BA IN Human Service Studies
Interprofessional Health Studies Department
Learn conceptual skills and strategies for supporting vulnerable populations at the individual, agency and community level.
Have you considered a career helping people with mental health problems, survivors of domestic violence, teens in crisis or at-risk children and their families? Do you want to advocate on behalf of clients and help them access community resources? Do you possess creativity, determination, compassion, problem-solving, and leadership skills? If so, you are a great candidate for the human service studies major.
In this program, you examine cultural and ethical issues that contribute to clients’ challenges and learn conceptual skills and strategies for supporting these vulnerable populations. Your knowledge will help you support clients at the individual, agency, and community level. When you graduate, you’ll be prepared to serve in an array of settings supporting children and families, mental health clients, inmates and persons with intellectual developmental disabilities.
Many students love learning about underserved populations and even enjoy volunteering in these communities. Yet, at some point they realize they need practical skills and interventions to guide their work. Human Service Studies is a major that allows them to take their learning deeper and learn best practices for supporting clients, families, and systems. --Dr. Saundra Penn
Get Involved: Tau Upsilon Alpha
This honor society lets you participate in conferences and network with others who are interested in leadership and service.
When You Graduate
When you graduate, you'll be prepared for professional and paraprofessional careers providing direct services to marginalized groups of people. In addition, you'll be prepared to provide indirect support through advocacy, applied research and preventative education.
Many of our human service studies majors have pursued graduate degrees in counseling, psychology, public policy, social work, marriage and family therapy, occupational therapy, school psychology and business administration. These students have been accepted to schools such as Columbia, Georgetown, George Washington, UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC-Charlotte, Winthrop, North Carolina State University, Pfeiffer and Wingate.