RHS Minor

The minor in Rehabilitation and Human Services (RHS) supplements the educational needs of students across disciplines who wish to gain advanced knowledge and skills related to health, disability, and interpersonal interactions. In today’s society, due to medical advances and an aging population, more people are living longer with chronic illnesses and disabilities, and many jobs require advanced interpersonal skills and knowledge of health, disability, and human service skills.

The minor in RHS is responding to this growing need by providing students with specific applied knowledge about living and working with a disability or chronic illness, as well as adjusting to a variety of social needs and problems, such as poverty, addiction, family violence, and homelessness. The minor is appropriate for any student interested in learning how to effectively work with people, particularly as they adapt and adjust to life with a disability. The minor enhances the education of students majoring in social and behavioral sciences, as well as business majors who work in settings that hire and maintain work environments for persons with chronic illnesses and disabilities. The minor will also enhance graduate study preparation for many students interested in working with people in applied settings.

Please email the RHS Minor Adviser, Dr. Deirdre O’Sullivan at dmo11@psu.edu for additional information. Please put "RHS Minor" in your subject line.

Requirements for the Minor

For the minor in RHS, a minimum of 18 credits is required, 15 in RHS, including 6 of which must be at the 400 level.  Students register themselves for the RHS minor using the Minor Declaration application on eLion once they have attained 5th semester standing (60 credits).

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MINOR: 18 credits (15 credits in RHS, including 6 which must be at the 400 level)

PRESCRIBED COURSES: (9 credits)
RHS 100(3), RHS 300(3), RHS 403(3)

ADDITIONAL COURSES: (9 credits)
Selected 6 credits from RHS 301(3), RHS 302(3), RHS 303(3), RHS 401(3), RHS 402(3), RHS 403W(3)
Selected 3 credits from CMDIS, HPA, DISAB STUD, HRM, HD FS, PSYCH, SOC, NURN, CLJBA (approved by RHS Minor Advisor)

Requesting Admission

Before you begin to schedule the RHS Minor coursework you should:

•  Email Dr. Deirdre O’Sullivan at dmo11@psu.edu to obtain appropriate information on coursework.
•  Dr. O’Sullivan will provide you with additional information regarding the RHS Minor application procedures that are appropriate for you.
•  RHS Minor Application