To provide context for the area of study guidelines for area of study Community and Services.
Area of Study Guidelines: This set of guidelines helps students plan their degree plans by spelling out what the academic world and many employers understand a particular concentration to mean. The guidelines are found in many academic publications.
Disciplinary: A program of study guided by the existing framework of a discipline.
Interdisciplinary: The simultaneous and interrelated study of two or more disciplines. Professional/Vocational: A study which focuses on acquiring knowledge and skills needed for specific career performance and applications. It also entails inquiry into the conceptual foundations of the profession, the role of the professional in that career, and the relations between the profession and society at large.
Interdisciplinary: The simultaneous and interrelated study of two or more disciplines. Problem Oriented: A program of study organized around a problem. Thematic: A program of study focusing on a particular theme or set of ideas.
Community and Human Services Guidelines
Community and human services is a field of study that aims to prepare learners to:
The community and human services area of study prepares students for a wide array of roles in direct service and/or management in the helping professions and community service. Fields of study may include, but are not limited to human services, health services, early childhood, child welfare, emergency management, advocacy and community organizing, public affairs and criminal justice. Students will acquire and apply a broad range of knowledge about the social, economic and political conditions of our world.
Study in this area emphasizes six essential foundations that should be represented in students’ degree plan and discussed in their rationale. Examples of studies that could meet these areas are also provided; however, please be aware these are only examples and is in no way an exhaustive list. Students need to provide evidence as to how they are meeting each foundation.
The potential concentrations are numerous and may be focused or broadly structured, depending upon the student’s specific interests and goals, prior learning and experience, organizing framework and general expectations of recognized helping professions. The organizing framework may be arranged by professional/vocational expectations; however, some frameworks may be guided by practice with a specific population, theme or interdisciplinary concentration.
Within any conceptualized CHS concentration, students are expected to consider and discuss in their degree program rationales whether and/or how the areas listed above are relevant to their specific concentrations.
Introduction to the Area of Study Guidelines
AOS Community and Human Services Before 2014 Jan 1