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Major in Human Services

What is the Human Services Major?

Students complete course work and field placements in preparation for human service careers. Graduates join the fields of human services, psychology, human resources, public policy, social work, and related professionals helping to support individuals and families in their communities and work places. They learn to provide direct services and develop programs and policies that can make a broad difference in communities and public policy.

There is a great need for professionals who can work with diverse children and their families in a variety of settings, including nonprofit organizations, schools, hospitals, human resource departments, legal aid and advocacy organizations. UD’s nationally recognized Human Service major is accredited by the Council for Standards in Human Services Education (CSHSE).

Our students:

  • individualize their program of study to focus on one select area of emphasis such as counseling, adults with disabilities, juvenile justice, youth development, health, parenting and many other areas;
  • secure jobs in state and local government agencies and programs, community agencies, hospitals, schools, and the private sector;
  • pursue graduate work in social work, counseling, public administration, law, public health, and many other disciplines or apply for our 4+1 master’s program in Human Services Leadership;
  • choose one of the following concentrations based on individual interests and career goals:

Human Services Concentrations

Clinical Services

  • learn to work directly with children, adolescents, adults, and their families;
  • have two field placements in human service programs in an area of interest; one of which is a semester long internship during the senior year
  • enter the workforce in challenging jobs working directly with children, youth, and families;
  • pursue graduate studies in a wide range of programs, including psychology, counseling, social work, early childhood intervention, law, public health, and more.
  • have the opportunity to take graduate courses as an undergraduate, and can apply for the 4+1 program

Administration and Family Policy

  • learn about the development and management of community-based, school, and human resource programs that support children, adolescents, adults, and families and learn skills about how to support staff, evaluate programs, and initiate and pursue legislative advocacy;
  • prepare for a variety of careers in public service that involve providing leadership in government, public policy, profit, and non-profit organizations.
  • have field placements in human services programs in an area of interest;
  • have the opportunity to take graduate courses in Public Policy and apply for a 4+1 program and earn a Masters in Public Administration, Masters in Urban Affairs and Public Policy, or Masters in Human Development and Family Studies.

Community Education

  • is designed for students interested in developing and administering educational programs for children, youth, and their families in community based settings;
  • provides students with a wide range of career options, including jobs working with children and their families in settings such as after school programs, YMCAs, camps, early intervention, and preventive, asset building community based programs;
  • is a great option for students who start their career at UD wanting to be a teacher with young children.  Students can easily transfer into this concentration to better meet their interests.  The Community Education Concentration is an exciting, innovative program for students who want to work with, and educate young children, but whose interests are much broader than classroom teaching;

Family and Consumer Sciences Education

  • prepares students for teaching family and consumer sciences in middle and high schools with an emphasis on early childhood and human services, along with apparel and food services education;
  • is designed for students interested in developing and administering Family and Consumer Sciences Education programs in schools or in the community with organizations such as Cooperative Extension.  There is a nationwide shortage of Family and Consumer Sciences teachers.  Family and Consumer Sciences teachers prepare individuals for the challenges of living and working in a diverse global society while strengthening the well-being of individuals and families across the life span.
  • Graduating students will be eligible to be certified in Delaware as a Family and Consumer Sciences teacher in middle schools and high schools in Delaware under Title 14 of the Delaware Administrative Code 

Helpful Resources:

Curriculum plans for each concentration

Career and graduate school information

What skills will I acquire as a Human Services major?

Human Services Student Handbook

2014-2015 HS Internship Supervisors Handbook

Human Services Senior Internship (for Clinical Studies concentration)

Contact Information:

Lynn Worden, Ph.D.
Coordinator of Undergraduate Programs
Department of Human Development and Family Studies
111 Alison West
University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19716
worden@udel.edu

  • Department of Human Development & Family Studies •  111 Alison Hall West •  Newark, DE 19716 •  USA • Phone: 302-831-6500 Fax: 302-831-8776 E-mail: hdfs-dept@udel.edu   © 2014