Program Overview

Welcome to the Human Services Department! Our mission is to provide you a comprehensive, Christ-centered, understanding of helping and healing relationships that will enable you to serve individuals, families and society. READ MORE

CONCENTRATIONS FOR THIS PROGRAM

Adult Development and Aging
Criminal Justice
Global Communication
Urban Studies

WHY CHOOSE HUMAN SERVICES?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics human service careers are growing by 22% each year, significantly higher than the national average. Careers in human services include:

 

  • Human Rights, Social Services, and Peace Organizations
  • Criminal Justice fields (police officer, parole officer, etc.)
  • Family & Children Services (child protection services, family support worker, residential counselor, etc.)
  • Community Development
  • International Outreach and Global Ministries
  • Women’s Advocacy Groups and Ministries

 

Curriculum / Courses

  • FEATURED COURSES
  • + BI 205 -Bible Study Methods and Application
  • An introduction to the principles and practice of inductive Bible study, with emphasis on the effective communication of biblical truth. This course will include assignments intended to develop skills in expository writing and biblical instruction. Christian Ministry requirements are also embedded in this course.
  • + BI 422 -Romans
  • A study of contents and theology of PaulÕs letter to the Romans, including the origin and social setting of the letter. The course will examine PaulÕs contribution to Christian theology based on Romans as well as the pastoral significance of the letter. Offered alternate years.
  • + SO 255 -Introduction to Human Services
  • The course includes an introduction to human services in public and private settings. Course discussions will include the history and development of professional human services and a survey of potential local resources, which will include casework, group work, community organizations and self-study. Consideration of professional approaches will be used in working with people in the human services professions (especially psychology and social work). This course will also require site observations with special emphasis on environmental variables and diversity, including socioeconomic status (SES) and differences in power. Instruction will include lecture, discussion, field internship experiences, experiential exercises and small group experiences. Students will also begin to explore their commitment to a human service career.
  • + SO 320 -Human Services Internship I
  • A faculty-supervised internship that involves placement in a local human service agency. The student will begin integrating classroom concepts and theory with practical interventions that have been the foundation from the theoretical and conceptual basis of prior learning. The internship requires a minimum of 120 hours under agency supervision. Students also complete additional coursework in collaboration with their supervising faculty for practical integration and growth of the developing human services professional.
  • + SO 343 -Cultural Diversity
  • This course is designed to assist students in recognizing acculturative variations and behaviors based on race/ethnicity, gender/sexuality, disability, age and religious/spiritual orientation. The course will provide an overview of the role culture plays in oneÕs attitude/beliefs regarding these topics with an emphasis on how oneÕs own belief system impacts his/her relationships with others.
  • + SO 352 -Interpreting Urban Communities
  • This course will identify the needs of neighborhoods that are located in urban settings and explore practical ways for the church to embody the gospel in response to social inequities like racism, inequitable distribution of wealth, illiteracy, abuse, etc. Students will also have an opportunity to participate in a service learning program with local community organizing initiatives, in which they will be able to discover the methods and content of community engagement.
  • + SO 356 -Marriage and Family
  • Analysis of the family as an American institution including an emphasis on those factors of courtship which influence an integrative relationship of marriage and family.
  • + SO 365 -Long-Term Care System
  • Exploration of the continuum of long-term care services available in the United States. Examination of issues of access and financing; the combination of housing and services for disabled older adults; and challenges to the provision of a range of quality long-term care options.
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THE MORE YOU KNOW

OUR MISSION

Graduating Godly Individuals Prepared to Serve Christ in Church and Society.

OUR CORE VALUES

Bible Centered

Grace Theology

Ministry Focused

Transformational Relationships

OUR VISION

To be a vibrant University exalting Jesus Christ, preparing culturally intelligent students for diverse careers in the global marketplace.

STATEMENT OF FAITH

 A statement of the doctrinal position to which the Board, Administration, and Faculty of Grace Bible College are committed.

I’ve never been a part of community of people that are so genuine and empathetic. It seems like no matter what staff and faculty have going on, they are always willing to stop what they are doing to help you. Everyone is really here to support and help one another. I can’t imagine myself anywhere else!

Susan Bauer, Marketing Director

- I can’t Imagine myself Anywhere Else