Rehabilitation and Human Services, B.S. (University College)

Program Code: RHSUC_BS

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.

Degree Requirements

For the Bachelor of Science degree in Rehabilitation and Human Services, a minimum of 120 credits is required:

Requirement Credits
General Education 45
Electives 17-20
Requirements for the Major 70-72

12-14 of the 45 credits for General Education are included in the Requirements for the Major. This includes: 6 credits of GS courses; 3-4 credits of GQ courses; 3-4 credits of GN courses.

General Education

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 Keystone/General Education Course 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

Knowledge Domains

  • 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

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.

Cultures Requirement    

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

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.

Prescribed Courses
PSYCH 100Introductory Psychology Keystone/General Education Course3
PSYCH 270Introduction to Abnormal Psychology3
SOC 1Introductory Sociology Keystone/General Education Course3
SOC 119NRace, Ethnicity and Culture Keystone/General Education Course4
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
RHS 100Introduction to Disability Culture Keystone/General Education Course3
RHS 300Introduction to Rehabilitation and Human Services3
RHS 301Introduction to Counseling as a Profession3
RHS 302Client Assessment in Rehabilitation and Human Services3
RHS 303Group Work in Rehabilitation Practice and Human Services3
RHS 400WCase Management and Communication Skills3
RHS 401Community Mental Health Practice and Services3
RHS 402Children and Families in Rehabilitation Settings and Human Services3
RHS 403Medical Aspects of Disability3
RHS 495ARehabilitation and Human Services Internship15
Additional Courses
Select one of the following:3
Individual Differences and Education Keystone/General Education Course
Adolescent Development Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Developmental Psychology Keystone/General Education Course
Select 3-4 credits of the following:3-4
Introductory Biological Anthropology Keystone/General Education Course
Biology: Basic Concepts and Biodiversity Keystone/General Education Course
Genetics and Evolution of the Human Species Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Human Physiology Keystone/General Education Course
Structure and Function of Organisms Keystone/General Education Course
Genetics, Ecology, and Evolution Keystone/General Education Course
Environmental Science Keystone/General Education Course
Human Body: Form and Function Keystone/General Education Course
Select one of the following:3-4
Analysis and Interpretation of Statistical Data in Education Keystone/General Education Course
Statistical Concepts and Reasoning Keystone/General Education Course
Elementary Statistics Keystone/General Education Course
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select 6 credits from CRIM, BBH, HDFS, KINES, PSYCH, or SOC6

Program Learning Objectives

Hazleton and Wilkes-Barre Campuses

  1. Accomplish mastery in theoretical models of disability, definitions of disability, barriers present to people with disabilities, systemic challenges and economic disadvantages caused by disability, effects on employment on disabled individuals and the effects of trauma.
  2. Demonstrate working knowledge of vocational rehabilitation systems, centers for independent living, transition programs, substance abuse and addiction treatment programs, mental health programs, and other community-based support programs.
  3. Apply the appropriate principles for community inclusion and integration including, but not limited to, rehabilitation philosophy, client exploration on resources, and collaboration with agencies and related professionals.
  4. Produce lucid documents, deliver effective presentations, communicate effectively in a professional manner and possess effective group facilitation skills.
  5. Build and use effective teamwork skills and understand culture diversity within professional ranks.
  6. Understand the professional, ethical and social responsibilities of their professional actions, and produce evidence of valuing diversity.
  7. Demonstrate knowledge of discrimination against individuals with disabilities, legislative efforts to curtail such discrimination and an understanding of advocacy techniques and resources.
  8. Demonstrate a working knowledge of ethical codes, malpractice, and the appropriate federal and state regulations.
  9. Possess the adequate field experience and provide evidence of professional growth during this experience.
  10. Have a respect for diversity and knowledge of contemporary, professional, societal and global issues.
  11. Appreciate the value and necessity for sustained learning within and beyond their discipline.
  12. Possess knowledge of the various aspects of counseling, including background information on the diverse theoretical orientations, interventions used, populations served, and research in which it is grounded.
  13. Demonstrate an understanding of essential elements and dynamics for conducting groups and various team-related activities.  Apply a foundational understanding of group work and experiences within RHS settings.
  14. Develop knowledge of both professional and popular theories regarding mental illness and abnormal behavior. Explore and possess knowledge concerning abnormal behavior theories from the medical/biological, behavioral, cognitive, humanistic, existential, psychoanalytic, and social models of mental health disorders.

Lehigh Valley Campus

Disciplinary Knowledge and Application

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of theoretical models of disability, definitions of disability, barriers that exist for people with disabilities (inc. employment barriers), systemic challenges and economic disadvantages caused by disability.
  2. Demonstrate working knowledge and locate appropriate resources for individuals and families with a variety of needs (e.g., vocational rehabilitation systems, centers for independent living, transition programs substance abuse and addiction treatment programs and other community-based support programs to address client needs).
  3. Appropriately, systematically, and accurately assess clients for a range of strengths and needs and make recommendations for services to address those needs and increase client self-sufficiency and empowerment.
  4. Develop and monitor treatment plans by applying principles for community inclusion and integration including, but not limited to, rehabilitation and recovery philosophy, client exploration of resources, and collaboration with agencies and related professionals.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of discrimination against individuals with disabilities, legislative efforts to curtail such discrimination and advocacy resources.

Professional Communication

  1. Communicate effectively in a professional manner by producing articulate and well-researched documents and delivering effective presentations.
  2. Interact productively and professionally with a team of stakeholders as both a leader and a member.
  3. Develop a facilitative relationship with clients and their families through individual and group sessions.

Professional Ethics

  1. Practice professional, ethical, and social behaviors, which demonstrate non-discrimination, empathy and respect for diversity and knowledge of contemporary professional and societal issues.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of ethical codes and professional conduct, and the applicable federal and state regulations.

Academic Advising

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 needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

Hazleton

Lorie Kramer
Assistant Teaching Professor of Rehabilitation and Human Services
Graham 112
Hazleton, PA 18202
570-450-3385
lrk148@psu.edu

Lehigh Valley

Leigh Cundari
Coordinator of Rehabilitation and Human Services
2809 Saucon Valley Road
Center Valley, PA 18034
610-285-5132
lac42@psu.edu

Wilkes-Barre

Melisa Littleton
Program Coordinator, Rehabilitation and Human Services
44 University Drive
Dallas, PA 18612
570-675-9213
man20@psu.edu

Abington

Kathleen Fadigan
Assistant Professor of Education
1600 Woodland Road
Abington, PA 19001
215-881-7564
kxf24@psu.edu

Berks

Erin Johnson
Program Coordinator, Assistant Professor
Franco 153
Reading, PA 19610
610-396-6143
eem139@psu.edu

University Park

College of Education
Advising and Certification Center

228 Chambers Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-0488
ed@admissions.psu.edu

Suggested Academic Plan

The suggested academic plan(s) listed on this page are the plan(s) that are in effect during the 2020-21 academic year. To access previous years' suggested academic plans, please visit the archive to view the appropriate Undergraduate Bulletin edition (Note: the archive only contain suggested academic plans beginning with the 2018-19 edition of the Undergraduate Bulletin).

Rehabilitation and Human Services, B.S. at Hazleton Campus

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.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 15 or 30H3PSYCH 1003
SOC 13CAS 1003
RHS 100*†3General Education Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
General Education Course3Elective/Minor3
PSU 81General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 16 16.5
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
RHS 301*3RHS 300*3
SOC 119N4RHS 302*3
STAT 2004RHS 303*3
General Education Course3HDFS 239 or PSYCH 2123
Elective/Minor3ENGL 202A or 202B3
 General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 17 16.5
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
RHS 400W*3RHS 403*3
PSYCH 2703Elective/Minor3
Elective/Minor3General Education Course3
Elective/Minor3General Education Course3
General Education Course (GN)1†3-4Supporting Course23
 15-16 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
RHS 401*3RHS 495A*15
RHS 402*3 
Elective/Minor3 
Supporting Course23 
 12 15
Total Credits 123-124

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.

Rehabilitation and Human Services, B.S. at Lehigh Valley Campus

Rehabilitation and Human Services, B.S. at Lehigh Valley Campus

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.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 15 or 30H3RHS 100*3
SOC 13PSYCH 2123
PSYCH 1003General Education Course3
HDFS 287Y3General Education Course3
General Education Course (GQ)3Supporting Course13
 15 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BISC 1, 2, 3, 4, BIOL 110, or BIOL 1413ENGL 202A or 202B3
RHS 300*3PSYCH 2703
CAS 100A3Supporting Course13
RHS 301*3General Education Course3
STAT 100, 200, or PSYCH 200‡†3-4Elective Course3
 General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 15-16 16.5
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
RHS 403*3RHS 302*3
SOC 119N4RHS 303*3
General Education Course3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
General Education Course (GHW)1.5General Education Course3
 14.5 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
RHS 400W*3RHS 495A*15
RHS 401*3 
RHS 402*3 
Elective3 
Elective3 
 15 15
Total Credits 121-122

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.

Rehabilitation and Human Services, B.S. with Psychology Minor at Lehigh Valley Campus

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.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 15 or 30H3RHS 100*3
SOC 13PSYCH 2123
PSYCH 1003General Education Course3
MATH 213General Education Course3
HDFS 287Y3Elective3
 15 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
SOC 119N4RHS 301*3
CAS 100A3PSYCH 2703
RHS 300*3ENGL 202A or 202B3
BISC 1, 2, 3, 4, BIOL 110, or BIOL 1413General Education Course3
General Education Course3Elective3
 General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 16 16.5
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
STAT 200 or PSYCH 200‡†4RHS 302*3
PSYCH 301W4RHS 303*3
PSYCH 4XX3RHS 403*3
Elective3General Education Course3
General Education Course (GHW)1.5Elective3
 15.5 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
RHS 400W*3RHS 495A*15
RHS 401*3 
RHS 402*3 
PSYCH 4XX3 
Elective3 
 15 15
Total Credits 123

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.

Rehabilitation and Human Services, B.S. at Wilkes-Barre Campus

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.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 153Elective-Prescribed (CRIM, HDFS, KINES, PSYCH OR SOC)3
General Education (GQ) Course3Elective-Prescribed (CRIM, HDFS, KINES, PSYCH OR SOC)3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
PSU 81General Education Course3
RHS 100* † 3PSYCH 1003
SOC 13 
 16 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CAS 100A3RHS 300*3
RHS 301*3BISC 1, 2, 3, 4, or BIOL 1103-4
PSYCH 2703ENGL 202A or 202B3
STAT 200 or 100†‡ 4-3General Education Course (GHW)1.5
General Education Course3PSYCH 2123
 SOC 119N4
 16-15 17.5-18.5
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
General Education Course3RHS 302*3
General Education Course3RHS 303*3
General Education Course (GHW)1.5RHS 403*3
 13.5 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Elective3RHS 495A*15
Elective3 
RHS 400W*3 
RHS 401*3 
RHS 402*3 
 15 15
Total Credits 123

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.

Career Paths

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.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT RHS SPECIAL INTEREST AREAS

Careers

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.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT POTENTIAL CAREER OPTIONS FOR GRADUATES OF THE REHABILITATION AND HUMAN SERVICES PROGRAM

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.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OPPORTUNITIES FOR GRADUATE STUDIES

Accreditation

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.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT ACCREDITATION OF THE REHABILITATION AND HUMAN SERVICES PROGRAM

Contact

Hazleton

Graham 112
Hazleton, PA 18202
570-450-3385
lrk148@psu.edu

http://hazleton.psu.edu/rehabilitation-and-human-services

Lehigh Valley

2809 Saucon Valley Road
Center Valley, PA 18034
610-285-5132
lac42@psu.edu

https://lehighvalley.psu.edu/academics/degrees/rehabilitation-and-human-services

Wilkes-Barre

44 University Drive
Dallas, PA 18612
570-675-9213
man20@psu.edu

http://wilkesbarre.psu.edu/academics/rhs

Abington

DIVISION OF SOCIAL SCIENCES
1600 Woodland Road
Abington, PA 19001
215-881-7564
kxf24@psu.edu

http://abington.psu.edu/rehabilitation-human-services

Berks

DIVISION OF HUMANITIES, ARTS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
Franco Building
Reading, PA 19610
610-396-6143
eem139@psu.edu

http://berks.psu.edu/bs-rehabilitation-and-human-services

University Park

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY, COUNSELING, AND SPECIAL EDUCATION
125 CEDAR Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-3641
emg5338@psu.edu

https://ed.psu.edu/epcse/rhs/faculty-staff