The Bachelor of Arts in Human Services emphasizes personal growth, culturally-responsive practice, evidence-based service delivery, and experiential learning through high quality fieldwork placement. The Human Services degree provides both the academic and experiential backgrounds for student seeking a career working with diverse populations in the varied and expanding field of Human Services.
The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Human Services has four distinct emphasis areas (*note student can also declare a general focus without selecting an emphasis area):
- Human Services with a Certified Addiction Counselor (CAC) Emphasis
- Human Services with a Military & Veteran Support Specialist (MVSS) Emphasis
- Human Services with a Certified Career Services Provider (CCSP) Emphasis
- Human Services with a Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE) Emphasis
What is Human Services? The field of Human Services is broadly defined yet focuses on the objective of meeting human needs through an interdisciplinary knowledge base and demonstration of effective human relationship skills which address client, project, agency, and/or organizational goals. The Human Services profession is one that promotes improved service delivery systems by addressing not only the quality of direct services, but also by seeking to improve accessibility, accountability, and coordination among professionals and agencies in service delivery. Services are provided during prevention, intervention, and remediation phases depending upon the goals of a particular organization.
The primary purpose of the human service worker is to assist individuals and communities to function as effectively as possible in the major domains of living. A strong moral commitment to serving others is an important consideration for a job as a human services worker. Individuals who show patience, understanding, and caring in their dealings with others and critical thinking, adaptive problem solving, and communication skills allowing them to understand various perspectives or views are highly valued by employers. Other important personal traits include communication skills, a strong sense of responsibility, and the ability to manage time effectively. The Human services program is designed to meet the standards and competencies outlined by the National Organization for Human Services (NOHS), and the Council for Standards in Human Service Education (CSHSE),
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