The Bachelor of Science degree in Rehabilitation and Human Services (RHS) prepares students for positions in a variety of human service settings, particularly settings that provide services to persons with physical, emotional, or mental disabilities. Examples of client groups RHS professionals work with include people with mental, cognitive, developmental, addiction, sensory, and/or physical disabilities and chronic illness; people experiencing violence; people living in poverty; and people who are homeless.
The goal of the Rehabilitation and Human Services program is to produce graduates who, during their first few years of professional practice, will be able to perform the following functions or activities at a level appropriate to their baccalaureate degree:
- Demonstrate broad knowledge of disabilities, helping systems, and professional services for disabled individuals and best practices in community inclusion and integration.
- Become an advocate for individuals with disabilities and model self-advocacy practices.
- Demonstrate competences in interpersonal and professional oral and written communication.
- Work effectively as an individual and as a member of a multidisciplinary team.
- Demonstrate awareness of and adhesion to ethics and professional practices.
- Show awareness of social concerns and professional responsibilities in the workplace.
- Continue their professional training and adapt to changes in the workplace through additional formal or informal education.
Complementary Minors and Certificates
Enhance your degree with one of the college’s academic minors.
- Communication Arts & Sciences
- Civic & Community Engagement
- Criminal Justice
- Special Education
- Women’s Studies
Internships, Research, and Application
Interns complete a 600-hour (15 credit) internship at a facility, agency, or other employment setting consistent with their professional goals and interests. The full-semester internship is provided under the supervision of professionals in human service agencies. These intensive "hands-on" experiences are frequently avenues for employment since the internship is completed during the senior year. Students may not go on internship until they have successfully completed all other course work. Students are encouraged to participate in volunteer experiences that provide opportunities to work with people with disabilities.
Graduates work in entry-level positions in a variety of settings including community mental health programs, group homes, schools, drug and alcohol programs, hospitals and medical settings, corrections facilities, and rehabilitation centers. As the American with Disabilities Act of 1990 continues to be implemented, there will be increased emphasis on services to persons with severe disabilities, as well as on independent living, supported employment, and transitional services.