A Bachelor of Science in Human Services will equip you with a solid foundation in the field of psychology and a practical understanding of the challenges and capabilities of potential clients, empowering you to advocate for people and their needs and giving you opportunities to enter and advance in a variety of social service career paths.
By integrating classroom instruction and field-based experiences, the Human Services program will help you understand the structure and dynamics of organizations, communities and society, as well as the nature of individuals and groups.
You will gain an appreciation for the importance of social responsibility in a diverse world and demonstrate ethical decision-making skills. You will also understand and become proficient in:
- assessing needs in individuals, families and communities
- providing services and advocating for community constituents
- various delivery systems in the community.
In addition to your studies in the classroom, internships will provide hands-on professional training. Our students have interned in psychiatric facilities, hospitals, homeless shelters and shelters for victims of abuse.
Upon completion of the Human Services curriculum, you will be prepared to perform in entry-level positions in public, non-profit and private settings.
You will also be eligible to sit for the Human Services Practitioner Examination, which offers a credential as a Human Services-Board Certified Practitioner (HS-BCP).
Our Human Services graduates work in various fields that include:
- geriatric care
- group rehabilitation
- social services
- drug and alcohol rehabilitation
Many graduates choose to further their education in graduate school counseling programs. Gardner-Webb offers a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling, as well as a Master of Arts in School Counseling.
In addition to the University’s required general education and prerequisites, the Bachelor of Science in Human Services requires 30 credit hours in the major, 15 of which must be completed with the University.
Additional information, including descriptions of specific courses and their corresponding credit hours, is available in the Academic Catalog.