Courses

HS 300 Social Science Research (3)
This course provides an overview of the methods used by social scientists. Topics include reviewing existing literature, designing a study, surveys, data analysis and research ethics. Required for BA in Human Services.

HS 301 Writing in the Social Sciences (3)
Students will demonstrate the fundamentals of written communications in the social sciences through a number of short writing assignments, as well as a longer paper, which will go through at least one revision. They will focus on clarity, organization, proper presentation of supporting evidence and communication ethics. Prerequisite: EN 102 Composition II. Required for BA in Human Services.

HS 302 Statistics for Social Scientists (3)
Numeracy is a fundamental skill for those practicing the the social sciences. This course addresses the fundamentals of quantitative data analysis and the ethical presentation of statistics. Required for BA in Human Services.

HS 303 Human Services Administration (3)
The field of human services of full of well-meaning individuals who nevertheless struggle to help those they would serve due to a lack of administrative ability. This course will explore the essential leadership and organizational skills needed to succeed in human services. Required for BA in Human Services.

HS 304 Social Policy (3)
Students will examine the ways in which institutional policies impact society. Topics include the political process, unintended consequences and policy analysis. Required for BA in Human Services.

HS 305 Behavioral Theory (3)
Why do people behave irrationally? What really motivates people? What incentives can be used to change behavior? By answering these questions, human services professionals can better address the needs of those they serve. Required for BA in Human Services.

HS 320 Disability Studies (3)
This is an introduction to the burgeoning field of disability studies. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, the course demonstrates the ways in which society’s conception of the body have evolved and continue to evolve over time. Topics include shifting terminology, artistic representations, the concept of human dignity, education and the workplace.

HS 322 Disability Support Services (3)
The course will examine the range of government and private services available to individuals with disabilities, as well as the gaps in services and barriers that prevent people from taking full advantage of what’s available.

HS 340 Unions and Collective Bargaining (3)
This is an overview of the collective bargaining process from union formation to contract negotiation to working under a collective bargaining agreement. Topics include major legislation, the differences between the public and private sectors and the nature of the unionized workplace.

HS 341 Sociology of Labor (3)
This course explores the role of unions in our society, including the history of the labor movement and the economic impact of unionization, as well as the effects of labor’s decline in recent decades.

HS 350 Fundamentals of Public Administration (3)
This is a survey of government bureaucracies at the federal, state and local levels, with a particular focus on how they both succeed and fail to provide essential services to the public.

HS 355 International Relations (3)
Students will examine the ways in which states and non-state actors interact with one another, including militarily and diplomatically.

HS 356 Globalization and Its Critics (3)
Modern societies around the world are increasingly interconnected with one another due to technological innovation and other factors. This interconnection has significant social, cultural, political and economic consequences, which have been both praised and criticized. A number of viewpoints will be examined.

HS 370 Understanding the Environment (3)
Sustainability is fundamentally rooted in the scientific understanding of the environment. This course provides a basic overview of environmental science to further sounds policy decisions.

HS 371 Building Sustainable Organizations (3)
Environmental problems are often presented as conflicts between the needs of the environment and the economy. In some cases, organizations find that good environmental policy also makes good economic sense. But in other cases, organizations must figure out how to properly calculate and weigh the environmental consequences of their actions. This course will examine both institutional decision-making and government policy.

HS 372 Environmental Technology (3)
This course will explore the ways in which technical innovation can mitigate or eliminate environmental damage. No particular background in technology is required.

HS 390 Adult Learning Theory (3)
For centuries, educational philosophers have studied the most effective means of teaching children. It has only been in recent decades that they have realized learning is a lifelong activity. This is an overview of the way adults learn, particularly with respect to professional advancement.

HS 391 Organizational Development (3)
This course will examine the ways in which organizations adapt to change and improve over time.

HS 392 Distance Learning (3)
Distance learning has evolved from instruction by mail in the 19th century to cutting-edge interactive course delivery through the Internet. This course will explore the ways in which distance learning differs from traditional delivery and the best practices of online course design.

HS 400 Professional Ethics (3)
Helping professionals owe a duty of competent and ethical service to their clients. This course will address the ethical imperatives and challenges posed to modern professionals. Required for BA in Human Services.

LS 315 Disability and the Law (3)
The most recent expansion of federal civil rights brought protection to people with disabilities. This was the result of a major shift in society’s view, which went from treating people with disabilities as tragic figures in need of charity to now encouraging people with disabilities to fully participate in civic and economic life. This course will focus on the Americans with Disabilities Act and related state statutes regulating inclusive practices in educational, public and business settings.

LS 340 Negotiation Theory (3)
The vast majority of legal disputes are resolved at some point before a trial court verdict as a result of negotiations between parties, which makes negotiation skills vital for legal professionals. Drawing on research from a wide range of fields, this course will use role-playing activities to develop the skills necessary to effectively and ethically negotiate a settlement to a dispute.

LS 345 Environmental Law (3)
In this course, students will critically analyze the overlapping network of environmental regulations that have sprung up over the last fifty years and assess their effectiveness at combating environmental harms.

LS 350 Employment Law (3)
A patchwork of local, state, federal and even international laws govern the modern employment relationship. This course will examine how these laws interact with one another. Topics include the “at-will” doctrine, discrimination law, labor law and workplace privacy.

LS 358 International Law (3)
International law has ancient roots, but has taken on increased importance with the formation of the United Nations after World War II. This course will look into the origins, nature, successes and limitations of international law as a solution to global problems.

SPCS 200 Adult Learning Seminar (3)
Adult Learning Seminar is an introduction to Dominican University and the online learning environment. The course teaches effective learning strategies for adults, which will culminate in each student designing a personalized learning plan. Students will demonstrate mastery of course concepts through online discussion board participation and short writing assignments. Required for undergraduates in online programs offered through the School of Professional and Continuing Studies.

SPCS 301 Topics in the Social Sciences (3)
This course provides an in-depth study of a major thinker or idea in the field of the social sciences. Students will learn how to find and evaluate social science resources in order write a research essay relating to the topic of the course. Course may be repeated for credit if a different topic is covered.

SPCS 302 Topics in the Natural Sciences (3)
This course provides an in-depth study of a major thinker or idea in the field of the natural sciences. Students will learn how to find and evaluate natural science resources in order write a research essay relating to the topic of the course. Course may be repeated for credit if a different topic is covered.

SPCS 303 Topics in the Humanities (3)
This course provides an in-depth study of a major thinker or idea in the field of the humanities. Students will learn how to find and evaluate humanities resources in order write a research essay relating to the topic of the course. Course may be repeated for credit if a different topic is covered.

SPCS 306 Adult Spiritual Life and Growth (3)
This course addresses the journey – the process of adults who choose to explore the spiritual life. Spirituality depends upon the focus and energy we give, intentionally and consistently, to what has been identified as most in life, understanding that this is a dynamic, not a static force. Drawing upon sacred and secular literature, the insights of spiritual writers, human rights activists and others, students will learn to objectify their own relationships with The Holy. The goal of this course is not to have “arrived,” but more to know and trust the ground on which one stands. Formerly OL 306. Satisfies theology foundations requirement.