The Concentration in Human Services focuses on institutions that serve and treat people with problems and also with the field of policy analysis. It often is chosen by students whose interest in sociology is related to a career interest in social work, education, a medical field, community development, or human services administration. The curriculum is intended to give students an exposure to the diversity of human service institutions. Our courses emphasize field experiences, and we encourage students to begin taking field-oriented courses as early in their career at Bucknell as possible. The concentration is rooted in sociology, but requirements for the major show a recognition that the field by its nature is multi-disciplinary.


Core Courses

All students are required to complete five core courses. These are:

SOCI 208 (Methods of Social Research);
either SOCI 211 (Classical Sociological Theory) or SOCI 212 (Contemporary Sociological Theory);
SOCI 215 (Human Service Systems);
SOCI/ANTH 201 (Field Methods);
At least one Capstone or 300-level course related to Human Services.

In addition, students must complete:

Two courses in either sociology or anthropology related to human services.

One course in Sociology or Anthropology not related to Human Services.

Two courses outside of sociology that are related to human services. Anthropology courses may be included among these two.

Students may not use a single course to fulfill requirements from two categories.  However, individual courses may fulfill requirements in more than one category (so a sociology course numbered 300 may count either as the required 300-level course or as a course in sociology related to human services).

Courses Related to Human Services

Capstones and 300-level Courses that count for the Human Services (updated 9/24/08):

SOCI 315 (Educational Policy and School Organization); SOCI 322 (Sociology of Medicine); SOCI 331 (Community Organizations in Northern Ireland); SOCI 402 (Public Service and Nonprofit Organizations); SOCI 418 (Social Services and Community: A Practicum).

Courses in Sociology and Anthropology related to Human Services (updated 9/24/08):

SOCI 110 (Social Problems in the 21st Century); SOCI 123 (Law and Society); SOCI 130 (Medicine and Society); SOCI 210 (Urban Condition); SOCI 213 (Race in Historical Perspective); SOCI 234 (Criminology); SOCI 239 (Deviance and Identity); SOCI 243 (Race and Ethnicity); SOCI 245 (Remaking America: Latin American Immigration); SOCI 251 (Violence and Society);  SOCI 315 (Sociology of Education); SOCI 322 (Sociology of Medicine); SOCI 330 (Sectarian Conflict in Northern Ireland); SOCI 340 (Sociology of Religion); SOCI 360 (Third Sector Organizations: Nonprofits in America); SOCI 402 (Public Service and Nonprofit Organizations); SOCI 418 (Social Services and Community: A Practicum); SOCI 433 (Seminar on Law and Society); SOCI 434 (Seminar in Race/Ethnicity and Gender).

ANTH 200 (Urban Anthropology); ANTH 251 (Women and Development); ANTH 265 (Food, Eating, and Culture); ANTH 270 (Sexuality and Culture); ANTH 287 (Anthropology in Action); and ANTH 410 (Environment in Cross-Cultural Perspectives).

The following are courses outside Sociology related to human services (last updated 9/24/08):

ANTH 200 (Urban Anthropology); ANTH 251 (Women and Development); ANTH 265 (Food, Eating, and Culture); ANTH 270 (Sexuality and Culture); ANTH 273 (Women Writing Culture); ANTH 287 (Anthropology in Action) ; and ANTH 410 (Environment in Cross-Cultural Perspectives).

CLAS 237 (Ethnicity, Gender, and Identity in Antiquity), CLAS141 (Ancient Cities).

ECON 103 (Economic Principles and Problems, I and II); ECON 231 (Resources and the Environment); ECON 236 (Unemployment and Poverty); ECON 237 (Health Politics and Health Policy); ECON 238 (Urban Economics); ECON 256 (Intermediate Microeconomics); ECON 257 (Intermediate Macroeconomics); ECON 258 (Intermediate Political Economy); ECON 311 (Labor Economics); ECON 312 (Health Economics); ECON 313 (Public Finance); ECON 318 (American Economic History); ECON 319 (Economic History of Women in the United States); ECON 330 (Law and Economics); ECON 331 (Industrial Organization Economics); ECON 357 (Economic Development).

EDUC 101 (Social Foundations of Education); EDUC 201 (Educational Psychology); EDUC 290 (Gender Issues in Education); EDUC 305 (Advanced Educational Psychology); EDUC 308 (Philosophy of Education); EDUC 309 (Supervision of Personnel); EDUC 312 (Counseling Techniques); EDUC 318 (Multiculturalism and Education); EDUC 319 (Group Processes); EDUC 322 (Psychology of the Exceptional Child); EDUC 323 (Education of Young Children); EDUC 334 (Later Childhood and Adolescence); EDUC 335 (Child and Adolescent Development); EDUC 350 (Higher Education in the United States); EDUC 370 (Public School Law); EDUC 420 (Ethics in Education); EDUC 484 (Local Educational Politics).

ENGL 140 (Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies); ENGL 218 (Studies in Children’s Literature); ENGL 228 (Topics in Gender Studies);

ENST 205 (Green Utopias); ENST 207 (American Environmental History); ENST 211 (Environmental Pollution and Control); ENST 215 (Environmental Planning); ENST 221 (Hazardous Waste and Society); ENST 250 (Environmental Policy Analysis); ENST 335 (Land Use: History, Ethics and Politics); ENST 245 (History of American Environmental Politics and Policy); ENST 250 (Environmental Policy Analysis); ENST 255 (Environmental Justice); ENST 260 (Environmental Law); ENST 270 (Environmental Science and Public Policy).

GEOG 209 (Economic Geography); GEOG 210 (The Urban Condition-this course is cross listed with sociology and may be counted as sociology or non-sociology); GEOG 220 (Cultural Geography); GEOG 223 (Gender and Geography); GEOG 233 (Food and the Environment).

HIST 170 (Introduction to the History of Science and Technology); HIST 171 (Introduction to the History of Medicine and Public Health); HIST 223 Twentieth-century African American History: Eyes on the Prize); HIST 225 (Topics in American Political, Economic, and Legal History); HIST 258 (Topics in Women's and Gender History); HIST 261 (Twentieth-century Afro-Caribbean and African American Thought); HIST 269 (Social Darwinism East and West); HIST 271 (Medicine in the U.S.); HIST 272 (History of Science I); HIST 273 (History of Science II); HIST 279 (Topics in the History of Science and Medicine); HIST 322 (Seminar: American Industrialization and Political Development); HIST 351 (Women's and Gender History); HIST 370 (History of Science and Medicine).

HUMN 320 (History of Sexuality).

IREL 310 (Human Rights).

LING 230 (Psycholinguistics)

MGMT 101 (Introduction to Organization and Management); MGMT 312 (Business, Government, and Society); MGMT 318 (Management Theory and Practice); MGMT 319 (Management Strategy and Policy); MGMT 330 (Human Resources Management); MGMT 335 (Seminar in Organization Studies); MGMT 336 (Organizational Behavior); MGMT 339 (Organizational Theory); MGMT 340 (Decision Sciences).

MILS 102 (Basic Leadership); MILS 201 (Individual Leadership Studies); MILS 202 (Leadership and Teamwork); MILS 301 (Adaptive Leadership).

PHIL 213 (Ethics); PHIL 214 (Social and Political Philosophy); PHIL 218 (Ecology, Nature, and the Future); PHIL 220 (Philosophy of Science); PHIL 223 (Philosophy of Religion); PHIL 228 (Contemporary Ethical Theory); PHIL 230 (Feminism and Philosophy); PHIL 233 (The Philosophy of Peace and Nonviolence); PHIL 250 (Nihilism, Modernism, and Uncertainty).

POLS 140 (American Politics); POLS 210 (Political Theory); POLS 229 (Women and Politics); POLS 231 (Introduction to Public Policy); POLS 232 (American Public Policy Analysis); POLS 234 (State and Local Internship Program); POLS 254 (Sex and Social Order); POLS 268 (Contemporary Democratic Theory); POLS 274 (Race, Nation-state and International Relations); POLS 281 (Peace Studies).

PSYC 100 (General Psychology); PSYC 207 (Developmental Psychology); PSYC 209 (Social Psychology); PSYC 210 (Abnormal Psychology); PSYC 228 (Personality Psychology); PSYC 232 (Psychology of Women); PSYC 233 (Black Psychology); PSYC 234 (Introduction to Sport Psychology); PSYC 301 (History of Psychology); PSYCH 304 (Advanced Developmental Psychology); PSYC 306 (Advanced Abnormal Psychology); PSYC 307 (Culture and Child Development); PSYC 316 (Advanced Social Psychology); PSYC 325 (Advanced Personality Theory); PSYC 373 (Psychology of Race and Gender).

RELI 180 (Introduction to Religion in America); RELI 220 (Comparative Ethics); RELI; RELI 224 (Religion and Ecology); 226 (Environmental Ethics); RELI 234 (Issues of Religion and Culture); RELI 240 (Perspectives in Religion and Science).

THEA 256 (Rituals, Festivals, Institutions).

UNIV 228 (Legal and Ethical Issues of the Press); UNIV 232 (Peace and Society); UNIV 233 (The Philosophy of Peace and Nonviolence); UNIV 242 (Food and Society); UNIV 245 (AIDS); UNIV 285 (Professional Ethics).

WMST 155 (Stories of Sex, Culture, and Identity); WMST 160 (U.S. Women’s Movements in Historical Perspective); WMST 251 (Women and Development).

Approval of additional courses that may be considered "related" is provided by each student's faculty adviser, by the concentration adviser, or by the department chair.






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