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Bachelor of Science in Human Services, Degree Completion Program

Gain 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.

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.


What You’ll Learn

The Bachelor of Science 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.

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.

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 Class

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).

Available Programs

Bachelor of Science in Human Services, Online Undergraduate Program

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

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 Use and 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.

For a more in-depth look at program requirements, visit our Academic Catalog.

Human Services Minor (15 Hours)

The Human Services minor will require completion of 2 foundational courses and 3 additional courses of the student’s choice from elective or foundation class options. Program prerequisite/corequisite requirement of HUS 201 General Psychology may extend the length of time for completion of an HUS minor.

Required Prerequisite/Corequisite for HUS Minor:

   • HUS 201 General Psychology

   Required Foundational Courses for HUS Minor:

   • HUS 300 Ethical Issues in Human Services
   • HUS 304 The Human Service Profession

For a more in-depth look at program requirements, visit our Academic Catalog.


What You’ll Do

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.

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