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Pre-Master's Program Options

HUS 501 / 523 and HUS 521 / 522
This two-semester program provides maximum opportunity to develop sound writing and analytical skills at an unhurried pace. Students take 6 credits of writing/computing/critical thinking coursework each semester. The Option I Pre-Master's Program provides an unpressured, thorough introduction to graduate-level writing and thinking.

First Semester: HUS 501 / 523

HUS 501: Basic Writing in the Human Services. (3 cr.)

This course provides intensive practice in the fundamentals of effective writing for the human service field and for the academic environment. Working in a computer laboratory, students will strengthen their grammar and organizational skills while learning word processing applications as tools for producing effective writing. Emphasis is placed on mastering the conventions of standard written English and editing for clarity and correctness.

HUS 523: Technical Skills in Human Service Communication (3 cr.)

This course provides computer-assisted and teacher-directed writing practice.  In a laboratory setting, students will review and refine their grammar and editing skills while learning computer applications as tools for researching and producing effective professional communication.

Second semester: HUS 521 / 522

HUS 521: Writing Skills in the Human Services (3 cr.)

This course presents an exploration of the fundamentals of effective communication in academic and human service environments.  Students will analyze, discuss, and produce a variety of writing tasks, learning to work effectively through all stages of the writing process.

HUS 522: Critical Thinking Skills for Human Service Practitioners (3 cr.)

Critical thinking is thinking which aims at sound judgment about what to believe or do.  It involves replacing unreflective and uncritical habits of thought with those of rational investigation.  It is a precondition of good writing and, in practice, writing is one of the most effective instruments for clarifying and refining thinking.  This course, therefore, reviews the interrelated processes involved in critical thinking, such as asking the right questions, identifying and challenging assumptions, formulating hypotheses, and exploring alternative ways of viewing and solving problems.  It also provides application through reading and analysis of texts and through a variety of progressively more complex writing tasks.  Emphasis will be placed on the production of clearly written, carefully reasoned, and well-supported arguments.

OPTION II

HUS 521 / 522 / 523
Students enrolled in the Option II Pre-Master's Program will meet all Option I goals in an accelerated one-semester program.

HUS 521: Writing Skills in the Human Services (3 cr.)

This course presents an exploration of the fundamentals of effective communication in academic and human service environments.  Students will analyze, discuss, and produce a variety of writing tasks, learning to work effectively through all stages of the writing process.

HUS 522: Critical Thinking Skills for Human Service Practitioners (3 cr.)

Critical thinking is thinking which aims at sound judgment about what to believe or do.  It involves replacing unreflective and uncritical habits of thought with those of rational investigation.  It is a precondition of good writing and, in practice, writing is one of the most effective instruments for clarifying and refining thinking.  This course, therefore, reviews the interrelated processes involved in critical thinking, such as asking the right questions, identifying and challenging assumptions, formulating hypotheses, and exploring alternative ways of viewing and solving problems.  It also provides application through reading and analysis of texts and through a variety of progressively more complex writing tasks.  Emphasis will be placed on the production of clearly written, carefully reasoned, and well-supported arguments.

HUS 523: Technical Applications in Human Service Communication.

This course provides computer-assisted and teacher-directed writing practice. In a laboratory setting, students will review and refine their grammar and editing skills, while learning computer applications as tools for researching and producing effective professional communication.

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OPTION III

HUS 531 / 533
Students will refine their academic writing skills in an 8-week summer workshop. Critical thinking will be practiced as an integral part of good writing but will not be addressed in a separate class.

HUS 531: Writing Applications in Human Service Communication (3 cr.)

This course provides an intensive exploration of the fundamentals of effective writing in the Human Service field and in the academic environment. In a laboratory setting, students will review and refine their grammar and editing skills as they  analyze, discuss, and practice a variety of writing tasks so as to produce unified, well-developed and coherent documents appropriate for inclusion in a professional portfolio.

HUS 533: Technical Applications in Human Service Communication.

This course provides students with computer-assisted and teacher-directed practice in word processing and multimedia applications as tools for effective professional research and communication.

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