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University Bulletin

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Rehabilitation and Human Services

Penn State Abington (RHSAB)
University College: Penn State Hazleton, Penn State Lehigh Valley, Penn State Wilkes-Barre (RHSCC)
University Park, College of Education (RHS)

PROFESSOR JAMES HERBERT, Undergraduate Program Coordinator

This major helps prepare students for entry-level positions in a variety of human service settings, particularly settings that provide services to persons with physical, emotional, or mental disabilities. Graduates pursue employment in a variety of settings including rehabilitation centers, drug and alcohol programs, senior citizens centers, community mental health programs, mental retardation programs, corrections systems, and hospitals. Increasing opportunities are available in private for-profit insurance programs for the industrially injured, and in employee assistance programs within business and industry. Well-planned use of electives and internships allows for specialization. The full-semester (15-credit) internship is provided under the supervision of professionals in human service agencies. These intensive "hands-on" experiences are frequently avenues for employment since the internship is completed during the senior year. Students may not go on internship until they have successfully completed all other course work. Students are encouraged to participate in volunteer experiences that provide opportunities to work with people with disabilities. Students are encouraged to declare a minor in a related area and should be discussed with the student's adviser. The major also helps prepare students for graduate study in many human service professional disciplines such as rehabilitation counseling, school counseling, occupational therapy, physical therapy and social work.

Baccalaureate degree candidates must have a minimum 2.0 GPA to be admitted to the Rehabilitation and Human Services (RHS) major; thereafter, students must earn a C or better in all RHS required courses.

For the B.S. degree in Rehabilitation and Human Services, a minimum of 120 credits is required.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(12-14 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

ELECTIVES: 17-20 credits

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 70-72 credits
(This includes 12-14 credits of General Education courses: 6 credits of GS courses; 3-4 credits of GQ courses; 3-4 credits of GN courses.)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (55 credits)
PSYCH 100 GS(3), RHS 100 GS;US(3) (Sem: 1-4)
PSYCH 270(3), SOC 001 GS(3), SOC 119(4) (Sem: 1-6)
RHS 300(3)[1], RHS 301(3)[1], RHS 302(3)[1], RHS 303(3)[1], RHS 400W(3)[1], RHS 401(3)[1], RHS 402(3)[1], RHS 403(3)[1], RHS 495A(15) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (9-11 credits)
EDPSY 010 GS(3), HD FS 239 GS(3), or PSYCH 212 GS(3) (Sem: 1-2)
Select 3-4 credits from ANTH 021 GN(3), BI SC 001 GN(3), BI SC 002 GN(3), BI SC 003 GN(3), BI SC 004 GN(3), BIOL 133 GN(3), BIOL 110 GN(4), or BIOL 141 GN(3) (Sem: 1-6)
STAT 100 GQ(3) or STAT 200 GQ(4) or EDPSY 101 GQ(3) (Sem: 1-6)

SUPPORTING AND RELATED COURSES (6 credits)
Select 6 credits from CRIM, BB H, HD FS, KINES, PSYCH, or SOC (Sem: 3-8)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better in this course, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2013

Blue Sheet Item #: 41-05-082

Review Date: 02/19/2013

UCA Revision #1: 9/1/06

PIC updated: 2/13/12

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