Human Services Major BHS
The Bachelor of Human Services (BHS) Human Services major gives students the freedom and latitude to tailor their degree programs to meet professional and career development needs in a targeted area of human services. It has been designed with required core human services content areas and related electives, the BHS program ensures that Metropolitan State University human services graduates have a sufficient complement of theoretical knowledge and practical training for entry as a professional in the field.
Degree Planning/Starting Out
Students must attend a university orientation session and a human services program information meeting. This program planning information meeting presents curriculum content and provides information about what students need to complete, taking transcripted credits into consideration. Students entering the program with a large number of undergraduate credits may have more flexibility in subject matter choices.
Students should attend the university's new student orientation session before making an appointment with advisors for degree planning. Generally, degree planning is completed in HSER 355 Introduction to Human Service: History and Trends which is required for all entering human services students.
Acceptance to the Program
To be eligible for acceptance to the Human Services BHS major, students must submit a College of Health, Community and Professional Services Undergraduate Program Declaration Form. Consult with an advisor before submitting declaration form or enrolling in courses toward the major.
- PSYC 100 General Psychology (or two psychology courses) and
- SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (or two sociology courses)
- In addition to the human services major requirements, students must complete the university's General education and liberal studies requirements
Required Core Courses (20 credits)
- HSER 355 Introduction to Human Service: History and Trends
- HSER 353 Social Casework Methods
- HSER 346 Counseling and Interviewing Skills
- HSER 395 Human Services and Diversity
- HSER 455 Human Services Capstone Seminar
Practica (5 credits)
Experiential (practica) experience is a vital component of the human services degree program. Every student is required to complete a practicum experience.
- HSER 320 Human Services Pre-Practicum Group Seminar
- HSER 331 Human Services Group Practicum and Seminar
Human Services Degree Requirements
The degree programs consist of a minimum of 120 credits with at least 48 credits in human services, of which 40 credits must be upper division Metropolitan State University course work or competency demonstration. The degree programs have the following components:
- General education and liberal studies (including general psychology and introduction to sociology as prerequisites for program admission)
- Required core courses (20 credits)
- Other required human services coursework, depending upon the concentration
- Practica in human services organization(s)
- Minor course (if desired); and
- Other electives
Students acquire a more specialized professional education because the degree program incorporates concentration areas, which emphasize specific areas of service in the following areas:
- Human Services Administration
- Disability Studies
- Family Studies
- Training and Adult Development
- Violence Prevention and Intervention