Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

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Interdisciplinary Studies - Applied Human Behavior 90-30, Bachelor


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The Applied Human Behavior Program (AHB) at Northern Arizona University is a unique and timely 90-30 degree that prepares you to work in a range of behavioral health fields including working with individuals and families, substance abuse, mental health, community development, public policy and human resources. The Applied Human Behavior Program examines operational aspects of social systems, how they impact behavior, and engages students in real world problem solving of community challenges. Curriculum emphasizes developing critical thinking in order to create solutions to social issues through empowering individuals and communities in professional direct practice and administrative roles.
 

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Interdisciplinary Studies - Applied Human Behavior 90-30, Bachelor


Careers

What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in Applied Human Behavior 90-30?

Understanding how and why we as humans behave as we do allows us to creatively suggest solutions for the many problems we have getting along with others and coping with the fast-changing world in which we live. This emphasis provides entry level professional preparation for a vast array of human and social services, work in human resources, and not-for-profit and for profit organizations. It also delivers an excellent foundation for graduate study.

Classes are taught by expert faculty with advanced degrees and experience in the human behavior field. Take classes that center around your career goals, including Environmental and Biological Foundations of Human Behavior, Community Planning and Sustainable Practices, Addictions, Recovery, and Resiliency, and Practice and Intervention
 

Career opportunities that might be pursued:
  • Human Resources
  • Family and Behavioral Health Case Manager
  • Case Manager
  • Child and Family Support Worker
  • Social Service Liaison
  • Residential Counselor
  • Domestic Violence and child advocate
  • Court Advocate
  • Behavioral Management
  • Veteran Services
  • Eligibility Counselor
  • Alcohol Counselor
  • Drug Abuse Counselor
  • Life Skills Instructor
  • Probation Officer
  • Parole Officer
  • Child Advocate
  • Gerontology Aide
  • Juvenile Court Liaison
  • Crisis Intervention Counselor
  • Community Organizer
  • Community Outreach Worker
  • Community Action Worker
  • Rehabilitation Case Worker
  • Community Planning and Policy
  • Health Services

With further education, one of these paths is possible:
  • Community Development and Policy
  • Care Management, Administration and Program Development
  • Clinical Practice and Counseling
  • Research

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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

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Interdisciplinary Studies - Applied Human Behavior 90-30, Bachelor


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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

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NAU Yavapai

Interdisciplinary Studies - Applied Human Behavior 90-30, Bachelor


Overview

In addition to University Requirements:

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 120
Highest Mathematics Required MAT 114
Foreign Language Optional
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Optional
Some online/blended coursework Required
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Purpose Statement

The purpose of Northern Arizona University’s Applied Human Behavior Program is to provide students with a broad understanding of the history and perspectives on human behavior and the applicable skills necessary for competent direct practice working with individuals, families, organizations, and communities in human services. The curriculum explores what motivates behavior, and how micro, mezzo and macro systems shape individuals. Coursework emphasizes a person-centered approach to working with diverse socioeconomic populations and empowering individuals, organizations and communities to reach optimal functioning through establishing client resiliency and goal-directed agency. Students are challenged to explore personal value systems and develop an understanding of how social justice and citizenship shape ethical practice. Program content prepares students for working in professional roles that require a four-year degree in a wide range of professional positions including the fields of behavioral health, community development, and human resources, as well as entering graduate and doctoral studies.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Human Systems & Diversity
1.1  Understand the nature of human systems and apply historical perspectives to analyzing and solving current social conditions that limit the highest level of the individual or community functioning.
1.2  Understand multiple perspectives on diversity and implement strategies to encourage multicultural environments that support clients, communities, and professional environments.
1.3   Recognize current ethics and laws related to primary and secondary characteristics of diversity.
1.4   Apply the concept of resiliency to support client success when working with diverse populations.
 
2. Practice & Intervention
2.1  Understand and apply a variety of Psychological, Social Work, Sociological, and Urban Planning theories to promote the optimal functioning of individuals and communities.
2.2    Understand the nature of human systems using the biopsychosocial model including the biological, environmental and social impacts on human behavior.
2.3    Explain aspects of human development, the life cycle, familial and relationship dynamics and how they affect individual growth and success.
2.4    Awareness of the variety of community settings and resources and the ability to select appropriate services and referrals that support client well-being.
2.5     Apply skill in planning, implementing and evaluating direct practice techniques when working with individuals, families, communities, and groups to promote growth and goal attainment.
2.6     Recognize scope of practice and apply ethical decision making to direct practice and intervention through the use of legal knowledge, practical skills, and critical thinking.
2.7     Develop urban and rural community planning skills that use interpersonal communication and advocacy to empower stakeholders to create sustainable, successful community systems.
 
3. Community Engagement & Responsibility
3.1 Identify the impact that socio-economics, public policy, community development, and global issues have on individuals and communities ability to resolve psychological or social issues and develop new strategies for success.
3.2  Understand how globalization and internationalism impact citizenship, participation, and social responsibility in mezzo and macro environments and apply this knowledge to resolving issues of social responsibility and citizenship.
 
4.  Professional Preparedness
4.1  Develop professional process skills including documentation, assessment, care planning, administrative documentation and personal communication to apply in a variety of human behavior career settings.
4.2    Recognize and apply professional leadership skills in a wide variety of careers and professional positions.
4.3    Understand the importance of Social Science research and apply research to select solutions or implement best practices.
4.4    Awareness and capacity to apply the most prevalent ethical, legal, and safety guidelines for direct practice and intervention with clients.
 
5. Personal Values and Development
5.1 Explore personal and professional values, ethics and career driven dilemmas through participation in self-reflection and professional exploration exercises, self-critique, discussion and group activities.
5.2  Develop personal experiences, critical thinking skills and challenge current worldviews through teamwork, self-assessment, course projects, service learning and community internship experience.

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