Human Services – Combined Majors

Human Services and American Sign Language

**This is not a combined major for students interested in ASL Interpreting, to complete a ASL Interpreting & Human Services BS Double Major students have to complete all requirements in both majors.**

Students who choose to pursue this major will find many employment opportunities working with individuals who are facing life transitions or social and emotional challenges. Specifically, students will be prepared to work in a variety of social service settings with an under-served segment of the population-individuals who are Deaf and who use the language of the Deaf Community, American Sign Language.

Increased national awareness of the Deaf Community and its language, coupled with the implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act has resulted in an increased demand for bilingually competent professionals in a wide range of human services. This dual major provides students with a solid theoretical and practical foundation in the Human Services field along with the linguistic skills and cultural sensitivities necessary to work directly with Deaf people in a range of public and private agencies.

Upon graduation from Northeastern students earning this combined major will find a number of employment opportunities created, in part, by the severe shortage of ASL/English interpreters. This shortage means that Human Service agencies are constantly seeking ways to comply with federal and state mandates to provide communication access to clients and employees. One way of complying with an agency’s legal obligations is to employ students who have the “value-added” attraction of bilingual and bicultural competence. Such students will find themselves extremely marketable upon graduation.

This combined major also provides the academic foundation necessary for students to pursue graduate study in Deaf Education, Special Education, Social Work, Counseling, or Public Administration. Entering graduate programs in any of these areas, students will find their graduate experience academically, linguistically, and culturally enriched by the foundation established in this dual major.

Human Services and International Affairs

Combine Human Services and International Affairs to create a focus on Global Humanitarian Action.

Human Services and Criminal Justice

A combined major in Human Services and Criminal Justice will present students with an opportunity to gain both a conceptual-theoretical understanding of both types of agencies and the real world link through various co-op experiences. There is considerable overlap in the populations served by the criminal justice system and various human services agencies. Leadership positions in either type of agency will require individuals who have a firm understanding of how cultural, social, economic and political contexts affect the daily and long-term organization and operation of both types of agencies.

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