Welcome to the Department of Community Leadership and Human Services (CLHS)! We offer undergraduate programs in four areas: Criminal Justice, Recreation and Leisure Services, Social Work, and Nonprofit Leadership Studies.
Many courses are offered at our regional campuses in Paducah, Hopkinsville, Madisonville, and Henderson through Interactive Television (ITV) and Hybrid (ITV/WEB) courses. In fact, over 100 Social Work students indicate one of the four regional campuses as home base. In addition, web courses are being added each semester. In some cases, program faculty will be teaching face-to-face courses at regional campuses.
CLHS is a leader when it comes to Experiential Learning! The department leads our university in the number of students and faculty engaged in service-learning. In support of the current SACSCOC Quality Enhancement Plan “Bring Learning to Life”, many courses offered in the department are designated “service-learning” as a part of the university’s Service Learning Scholars Program. Fifty-four percent of department faculty teach at least one Service Learning Scholar’s designated course each year. Experiential education is a part of most courses in the department. In addition, all four of the department’s programs offer internship opportunities. For the 2012 - 13 Academic Year, 1,066 students volunteered 17, 860 hours of service in the community and surrounding region. According to the Independent Sector’s Value of Volunteer Time, at a rate of $17.91/hr, that’s an economic impact of $319, 873.
Outdoor Recreation is big business! According to the Outdoor Industry Association, “more than 140 million Americans make outdoor recreation a priority in their daily lives – and they prove it with their wallets. Each year, Americans spend $646 billion on outdoor recreation.” The best news of all is that “this spending directly results in highly sought-after jobs for 6.1 million Americans.” If you have an interest in working in this exciting and rewarding field, the department offers an Area in Recreation and Leisure Services with two tracks: Adventure Leadership and Community Recreation. In addition, two minors are offered as well.
Social Workers make a real difference! Jane Addams is considered one of the top 100 most influential figures in American History. A Nobel Peace Prize recipient, she was a social worker on a mission to make a difference. Addams co-founded Hull House in Chicago which helped to improve the lives of countless of Americans. If you have a heart for people and want to make a real difference in the world, consider a career in social work.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “employment of social workers is expected to grow by 25 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will be due to an increase in demand for health care and social services but will vary by specialty.”
The department offers an Area in Social Work leading to a Bachelor of Social Work Degree as well as minors in Social Welfare and Gerontology.
The Nonprofit sector is growing and so are the jobs! According to the 2012 Nonprofit Almanac, a publication of the Urban Institute Press, “the nonprofit sector contributed $804.8 billion to the U.S. economy in 2010, 5.5 percent of the gross domestic product.” With the economic contributions, came jobs. “From 2007 to 2010, nonprofit employment grew 4 percent and wages increased 6.5 percent.” As the U.S. economy was experiencing a recession, “nonprofits paid $587.7 billion in wages and employed 13.7 million people (9 percent of the country's labor force) in 2010.”
The department offers both a major and minor in Youth and Nonprofit Leadership (YNL). In addition, students can pursue a Graduate Certificate in YNL or a Master of Science in Human Development and Leadership with an Emphasis in Youth and Non-profit Organization.
Do you have an interest in law enforcement? A degree in Criminal Justice may open the door to a career as a correctional officer, federal agent, fish and game officer or any number of related jobs. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “employment of police and detectives is expected to grow by 7 percent from 2010 to 2020.” The department offers an Area as well as a minor in Criminal Justice.