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Human Services Major

Major Overview

37-38 credits + thesis or internship

Why human services?
Generalist human services professionals are often 'front line' workers and have daily contact with vulnerable individuals and families. These professionals work with interdisciplinary teams to assess functioning, and develop service plans, coordinate services, provide support, and work for social change. The Human Services curriculum prepares generalists who have knowledge and skills necessary to work with a variety of vulnerable populations such as the elderly, children, persons with mental illness, persons with disabilities, and victims of violence.

Human Services majors are strongly encouraged to complete at least 400 hours of related service work through volunteering, service learning, field experience and internships, and to achieve basic Spanish language proficiency.

Career Options
Addiction counselors; child, family, and school social workers; community organizers and activists; human service assistants; medical and public health social workers; probation officers and correctional treatment specialists; program directors for non-profit organizations; volunteer coordinators

High School Preparation
Family and Consumer Studies; Foreign Language; Psychology; Sociology; Speech

Sample Schedule (Paradigm) and Course Descriptions

For more information contact:
Social Science Chair Human Services Program Coordinator
David Lynch, Ph.D.
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
700 Terrace Heights #1430
Winona, MN 55987-1399
(800) 635-5987, Ext. 1526
dlynch@smumn.edu

Valerie Edwards Robeson, M.S.S.W.
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
700 Terrace Heights #1457
Winona, MN 55987-1399
(800) 635-5987, Ext. 1665
vedwards@smumn.edu