Field Practica Information for Human Services Program

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The Minor in Community-Based Human Services is a 16-credit program designed for juniors and seniors who either plan to complete an Arts and Sciences major without a professional concentration or who plan to combine a professional concentration with the minor. The program started in the Fall of 2003. The program coordinator is Paul Thayer, Co-chair of Child Life and Family Studies and Associate Professor of Education and Child Life ( or 617-879-2350).

The program allows students to explore new professional directions that might lead to employment after graduation or to continued studies in graduate school. It consists of an introductory course (CFS 340 Introduction to Community-Based Human Services), a practicum and seminar (CFP 420 Practicum and Seminar in Human Services), and an additional eight credits of elective courses. The latter are chosen from a list found in the Catalog. All practicum students have successfully completed the WLCE (writing exam), CFS 340, and have a GPA of 2.0.

The Practicum

The Practicum and Seminar in Human Services is 4 credits. It requires students to complete a 150-hour practicum over the Spring semester, which follows Wheelock's academic calendar for classes. In turn, students explore diverse professional settings in the Human Services field, ranging from social services settings to educational settings, health centers for families or elders, to advocacy or community programs. Students who have completed CFS 340 during their junior year have the option of completing the practicum in the Spring of their junior or senior year.

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