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Behavioral Health/Human Services


This curriculum is designed for students interested in working with people in need. Students will have the opportunity to study human behavior and human development within the context of the psychological, social and biophysical environments in which people live. They will develop skills needed to work with others both one-on-one and in groups. They will develop the value base from which they will practice and learn the ethical standards of the helping professions. They will learn to appreciate and work in a multicultural environment. As a major part of their study, they will also have the opportunity to work directly with people in need by being assigned two field placements with agencies and institutions in the community.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this program graduates will be able to:

  • Discover a stronger professional identity through personal growth experience
  • Develop self within the ethical and culturally sensitive standards of helping
  • Distinguish the major theories that inform multidimensional practice
  • Demonstrate the ability to use common helping skills, critical thinking and communications

Program Entry Requirements:

Students are typically required to take the College’s placement tests at their time of entry. Students identified as needing developmental course work must satisfactorily complete the appropriate English and mathematics courses as a part of their degree program.

Program Of Study And Graduation Requirements:

It is recommended that students in the Behavioral Health Human Services curriculum must complete required courses ENGL 101, ENGL 102, CIS 103,  BHHS 101, 103, 105, 111 and at least one of two required social sciences (PSYCH 101 or SOC 101) within the first 30 credits. To qualify for the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Behavioral Health/Human Services, students must complete the appropriate 63 credit hours with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (“C” average). All BHHS students must earn a “C” or better in all required BHHS courses. While enrolled in the curriculum, students are to be guided by the values and ethical standards of the helping professions. They are also challenged to participate in a process of self-discovery and growth. Students whose behavior is viewed as inconsistent with professional standards may be dropped from the curriculum pending the results of a departmental hearing.

Behavioral Health/Human Services Course Sequence

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.

First Semester

ENGL 101 - English Composition I   3 ENGL 101
BHHS 101 - Introduction to Behavioral Health and Human Services   3  
CIS 103 - Applied Computer Technology*   3 Tech Comp
BHHS 105 - Introduction to Group Dynamics   3  
BHHS 111 - Introduction to Helping Skills BHHS 101 which may be taken concurrently 3  

Second Semester

ENGL 102 - The Research Paper ENGL 101 with a grade of “C” or better 3 ENGL 102, Info Lit
BHHS 103 - Human Development and Behavior in the Social Environment ENGL 101 with a grade of “C” or better 3 Am/Global Diversity, Writing Intensive
BHHS 194 - Case Management Practice BHHS 111 with a "C" grade or better 3  
BHHS 195 - Practicum in Behavioral Health and Human Services I BHHS 111 with a "C" grade or better 3  
Social Science Elective   3 Social Sciences
Humanities Elective   3 Humanities

Third Semester

BHHS 212 - Resolution-Focused Helping Skills BHHS 111 with a "C" grade or better Coreq: BHHS 213 3  
Social Science Elective   3  
General Elective**   3  
BHHS 213 - Practicum in Behavioral Health and Human Services II BHHS 195 with a "C" grade or better; BHHS 212 must be taken concurrently 3  
BHHS 106 - Analysis of Group Participation BHHS 105 3  

Fourth Semester

BHHS 293 - Family and Relationship Counseling BHHS 111 with a "C" grade or better 3  
Mathematics Elective (FMNT 118 Intermediate Algebra or higher)   3 Mathematics
Science Elective   3/4  
General Elective**   3  
General Elective**   3  

Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate: 63

General Education Requirements:

All General Education requirements are met through required courses (as indicated above) except for the Interpretive Studies requirement. Therefore, in order to graduate, students in this program must choose one course that is designated Interpretive Studies. View the courses that fulfill all degree requirements and receive a more detailed explanation of the College’s general education requirements to help in your selection.

*Students with computer skills may apply for credit by exam through the Computer Technologies Dept.

**Students should choose General Electives in consultation with an advisor. Students who wish to earn one of the Certificates listed below are advised to use their General Electives to take courses required for that Certificate.

Recovery and Transformation Academic and Proficiency Certificates
Social and Human Service Assistant Proficiency Certificate


For More Information Contact:

The Division of Liberal Studies, Room BR-21, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Telephone (215) 751-8450; or the College Information Center (215) 751-8010.