Geneva College



Course Descriptions



  • Classroom cohorts meet one evening a week from 6-10 p.m. and include some hybrid online courses.


HSS 201
Introduction to Human Services

This course provides an overview of the human services profession, its history, values, goals and practices. Ethical and philosophical issues involved in providing human services to those in need will be explored.

5 Sessions/3 Credits


HSS 301
Social Welfare Agencies/Policies—60% Online, 40% Classroom

This course surveys the history and current development of systems designed to serve those in need. Agencies oriented to meet the needs of special populations (e.g., the aged, children and youth, rural and urban groups) will be explored and the policies influencing their development will be critically analyzed. This course is conducted partly online.

2 Face-to-Face Sessions/3 Credits


BBL 408
Foundations of Christian Thought

This course explores the phenomenon of “worldview” as the assumptions that everyone has about reality—a vision for life that drives how people view the nature of the world, the problems of the world, the remedy for the world, and the future of the world. And, this course challenges students to critique their own worldview in light of the worldview presented in the Bible. At the end of the course, students will be equipped to examine their own life and work in light of the biblical worldview.

5 Sessions/3 Credits


HSS 205
Cultural Competence

This course provides an overview of various theories, methods, and applications concerning the concept of cultural competence within human service and psychological disciplines, as well as within the Church and the kingdom of Christ. The course examines cultural competence in terms of secular and Christian perspectives with an emphasis on Christ-centered and biblical strategies of implementation.

5 Sessions/3 Credits


HSS 305
Counseling & Helping Skills I

This course is designed to prepare the student for practice in human services agencies through the development of culturally sensitive helping relationships. Emphasis is placed on enhancing communication skills, developing interview techniques, and learning basic group skills and group interactive patterns.

5 Sessions/3 Credits


HSS 432
Human Services: Research and Resources—60% Online, 40% Classroom

This course encourages students to develop familiarity with the literature in their major field of study with an emphasis on information literacy. Students will identify, access, retrieve, and summarize respected information in the field that is relevant to a research topic. In addition to identifying themes in the literature, students will compare, contrast and evaluate the major perspectives that emerge from their investigation. This course is conducted partly online.

2 Face-to-Face Sessions/3 Credits


HSS 405
Community Interventions

This advanced human service course builds on micro level counseling and helping, as well as generalist practice knowledge and skills, in addressing the human service needs of at-risk groups (e.g. impoverished, mental health, drug and alcohol, children and families involved in child protective services, domestic violence, community violence, adult and juvenile justice, and AIDS/HIV). The course examines special populations in the context of human needs, crisis intervention, and other community systems and interventions. Special attention will be given to church based and Christian strategies used to care for at risk groups.

5 Sessions/3 Credits


HSS 307
Generalist Practice, Model & Theory

This course is a continuation of HSS 305 and is designed to further advance the student’s practice skills. Emphasis is placed on identifying client strengths, problem solving, preparing case plans for individuals and families, and community and organizational interventions.

5 Sessions/3 Credits


BBL 409
Christianity in Dialogue

Students will explore the basics of Christian apologetics in terms of identifying the assumptions that drive life-commitments. In particular, the most common and influential perspectives will be evaluated, and the contradictions inherent in living out these worldviews will be considered. It will be the perspective of this course that a biblical worldview, with its assumptions deriving from Scripture, best explains the world and human experience.

5 Sessions/3 Credits

HMT 411
Humanities—60% Online, 40% Classroom

Students will explore the humanities as a manifestation of human responses to the Cultural Mandate – to “rule over the earth and subdue it”. The humanities reflect the cultural values of the culture from which they spring, therefore students will be equipped with the theological and philosophical categories needed to properly discern the truth (and untruth) of the cultural messages embedded in the humanities. On the one hand, students will be equipped to appreciate the common grace truth embedded in the humanities, but on the other hand, students will be equipped with the biblical categories of antithesis needed to discern where those truths fall short. At the end of the day, students will be equipped to engage both aesthetic considerations and “truth considerations” in the humanities. This class is conducted partly online.

2 Face-to-Face Sessions/3 Credits


PLS 401
Christian Faith and Politics

Students will explore the Scriptural and philosophical underpinnings of government and survey the history of political thought with particular emphasis on the Christian tradition, including a discussion of the American Founding. In addition, the biblical principles of justice, economics and liberty will be explored in the context of a reflection on modern political ideologies. Lastly, students will investigate a number of important issues in contemporary political debate, such as war, globalization, and the environment.

5 Sessions/3 Credits


SGY 410
Restoring Social Institutions: A Christian View of Marriage, Family, Church, and Neighborhood

The social world is full of institutions, and it is held together by institutions. These institutions change over time, sometimes for better and sometimes for worse. In this course we will explore the contours of four social institutions—marriage, the family, the church, and neighborhoods. How are these institutions changing? Why are they changing? And what is our own role in these institutions? Biblical norms for these social institutions will be considered, and we will work together to develop a Christian perspective to apply to other social institutions as well.

5 Sessions/3 Credits


HSS 434
HSS Applied Research and Statistics

Data analysis and evaluation techniques are presented. Specific information covered in the course includes entering data in a data base, frequencies, measures of central tendency and dispersion, analyzing correlation and variance and working with levels of significance.

5 Sessions/3 Credits


HSS 450
Field Experience

This course affords the student an opportunity to apply knowledge and theories obtained in course work to actual field experience. The student will be supervised in the agency placement by both an on-site coordinator and the Geneva placement adviser. A total of 270 hours will be spent on site during the 17-week term.

6 Credits


HSS 401
Senior Seminar

This course is offered in conjunction with the field experience and is designed to support the student’s field experience with structured educational perspectives. The focus is to assist the student in integrating Christian viewpoints and human services theories with actual field practice.

3 Credits