Memorandum of Degree Completion Agreement Between Elgin Community College (ECC) and the  College of Applied Social Sciences at Dominican University (DU) in Human Services

Introduction

This Degree Completion Agreement is simultaneously entered into by ECC and DU in order to create a smooth and seamless process by which eligible ECC students will ultimately be able to complete a Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS) degree in Human Services at DU. This agreement requires the completion of an Associate of Applied Science in Human Services at ECC.

As part of this Degree Completion Agreement, DU will automatically accept, in its entirety, an Associate of Applied Science degree in Human Services earned at ECC. Completing the aforementioned Associate of Applied Science degree at ECC is required for students to enter DU under the terms of this agreement. 

Participating ECC students may contact the Director of Transfer Admission for more specific information concerning the degree requirements.  The duly appointed representatives from the aforementioned parties will also govern all policies and procedures of this Degree Completion Agreement.

Student Eligibility

Students may apply to DU at any time during their attendance at ECC; it is recommended that students apply for admission to DU at least one semester prior to completing the AAS degree at ECC. Students must meet all applicable admission requirements at DU to remain eligible for this degree completion program; a minimum GPA of 2.5/4.0 is required for admission. Students’ eligibility for continued study at either ECC or DU will be governed by each institution’s policies on enrollment of probationary, dismissed, and re-entering students.

At any time before the completion of the aforementioned Associate of Applied Science degree at ECC, students may officially rescind the stipulations of the Degree Completion Agreement and transfer to DU, or any other institution of higher education, under the usual procedures.

Student Enrollment

Under this agreement, a student is exclusively enrolled at DU once the student has completed the aforementioned Associate of Applied Science degree at ECC and has been accepted to DU via the admission criteria above. After matriculation at DU, the student’s subsequent progress toward the bachelor’s degree is governed solely by DU’s academic standards. ECC students must request a final, official transcript to be sent to DU after completing the aforementioned Associate of Applied Science degree at ECC for final verification.

Residency Requirement

DU will accept a maximum of sixty-eight (68) semester hours from a community college specifically towards a bachelor’s degree. If a student exceeds sixty-eight (68) hours, DU will accept the most useful courses from the official transcript, not to exceed sixty-eight (68) semester hours towards the 120 minimum hours required for the bachelor’s degree.

Correspondence and Advising

The College of Applied Social Sciences at DU will provide participating students with the advising materials, including model plans of recommended study and coursework specific to the Human Services major at DU. Students who have expressed their desire to cancel their participation in the Degree Completion Agreement will notify ECC and DU of their decision. The Director of Transfer Admission at DU will inform ECC of any changes to the Legal Studies core or major curricula that may affect the integrity of this agreement. Moreover, ECC will also inform DU of curricular changes that would alter the nature of this agreement.

Program Requirements

The details of this agreement between the Associate of Applied Science in Human Services at ECC and the Bachelor of Professional Studies in Human Services at DU are as follows:

BPS in Human Services

Upon completion of the aforementioned degree program at ECC, a maximum of sixty-eight (68) semester hours of credit would transfer from ECC to DU. The sixty-eight (68) hours of the Human Services degree at ECC will be applied to the total hours required for the Human Services degree at DU. Thus, students would need to complete thirty (30) additional hours specifically in the Human Services core and major at DU, and a minimum total of fifty-two (52) hours for the bachelor’s degree. 

Suggested Curriculum for the Associate of Applied Science in Human Services at ECC in conjunction with the Bachelor of Professional Studies in Human Services at DU.      

Students take at Elgin Community College 
Students take at Dominican University
General Education General Education & Proficiency
Physical/Life Sciences (3) Counts toward Natural Science requirement
ENG 101 and ENG 102 (6) Equiv. EN 101 and EN 102, Composition I and II
MTH 102 or MTH 120 (3) Equiv. MT 150 Contemporary Math
PSY 100 Intro to Psychology (3) Counts toward Social Science requirement
CMS 101 Fundamentals of Speech (3) Counts as general elective credit
  SPCS 301 Topics in the Social Sciences or other Social Science course (3)
  SPCS 302 Topics in the Natural Science or other Natural Science course (3)
  SPCS 303 Topics in the Humanities or other Humanities course (6)
  SPCS 306 Adult Spiritual Life & Growth or other Theology course (3)
Total: 18                                                                          Total: 15
Human Services Courses Major Requirements
HUS 110 Issues in Human Services (3) Equiv. HS 300 Social Science Research
HSG 151 Rules and Regulations (3)  
HSG 210 Working with Families (3)  
HUS 102 Pre Field Experience (3)  
HUS 102 Principles and Practices of Human         

Services (3)

Equiv. HS 303 Human Services Administration
HUS 205 Introduction to Group Processes (3)  
HSG 210 Field Experience Seminar I (3)  
HSG 211 Behavioral Problems (3) Equiv. HS 305 Behavioral Theory
HSG 223 Behavior Management (3)  
HSG 213 Crisis Intervention (3)  
HSG 202 Field Experience Seminar II (3)  
SUB 122 Basic Substance Abuse Pharmacology (3)  
SUB 151 Rules and Regulations (3)  
SUB 215 Basic Substance Abuse & Treatment (3)  
SUB 125 Special Populations (3)  
HSG 150 Violence Against Women (3)  
SOC 211 Principles of Social Work & Social Welfare (3)  
HSG 253 Topics in Human Services (3)  
  SPCS 200 Adult Learning Seminar (3)
  HS 301 Writing in the Social Sciences (3)
  HS 304 Social Policy (3)
  HS 400 Professional Ethics (3)
  HS 302 Statistics for Social Scientists (3)
Total: Up to 50 Total: 15
  Human Services Electives
  Completely satisfied by required courses in AAS
   
  General Electives
  At least one course numbered 300 or higher (3)
  Any additional courses numbered 100 or higher (19)
  Total: 22
Total: 68 Total: 52

Accelerated Degree Program

BPS in Human Services/Master of Social Work (MSW)

For ECC students who ultimately plan to earn an MSW, DU offers an accelerated format for more streamlined master’s degree completion.  Certain MSW courses count towards both the BPS in Human Services and MSW degrees, thus reducing overall completion time for both degrees by up to 30 credits.

Requirements for Admission to the Accelerated Degree Program
  • Acceptance into the Human Services program
  • Completion of at least 75 credits (including transfer credits) at the time of application and taking MSW courses
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.25/4.0

Accelerated Human Services/MSW students must complete a minimum of 15 undergraduate credit hours at DU to earn the BPS in Human Services.  Students pay the undergraduate tuition rate for both BPS and MSW courses taken prior to earning the BPS in Human Services.  They then pay the graduate rate for all remaining MSW courses. 

The curriculum for the Accelerated BPS in Human Services/MSW is as follows:

Bachelor of Professional Studies in Human Services
Master of Social Work
Proficiency Requirements (9 hours)  
EN 102 Composition II (3)  
Statistics or MT 150 Contemporary Math or higher (3)  
Religion/theology course (3)  
General Education Requirements (18 hours)  
Humanities courses (6)  
Social Science courses (6)  
Natural Science courses (6)  
Major Requirements (45 hours)  
SPCS 200 Adult Learning Seminar (3)  
HS 300 Social Science Research (3) SWK 512 Social Work Research Methods (3); can be taken in place of HS 300
HS 301 Writing in the Social Sciences (3)  
HS 302 Statistics for Social Scientists (3) Meets MSW Statistics prerequisite
HS 303 Human Services Administration (3)  
HS 304 Social Policy (3) SWK 514 History of Social Work and Social Welfare (3); can be taken in place of HS 304
HS 305 Behavioral Theory SWK 513 Human Behavior in the Social Environment (3); can be taken in place of HS 305
HS 400 Professional Ethics (3)  
Human Services Electives (21 hours) Any SWK course can be applied towards this requirement; a maximum of 30 SWK credits can be applied to BPS in Human Services
General Electives (48 hours): Any courses carrying undergraduate credit or graduate credit can apply to this requirement; subject to 30-hour SWK max Any SWK course can be applied towards this requirement; a maximum of 30 SWK credits can be applied to BPS in Human Services
  SWK 510 Social Work Practice with Individuals amd Families (3)
  SWK 511 Field Practicum I (3)
  SWK 550 Social Work Practice with Groups (3)
  SWK 551 Field Practicum II (3)
  SWK 553 Human Behavior in the Social Environment II (3)
  SWK 640 Mental Health: History, Theories and Treatment (3)
  Social Work Elective
Earns Bachelor of Professional Studies in Human Services
BPS in Human Studies Total Credits: 120               Completes Foundation Year MSW (30)
  SWK 610 Advanced Social Work Practice with Families: Models in a Global Context (3)
  SWK 611 Field Practicum III (3)
  SWK 612 Practice Evaluation (3)
  Advanced diversity course (3): SWK 602, 621, 622, 623, 624 or 625
  SWK 655 Community Practice (3)
  SWK 651 Field Practicum IV (3)
  SWK 614 Family Centered Policy in a Global Context (3)
  SWK 641 Community-based Participatory Research (3)
  Social Work Electives (6)
  Completes Concentration Year MSW (30)
Earns Master of Social Work
Total Credit for BA and MSW: 180 Total Credits for MSW: 60