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Why Liberal Arts for the Human Services

  • Discipline at the University of Minnesota, Morris
  • Discipline at the University of Minnesota, Morris
  • Discipline at the University of Minnesota, Morris
  • Discipline at the University of Minnesota, Morris

The LAHS curriculum is focused on helping students reach their goals as human services professionals. Morris LAHS graduates have moved into careers across the spectrum of social and human services, in the public and private sectors. Many pursue advanced academic study and earn higher professional degrees.

Because LAHS majors pursue such varied careers, they work with advisors to craft a program of study to ideally prepare them to meet their goals. The program can include a range of courses that fulfill the particular needs of the student from across the academic spectrum:

In addition, community engagement opportunities and service learning, which provide important hands-on experience, may also be incorporated into an individual curriculum. Recent projects include life history interviews with farmers, assisting with domestic violence/sexual assault prevention, and mentoring girls in the juvenile justice system.

The final capstone course at Morris is a chance for students to put all their experience together in a comprehensive, independent project. The LAHS capstone is an individually arranged internship or field experience that provides the student with an opportunity to apply their theoretical classroom learning experiences into the helping professions (e.g., social work, counseling, casework, child protection services, educational settings, human resource counseling, and the like).