BS in Behavioral Science Human Services



If you are seeking a Behavioral Science Degree, explore the opportunities the Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Science Human Services degree program at Bellevue University offers. This program is taught by respected faculty who bring their real world experience to the classroom.

The Behavioral Science Human Services major is an accelerated cohort program alternative to the traditional BA/BS if you are interested in the MA in Human Services or other graduate programs designed for licensure preparation in mental health fields. The program incorporates a full range of “learning skills” needed by all human services professionals and involves assessment processes that lead to quality “integrated” performances. The emphasis is on activities, assignments, and projects that lead to transferable learning outcomes which can be applied in Orthodox Jewish human service contexts. The foundational knowledge includes major concepts and theories of psychology, counseling, leadership, and life coaching. Applied experience is an important component that helps Jewish students deepen their understanding of self, community, and Jewish human service organizations. This is a significant educational feature that will prepare you for future opportunities.

Graduates from this program should be able to:

  • Improve interactions with their current and future clients
  • Apply relevant counseling theories and models for improved treatment
  • Develop as a professional human services provider
  • Demonstrate ethical decision making and behavior
  • Contribute to the development of well-being strategies and life skills within Orthodox Jewish contexts
  • Positively impact Orthodox Jewish culture and community.

Major Requirements: Human Services/Behavioral Science (36 credit hours)

Course Descriptions:

YHS 311 Introduction to Human Services  6wks/4credits
Each of the many professions involved in human services approaches client and community needs from its own specialized perspectives and uses tools of assessment and treatment that vary from uses of media to prescription medications. Professional skills development in the interaction with social workers, counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, and other professionals will be explored.

YHS 308 Applied Psychology 6wks/4credits
This course explores the application of several branches of psychology principles to practical problems. The course reviews the anatomy and physiology of the central nervous system and how it impacts our thoughts, learning, language, dreams, sensations and perceptions of our environment. The stresses of society, common psychological disorders, and concepts of social roles as they impact our behaviors will be examined.

YHS 412 Counseling Micros Skills for Human Service Professionals 6wks/4credits
This course provides opportunities to practice a basic set of interviewing and helping skills commonly used in individual and group counseling. The course will explore the ethics and integrative applications of major counseling approaches and how to assimilate these into a sequential process that maximizes the possibility of facilitating change in clients. The course examines the concepts of "self" wellness as well to ensure safe and appropriate patient interactions.

YHS 337 Counseling Theories   6wks/4credits
Counseling theories are useful guides for human services professionals because they identify key factors in assessment and treatment. This course introduces “traditional” theories such as psychodynamic, humanistic, and cognitive behavioral. Specialized counseling theories and techniques focused on ethnic identity issues, family problems, and recovery from substance abuse will be explored.

YHS 442 Treatment Strategies 6wks/4credits
Within the framework of professional ethics, a range of validated methods are analyzed in areas including clinical assessment and interventional procedures. The course will evaluate the gathering, interpretation, and application of treatment strategies with review of provider-patient interaction and an emphasis on appropriate professional behavior and protection of patient rights and responsibilities for all populations.

YHS 432 Social Psychology 6wks/4credits
This course presents an introduction to social-psychology, the study of human social behavior. The focus will be on the ways people think about, affect, and relate to one another in groups. Topics such as social self-concept, social judgement, attitudes, persuasion, conformity, aggression, helping behavior, prejudices, and interpersonal relationships will be examined and discussed.

YHS 351 Introduction to Life Coaching 6wks/4credits
An introduction to life coaching theories and practice. Emphasis will be placed upon the characteristics of a coaching relationship, ethical guidelines, and the knowledge that one must possess to become an effective life coach. The competencies to be addressed include following ethical guidelines, initiating the coaching agreement, establishing trust, and maintaining the coaching relationship.

YHS 435 Advanced Life Coaching 6wks/4credits
Emphasis will be placed on the characteristics of a professional coaching relationship, ethical guidelines, and knowledge related to business and personal coaching methods, and facilitation skills one must possess as a life coach.

YHS 461 Leadership and Management in Human Services  6wks/4credits
This course emphasizes how a student will assess and develop personal management and leadership skills in the human services domain. This will include a focus on personal and corporate ethics and administrative challenges specific to the realm of human services organizations. In addition, the course will address employee assistance and evaluation, diversity, fundraising needs, organizational culture, and group/team dynamics within an agency.

The impact you’ll make matters. Get started with a Behavioral Science Human Services degree at Bellevue University.