The Human Services major is for students interested in a career as a helping professional, broadly trained to provide direct service, advocacy and coordination of services. Students acquire a more specialized professional education because the degree program incorporates concentration areas, which emphasize specific areas of service.

Explore program focus areas

There are seven focus areas to a bachelor of human services degree:

  • Corrections
  • Disability Studies
  • Family Studies
  • Human Services Administration
  • Aging Studies/Gerontology
  • Training and Adult Development
  • Violence Prevention and Intervention

Focus Area 1: Corrections

Courses in corrections are appropriate for students interested in community and institutional corrections. Students concerned about the correctional system as a social or community problem can explore these concerns through studies of juvenile delinquency, criminology and the criminal justice system. Students who wish to become corrections professionals in the public and private sectors should develop knowledge and skills in the humanities, communications, political science, counseling and intervention, human services, law, management, human resource management and psychology, as well as in corrections studies. There is a great diversity in the degree of knowledge necessary for the many different careers associated with corrections.

Focus Area 2: Disability Studies

The disability studies concentration offers a comprehensive overview of the history of the disability movement, current issues relevant to disabilities and an in-depth exploration of resources and trends. The disability studies concentration is constructed to address and analyze policies, attitudes and barriers that impact people with disabilities. The BHS-DS concentration embraces the philosophy of the Disability Rights Movement that focuses on self-determination, civil rights and culture.

Focus Area 3: Family Studies

The human services family studies focus is designed to expose and engage students in a variety of topics related to family function, family structure and family dynamics. Family studies is a multidisciplinary area. It is informed by sociological, historical, anthropological, psychological and other emerging perspectives. Students learn that families are shaped by and adapt to a range of economic, political, cultural and psychological factors.

Focus Area 4: Human Services Administration

Human services administration focuses on preparation for various administrative positions in a range of public and private nonprofit human service organizations. This area provides knowledge and skills for people who are, or intend to be, involved in planning, organizing, monitoring, evaluating or coordinating social service programs or agencies.

Focus Area 5: Aging Studies/Gerontology

Metropolitan State has responded to the need for education in the field of aging studies/gerontology (49 credits) by developing courses, independent studies and internships covering the social, psychological and physical aspects of aging.

Focus Area 6: Training and Adult Development

Training and adult development focuses on preparing individuals to assess employees' training needs, plan and coordinate training activities, and evaluate the effectiveness of training programs and activities within public and private organizations. The training and adult development major increases one's ability to work in any type of organization. The major is especially useful for a variety of fields, including corrections, human resources, law enforcement, general human services, nursing, psychology, social work and communications.

Focus Area 7: Violence Prevention and Intervention

The human services violence prevention and intervention (VPI) concentration (49 credits) is a multidisciplinary curriculum focusing on violence prevention and intervention. It is comprised of 32 required credits and 12 credits in one of three tracks: Family Violence, Intervention and Prevention, or Law and Corrections.

The VPI concentration increases students' competence in a variety of fields, including corrections, general human services, law enforcement, nursing, psychology and social work to work together across disciplines to promote effective intervention in violence and abuse at the individual, family and community levels.