The Human Services Program offers several majors and minors designed for students whose career goals include positions in a variety of social service agencies, as well as for students who are employed in human services organizations and need a bachelor's degree for career mobility or advancement. Through these human services programs, students gain the knowledge and skills needed to provide effective social services to a range of individuals and groups within human services organizations.
The human services major stresses a flexible, student-centered approach to meeting the educational needs of working adults who need practical and relevant knowledge and skills. Such skills enable students to be adaptable to a range of professional situations within human services. The major prepares students to effectively deliver needed social services to people being helped by various human services organizations. These organizations may include, but are not limited to: correctional facilities, shelters and halfway houses, mental health centers, youth services agencies, public assistance programs, rehabilitation programs, employment services, community health services, and crisis intervention and employee assistance programs.
People who already have careers in the Human Services fields may be eligible to obtain college credits for Alternative Learning Strategies, which are neither lecture courses, nor Faculty Designed Independent Studies. A Prior Learning Experience, which gives college credit for the demonstration of the depth and breadth of knowledge in a given area learned through practical life/career experiences is an option. Another choice might be a Theory Seminar (which expands on practical knowledge in a given area). Student-designed Independent Studies are more individualized and closely structured between the student and the faculty evaluator.