Human Services Leadership Courses at Ashford University

Your courses in Human Services Leadership will teach you the skills to take on leadership roles at the various organizations that are tackling some of the most pressing problems confronting society today. You will gain an historical perspective of human services policies and social programs, and also develop the service skills to meet the current needs of diverse populations. These courses are included as part of Ashford University’s Bachelor of Science in Human Services Leadership degree program.


Human Services Leadership Class Descriptions and Credit Information

HSL 200 Direct Service Skills & Interventions in Human Services

3 Credits

In this introductory course, students will develop an understanding of the fundamental elements associated with the provision of direct services to various client populations. Emphasis will be placed upon formulation of a client assessment, development of interventions for clients, designing an implementation plan for interventions, and formal termination. Practical skills and competencies will also be highlighted, including the significance of understanding the role of evidence-based practice, problem-solving, proper documentation, and self-care.

HSL 300 Social Welfare Policy & Social Programs: An Historical Perspective

3 Credits

This course provides students with a comprehensive account of relevant social policies that have shaped the evolution of contemporary human services. An historical approach will be taken to examine various facets of how social welfare policies have been formed, as well as issues and considerations that have impacted their development and implementation. Students will gain insight into human service policies and social programs from the early 1900s to present day.

HSL 497 Human Services Leadership Capstone

3 Credits

In this final course, students will reflect upon and synthesize the major insights gained in their study of Human Services Leadership. A substantive paper and project will be developed which requires students to critically analyze and apply their experiences and integrate knowledge gained throughout their program. The focus is on using strategic human services leadership skills in developing a project that is directly related to access and delivery of services to a selected client group within the student’s community. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in a program approved online service learning project.