The Human Services Program prepares students for careers in helping professions. The emphasis on cultural competence and social justice encourages sensitivity to people’s real-life situations. Courses in sociology and psychology provide a strong social science base, while opportunities for field experience enable students to apply this academic learning to practice in a professional setting.
Career and Advanced Study Options
Graduates of the Human Services Program work in child welfare, elder services, youth work, public assistance, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, family services, community organizing, and advocacy. In addition, they may pursue graduate degrees in human services, social work, social welfare, counseling, law, criminal justice, psychology, or sociology.
In addition to the All College Curriculum skills and perspective, graduates of the Human Services Program will be able to:
- Work effectively with people whose race, culture, religion, sexual orientation, or economic background is different from their own;
- Assist people in navigating a complex system for obtaining help with basic necessities, such as affordable housing, health care, food, child care, or disability services;
- Write clear, concise and informative case records and service plans;
- Apply the problem-solving approach to the difficulties that individuals face;
- Help to empower people by teaching them the problem-solving process so that they may become self-sufficient in meeting their needs;
- Advocate for people who cannot always advocate for themselves, such as children, developmentally disabled adults, and people for whom English is not their first language;
- Empower individuals and communities to work to alter the social structures that increase the problems of vulnerable populations.
Policies, Conditions, and/or Fees
A minimum grade of C- or higher is required for all program-specific required courses (courses with the designation of HS) in this major.