Human Service Studies students study and work with populations in diverse settings including group homes, community health centers, homeless shelters and correctional facilities. They work with the aging, victims of domestic violence, and people recovering from drug addictions to understand their lives and assess how to prevent and remediate their challenges.
Many of our students have gone on to graduate programs in counseling, social work, marriage and family therapy, business administration and school counseling. Others have gone on to positions in organizations including chemical dependency centers, government agencies, hospitals, and non-profit agencies that serve children. All are advocates for society's vulnerable populations.
Human Service Studies
Human Service Studies is different from other social sciences disciplines because it has always involved providing direct services to clients--from the most basic physical needs of food, clothing and shelter to complex mental health needs. Human Services has been influenced by the other helping professions of Psychology, Social Work, Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy. Students in the major develop a deeper understanding of and perspective on the factors that influence individuals and various population groups, while exploring the influences of culture and level of development. In addition to field experience and the professional internship, Human Service Studies majors complete individual Capstone projects during their senior year. This unique experience allows each student to prepare and implement a research-based, professional-level project for a local agency of his or her choice.