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Important Announcement regarding the future of this program

Due to changes in the profession and licensing procedures for psychologists, Franciscan University no longer accepts new students into this program. Instead, our Psychology Program has been expanded to prepare students to pursue a life in psychology. 

Find our more at the Psychology Program page.


Do you want to help others makes sense of the world and their own lives? Do you want to help people find hope and healing? Do you want to guide someone to a better path and enable them to make better choices?


If so, a career in mental health and human services may be the career for you.

People in the mental health and human services field work in mental health clinics, public and private agencies, nursing homes, youth service agencies, day-care centers, substance abuse treatment centers, juvenile courts, probation offices, prisons, and crisis centers. They are counselors, caseworkers, friends, and advisors to those most in need. They are, in many places, the hands and voice of Christ—a loving and helpful face that the lost and the lonely encounter during the course of their day.

By earning a degree in mental health and human services from the department of Psychology, Mental Health, Social Work, and Sociology ;at Franciscan University, you will taking the first step toward becoming that face.

In your classes, you will learn about the many opportunities within the field of mental health and human services and receive an overview of the different helping approaches used in these professions. You will acquire skills in interviewing, observing, and recording behavior, as well as in individual counseling and group dynamics.

At the same time, your professors will bring you to a deeper appreciation of the God-given dignity and uniqueness of every individual. At the heart of Franciscan’s Mental Health and Human Services Program is a respect for the human person, and an understanding of men and women as children of God, made in His image and likeness.

To graduate with a bachelor of science in mental health and human services, you will need to complete 33 credit hours of course work in psychology, as well as courses in anatomy and physiology (6 credit hours), and finite math (3 credit hours). You will also need to complete a senior thesis or senior seminar and spend a substantial number of hours interning at local service agencies to obtain your degree.

Required courses for all mental health and human services majors include: Introduction to Mental Health and Human Services, General Psychology, Introduction to Social Science Research, Adjustment, Personality, Psychology of Human Development, Group Dynamics, Introduction to Counseling, Personality, Interview and Assessment, and Abnormal Psychology.

You can also choose from a number of electives such as: Adolescent Psychology, Social Psychology, and Human and Spiritual Integration.

By the time you graduate, you will understand how you can help those most in need in our society. You will have a greater respect for the dignity of the human person. And you will have the academic background you need for an entry-level paraprofessional position in the mental health and human services field. In order to obtain professional status, many mental health and human services graduates go on to pursue master’s degrees in counseling or other related fields. Upon completion of these advanced degrees, a professional license can be obtained.

Sample Program

First Semester Second Semester
Intro. to Mental Hlth & Human Serv General Psychology
Anatomy and Phys. I Anatomy and Phys. II
Communications Core Communications Core
Humanities Core (Philosophy) Humanities Core (History)
Social Science Core Social Science Core
First Semester Second Semester
Adjustment Intro. to Social Science Research
Finite Math Theology Core
Theology Core Humanities Core
Humanities Core (Literature) Elective 
Communications Core Elective 
First Semester Second Semester
Personality Psych. of Human Development I
Introduction to Counseling Group Dynamics
Humanities Core Elective
Elective Elective 
Elective Elective
First Semester Second Semester
Abnormal Psychology Optional Internship or Elective
Interview & Assessment Thesis or Seminar
Internship Elective
Elective Elective
Elective Elective

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