Applied Human Sciences
Do you want to make a difference in communities, organizations, groups, families and relationships? The Department of Applied Human Sciences offers programs in youth work and family relations, human relations, therapeutic recreation, leisure sciences, family life education, community service and human systems intervention.
Specialization in Human Relations — 60 credits
Intended for students interested in developing and applying a high level of skill and knowledge in small group leadership in practical settings. Includes a research component and an internship in the final year, culminating and focusing on the student's area of study.
Major in Human Relations — 42 credits
Intended for students interested in developing human relations skills and a good grounding in small group leadership. Includes a fieldwork component in the final year that gives students an opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge derived from the classroom.
Minor in Human Relations — 30 credits
An opportunity to obtain knowledge and practice in group dynamics, group leadership, interpersonal relations and communications, design skills and simulated class practice in facilitation.
Human Relations (BA - Specialization/Major/Minor) requirements: Minimum cut-off averages, admission statistics and program requirements.
Specialization in Leisure Sciences — 60 credits
This program deals with the social and cultural integration of the individual at leisure, giving students skills in an in-depth look at recreation administration and/or recreation programming.
Major in Leisure Sciences — 42 credits
For students who want to develop an understanding of leisure in modern society and skills in recreation leadership and programming.
Leisure Sciences (BA - Specialization/Major/Minor) requirements: Minimum cut-off averages, admission statistics and program requirements.
Specialization in Therapeutic Recreation — 60 credits
Therapeutic recreation can be described as a service that helps address the leisure needs of individuals with physical, social, intellectual, or emotional disabilities. The ultimate goal is to help them attain healthy and independent leisure functioning. Therapeutic recreation specialists are part of an interdisciplinary team responsible for addressing all aspects of the individual’s functioning; the approach is holistic, rather than segmented.
Therapeutic Recreation (BA - Specialization) requirements: Minimum cut-off averages, admission statistics and program requirements.
Certificate in Community Service: 30 credits**
Designed for those who are qualified in their own profession and who wish to obtain additional training and practice in their chosen field. The aim is to provide basic knowledge and skills through theoretical and practical work for those desiring effective change in special needs groups, organizations, and communities. This certificate can be completed with an emphasis in one of the following: Community Intervention, Health Promotion, or Organizational Leadership.
Certificate in Family Life Education: 30 credits**
Designed for those who are qualified in their own professions and wish to obtain additional training and practice in group leadership and small group dynamics; interpersonal relations and communications; and designing, facilitating and evaluating programs and workshops. The aim is to increase knowledge and skills relevant to conducting family life education programs in service agencies, hospitals, schools, companies, and religious institutions.
** Credits earned in a certificate program may be applied towards the requirements for a Bachelor of/Baccalaureate in Arts degree.
Minimum cut-off averages, admission statistics and program requirements.
Sample courses include:
Life Span Growth and Development for Practitioners, Interpersonal Communication and Relationships, Respecting Diversity in Human Relations, Adolescence: Issues and Intervention, Older Adulthood: Issues and Intervention, Fundamentals of Child- and Youth-Care Work, Leisure Assessment and Counselling
Social service agencies, hospitals, schools, community recreation centres, youth service organizations, corporations, universities and government agencies, counselling, human systems intervention, adult education, parks administration, recreation management and therapeutic recreation.
Undergraduate admissions guidelines: For information on international admission, required documents, proof of language proficiency, the university admissions timetable, selection and notification process.