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).  Accreditation program information is available for academic years 2011-2017.

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:

  • 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 and apply for a 4+1 program and earn a Masters in Human Development and Family Studies.
  •  Administration and Family Policy Admissions Guide
  • 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
  • Clinical Services Admissions Guide
  • provides a pathway for students who want to pursue careers in early intervention, child care administration, and early care and education without public school teaching certification;
  • provides flexible options for coursework, field experiences and internships for those who want to teach in early care and education programs;
  • will be available for enrollment in fall 2018.
  • Early Childhood Development Curriculum
  • provides students with the opportunity to analyze complex social challenges and develop creative solutions to enhance community development and encourage community empowerment;
  • combines a unique blend of coursework in entrepreneurship and human services to prepare students to work independently and collaboratively to create societal change;
  • will be available for enrollment in fall 2018.
  • Community Based Social Entrepreneurship Curriculum
  • This concentration is scheduled for a moratorium beginning fall 2018.

  • 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