The Department of Counseling offers courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels (including a minor in Health and Human Services).
The Following Courses are Offered at the Undergraduate Level:
CNS 120. Personal Framework for Career Exploration. (1.5h) First course in the College to Career series. Focuses on student self-assessment including personal attributes such as values, interests, personality/temperament, competencies/skills, and passion/purpose. Begins the process of connecting student attributes with the exploration of options in the world of work. Open to all students, but designed especially for first-year students. Half semester.
CNS 220. Options in the World of Work. (1.5h) Second course in the College to Career series. Provides information about the structure of the world of work: industry sectors both profit and nonprofit; job functions and roles; and regional, national, and global employment dynamics and trends. Helps students determine the areas of their greatest and least interests. Considers how careers and education correlate specifically in the choice of a major. Open to all students, but designed for first and second year students. Half semester.
CNS 302. Career Planning. (2h) Covers the three components of the career planning process: (1) personal assessment of work-related values, interests and skills; (2) exploration of career options; and (3) resume writing, interviewing, and job search skills. Half semester.
CNS 320. Strategic Job Search Processes. (1.5h) Third course in the College to Career series. Provides students with the fundamental knowledge, strategies, and skills required to conduct an effective job search including professional written and verbal communication; interviewing techniques; networking and other job search strategies; the branding and marketing of oneself; and evaluating offers and negotiation. P—CNS 120 and 220 or POI. Half semester.
CNS 334. Ethics in Health and Human Services. (3h) Investigation of the ethical parameters of health and human services work. Topics include least restrictive interventions, privacy, human dignity, integrity and compassionate service. NOHS standards will be studied. P—CNS 340. Juniors and seniors only.
CNS 335. Health and Human Services in a Diverse Society. (3h) Covers the range and characteristics of health and human services systems and organization, the populations served and their needs and the models for prevention, maintenance, intervention, rehabilitation and healthy functioning. P—CNS 340. Juniors and seniors only.
CNS 337. Skills in Human Services. (3h) Introduction to communication skills of listening, reflecting, questioning, and problem-solving. These skills will be examined and practiced using role play and simulations.
CNS 340. Professional Orientation to Health and Human Services. (3h) Provides an overview of health and human services including history, roles, organizational structures, ethics, standards, specializations, and credentialing. Public policy processes and contemporary issues are also considered.
CNS 342. Group Procedures. (3h) A conceptual exploration of the psychological dynamics and interpersonal communication of groups, teams, and systems including structure, leadership models, process and practice, stages of development, techniques, and ethical principles. P—CNS 340. Juniors and seniors only.
CNS 353. College Student Development. (2h) A course of study for resident advisers that provides the skills and knowledge necessary to work successfully with college students in a residence environment. Includes student development theory, coping with behavioral problems, crisis management, making connections, mediating conflict, and other issues.
CNS 360. Professional and Life Skills. (1.5h) Fourth course in the College to Career series. Designed to help students excel in their transition to life and work after college. Covers professional issues such as work ethics and etiquette, project management, productivity software skills, understanding financial statements, managing work relationships, and ongoing career management. Also covers personal life skills such as budgeting and financial management, stress management, and avocations. P—CNS 120, 220, 320 or POI. Half semester.
CNS 364. Creative Arts in Counseling. (3h) Examines the history, theories, processes, and techniques of using the creative arts in counseling with clients throughout the lifespan. Attention is given to the visual and performing arts such as drawing, imagery, photography, cartooning, cinema, movement, dance, literature, drama, and music. Juniors and seniors only.