At which campus can I study this program?
Any Penn State Campus
Degree Information At Additional Campuses
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, programs for people with intellectural disabilities, 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.
You Might Like This Program If...
You enjoy learning about human development, diversity, health and disability, treatment interventions, advocating and working directly with people, and solving individual problems using applied interpersonal skills.
Entrance to Major
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 Bachelor of Science degree in Rehabilitation and Human Services, a minimum of 120 credits is required:
|Requirements for the Major||70-72|
Connecting career and curiosity, the General Education curriculum provides the opportunity for students to acquire transferable skills necessary to be successful in the future and to thrive while living in interconnected contexts. General Education aids students in developing intellectual curiosity, a strengthened ability to think, and a deeper sense of aesthetic appreciation. These are requirements for all baccalaureate students and are often partially incorporated into the requirements of a program. For additional information, see the General Education Requirements section of the Bulletin and consult your academic adviser.
The keystone symbol appears next to the title of any course that is designated as a General Education course. Program requirements may also satisfy General Education requirements and vary for each program.
Foundations (grade of C or better is required.)
- Quantification (GQ): 6 credits
- Writing and Speaking (GWS): 9 credits
- Arts (GA): 6 credits
- Health and Wellness (GHW): 3 credits
- Humanities (GH): 6 credits
- Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 6 credits
- Natural Sciences (GN): 9 credits
Integrative Studies (may also complete a Knowledge Domain requirement)
- Inter-Domain or Approved Linked Courses: 6 credits
12-14 of these 45 credits are included in the Requirements for the Major.
University Degree Requirements
First Year Engagement
All students enrolled in a college or the Division of Undergraduate Studies at University Park, and the World Campus are required to take 1 to 3 credits of the First-Year Seminar, as specified by their college First-Year Engagement Plan.
Other Penn State colleges and campuses may require the First-Year Seminar; colleges and campuses that do not require a First-Year Seminar provide students with a first-year engagement experience.
First-year baccalaureate students entering Penn State should consult their academic adviser for these requirements.
6 credits are required and may satisfy other requirements
- United States Cultures: 3 credits
- International Cultures: 3 credits
Writing Across the Curriculum
3 credits required from the college of graduation and likely prescribed as part of major requirements.
Total Minimum Credits
A minimum of 120 degree credits must be earned for a baccalaureate degree. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 credits. Students should consult with their college or department adviser for information on specific credit requirements.
Quality of Work
Candidates must complete the degree requirements for their major and earn at least a 2.00 grade-point average for all courses completed within their degree program.
Limitations on Source and Time for Credit Acquisition
The college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. Credit used toward degree programs may need to be earned from a particular source or within time constraints (see Senate Policy 83-80). For more information, check the Suggested Academic Plan for your intended program.
Requirements for the Major
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.
To graduate, a student enrolled in the major must earn a grade of C or better in each course designated by the major as a C-required course, as specified by Senate Policy 82-44.
|PSYCH 100||Introductory Psychology||3|
|RHS 100||Introduction to Disability Culture||3|
|PSYCH 270||Introduction to Abnormal Psychology||3|
|SOC 1||Introductory Sociology||3|
|SOC 119||Race and Ethnic Relations||4|
|RHS 495A||Rehabilitation and Human Services Internship||15|
|Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better|
|RHS 300||Introduction to Rehabilitation and Human Services||3|
|RHS 301||Introduction to Counseling as a Profession||3|
|RHS 302||Client Assessment in Rehabilitation and Human Services||3|
|RHS 303||Group Work in Rehabilitation Practice and Human Services||3|
|RHS 400||Case Management and Communication Skills||3|
|RHS 401||Community Mental Health Practice and Services||3|
|RHS 402||Children and Families in Rehabilitation Settings and Human Services||3|
|RHS 403||Medical Aspects of Disability||3|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Individual Differences and Education|
|Introduction to Developmental Psychology|
|Select 3-4 credits of the following:||3-4|
|Introductory Biological Anthropology|
|Structure and Function of Organisms|
|Genetics, Ecology, and Evolution|
|Human Body: Form and Function|
|Genetics and Evolution of the Human Species|
|Biology: Basic Concepts and Biodiversity|
|Select one of the following:||3-4|
|Statistical Concepts and Reasoning|
|Analysis and Interpretation of Statistical Data in Education|
|Supporting Courses and Related Areas|
|Select 6 credits from CRIM, BBH, HDFS, KINES, PSYCH, or SOC||6|
The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.
Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee’s unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information need to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.
Assistant Professor of Education
1600 Woodland Road
Abington, PA 19001
Program Coordinator, Assistant Professor
Reading, PA 19610
Assistant Teaching Professor of Rehabilitation and Human Services
Hazleton, PA 18202
College of Education
Advising and Certification Center
228 Chambers Building
University Park, PA 16802
Lecturer, Rehabilitation and Human Services
P.O. Box PSU
Lehman, PA 18627
Suggested Academic Plan
The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.
|ENGL 15 or 30||3||PSYCH 100* †||3|
|SOC 1* †||3||General Education Course||3|
|General Education Course||3||Natural Science Selection†||3|
|General Education Course||3||Elective/Minor||3|
|First Year Seminar||1||General Education Course (GHW)||1.5|
|CAS 100A or 100B||3||RHS 300*||3|
|SOC 119†||4||RHS 301*||3|
|ANTH 21, BIOL 133, BIOL 110, BIOL 141, BISC 1, BISC 2, BISC 3, or BISC 4†||3-4||General Education Course||3|
|PSYCH 212, HDFS 239, or EDPSY 10†||3||Elective/Minor||3|
|RHS 100* †||3||General Education Course||3|
|General Education Course (GHW)||1.5|
|ENGL 202A or 202B||3||RHS 400*||3|
|EDPSY 101, STAT 100, or STAT 200†||3-4||RHS 401*||3|
|RHS 303*||3||Criminology or Biobehavioral Health or Human Development and Family Studies or Psychology or Kinesiology or Sociology course*||3|
|PSYCH 270*||3||General Education Course||3|
|RHS 402*||3||RHS 495A*||15|
|Criminology or Biobehavioral Health or Human Development and Family Studies or Psychology or Kinesiology or Sociology course*||3|
|Total Credits 120-124|
* Course requires a grade of C or better for the major
‡ Course requires a grade of C or better for General Education
# Course is an Entrance to Major requirement
† Course satisfies General Education and degree requirement
University Requirements and General Education Notes:
US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).
W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.
GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.
Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.
The RHS major provides excellent preparation specifically for graduate programs leading to professions such as occupational therapy, counseling, social work, and physical therapy. Advising of courses outside the major for electives are provided in order to enhance competitiveness of graduate school applications.
RHS allows students to pursue a variety of employment options as case workers and direct service providers in alcohol and other drug treatment centers, correctional facilities, mental health agencies, private non-profit rehabilitation centers, private-for-profit rehabilitation agencies, human resources, programs for children and youth, programs for older adults, public welfare agencies, rehabilitation hospitals, schools, social service agencies, and vocational rehabilitation programs.
Opportunities for Graduate Studies
To prepare students for graduate studies, students can work with faculty on independent studies and can petition to take graduate courses within the department. For qualified students, we also offer the Schreyer Honors Program.
The College of Education educator preparation program is currently NCATE accredited and is seeking accreditation by the Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP) in Spring 2019. CAEP advances excellence in educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen P-12 student learning.
DIVISION OF SOCIAL SCIENCES
1600 Woodland Road
Abington, PA 19001
DIVISION OF HUMANITIES, ARTS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
Reading, PA 19610
Hazleton, PA 18202
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY, COUNSELING, AND SPECIAL EDUCATION
125 CEDAR Building
University Park, PA 16802
P.O. Box PSU
Lehman, PA 18627