This course provides an overview of the history, theoretical perspectives and concepts related to the network of programs providing service to millions of Americans struggling with illness, disability, and economic dependence. Throughout the course, students will be introduced to careers in human services, theories of counseling, social welfare policy, and current controversies and issues within the field. Students are required to interview and evaluate mission and policies of local public and private agencies. Prereq: HSS 100 and PSY 210