Human Services is an interdisciplinary program preparing students to practice in arenas such as political advocacy, community development and direct service. The program offers a number of undergraduate major options as well as a minor.
Students take courses in human services, psychology, sociology, and other fields — integrating theory and skills-development. They also complete intensive fieldwork internships in nonprofit and government agencies.
The curriculum affords students the opportunity to acquire fundamental attitudes, knowledge, and skills preparing them for careers broadly defined as the “helping professions”. Graduates pursue positions in both public and private agencies, including social service and welfare agencies, mental health settings, programs for youth, halfway houses, rape crisis and domestic violence centers, drug treatment institutions, and criminal justice settings. Students can work in a number of capacities as counselors, community organizers, administrators in human services agencies, and as fundraisers for social programs.
Through course work, one semester of internship experience, and a suggested minimum of two six-month sessions of co-op work, students have the opportunity to explore such areas:
- casework in welfare agencies
- serving deaf clients
- rehabilitation counseling
- court liaison
- community organizing
- services for the aging
- agency administration
- research and evaluation
- B.A. in Human Services
- B.S. in Human Services
The main distinction between the two bachelor’s degree options is that the B.A. requires three specialization courses while the B.S. requires five.
- B.S. in Human Services and American Sign Language
- B.A. in Human Services and International Affairs
- B.S. in Human Services and Criminal Justice
Students who major in human services select specializations in areas that they wish to pursue further A specialization is a set of classes that further explores subject matter within the field of Human Services. Standard specializations include:
- Administration and Policy
- Applied Behavior Analysis
- Deaf Studies (BA majors only)
- Family and Children’s Services
- Psychology/ Counseling Psychology
- Social Justice, Identity and Religion
Typical majors that acquire a minor in Human Services Minor include:
- Communication Studies
- Criminal Justice
- International Affairs