COE: Minor: Counseling and Human Services Minor
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Thank you for your interest in the Counseling and Human Services minor. Students completing this minor will understand careers in counseling and other human service-related fields and assess their fit for those careers, gain awareness of communication and listening skills required of helping professionals, and appreciate important systemic considerations in mental health work. This minor will help students conceptualize the strengths and needs of diverse individuals and communities, the impact of their own intersecting identities on their interactions with other people, and how to communicate with others using skills in empathy, active listening, and conflict resolution.

The minor in counseling is open to any undergraduate student at UMSL. It is especially relevant for students majoring in the social sciences or any other field requiring strong communication skills and awareness of cultural diversity and advocacy. Additionally, students can take any of the undergraduate CNS ED classes in the minor without being enrolled in the minor.

The focus of the program is on academic preparation, not clinical practice. Students in this minor will be trained and positioned to work in bachelor’s-level mental health service positions. This minor would offer strong preparation to help students be successful in counseling master’s programs or to work or study in other helping professions such as psychology or social work.


Contact Advisor:

Ellen Duncan

201 South Campus Classroom Building (SCCB)
p: (314) 516-5932

The Minor in Counseling and Human Services requires 15 credits hours, including counseling core classes.

Students must earn a minimum grade of C- in each course in the minor and attain a 2.0 grade point average for all courses in the minor. All courses in the minor must be on a graded basis. A minimum of 9 credit hours included in the minor must be taken in residence at UMSL.

Required Courses
CNS ED 2000Introduction to the Helping Professions3
CNS ED 2030Cultural Diversity and Social Advocacy3
CNS ED 3200Interpersonal Skills in Helping Relationships3
Choose two of the following:
College of Education
EDUC 2002
Social Entrepreneurship
ED PSY 2212
Child and Adolescent Development
SPEC ED 3318
Inclusive Classrooms
Child Advocacy Studies
CAST 2100
Communication in Child Advocacy
CAST 2300
Ethics and Values in Child Advocacy
CAST 3650
Culture and Child Advocacy
CAST 4498
Forensic Investigation of Child Abuse
CAST 4598
Child Abuse Assessment and Intervention
Gender Studies
GS 2102
Introduction To Gender Studies
Psychological Sciences
PSYCH 2205
Human Sexuality: Psychological Perspectives
PSYCH 2230
Psychology of Gender
PSYCH 2245
Abnormal Psychology
Psychology of Trauma
Psychology of Death and Dying
PSYCH 3340
Clinical Problems of Childhood
PSYCH 4250
Stereotyping, Prejudice, and Discrimination
Mental Health and Aging
Social Work
SOC WK 2000
Social Work and Social Issues
SOC WK 2200
Social Welfare as a Social Institution
SOC WK 3100
Social Work Practice with Individuals
SOC WK 3210
Social Issues and Social Policy Development
SOC WK 3510
Human Behavior in the Social Environment
Child Maltreatment: A Multidisciplinary Approach
SOC WK 4610
Intimate Partner Violence
Total Hours15
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