Department of Community Leadership and Human Services
Dr. Kelly Rogers, Chair
and Human Services
Welcome to the Department of Community Leadership and Human Services (CLHS)!
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
CLHS is a leader when it comes to Experiential Learning!
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!
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!
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!
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?
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