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Bachelor of Science in Human Services

Uplift Those in Need and Elevate Your Career with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services

This program is offered on Campus and Online.

If you have a genuine desire to help others, a BS in Human Services degree from Post University will help prepare you with the knowledge and abilities to make a difference. Our Human Services program will equip you with the skills to work at the individual, group, and community level. Additionally, our required internships will further provide you with opportunities to apply what you are learning in the classroom and gain experiences in the human services field. After graduating from the program, you may be eligible for positions as caseworkers, youth workers, court support service workers, life skills instructors, group home managers, client advocates, program managers, and program engagement coordinators. You may also choose to pursue your master’s degree at Post University to further advance your career and work toward clinical licensure. 

Program Highlights

Through case studies and interactive classroom activities, our Bachelor of Science in Human Services can help you build foundational knowledge in case management techniques, prevention theories and concepts, and human development. You will gain an understanding of people’s capacity for growth and change while learning to advocate for social justice by practicing your skills in the areas of counseling, ethical decision-making, and crisis intervention.   

From assessing client needs to improving service delivery, you’ll cover a number of relevant issues involved in the application of human services. You’ll learn theories of human development and counseling as well as how to apply them. You’ll explore interpersonal dynamics, service planning, and more. And you’ll have the opportunity to use classroom learnings in the field through internships with a local human services organization, such as a child protection agency or substance abuse facility. Plus, you’ll have the ability to customize your degree to your future goals with your choice of several concentration options. No matter which concentration you choose, you’ll come away from the program with the skills you need to pursue a successful future in a human services career field.  

 

What can you do with a BS in Human Services degree?  

Graduates can pursue work in non-profit, state, or for-profit agencies, serving in vital areas such as child protection, substance abuse and mental health. Job roles can include caseworker, youth worker, probation officer, life skills instructor, group home manager, client advocate, program manager, program engagement coordinator, and many more.  

At Post University, you don’t have to put your responsibilities on hold to pursue your education. Stay in your current job and learn on your schedule with our flexible day, evening and weekend, and 100 percent online human service degree completion options*. Additionally, our staff is always available to offer guidance and support. As soon as you enroll, you will be assigned a dedicated academic advisor who will answer any questions and help you customize your degree to your career goals with a concentration in one of the many different career paths in the human services field. 

* except required internships 

 

Visit the University Catalog >> for Curriculum, Course Descriptions, and Program Outcomes.

 

Human Services Concentrations

As you progress in the Bachelor of Science in Human Services degree program, course curriculum can be tailored to your focus with the concentrations below.  

Child and Family Studies

You will learn counseling techniques and theories for assisting children and families. You will analyze theoretical perspectives and research findings on adolescent development and examine the application of psychology in educational settings. Coursework also explores child development; family law; and family structures.

Counseling

If you’re interested in a career in clinical work, this concentration is a great place to start. You will learn counseling techniques and theories for assisting individuals, groups, and families. You will also be introduced to specific issues that impact human functioning, such as mental health disorders and alcohol and drug use. 

 

Criminal Justice

In this concentration, you will study the criminal justice system and current practices in crime and punishment. Coursework covers the fields of corrections, parole, and probation, and you will select criminal justice electives based on your interests and career goals. 

Diversity, Social Justice, and Multicultural Practice

​This concentration provides you with an understanding of the impact of society on individuals. Coursework addresses topics including socialization, social class, social change, crime and violence, sexual inequalities and discrimination, health and illness, religion, economics, education, and the political system.

 

Make a difference in your life and the lives of others. Contact us  to enroll in Post University’s on campus or online human services degree program today. 

The Bachelor of Science in Human Services degree is not designed to fulfill the educational requirements for any professional credential, such as licenses for clinical psychology or therapy. Professional credentials vary by state and include requirements outside of education, which may include exams, background checks, work experience, and more.

 

FAQs

 

What is a human services major?

The field of Human Services examines the different issues that affect society and focuses on developing ways to change and improve people’s quality of life overall. Students in the Bachelor of Science in Human Services program will study how people live and function within society while also examining the structures and systems that impact and marginalize individuals and groups. Students will also develop methods for supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion in organizational settings and while working with diverse clients and groups. 

The human services major develops a foundation for a service-oriented career and will explore case management techniques, prevention theories and concepts, and human development. Students in the program will be prepared to address service accessibility and accountability to people in need.

What is a human services degree used for?

Graduates of the Human Services program can pursue work in non-profit, state, or for-profit agencies serving in vital areas such as child protection, substance abuse, community education and prevention, and mental health. Students will be prepared for positions such as a caseworker, youth worker, life skills instructor, case manager, client advocate, court support professional, or program coordinator. 

Is a human services degree worth it?

Yes! This rewarding and challenging career field gives you the chance to directly support people in need in your community, opening the door to a wide range of career options where you will be able to devote your time to helping others, one family or citizen at a time.

What are the benefits of working in human services?

If you have a genuine desire to help others, a BS in Human Services degree will help prepare you with the knowledge needed to apply a strengths-based approach to empowering clients, address adversity, advocate for others, and nurture your abilities to make a difference. 

What do you learn in health and human services?

When you study for a degree in this field, you can expect to gain a better understanding of the societal systems and structures needed in order to make necessary changes for improvement.  

You will build foundational knowledge in case management techniques, prevention theories and concepts, and human development, gain an understanding of people’s capacity for growth and change while learning to advocate for social justice by practicing your skills in the areas of counseling, ethical decision-making, and crisis intervention. You’ll learn theories of human development and counseling as well as how to apply them, explore interpersonal dynamics, service planning, and more. 

Is human services a BA or BS?

Schools can choose to offer a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science in Human Services. Human Services is a Bachelor of Science degree at Post University. Our degree program includes a combination of courses but as a BS, the program centers around technical skills specific to the Human Services field and profession. Additionally, the degree program also incorporates fields like criminal justice, education, and psychology into course options.

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