West Virginia Northern Community College

Programs of Study

Mental Health and Human Services 2+2 (Transfer to Franciscan University of Steubenville), A.A.

Mental Health and Human Services 2+2
Associate in Arts Degree
Transfer to Franciscan University of Steubenville

Note: The “2+2” term is used to refer to a transfer agreement through which a student completes an Associate degree at WVNCC and finishes a Bachelor’s degree at another institution. Because of individual student factors, part-time or full-time status, need for transitional education coursework, scheduling and availability of courses, or other factors, all students may not be able to complete this degree in two (Associate’s) or four (Bachelor’s) years. The term “2+2” does not imply a guarantee that a student will be able to complete all requirements in four years.
Academic Advisor(s): WH-Herrington; WT-Davis; NM-Britt

Students completing this option will receive an Associate of Arts degree from West Virginia Northern. Upon completing the specified 69-78 credit hours at FUS, they will receive a Bachelor Degree in Mental Health and Human Services.

Approximately 68 credit hours (depending on what math and science courses are taken) will transfer as equivalent courses, with the rest transferring as general electives.

In addition to the WVNCC courses, applicants for admission to FUS need to have an overall grade point average of 2.0 and meet other program admissions requirements of Franciscan University to be eligible under the 2+2 program.*

Students successfully completing and receiving an A.A. degree under the 2+2 agreement with Franciscan University’s School of Mental Health and Human Services should be able to:

• Demonstrate knowledge of the history of the mental health/human services profession and the evolution of its various delivery systems
• Demonstrate knowledge of the basic concepts, theories, and strategies used in mental health/human services
• Demonstrate knowledge of the major theories of psychology and human development
• Demonstrate knowledge of the issues related to the ethical standards of the mental health/human services professions
• Demonstrate knowledge of how social, cultural, family, and individual factors influence needs and affect the delivery of mental health/human services
• Demonstrate adequate knowledge and skills related to general education curriculum requirements for the 2+2 Associate in Arts degree in mental health/human services
• Utilize critical thinking skills
• Demonstrate a readiness to enter a bachelor degree program with appropriate commitment to attendance, initiative, organization, and interest in the profession

Additional information: The mental health/human services program at FUS may accept additional courses from WVNCC for additional elective credits. FUS also requires additional credits in theology and philosophy for mental health/human services majors. Students selecting this major should consult with an advisor at FUS regarding transfer as early as possible.

A minimum of 30 final consecutive FUS credits are required for graduation. Students wishing to earn academic honors at FUS must complete their last 62 consecutive credits at FUS with a grade point average of 3.5 or above. WVNCC grade point averages do not figure into this calculation.

Important Note: A degree in Mental Health and Human Services is not related to any kind of licensure. Students interested in licensure will need to consider a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Social Work or a related field that is licensure eligible.

*Although a cumulative GPA of 2.0 meets requirements for graduation at WVNCC, students who do not meet the GPA (or other special) requirements at the transfer institution for admission to this baccalaureate program may not be admitted to the program until they are able to meet those requirements. Students should consult with an advisor at the transfer institution early in their program to check on this, and other requirements for admission to the baccalaureate program.


First Year – Fall Semester 

Course                                                                         Cr. Hours
ENG 101 College Composition I        3
HIST Core Requirement +        3
HPE Physical Education Requirement ++        2
HS 100 Intro to Social Work & Human Services        3
PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology        3
SOC 125 Introduction to Sociology        3

First Year – Spring Semester

Cr. Hours
ENG 102 College Composition II        3
HUM Humanities Core ***        3
MATH Mathematics Core Requirement *       3-4
SPCH 105 Fundamentals of Speech Communication        3
SCI Science Core Requirement **       3-4

Second Year – Fall Semester

Cr. Hours
ECON 104 Principles of Macroeconomics        3
HS 147 Understanding Human Diversity        3
MATH Mathematics Core Requirement *      3-4
POLS 102 American National Government and Politics        3
SCI Science Core Requirement **      3-4

 Second Year – Spring Semester

Course                                                                         Cr. Hours
HUM Core Requirement***        3
PHIL 200 Introduction to Philosophy        3
PSYC 208 Developmental Psychology         3
SS 255 The Global Community        3
Electives+++        6

Total Hours in Program – 65-69


* Choose from: MATH 108, MATH 110, MATH 210, or MATH 279. Note: FUS recommends MATH 108 or MATH 210.
** Choose from: BIO 110, BIO 112, BIO 113, BIO 114, CHEM 108, CHEM 109, PHYS 104 or PHYS 105. Note: FUS requires BIO 114 and BIO 115, so students may choose these courses in lieu of the Associate in Arts core requirements listed in the beginning of this section.
*** Choose from: ART 150, ENG 200, ENG 201, ENG 211, ENG 215, or MUS 105. Note: FUS requires four Humanities core courses (literature, philosophy, history+, and any other).
+ Choose from: HIST 100 or HIST 101.
++ Choose from: any HPE course.
+++ Although electives may be chosen from any courses, FUS recommends HS 101, SOC 255 or SOC 276 for additional transfer credits.



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