Bachelor of Science - Human Services

The Bachelor of Science in Human Services program is designed to prepare students for entry- and mid-level positions in a wide array of human services organizations. Coursework is designed around three primary areas: general education core, human services core, and electives.

General Education core courses help students develop broad skills specifically identified by employers throughout our region as being essential for success in the human services field. Those include writing, public speaking and communication, ethics and computer literacy among others.

Human Services core courses help students develop competence in the broader areas of the human services profession such as conducting intakes and assessments, interviewing and counseling, case management, and advocacy. These competencies are used by human services professionals in a wide array of careers and are generally applicable to the broad spectrum of human services positions.

Electives, chosen in conjunction with the advisor, enable the student to focus his or her degree on a specific area of interest within the profession. These include, among other areas: counseling and behavioral health, children and youth, disability studies, crisis prevention and intervention, substance abuse, community organization and advocacy, criminal justice, and gerontology.

Early in their program, students will have exposure to the field through a 180-hour internship where they will apply their recent learning at a local human service organization and experience first-hand the day-to-day practices of human service professionals. During their senior year, students will participate in a capstone project. For this project students will:

Through our extensive connections to the regional human service community, we seek to match students for their internship and field work experience with organizations that offer the services that they would ultimately like to provide during their careers.

During the final semester before graduation, students will sit for a "Presentation of Competence" before faculty members and representatives of the Human Services Program Advisory Board. At the presentation, students will submit documentation and answer questions designed to assess their mastery of the Human Services program outcomes. This enables the staff of the program to assess the effectiveness of the program and also serves to identify the degree of competence the student has attained and provide suggestions for further study.

Students earning a Bachelor of Science in Human Services degree are prepared to make a significant contribution to the human services workforce, the people they serve, and their community. Others may choose to continue their studies in a range of master’s level programs including Counseling, Human Services, Social Work, Psychology, Rehabilitation, Youth Development, Gerontology, Criminal Justice, and Education among many others.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Discuss the historical development and scope of human services;
  2. Demonstrate knowledge and skills pertaining to various human systems including: individual, interpersonal, group, family, organizational, community, and societal;
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the human conditions and factors which present barriers and challenges to human functioning and those that promote successful functioning;
  4. Demonstrate knowledge and skills in the scope, development and use of management information associated with the field of human services;
  5. Demonstrate the ability to identify and analyze overall service needs, plan appropriate services and intervention strategies for various populations, implement services and evaluate outcomes of services;
  6. Provide entry-level direct care services and appropriate interventions to individual or groups of clients;
  7. Utilize critical thinking skills to assess client needs, plan appropriate interventions and advocate for unmet needs;
  8. Demonstrate interpersonal skills expected of successful human service professionals;
  9. Demonstrate knowledge, theory and skills in the administrative aspects of human services organizations;
  10. Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills that represent competence and professionalism in the human services field;
  11. Utilize a process of self-evaluation that fosters a commitment to lifelong learning in areas including professional career planning, advanced and continuing education, and active membership in appropriate professional organizations;
  12. Exemplify the values, attitudes and ethics expected of human service practitioners;
  13. Demonstrate awareness of their own values, personalities, reaction patterns, interpersonal styles and limitations and how they affect the people they serve; and
  14. Apply the competencies expected of entry-level human service professionals.

Additionally, graduates of the Bachelor of Science will complete the comprehensive learning outcomes of the General Education components.

Graduation Requirements

Graduates must complete all of the general Bachelor Degree graduation requirements as stated in the catalog. In addition, students must complete the following programmatic graduation requirements:

1. Complete all Human Services core courses and PHIL 105 with a minimum grade of "C" in each course and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.3.

Curriculum - Bachelor in Human Services

General Education Requirements - 46 Credits

General Education Core Requirements - 40 Credits

ENG 101

English Composition



Writing Competency (WR)



Advanced Writing (AW)



Communications Competency (COM)



Computer Literacy Competency (CL)



Math Competency (MATH)



Science Competency (SCI)


PSY 112

Introduction to Psychology (SS)


SOC 101

Introduction to Sociology (SS)



Cultural Competency (CU)


PHIL 105

Ethics, Values, and Cultural Competence in

Human Services (E/P)



Global Studies Competency (G/US)



Global Studies Competency (G/W)


Programmatic General Education Core Requirements - 6 Credits

ASD 120

The College Experience OR



General Education Elective


PSY 212

Lifespan Development


Human Services Major Core Requirements - 44 Credits

Freshman Year

HSR 101

Introduction to Human Services


HSR 105

Community Organization and Advocacy


BUS 107

Introduction to Non-profit Management


SOC 110

Contemporary Social Problems


Sophomore Year

HSR 210

Introduction to Research in Human Services


HSR 225

Interviewing, Intake and Information Management


HSR 230

Introduction to Counseling


HSR 299

Human Services Internship


Junior Year

HSR 325

Case Management: Principles and Practices


HSR 335

Social Welfare Policy


PSY 350

Cross-Cultural Psychology (MC)


Senior Year

HSR 410

Research in Human Services (RE)


HSR 495

Human Services Capstone


HSR 499

Presentation of Competence in Human Services


Human Services Electives - 12 Credits




Electives - 18 Credits




Total Credits in the Program