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Social Services Specialist (SSS)
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Program Overview:
The term “social services” refers to a broad spectrum of professional activities in the area of social service, education, and health. In an increasingly complex society, there is a need for trained personnel for community and group agencies, child-welfare programs, and medical and psychiatric services. Graduates are qualified for entry-level professional positions in nursing homes, sheltered-care workshops, mental health centers, state welfare agencies, or other social service organizations.

Students completing the program should be able to communicate effectively with others, apply problem-solving techniques, and perform such tasks as gathering intake information and analyzing data.

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Semester 1
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SU2017
FA2017
ENG 1111
Composition I
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Composition I is an introductory course in composition and rhetoric emphasizing expository prose. Major focus is on organization, paragraph structure, and elimination of mechanical errors. The writing course sequence will (1) develop awareness of the writing process; (2) provide inventional, organizational, and editorial strategies; (3) stress the variety of uses for writing; and (4) emphasize critical skills in reading, thinking, and writing. Grade of C or better is required for IAI transfer credit. (Not to be used for humanities credit)

PSY 1101
General Psychology I
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A survey of the study of human and animal behavior with emphasis on the scientific nature of contemporary psychological investigation. Topics may include the biology of behavior, sensation, motivation, emotion, life-span development of behavior, personality, abnormal behavior and its therapies, social behavior, and individual differences. NO PREREQUISITE.

SOC 2101
Principles of Sociology
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A study of society, including the rules, interactions and cultural patterns that organize everyday life. Includes the analysis of social conflict, the structure and function of institution, the dynamics of individual and group interactions, social stratification and interactions among diverse groups of people.

SPE 1111
Interpersonal Communications
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An introduction to the basic theories and concepts relevant to face-to-face interaction. Emphasis is placed on the role of communication in the creation, maintenance, and termination of social, romantic, familial, and professional relationships.

SSS 1201
Introduction to Social Services
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This course is designed to introduce students to the career of social services. It includes an introduction to the historical background of social services, current models of service delivery, issues addressed in the area, and the responsibilities of the social service worker.

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15
Semester 2
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SU2017
FA2017
ENG 1121
Composition & Analysis
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ENG 1121 provides further training and practice in the comprehension and expression of written English. It focuses on organization, logic, and correct research techniques and format, including American Psychological Association and/or Modern Language Association parenthetical noting and bibliographic citations. It also includes an introduction to one genre of literature and the writing of a critical analysis of a piece of literature. The writing course sequence will (1) develop awareness of the writing process; (2) provide inventional, organizational, and editorial strategies; (3) stress the variety of uses for writing; and (4) emphasize critical skills in reading, thinking, and writing. PREREQUISITE: ENG 1111 Composition I. Grade of C or better is required for IAI transfer credit. (Not to be used as humanities credit)

MTH 1104
Quantitative Reasoning
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This course focuses on mathematical reasoning and the solving of real-life problems, rather than on routine skills and appreciation. Four topics are studied in depth: Critical thinking, mathematics of finance, statistics, and geometry. The use of calculators and computers are strongly encouraged. PREREQUISITE: PRE 0420 Intermediate Algebra or REM 0422 Math Literacy, or two years of college preparatory algebra and one year geometry with a grade of C or better, or sufficient score on the placement test, or consent of instructor.

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Math Gen Ed Elective marked
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PHI 2101
Introduction to Ethics
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A study of the principal ethical theories and concepts of human conduct and character, as well as a critical evaluation of these theories and concepts as they apply to particular moral problems and decisions. Transfer students will continue to take PHI 2101 as an IAI GECC articulated three credit hour course.

PSY 2109
Human Growth and Development
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This course is a study of the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of the individual across the entire human lifespan. Emphasis is placed upon development of emotional states, typical patterns of adjustments, principles of human growth, and practical applications of research findings to everyday life. PREREQUISITE: PSY 1101 General Psychology I or consent of instructor.

SSS 1202
Social Services and Welfare Dev
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This course is designed to introduce social service students to the functions, purpose, operations, and interrelations of community social services agencies.

SSS 2201
Internship I
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This internship specialization requires on-the-job training. The work experience is designed to give the social service specialist worker the experience and skills needed in the performance of job descriptions. An individual training agreement will be developed for each student. Variable credit based on seventy-five hours equated to one semester hour credit. Twenty-five internship hours per week.

SSS 2202
Seminar I
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The seminar accompanies the on-the-job internship. It provides individual assessment and development of related skills necessary to job competence.

Term Total
18
Semester 3
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SU2017
FA2017
EDU 1107
Health
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This course deals with current terminology and knowledge necessary to analyze physical, mental and social health issues as they relate to one's well-being. Topics include emotional health, use of drugs, alcohol and tobacco, sexuality, diseases, physical fitness, nutrition, environmental, community and consumer health problems.

LSC 1101
General Biology I
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This is a general introduction to the evolutionary study of life. A brief history of biology, natural selection, cell theory, cell structure and function, chemistry of life, photosynthesis, cellular respiration, cell division, patterns of inheritance, DNA, biotechnology, developmental biology and reproduction will be included. Related laboratory exercises will be incorporated. This course is the first class in an introductory sequence for biological sciences majors. NO PREREQUISITE.

PLS 2101
Government of the United States
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This course is a survey of the Constitutional government of the United States, civil rights, organizational procedures of national government, the media and public interest groups.

SSS 2205
Social Services Intervention
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This course is designed to provide an introduction to diverse groups and the crisis they may face: socially, economically, and environmentally in the modern world.

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Term Total
16
Semester 4
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FA2017
PSY 1201
Introduction to Counseling
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This course will describe the scientific study of human behavior and include instruction on psychological principles as applied to various occupational fields. Topics covered might include industrial psychology, psychology of supervision, crises intervention, criminal behavior, empathy training, helping skills, career and human resource management, disaster counseling, and psychology of illness and grief. Includes applied learning in a practicum setting.

SSS 2203
Internship II
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This second internship specialization requires on-the-job training. The work experience is designed to give the social specialist worker additional experience and skills needed in the performance of job descriptions. An individual training agreement will be developed for each student. Variable credit based on seventy-five hours equated to one semester hour credit.

SSS 2204
Seminar II
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The seminar accompanies the second on-the-job internship. It provides additional individual assessment and development of related skills necessary to job competence.

SSS 2206
Human Behavior & Social Envir
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This course is to integrate required courses for Social Services Specialist Degree students. To help students understand the biological, psychological, life span and spiritual aspects of individuals, cultures and minority groups. This course will also assist students in understanding the "person-in-the-environment" and systems concept when working with individuals, families, and groups. PREREQUISITES: SSS 1201 Intro. to Social Services, SSS 1202 Social Services and Welfare Dev., PSY 1101 Gen. Psychology I, PSY 2109 Human Growth and Dev., SOC 2101 Principles of Sociology, and LSC 1101 General Biology I.

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Term Total
16
Program Total
65


We recommend that you contact an advisor before enrolling in any degree, certificate, or transfer program to ensure all requirements are met including total hours associated with transfer courses.

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