Jacqueline Guendouzi, Department Head


The Department of Health and Human Sciences, under the aegis of the College of Nursing and Health Studies, offers undergraduate programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Family and Consumer Sciences and Social Work and graduate programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Counseling.



Students majoring in any degree within Health and Human Sciences may be required to participate in a drug screening program and submit information for criminal background checks as part of clinical/internship/field study requirements. Students may also be required to receive a physical examination from a licensed and qualified health care professional, provide proof of current immunizations (measles, mumps and rubella, Hepatitis B and TB skin test), and maintain CPR certification (American Red Cross-Professional Rescuer or American Heart Association-Healthcare Provider). Additional fees may be associated with those requirements.


Bachelor of Science
Communication Sciences and Disorders

The Communication Sciences and Disorders program offers an undergraduate curriculum leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science. This four-year curriculum prepares students to serve individuals with communication disorders. Clinical practica are required. Students should plan to pay a lab fee for each clinical course. Students enrolled in clinical practica courses will be subject to a criminal background check. The program also offers curriculum and external clinical practica leading to a Master of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Please refer to the Graduate Studies section of this catalog.


Retention Policy and Procedures

  1. Students must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 to enroll in CSD 300-400 level courses.

  2. Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in major course work (i.e., CSD 300-400 level courses).

  3. Students who do not earn a grade of "C" or better in major course work (i.e., 300-400 level courses) may repeat the course one time in order to earn a higher grade.


Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic

The Communication Sciences and Disorders program operates the campus-based Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic. The Clinic serves as a teaching facility for the application of clinical methodology and sound theoretical principle. It also affords students the opportunity to employ scientific methodology of research to the clinical and supervisory processes. The clinic functions to provide quality services to individuals who have communication disorders.



Honors Diploma in the Discipline

The program also offers an upper-division honors curriculum allowing its students to earn an honors diploma in the major at graduation. For information about requirements and honors courses in this program, please contact the Program Director or Department Head.


Bachelor of Science
Family and Consumer Sciences

The Family and Consumer Sciences undergraduate degree program includes study in the areas of child life, human development and family studies, fashion merchandising, and nutrition education and promotion. The educational goal is to provide instruction in areas of FCS that will prepare students for advanced study in graduate programs, or to assume professional roles through careers in business, industry, agencies, hospitals, and educational settings.


Honors Diploma in the Discipline

The department also offers an upper-division honors curriculum allowing its students to earn an honors diploma in the major at graduation. For information about requirements and honors courses in this department, please contact the Department Head.



Students from other departments of the University may minor in Family and Consumer Sciences. The minor in FCS consists of FCS 346 and eighteen additional hours of FCS electives. Students minoring in FCS must obtain the approval of the Department Head.


Bachelor of Science
Health Systems Management

This degree prepares students to understand current and future healthcare industry trends and issue; to develop, communicate and mange resources and solutions to challenges for healthcare systems; and to improve overall quality and outcomes of healthcare systems and services. Graduates of the Health Systems Management (HSM) program will be prepared to pursue employment in a variety of mid-level work setting including: hospitals, healthcare clinics, consulting companies, insurance providers, community facilities, and not-for-profit as well as managed care organizations. The following career-based concentrations are offered: Healthcare management, Healthcare Quality Improvement, Care Coordination. Students must consult with their academic advisor for selection of appropriate concentration electives.


Bachelor of Arts
Social Work

The undergraduate social work program is a professional program that has been designed to prepare students for social work practice in rural and small communities. The program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and follows a generalist practice model in which students are provided the knowledge and skills needed to work with clients with a variety of social problems on multiple levels.


Social Work Curriculum

Social work courses that must be taken are SW 101, SW 201, SW 202, SW 203, SW 204, SW 205, SW SW 303, 304, SW 305, SW 308, SW 360, SW 361, SW 402, SW 406, SW 497, and 498. The courses SW 304, SW 305, SW 402, SW 406, SW 497, and SW 498 must be taken and successfully completed at Southeastern Louisiana University.


Initial Admission to the Social Work Major

Applicants for initial admission into the social work curriculum must meet the admission requirements for Southeastern Louisiana University and then declare themselves as social work majors. Applications for admission to Southeastern Louisiana University must be submitted to the University Admissions Office.


Admission to Professional Standing in Social Work

The social work profession has the responsibility to ensure that persons who graduate from its programs are capable of providing a high quality of service to clients and are capable of safeguarding and enhancing the welfare of society. Therefore, the Social Work faculty reserves the right to select and retain only those students who demonstrate that they have the requisite academic, ethical commitment, emotional and behavioral qualifications for rendering professional social work services.


Students are required to submit an application for admission to professional standing in social work. This application must be favorably acted upon by the Social Work faculty and by the Coordinator of the Social Work Program.


Application forms for admission into professional standing in the social work major may be obtained from the Social Work Program office. Completed application forms are to be submitted to the secretary of the Social Work Program. Students must keep a copy of their application and a dated note from the Social Work Program secretary indicating that their application was received.


Admission Procedures for Professional Standing

  1. Students generally make application into professional standing at least six weeks prior to the end of their sophomore year in order to have their applications duly processed by the beginning of the next semester. Students are responsible for contacting Social Work faculty to discern the deadline date each semester for turning in their applications. To make application, students must have successfully completed or presently be taking the following courses: ENGL 101 and 102, SOC 101 and 212, GBIO 106 and 107, SW 101, 201, 202, 203, 204, and 205, and PSYC 101.

  2. Completion of the above noted social work courses, in curriculum sequence, with a grade of "C" or better.

  3. All applications for admission will be processed by the Social Work faculty. A copy of the student's completed application and the status of the faculty's processing will be placed in the student's file.

  4. Students who make proper application will be admitted into professional standing without delay when they meet the requirements outlined below and there is no waiting list.

      • Achieve and maintain a minimum adjusted grade point average of 2.50 or better.

      • Successful review of the student's Application for Admission to Professional Status by the Social Work faculty in the Social Work Program.

      • Achieve a grade of "C" or better in English 102.

      • Achieve a grade of "C" or better in all social work courses that have been undertaken.

      • The Social Work Program reserves the right to establish a waiting list for admission into professional standing. A waiting list will be developed primarily for purposes of capitation to meet CSWE standards. If a waiting list is established, the following prioritized criteria will establish preferential admission into professional standing:

          • Time student has spent on the waiting list.

          • Adjusted grade point average.

          • Prior social service work and/or volunteer experience.

      • The Social Work faculty will make recommendations to the Social Work Program Coordinator for final review and approval regarding the admission status of applicants.

  5. The Social Work faculty will make recommendations to the Social Work Program Coordinator for final review and approval regarding the admission status of applicants.


Students will be notified in writing as to their admission, conditional admission or non-admission. Applicants not admitted will not be allowed to schedule the following courses: SW 304, SW 305, SW SW 308, 402, SW 406, SW 497, and SW 498. Likewise, students conditionally admitted must satisfy all conditions of their admission prior to being allowed to taking the professional courses noted above.

Applicants not admitted will not be allowed to schedule any professional course. Applicants who are not recommended for admission may:

  1. When advisors or other faculty members request the faculty to review the continued eligibility of a student.
  2. When the grades of a student warrant such a review (consistent failing grades, failure to make normal progress, and failure to maintain a minimum adjusted 2.5 grade point average in Social Work).
  3. When a faculty member reports that the behavior of a student in social work indicates the need for review.
  4. When the field supervisor, agency director, or the coordinator of field work indicates unsatisfactory progress in field.


Termination Procedures

Students will be allowed to retake the required social work course only once. If a grade of "C" or better is not received, in the retake of the course, termination from the Social Work Program will occur. 


Non-academic reasons for termination in the program include:

  1. Violations of the NASW Code of Ethics.
  2. Behavior that is detrimental to the student and/or the client system being served.
  3. Violating agency policy in the student's field practicum agency.
  4. Conviction of a felony offense since entering the Social Work program.


Child Welfare Grants

Through the cooperation and efforts of the Offices of Community Services several competitive grants in the amount of $6,500 are available to students who wish to pursue employment with the Department of Children and Family Services. Students must take SW 306 and 307 and agree to work for Child Protection for a minimum of one year upon graduation from Southeastern or after completion of their Master's Degree in Social Work. These students complete an internship with DCFS in their senior year. Applications must be made in the junior year to Dr. Corie Hebert, LMSW, PhD, Child Welfare Program Coordinator.


Discovery, the Southeastern Louisiana University Family Resource Center

Located in Baton Rouge, the Family Resource Center serves foster children and family service cases from the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and juveniles brought to the attention of The Families in Needs of Services (FINS) Program. The project also serves as a field laboratory providing internship placements for social work students from Southeastern and other nearby universities. The Project was created with funding through the Louisiana Department of Social Services, Department of Children and Family Services as part of the Adoption and Safe Families Act. It has also received support from the Casey Family Program of Baton Rouge, the GPOA Foundation, and Capital Area Law Enforcement. It has had working agreements with two AmeriCorps programs, VISTA and Delta Service Corps. Some social work interns are able to do their internship with service as Delta Service Corps members.