Human services is a program leading to a bachelor of arts degree that combines offerings from several disciplines, including economics, education, political science, psychology and sociology. Upon completion of the program, students will have the background for graduate study or for careers in the human services, geriatric facilities, residential treatment centers, alcohol and drug rehabilitation programs, preventive corrections programs, or agencies associated with urban and community development.
Graduates with the human services major may work effectively as administrators, advocates, educators, or staff support personnel. The program is committed to providing a theoretical framework essential to the understanding of human behavior; exposure to a variety of occupational choices in the human services field; and practical experience in occupational settings related to the students’ specific areas of interest.
Upon completion of the major in human services, the student should be able to demonstrate awareness of the role of human services as “helping” processes; knowledge of the social science perspective and methodology as applied to a specific human service setting; effective skills in interpersonal relationships which may be applied to a variety of human service settings; effective communication, quantitative, and critical thinking skills; and knowledge of human services in general and of specific areas of human services that may serve as prerequisites for graduate study or related work.