Bachelor of Science in Human Services
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Through case studies and interactive classroom activities, our Bachelor of Science in Human Services is designed to help you build foundational knowledge in case management techniques, prevention theories and concepts, and human development. You will be given opportunities to develop a better understanding of people’s capacity for growth and change as well as what it takes to advocate for social justice through counseling, ethical decision-making, and crisis intervention.
From assessing client needs to improving service delivery, coursework covers several relevant issues involved in the application of human services, including theories of human development and how to apply them. Coursework also explores interpersonal dynamics, service planning, and more.
What Could I Do with a BS in Human Services?
This program examines how people live and function within society. It offers the learning experiences you could use to build the skills needed to work with individuals, groups, and entire communities in a human-services field. Required internships also provide additional opportunities to apply classroom learnings to situations in the real world, potentially in youth work, court support services, case management, social and community service, and more! Or you could choose to take your education to the next level with a Master of Science in Counseling and Human Services at Post University.
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.
Post University assists in researching and providing information regarding licensure; however, each state has different requirements for such licensure outside of the required education. Such state requirements may include licensure exams, background checks, certain work experience, and more. It is ultimately the responsibility of each student to manage their own licensure process and to ensure that all requirements are met in order for the student to obtain licensure. Post University does not speak on behalf of any licensing board or body and does not guarantee licensure. Requirements for licensure are subject to change without notice.
The tables at the following links show whether Post University, with completion of the appropriate curriculum, does or does not fulfill the educational requirements for a specific license:
- Alcohol and Drug Counseling Licensure Disclosure by State
- Clinical Mental Health Counseling Licensure Disclosure by State
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Industry-Focused Curriculum for Professional Skills
Coursework for your on-campus or online bachelor’s degree in human services is designed to help you build the foundation of insights and practical skills necessary to:
- Analyze historical milestones, social policies, and current trends shaping human services
- Demonstrate an understanding of individual, interpersonal, group, family, organizational, community, and societal human service systems
- Articulate barriers and challenges impacting human functioning
- Identify strategies to address marginalization
- Conduct service planning, goal setting, and evaluation of service outcomes
- Speak to administrative components of human service delivery systems
- Apply ethical decision-making in delivering human services and protect client information
- Effectively provide direct services in the human services field to avoid imposing bias and employ self-care strategies
Human Services Concentrations
In addition to core coursework covering foundational skills for human services professionals, you will have the opportunity to customize your degree to your future goals with one of these four concentrations:
Child and Family Studies
This concentration offers insights into counseling techniques and theories for assisting children and families. It also provides the opportunity to analyze theoretical perspectives and research findings on adolescent development and examine the application of psychology in educational settings.
Explore counseling techniques and theories for assisting individuals, groups, and families. This concentration offers an introduction to specific issues that impact human functioning, such as mental health disorders, alcohol and drug use, and substance abuse.
This concentration covers the criminal justice system and current practices in crime and punishment. Coursework explores the fields of corrections, parole, and probation, and offers the option to select criminal justice electives based on your interests and goals.
Diversity, Social Justice, and Multicultural Practice
This concentration is designed to provide an understanding of the impact of society on individuals. Coursework addresses topics for socialization, social class, social change, crime and violence, sexual inequalities and discrimination, health and illness, religion, economics, education, and the political system.
Earn Your Bachelor’s in Human Services at Post!
At Post University, we understand you have responsibilities you cannot put on hold while you attend school — and you do not have to. We offer flexible online Bachelor of Science in Human Services courses to fit your schedule, or you can take classes at our main campus in Waterbury, Connecticut. Online or on campus, a student success advisor will work with you one-on-one to answer your questions and help you address challenges throughout your program.
Ready to make a difference in your life and the lives of others? Contact us to learn more about our on-campus or online bachelor’s degree in human services today.
What is a human services major?
The interdisciplinary field of human services examines issues that affect the individual and their well-being in society and focuses on developing ways to change and improve quality of life overall. Post’s Bachelor of Science in Human Services examines how people live and function within society while also exploring the structures, systems, and policies that impact and marginalize individuals and groups. Students will have the opportunity to develop methods for supporting diverse clients and promoting equity and inclusion in organizational settings.
The human services major also explores case management techniques, prevention theories and concepts, and human development. It offers insight into how to address service accessibility and accountability to people in need.
What is a human services degree used for?
The bachelor’s in human services provides the opportunity to develop skills and insights useful in serving others in the areas of basic needs, child protection, substance abuse, community education and prevention, and mental health.
What are the benefits of working in human services?
If you have a genuine desire to help others, a bachelor’s in human services could help you build the foundational knowledge and practical skills needed to apply a strengths-based approach to empowering clients, address adversity, advocate for others, and nurture your ability to make a difference.
What do you learn in health and human services?
When you study for a degree in this field, you will be given the opportunity to develop a better understanding of the societal systems and structures needed in order to make necessary changes for improvement.
Coursework covers case management techniques, prevention theories and concepts, and human development, providing an understanding of people’s capacity for growth while exploring what it takes to advocate for social justice in areas of counseling, ethical decision-making, and crisis intervention. Classes also cover theories of human development, counseling, interpersonal dynamics, and service planning, as well as how to apply them.
Should I pursue a BA or BS in Human Services?
Different schools offer different degree options. At Post University, our BS program centers around technical skills specific to the human services field. It also incorporates fields like criminal justice, education, and psychology into course options.
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