Tech Community College but may be admitted to IPFW as a pre–human services student. Pre–human services students may combine studies at IPFW and Ivy Tech to complete the requirements of the Fort Wayne Ivy Tech Community College A.S. in human services and may also work on B.S. completion courses. After meeting the criteria for the A.S., students can be fully admitted to the human services B.S. program. All 300- and 400- level courses must be completed at IPFW. For further information regarding the Fort Wayne Ivy Tech Community College human services A.S. program, please call Jan Vick, 260-480-4113
  4. All students will be required to meet the regular IPFW and Purdue University admission standards, as presented in the IPFW Bulletin. Pre–human services students will also be required to meet the regular Ivy Tech admission standards.
  5. Students will be required to complete a program admissions application.
  6. Students must comply with internship agency requirements for internship placements. These will include a separate interview and may include proof of certain immunizations and/or certification in CPR. Many clinical agencies now require that students provide them with a criminal history check with the Indiana State Police prior to acceptance as clinical students and have varying policies regarding what constitutes an acceptable history for placement with their client population. Anyone with a record of a sex crime against a child may not be placed into an internship in which there is an actual or potential possibility that they will come into contact with children (IC 5-2-12-12). Students who cannot be placed in internships with reasonable effort as a result of their criminal histories and subsequently cannot complete the program requirements will be unable to graduate from the program.

To earn the B.S., you must complete the following requirements:

Credits from an A.S. program in human services Credits: 65

IPFW General Education Requirements Credits: 21

Area I—Linguistic and Numerical Foundations Credits: 3

Area II—Natural and Physical Sciences Credits: 3

See Part 2 General Education Requirements for approved courses

Area IV—Humanistic Thought Credits: 6

See Part 2 General Education Requirements for approved courses


  • Elective Credits: 3

Area V—Creative and Artistic Expression Credits: 3

See Part 2 General Education Requirements for approved courses

Area VI—Inquiry and Analysis Credits: 6

  • Sociology or psychology elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3

Human Service Concentration Credits: 12

Student works with advisor to identify a group of courses from human services and related disciplines that support a concentration in such areas as addictions, psychiatric rehabilitation, gerontology, child/adolescent services, activity/recreational therapies, and developmental disabilities. These courses prepare students to graduate with knowledge and skills directly applicable to their chosen area of interest within the human services profession.

Required supporting courses Credits: 12

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