Bachelor of Science in Human Services

Campus Locations Boston, Online
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Other Format(s)
Credits Required for Graduation 120
Entry Terms Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer Semester
Meets International Visa Requirements No


Make a Difference in Others' Lives

The Bachelor of Science in Human Services program provides you with the skills and knowledge necessary to effectively respond to clients’ needs. Featuring courses in public health, sociology, psychology, and human services, as well as counseling and a required practicum in a human services agency, The curriculum offers comprehensive perspectives and valuable insights into what is required to successfully work in human service agencies and community organizations.  It prepares students to immediately enter the field or to pursue graduate work in counseling psychology and social work.

Career Outlook

Human services is one of the fastest growing fields in the country, with employment for social workers expected grow faster than average for all occupations through 2018 (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics). While a bachelor's degree is the minimum requirement for entry into the occupation, some positions require an advanced degree. Occupational prospects are expected to be especially favorable for social workers who specialize in aging populations or work in rural areas.



Please note: The College of Professional Studies undergraduate programs will operate on a semester academic calendar in fall 2016. Read more...

Students who started this program prior to Fall 2015 should follow the curriculum reflected on their manual degree audit, which can be obtained by contacting their academic advisor.

General Foundation Courses (24 s.h.)

ENG 1105 College Writing 1 3 s.h.
ENG 1106 Lab for ENG 1105 1 s.h.
ENG 1107 College Writing 2 3 s.h.
ENG 1108 Lab for ENG 1107 1 s.h.
ENG 3107 Writing for the Professions-Business & Social Sciences 3 s.h.
ENG 3108 Lab for ENG 3107 1 s.h.
ND Core Engaging with the Natural and Designed World 3 s.h.
EI Core  Exploring Creative Expression and Innovation 3 s.h.
IC Core  Interpreting Culture 3 s.h.
DD Core Engaging Difference and Diversity 3 s.h.

Human Services Foundation Courses (27 s.h.)

MTH 1100 College Algebra 3 s.h.
PSY 1100 Foundations of Psychology 3 s.h.
MTH 2310 Statistics in the Behavioral and Social Sciences 3 s.h.
HSV 1100 Introduction to Human Services 3 s.h.
ITC 1000
ITC 2016
Computer Applications
End User Data Analysis Tools
3 s.h.
SOC 1100 Introduction to Sociology 3 s.h.
SOC 1220 Engaging Difference and Diversity 3 s.h.
HMG 2110 Health Law and Regulation 3 s.h.
PHL 2130 Ethical Issues in Healthcare 3 s.h.

Major Required Courses (39 s.h.)

HSV 2200 Introduction to Clinical Practice 3 s.h.
HSV 2240 Human Behavior in the Social Environment 3 s.h.
PSY 2230 Stress and Its Management 3 s.h.
PSY 3200 Social Psychology 3 s.h.
PSY 3210 Abnormal Psychology 3 s.h.
PSY 3230 Development across the Lifespan 3 s.h.
SOC 2320 Family Functions and Dysfunctions 3 s.h.
SOC 2350 Power, Poverty, and Social Change 3 s.h.
HSV 3200 Techniques in Individual and Group Counseling 3 s.h.
HSV 3300 Social Welfare, Polices, and Services 3 s.h.
HSV 3350 Research Methods in Human Services 3 s.h.
HSV 3400 Human Services Volunteer Practicum 3 s.h.
HSV 4850 Human Services Capstone Seminar 3 s.h.


Professional Electives (12 s.h)

Choose 12 semester hours from CMN, HMG, HSV, PSY, SOC.   

CMN 2310 Professional Speaking 3 s.h.
HSV 3220 Human Services Organizations Opportunities and Challenges 3 s.h.
PSY 2240 Human Sexuality and Love 3 s.h.
PSY 4310 Personality 3 s.h.
SOC 2240 Death and Dying 3 s.h.
SOC 2200 Drugs and Society 3 s.h.
HMG 3225 Public Health 3 s.h.
HMG 4210 Healthcare Policy 3 s.h.

Open electives to reach minimum credit requirements for the degree.


Required minimum credit hours: 120 s.h.

Admissions Requirements

Below are the official Admissions Requirements for this program.

  • Online application
  • Academic transcripts: submit one of the following
    • Official high school degree
    • Official GED
    • Official associate degree showing degree conferral and date
  • Transfer credit documentation: should be submitted with your application material
    • Academic transcripts from each institution you previously attended:
      • Official U.S. transcripts: if you applied previously earned credit toward your earned associate degree, you must request transcripts from each institution you attended.
      • Official foreign transcripts: must include English translation. We encourage you to submit a course-by-course evaluation of your diploma(s) and transcript(s)
    • College-level examinations: official examination score(s)
    • Military evaluation
  • Proof of English language proficiency: ONLY for students for whom English is not their primary language: English language proficiency guidelines

For general admissions information and recommended admissions deadlines, Undergraduate Admissions.

All requirements must be received prior to review.


Estimated total tuition for this program is $62,280.00.

Tuition for individual courses is based on the number of semester hours. Most courses are 3-4 semester hours. See Undergraduate Tuition Rates for details.

Use our Tuition Calculator below to see if transfer credit or tuition reimbursement from your employer could reduce your total tuition.

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Please note: The estimated total tuition is based on tuition rates for Academic Year 2017-18 and does not include any fees or other expenses. Some courses and labs have tuition rates that may increase or decrease total tuition. Tuition and fees are subject to revision by the president and Board of Trustees at any time.

*A maximum of 9 quarter hours of graduate- or doctoral-level credit obtained at another institution may be awarded as Advanced Graduate Credit to the Doctor of Education program.

Student Profile

Who Will Your Classmates Be?

The Bachelor of Science in Human Services is designed for students who are interested in working in human service agencies and community organizations, or who wish to advance their education through higher education in psychology, teaching, counseling, social work, or law.

Successful graduates may work as:

  • Social workers
  • Drug and alcohol counselors
  • Health educators
  • Psychology aides
  • Mental health aides
  • Juvenile court counselors
  • Parole or correctional officers
  • Childcare aides
  • Gerontology aides

Learning Outcomes

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Specialized Knowledge
    Define and explain the core concepts, perspectives, findings, and trends in human services using vocationally oriented values, standards, tools, techniques, and specialized terms.
  2. Broad and Integrative Knowledge
    Frame a problem important to human services, justify the significance of the problem in a wider societal context, and explain how methods from human services can be used to address the problem.
  3. Applied and Collaborative Learning
    Complete a substantial project that evaluates a significant question in the field of human services, including an analytic narrative of the effects of learning outside the classroom on the research or practical skills employed in executing the project.
  4. Civic and Global Learning
    Analyze social challenges and opportunities affecting countries, continents, or cultures and evaluate the strategies and best practices related to human services employed by organizations in addressing that issue.
  5. Experiential Learning
    Synthesize and transfer learning to new, complex situations within course work or beyond the classroom.

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