The Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services in the Department of Educational & Clinical Studies is a rigorous program of study that helps students acquire the awareness, knowledge and skills necessary to promote mental well-being and to advocate for the populations they serve. The degree program has an applied emphasis with a strong grounding in counseling research and theory. Human Services graduates are prepared to enter the workforce in paraprofessional counseling positions in mental health, addictions, and child and adolescent services or pursue graduate degrees in the helping professions.


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Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of an array of theoretical and applied human service, counseling and psychological theories;
  • Demonstrate a range of paraprofessional counseling skills sufficient to conduct entry-level human services interventions;
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate orally and/or in writing and interact effectively with other helping professionals;
  • Demonstrate an ability to understand research and critique professional literature in human service, counseling and psychological professions;
  • Deliver professional services within the guidelines of the ethical and professional practice;
  • Meet consumer needs of diverse clients with an appreciation of multicultural perspectives;
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skill in the case management process, typically from intake through program design, implementation and evaluation to termination;
  • Demonstrate understanding of processes of social change through community development, advocacy and public policy;
  • Be prepared to secure a position in the helping profession or gain entrance to graduate school.

Career Possibilities

Possible career options after receiving this degree:

  • Criminal justice system
  • Social services system
  • Drug and/or alcohol counselor


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