Your human services degree will give you a solid foundation in principles, theories, and skills needed to provide services as a human services practitioner.

Bachelor of Science in Human Services

Psychology class in the Human Services program

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.

GOAL - The Degree Completion Program Admissions

Our Human Services graduates work in various fields that include:

  • Non-profit work
  • 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.

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).

The Bachelor of Science in Human Services program is a 30 credit hour program designed to help students learn more about specific content areas:

  • Case Management
  • Group Work
  • Intervention Models and Strategies
  • Human Development and Behavior
  • Ethical Standards for Helping Professions
  • Multicultural and Social Awareness
  • Crisis and Trauma Intervention
  • Professional Development

Additional information, including descriptions of specific courses and their corresponding credit hours, is available in the Academic Catalog.

Human Services Major Tracks

The program offers two different opportunities for students to customize their educational experience through the Clinical track or Non-Clinical track.

Graduates of the Clinical Track within the Human Services Program will be prepared for positions providing direct services to various populations throughout their communities. These might include conducting intake assessments or completing triage tasks in agencies, working directly with families, groups, and individuals providing case management or support resources, providing crisis services, career education, or other face-to-face helping services as designated appropriate by state regulations. Graduates should find this track of the program to also prepare them for graduate level work in human services disciplines such as social work or counseling.

Graduates of the Non-Clinical Track within the Human Services Program will find themselves prepared for positions providing indirect and support services to families, groups, and individuals in agencies, non-profit organizations, nursing homes and residential facilities, and educational institutions as well as filling roles in justice and emergency management organizations. Positions may include community outreach, rehabilitation, and education support. The track pairs well with other disciplines, such as criminal justice, for a double major.

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.

Human Services and Social Work are commonly connected and have a similar foundation of thought being helping professions concerned with assisting others.

Human Services Focus

Human Services is a broad and interdisciplinary field of study that works within communities to provide individuals with quality of life. Often, focus is on preventing or addressing concerns and working on a larger scale with organizations or in a community of people to impact change. Human services workers are often seen doing community-based programming or coordinating services for a person or group of people, often collaborating with other organizations in the process. Representing underserved populations or managing cases is common within Human Services.

Social Work Focus

Generally, social work focuses on working with individuals to provide growth or empowerment to change rather than on work within a larger community. Social problems are a larger focus with social work.

The Online Advantage

The Bachelors of Science in Human Services Program at Gardner-Webb offers a fully online program of study. This provides you with the chance of receiving a quality Gardner-Webb education at your own pace and schedule.

Interactive Classes

Our online classes are still personal and interactive, providing our students with the best of both the classroom setting and the convenience of engaging with course materials when you have time (in your pajamas or at 2am if needed).

Designed with You in Mind

The program is designed with the knowledge that most of our students are balancing work, family, and community obligations. We love that about our students and want to connect academics with real life. The projects, class materials, and discussions in classes are built to further the connections between each facet of a student as a professional, family member, and community member.

Challenging but Supportive

Human Services, by nature, is an engaging profession. The classes online are still challenging and push students to grow as future professionals. Each instructor and class drives students to do their best while supporting and nurturing one another. In a sense, the program builds a network of future professional colleagues.

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