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Earn A Degree In Applied Human Behavior In Just 3 Years

Northern Arizona University’s Yavapai campus exclusively offers a three-year Bachelor of Arts in Applied Human Behavior accelerated degree program. The applied human behavior program explores how and why people behave the way they do and prepares you for a career in the relationship-driven fields of human resources, counseling or behavioral health.

This accelerated degree is also a great foundation if you are interested in pursuing a master’s degree in counseling, social services, human resources, or law. NAU-Yavapai also offers an undergraduate certificate program in Applied Human Behavior.

Prepare For A Career In Counseling Or Social Services

Earning a bachelor’s degree in Applied Human Behavior is your first step to a career in human resources, social services or similar field. These areas are expected to see job growth of more than 20% through 2020.

Career options include:

  • Behavioral Health Counselor
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Social Service Manager
  • Substance Abuse Counselor

Catalog Information

Learn more about the program options by viewing the catalog information below. Catalog information is displayed for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Interdisciplinary Studies - Applied Human Behavior

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BA
120 units
Maximum Transfer Units
64
120

University Requirements

  • To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.

    • All of Northern Arizona University's liberal studies, diversity, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
    • At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
    • At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
    • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.
    The full policy can be viewed here.

     

Overview

In addition to University Requirements:

  • 30 units of Applied Human Behavior Specialization Requirements
  • Completion of a Certificate
  • Completion of Computer Literacy, Communication Skills, and Science or Language Requirement

  • Up to 9 units of specialization prefix courses may be used to satisfy Liberal Studies requirements; these same courses may also be used to satisfy specialization requirements.

  • Elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 units

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
Major GPA C
Mathematics Required MATY 142
Emphasis, Minor, Certificate Required
Foreign Language Required
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Optional
Some online/blended coursework Required
Progression Plan Link Not Available

Purpose Statement

Students attending the Applied Human Behavior program will explore what motivates behavior, how relationships and social systems impact individual development, and how helping professionals can assist individuals in living successful and fulfilling lives. Students will graduate this program with the primary skills necessary to enter the social service and helping professions.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Theory: Program Graduates will have a fundamental understanding of the most significant Sociological, Social Justice, Social Work and Psychological models of understanding human behavior.
  • Diversity & Culture: Course work provides students with a holistic approach to all theoretical and current relevant data including global perspectives and a multi-cultural approach to individual and collective human issues.
  • Service Learning: Applied Human Behavior Facilitators will increase student competency and understanding through important service learning components. Students will be able to apply theoretical concepts and modalities to real world issues through individual and team community experience.
  • Self-exploration: Students will conduct self-exploration, professional exploration, and show career readiness through the blended course format, team work, service learning, active course projects, and community internship experience.
  • Person Centered Practice: Course work reflects a psycho-social perspective on theory, assessment, and intervention that provides career readiness when working in interdisciplinary treatment teams in a wide variety of careers and professional positions.
  • Practice & Intervention: Program graduates will be familiar with primary understandings of human development, the life cycle, familial and relationship dynamics, clinical mental health in children and adults, and related interventions.
  • Professional Preparedness: Program coursework emphasizes current professional practical skills including documentation, care planning and case work, and management in diverse communities.
  • Justice and Social Responsibility: Graduates will have a particular awareness of the impact of global and social issues, community development, poverty, and stratified economics, on individuals and communities.

Details

Liberal Studies Requirement
    • Students with a completed AGEC from Arizona Community Colleges will have met the 35 units of liberal studies requirements.
    • Students with a completed IGETC from a California Community College will have met the 35 units of liberal studies requirements.
    • Up to 9 units of specialization prefix courses may be used to satisfy Liberal Studies requirements; these same courses may also be used to satisfy specialization requirements.
Major Requirements
Certificate Requirements
  • Complete a NAU-Yavapai undergraduate certificate (at least 15 units) in an area outside of your Specialization.

Interdisciplinary Studies Requirements
  • Computer Literacy (3 units)
    This coursework must help you to understand, in general, the technical components of computers and information systems, how to solve problems using information systems technology, word processing, spreadsheet use, database management, graphic information software, website development, graphic design and use of statistical analysis software. Subject to advisor approval.

  • Communication Courses (6 units)
    You must choose 6 units in the following two categories. 
    • Performance-based courses, select one from the following (3 units):
    • Theory-based course (3 units):
  • Please note that you cannot use CLEP or locally prepared exams to satisfy this requirement. Transfer credit used to satisfy this requirement must be approved by the program director.

  • Language Requirement (16 units)
    You must demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English that is equivalent to four terms of university coursework in the same language. You may satisfy this requirement by taking language courses or by testing out of all or part of it by taking CLEP, or other exams.

General Electives
  • Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit. 

    You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)

Additional Information
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

Applied Human Behavior

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UCERT
15 units
Maximum Transfer Units
9
15

University Requirements

  • To receive an undergraduate certificate (at least 15 units) at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject matter areas with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0.

    Please be aware that federal financial aid is not available for some certificates, if the certificate is pursued and completed as a stand-alone certificate (i.e., not completed concurrently with a degree program). See the "Details" tab for additional information.

Overview

In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan 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 15
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Optional
Some online/blended coursework Required

Purpose Statement

The Applied Human Behavior Certificate program prepares students to enter into the human behavior field at an introductory level within case management, advocacy, mental health and health technician services working with a wide range of client populations including mental health, children, families, health care, mental health, education/schools, advocacy programs, policy and human resources.  Course content provides students with a familiarization of the theoretical principles, most relevant modalities of treatment, and current operational aspects of social systems they are most likely to encounter in human service settings today. In order to complete this certificate students are required to evidence the ability to reflect on their personal development, utilize professionally based skills and strategies, and think critically in applying resources to: identify operational aspects of social systems, how they impact human behavior and contribute to behavioral and social problems; and develop potential solutions to human-relational issues at varying levels within organizations. 
 
This certificate emphasizes a general understanding of the importance of social science research in professional settings and academic environments, Students are expected to develop writing skills consistent with academic social science formatting including how to use peer reviewed research to complete the certificate coursework. Additionally, this certificate requires students to develop the use of social media skills to create professional contacts, resources, and opportunities to further career opportunities post-graduation.
 
Students who earn this certificate will have an introductory understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of human behavior treatment and be able to practically apply this knowledge within an appropriate scope of practice in a wide range of private and community service organizations.

Student Learning Outcomes

Theory:  Understanding of the historical development of theory within behavioral health.  Exploration of most influential theories and current significant theoretical sociological, social work, and psychological models of human behavior.  Students will:

  • Explore biological, psychological, social-cultural theoretical frameworks supported by empirical evidence to understand individual development and social human behavior.
  • Recognize the role research plays in generating, supporting and revising theories and concepts of human behavior.
Self-Exploration: Students will conduct self-exploration, professional exploration, and show career readiness. Students will:
  • Demonstrate critical reflection on undergraduate learning experience and career development through written and oral presentation of student analysis of practical application of program concepts.
  • Develop knowledge of the variety of career fields within Human Behavior and match the roles, degrees and professions associated with the primary fields of study within human behavior through research in multiple social media formats.
  • Students can discuss and define the types of clients, organizations, community settings and direct practice in their field of interest through current research into current higher education requirements and job descriptions. 
Practice & Intervention: Familiarization with primary stages of moral, cognitive and personality development in children and adults and the most common current human behavior interventions that support adaptive development and functioning. Students will:
  • Define and recognize the stages of moral, cognitive and personality development as developed by Kohlberg, Piaget, and Erikson, through the completion of quizzes, analyzing case studies, and participating in peer projects.
  • Students will be able to discriminate between different types of interventions, and hypothesize in case studies and group work on best practice strategies for working with individuals in a variety of human behavior environments. 
Person Centered Practice:  Reflects a psycho-social perspective on theory, assessment and intervention.  Students will: 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Systems Theory and the Ecological Perspective as they are utilized to evaluate human behavior and social functioning evidenced by completion of in class role play, and completion of mock client interview documentation.
  • Develop knowledge of how normal and deviant behavior is defined and presents within micro, meso and macro social environments through evaluation of person-in-context scenarios that address how behaviors can be construed as adaptive, maladaptive or deviant based on the environment in which the practitioner experiences the client. 
Professional Preparedness: Development and general understanding of practice skills in a variety of career settings and diverse communities. Students will:
  • Recognize, recall and define key definitions while conducting a literature search analyzing a topic of practice within the human behavior field.
  • Creation of special projects that show evidence of personal reflection, self-evaluation, and how the student will implement knowledge from the degree progression to inform ethical practice within their career. 
Justice and Social Responsibility: Awareness of the impact of social issues, community development, poverty, and stratified economics on individuals and communities.
  • Critically evaluate institutional responses to labeling, deviance and social control through reading, analyzing, and comparing the most prevalent sociological theories of Durkheim, Erikson, Merton, Hirschi and other predominant theorists in the fields of justice and criminality.  Understanding of the content is evidenced through written and presentation formats.
  • Gain an understanding and appreciation of the meaning and manifestations of personal and cultural 'values' along with related concepts and how they influence our understanding of human behavior through effective teamwork during in class activities and group assignments.

Details

Certificate Requirements
  • Available only to Northern Arizona University - Yavapai students.

  • This certificate may be pursued and completed concurrently with a degree program or as a stand-alone certificate.  Federal financial aid cannot be used if the certificate is completed as a stand-alone certificate.

  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.
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