Regulations effective September 1, 2015.
The Bachelor of Professional Arts Human Services major is offered by Athabasca University’s Centre for Social Sciences.
The program responds to the career and professional needs of career practitioners in the human services fields of early childhood education, child and youth care, personal support services, and other closely related fields such as educational assistants and counsellors. The program complements the diploma programs offered at community colleges in Alberta and across Canada.
The BPA Human Services major is available to:
Coursework and credentials must have been obtained from a college, university or institute of technology approved by Athabasca University. Individuals who have questions about the eligibility of their previous education for admission are strongly encouraged to contact Advising Services.
Students are strongly encouraged to plan an individualized program of study to
Plan your program of study carefully to ensure that you meet all of the degree requirements. A maximum of 12 credits may be completed at the 200 level including any 200-level courses in the required common core. You must also complete a minimum of 18 credits at the 400 level, including at least 9 credits in Human Services.* If you need assistance, or for general information regarding the Human Services major, please contact the program coordinator.
* Note: HSRV 489 – Capstone: A Synthesis of Program Learning Outcomes may only be taken at the end of your program. All HSRV major required courses are prerequisites, therefore may not be taken concurrently with HSRV 489. A maximum of three 3-credit option/elective courses may be taken concurrently with HSRV 489 (12 credits in total) as the final courses to complete the degree.
Some students may qualify for
Program Learning Outcomes
Athabasca University has developed program learning outcomes that describe the career options that may be available to you upon graduating.
In addition to completing this degree through online and distance learning, you may have the option to take courses for the Bachelor of Professional Arts (Human Services) in a classroom setting at other institutions. See Learning Services Collaborations for more information.
Students must complete the following degree requirements within the Bachelor of Professional Arts program.
|Common Core credits||12|
|Major Courses credits||33|
|A minimum of 18 credits at the 400 level including at least 9 credits in Human Services.||18|
|Residency requirement. A minimum of 30 credits must be obtained through Athabasca University.||30|
|Graduation with Distinction or Great Distinction. At least 24 credits must be obtained through Athabasca University in order to be considered.||24|
|Maximum Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition credits
*see Prior Learning above
|up to 60 credits towards entry or up to 30 after entry|
|Maximum credits allowed in Business and Administrative Studies courses||15|
Human Services Major (33 credits)
Student must complete 15 credits in Required Courses and 18 additional credits selected from the list of Elective Courses.
|Required Courses (15 credits)|
|HSRV 201||Social Work and Human Services||(3)|
|HSRV 306||Critical Reflection for Practice||(3)|
|HSRV 311||Practice and Policy in the Human Services||(3)|
|HSRV 322||Ideology and Policy Evolution||(3)|
|HSRV 489*||Capstone: A Synthesis of Program Learning Outcomes
Taken at the end of the HSRV degree studies, after all other courses in the BPA HSRV major degree have been completed. All HSRV major required courses are prerequisites, therefore may not be taken concurrently with HSRV 489. A maximum of three other 3-credit options/ elective courses may be taken concurrently with HSRV 489 as the final courses to complete the degree.
|* Professor approval required.|
|Electives Courses (18 credits selected from the following)|
|All senior (300/400) level credits in:|
|Communication Studies (CMNS)|
|Criminal Justice (CRJS)|
|Educational Psychology (EDPY)|
|Education Studies (EDUC)|
|Health Administration (HADM)|
|Human Services (HSRV)|
|Indigenous Studies (INST)|
|Industrial Relations (IDRL)*|
|Legal Studies (LGST)|
|Organizational Behavior (ORGB)*|
|Political Economy (POEC)|
|Political Science (POLI)|
|Social Anthropology (SOAN)|
|Social Science (SOSC)|
|Women's and Gender Studies (WGST)|
|Note: Courses that are not in the disciplines above, but are cross-listed with them, will meet the elective requirements.|
|* Courses in Industrial Relations and Organizational Behavior may not exceed a maximum of 15 credits in this degree. (See Program Structure, maximum in Business and Administrative Studies)|
Eighteen credits must be completed at the 400 level. Students are advised to plan their program of study carefully to ensure that they meet all of the degree requirements.
Options (15 credits)
Select 15 additional credits in any discipline at the senior (300/400) level.
Notes: Please ensure your course selection meets the general degree requirements, especially the requirements of completing 18 credits at the 400 level, including at least 9 credits in Human Services.
Contact Advising Services to ensure your course selection complies with the degree requirements. Use a program planner to record your selections and track your process.
Information effective Sept. 1, 2015 to Aug. 31, 2016.
Updated May 17 2018 by laurab