What will you be able to do as a Human Services major?

As a Human Services major, you will: 

  • Develop the ability to integrate field experience with academically acquired knowledge and skill as well as related professional literature.
  • Demonstrate self-development regarding personal values, motivation, orientation toward human services work and interpersonal relations.
  • Understand the relations between theory, research, and practice.

Our program has expected competencies for students. Based on your specific concentration, you will graduate able to:

  • Understand and discuss the ethical issues facing human service professionals.
  • Understand how to work effectively with diverse populations in terms of ethnicity, ability, economic background, and wellness, in the context of communities.
  • Understand development across the lifespan, normative developmental transitions, and at-risk situations.
  • Understand family processes, family diversity, and family transitions, and the risk and resiliency factors of healthy family functioning
  • Identify different approaches to intervention, including prevention, promotion/empowerment, and treatment.
  • Demonstrate information management skills such as obtaining, organizing, disseminating, and evaluating information using computer skills throughout placement activities and the completion of course requirements.
  • Demonstrate skills for working with people in groups, helping to establish clear goals and achieve optimum results.
  • Have the skills of a counselor, helping clients resolve problems in a manner that promotes growth and independence.
  • Be able to function as a community liaison, working with sectors of the community to identify community needs and deliver services to meet those needs.
  • Be able to function as a supervisor, encouraging and enabling other workers to make best use of their abilities on behalf of the clients.
  • Act as a change agent — planning, researching, and promoting programs to improve human service delivery.
  • Understand the structuring and functioning of human service agencies.
  • Know how to assess needs of populations at different stages of the life cycle.
  • Be able to function as a researcher or policy analyst, dealing with individual and family related issues in governmental, business, legal or social service settings.