Human Services Major

Generalist human services professionals help others and often work on the "front line," having 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 will have the 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.

Career Options

By earning a human services degree, graduates are prepared to work in a variety of fields including addiction counseling or child, family, and school social work. They are also prepared for opportunities to become community organizers or activists, human service assistants, medical and public health social workers, probation officers and correctional treatment specialists, program directors for nonprofit organizations, and volunteer coordinators.

High School Preparation

High school coursework that will support a student in his or her pursuit of a human services degree includes experience in Family and Consumer Studies, Foreign Language, Psychology, Sociology, and Speech.

Enhance Your Experience

Students who major in human services will oftentimes pursue a minor or double major in sociology, psychology, or management.