The Bachelor of Arts in Human Services provides students with a broad-based and interdisciplinary education focused on the preparation of individuals who seek a career in a wide variety of professional settings in education, human services, social services, and related fields. The major is specifically designed to encourage students to self-design their major field of study while also completing a core set of courses in the liberal arts and in the interdisciplinary field of Human Services.
The overarching goals for the Bachelor of Arts in Human Services program are those aligned to the Standards for Human Service Professionals. Specifically, for students to develop an understanding of the Human Service Professional’s Responsibility to clients, the community and society, to colleagues, to the profession, and to employers.
More InformationCourse of Study
Course Of Study
Minors offered through the human services program are:
- Human Development + Human Services (HDS)
- Early Education + Care (birth–8 years) – for HDS majors
- Out of School Time (5–13 years) – for HDS majors
- Early Education + Care Leadership – for HDS majors
A minor in Human Services consists of 18 required credits as listed below:
- PSY 201 Introduction to Psychology OR SOC 201 Introduction to Sociology (3)
- PSY 217 Human Life Span Development (3)
- HDS 310 Observation, Documentation, and Assessment (3)
- HDS 315 Family and Community Relationships (3)
- SWK 307 Issues of Diversity and Oppression (3)
And one of the following (3):
- HDS 490Fostering Mental Health: Supporting the Human Spirit
- PSY 490 Group Dynamics
- HDS 497 Contemporary Issues: Special Topics in HDHS
The goals and educational objectives/student learning outcomes are to:
- Examine the complexity of individual and family development across the lifespan in diverse contexts and changing environments
- Analyze processes, policies, and contextual factors that affect the delivery of human services to individuals and families
- Demonstrate professional ethical and culturally sensitive standards of conduct
Students in this major may opt for the Early Education and Care Certification Minor. There is also a Human Services track for this major.
Students will participate in an internship seminar course in the semester(s) in which they accrue internship hours and experience. The course is designed to supplement the student’s internship experience, and it also acts as an opportunity to support and supervise student interns.
This list below includes sites where students have worked in the past as well as sites where students could potentially work in the future. Please consult with your academic advisor regarding internships that might be interesting to you.