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


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  • March 11, 2020 (8-week Spring Term)
  • May 26, 2020 (8-week Summer Term)
  • August 19, 2020 (Full Session)
  • October 12, 2020 (8-week Fall Term)

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 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.

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(GOAL-Human Service Grant offered to January 8, 2020 new applicants)

The Bachelor of Science with a major in Human Services is designed to give students a solid foundation in the principles, theories, and skills needed to provide services as a human services practitioner and helping professional. By the end of the program, students will have the ability to relate to consumers on multiple levels. The curriculum consists of courses and experiences so that a graduate will have the knowledge and skill to perform entry-level work in public, not-for-profit, and private settings.

The Online Advantage

The Human Services program is 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 2:00 a.m. 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. Students will leave the program having engaged with their community through class projects, established a thorough list of resources available in their community, and prepared to make a difference.

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.

Is HUS for me?

Our Human Services graduates work in various fields that include:

  1. Non-profit work
  2. Geriatric care
  3. Group rehabilitation
  4. social services
  5. 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:

  1. assessing needs in individuals, families and communities
  2. providing services and advocating for community constituents
  3. 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).

Human Services vs. Social Work

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 Bachelor of Science in Human Services program is a 39 credit hour program designed to help students holistically learn more about specific content areas, such as:

  • 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

Human Services Foundational Courses and Concentrations

Students have an opportunity to choose a concentration in which to gain specific knowledge in a Human Services field. These concentrations include:

  • Nonprofit leadership
  • Family dynamics
  • Pre-counseling
  • Substance abuse
  • Generalist (where students can choose any three elective options)

All concentrations provide students a chance to deep-dive into an area of interest to them, not only providing marketability of their skills and education, but a way to customize their 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.

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

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Follow these steps to apply for this program:

  1. Submit a completed GOAL-Degree Completion Program Application

  2. Send Official Transcripts of previously attended institutions to:

    Gardner Webb-University
    Digital Learning
    P.O. Box 1896
    Boiling Springs, NC 28017
    Or electronic official copies to:

  3. Submission of official transcripts from any institution attended during the interim if applying for readmission as a former student.

Applicants must have earned at least 24 hours of college credit; those with 48 or more transferable hours may be admitted without additional review. Applicants with fewer than 48 transferable hours will work with their assigned Success Coach in collaboration with the academic program leadership of the applicant’s chosen major program of study to produce a written curriculum plan establishing a clear path to graduation.

Gardner-Webb partners with community colleges in North Carolina for our Pathways program, which offers the opportunity for community college students to transfer credits from their Associates in Applied Science degree toward a corresponding Bachelor’s degree offered by GOAL-The Degree Completion Program.

Additionally, Gardner-Webb University is a participating institution in the North Carolina Community College Articulation Agreement for an Associates of Arts and Associates of Science degree, offering greater transfer opportunities for continuing your education. Visit our transfer equivalency database to find out more about which courses will transfer to GWU.

The University also participates in the North Carolina RN to BSN Uniform Articulation Agreement, allowing registered nurses who hold an Associate in Nursing degree from a NC Community College to complete a BSN in as little as one year following the NCCC RN-BSN 5 block degree program.


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