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Major in Human Services at BHSU

The Human Services major at BHSU is an interdisciplinary program designed to prepare students to excel in the helping professions. Those who have a strong desire to help others will learn how to effectively serve communities in a rapidly changing and complex world.

BHSU Human Services graduates become case workers, social service liaisons, alcohol and drug abuse counselors, client advocates, juvenile court liaisons, crisis intervention counselors, and probation/parole officers. Students can choose to specialize in community service, gerontology, or probation and law enforcement.


Why study Human Services at BHSU?

  • Gain the knowledge and skills needed to assist persons in crises
  • Pursue a career that can really make a difference
  • Learn from professors with diverse backgrounds and employment experiences
  • Get involved on campus and throughout the community with internships or volunteer work

Human Services Major Course Requirements

Required Core - 30 semester hours

  • SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology ** OR SOC 150 Social Problems
  • SOC 307 Research Methods I
  • SOC 350 Race & Ethnic Relations
  • SOC 400 Social Policy
  • PSYC 101 General Psychology **
  • PSYC 451 Psychology of Abnormal Behavior
  • PSYC 452 Psychology of Trauma
  • HMS 200 Introduction to Human Services
  • HMS 351 Case Management
  • HMS 400 Program Planning & Evaluation
  • SS 350 Introduction to Research Methods

Select one emphasis - 12 semester hours

Community Studies Emphasis 

  • HMS 492 Special Topics
  • HMS 494 Internship: Human Services
  • POLS 210 State & Local Government **
  • POLS 250 Introduction to International Relations
  • POLS 320 Public Administration
  • SOC 151 Social Issues in Sustainability
  • SOC 326 Mediation and Conflict Resolution
  • SOC 422 Issues in Contemporary Indian Life
  • SOC 440 Urban Sociology
  • SOC 462 Population Studies
  • SOC 463 Environmental Sociology
  • SOC 480 Sociology of Education

Family Studies Emphasis

  • HMS 492 Special Topics
  • HMS 494 Internship: Human Services
  • PSYC 221 Lifespan Developmental Psychology
  • PSYC 325 Child & Adolescent Psychology
  • PSYC 417 Health Psychology
  • SOC 326 Mediation & Conflict Resolution
  • SOC 382 The Family
  • SOC 422 Issues in Contemporary American Indian Life
  • SOC 458 Sociology of Aging
  • SOC 462 Population Studies
  • SOC 471 Medical Sociology

Justice Studies Emphasis

  • HMS 492 Special Topics
  • HMS 494 Internship: Human Services
  • POLS 402 Judicial Process
  • POLS 430 Constitutional Law
  • PSYC 481 Psychology and Law
  • SOC 201 Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • SOC 326 Mediation and Conflict Resolution
  • SOC 351 Criminology
  • SOC 402 Social Deviance
  • SOC 422 Issues in Contemporary American Indian Life
  • SOC 452 Prisons and Penology
  • SOC 455 Juvenile Delinquency
  • SOC 456 Community Corrections

General Education Requirements

  • Gen Ed Mathematics 3 semester hours
  • Gen Ed Social Science Satsified by the major
  • Gen Ed Arts & Humanities 6 semester hours
  • Gen Ed Natural Science AND Lab 6-10 semester hours
  • ENGL 101 Composition I
  • ENGL 201 Composition II
  • SPCM 101 OR SPCM 215 OR SPCM 222 Speech

General Education credits must be different than Elective or Major Requirements unless stated otherwise. 

A minor is required with this major plus electives to total 120 hours, of which 36 hours must be 300-400 level courses.

**Completes one general education requirement. 

Notes: Updated Spring 2018

Notes: This program guide serves as a resource for you. For official program requirements, please check with the official catalog at http://catalog.bhsu.edu.

The Human Services area is designed to help a broad spectrum of populations including the aging, those with disabilities, people with substance abuse issues and more. An associate degree in Human Services will provide entry level skills to students to enter the helping professions and will provide a great foundation for those wanting to pursue additional education in the human services.

Required Core - 24 semester hours

  • 3 HMS 200 Introduction to Human Services
  • 3 HMS 400 Program Planning & Evaluation
  • 3 SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology (Gen Ed) **OR 3 SOC 150 Social Problems (Gen Ed)
  • 3 SOC 326 Mediation & Conflict Resolution
  • 3 SOC 400 Social Policy
  • 3 PSYC 101 General Psychology
  • 3 PSYC 451 Psychology of Abnormal Behavior
  • 3 PSYC 452 Psychology of Trauma

Select one emphasis - 6 semester hours

Community Service

  • HMS 492 Special Topics
  • HMS 494 Internship: Human Services
  • POLS 210 State & Local Government
  • POLS 320 Public Administration
  • SOC 350 Race and Ethnic Relations
  • SOC 440 Urban Sociology
  • SOC 462 Population Studies
  • SOC 463 Environmental Sociology
  • SOC 480 Sociology of Education

Aging and the Elderly

  • HMS 492 Special Topics
  • HMS 494 Internship: Human Services
  • PSYC 221 Lifespan Developmental Psychology
  • PSYC 417 Health Psychology
  • SOC 382 The Family
  • SOC 458 Sociology of Aging
  • SOC 462 Population Studies
  • SOC 471 Medical Sociology

Justice Studies

  • HMS 492 Special Topics
  • HMS 494 Internship: Human Services
  • POLS 402 Judicial Process
  • POLS 430 Constitutional Law
  • PSYC 481 Psychology and Law
  • SOC 201 Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • SOC 402 Social Deviance
  • SOC 452 Prisons and Penology
  • SOC 455 Juvenile Delinquency
  • SOC 456 Community Corrections

AS Degree Gen Eds - 18 semester hours

  • ENG 101
  • SPCM - Gen Ed - Speech (1 class) - 3 semester hours
  • MATH - Gen Ed - Mathematics (1 class) - 3 semester hours
  • Gen Ed - Social Science (1 class) - 3 semester hours
  • Gen Ed - Arts & Humanities (1 class) - 3 semester hours
  • Gen Ed - Natural Science & Lab (1 class/corresponding lab) - 3-4 semester hours

Electives to total 60
Electives are required to total 60 credits

Certificate Requirements

  • SOC 100 - Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC 201 - Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • SOC 351 - Criminology
  • SOC 452 - Prisons and Penology OR SOC 456 - Community Corrections

Career Opportunities

Human Services majors are able to find careers in a variety of fields:

  • Case Worker
  • Family Support Worker
  • Social Service Liaison
  • Alcohol/Drug Abuse Counselor
  • Adult Day Care Worker
  • Client Advocate
  • Juvenile Court Liaison
  • Child Abuse Worker
  • Crisis Intervention Counselor
  • Community Outreach Worker
  • Probation/Parole Offices

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