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Bachelor of Arts in Human and Social Services | Undergraduate Degree Program

Bachelor of Arts in Human and Social Services


Pursuing a degree in human services or addictions counseling will give you the skills and knowledge to help individuals and communities in need. Students in Ottawa University's Bachelor of Arts in Human and Social Services program learn to help people cope with personal challenges such as poverty, substance abuse, mental health, and relational crisis. You will gain abilities in program implementation, client interviewing, data gathering, counseling, consulting, and case management in online and face to face courses.

Courses will introduce you to policies and programs designed to meet community needs among varied populations. You will think critically about issues of diversity and social equity and analyze the social, legal, political, and governmental forces that influence the delivery of human and social services. You may choose to specialize in advocacy, child and family services, corrections, gerontology, or mental health programs.


Formal education is almost always necessary for advancement. In general, advancement to case management, rehabilitation or social work jobs requires a bachelor’s or master’s degree in human services, counseling, rehabilitation, social work, or a related field. These workers should have a strong desire to help others, effective communication skills, a sense of responsibility, and the ability to manage time effectively. As our students pursue their bachelor degrees in Human and Social Services, they often consider earning a Master of Arts in Counseling  or a Master of Science in Addiction Counseling.

Career Opportunities

The courses in Ottawa University’s Bachelor of Arts in Human and Social Services introduce you to a world of career opportunities. Social and human service assistants help social workers, health care workers and other professionals provide services to people to improve their quality of life. Careers in human services for private and public sectors include welfare agencies, church ministries, community development programs, youth and adult group homes, senior centers, retirement and nursing homes, case management agencies, and homeless shelters. 

  • Counseling
  • Social work
  • Community outreach
  • Rehabilitation
  • Elder care
  • Government programs
  • Addictions counseling

Why Choose Ottawa?

The courses in Ottawa University’s Bachelor of Arts in Human and Social Services are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. The program introduces you to policies and social services programs that meet the needs of varied populations. Pursuing a degree in human services will give you the skills and knowledge to help individuals and communities in need.

We make it easy for you to transfer credits in order to help keep tuition costs down. We also offer courses in accelerated 8-week terms in order to reduce your time to completion. These are just a few of the reasons why we are proud to be the best, fastest, and most affordable option locally in the Kansas City, Milwaukee, and Phoenix areas, as well as serving students nationally through our online degrees.

For more information about earning your degree at Ottawa University, contact us today!

For curriculum and course descriptions of OU's Bachelor of Arts in Human and Social Services Bachelor’s, download a program overview.



Human Services Major Courses

Introduction to Human Services |  
Broad overview of the profession of Human Services and the social welfare system. Examines historical developments of human services and social welfare and the knowledge, values and skills required to function in the role of a human services professional. Allows participants to evaluate their strengths as a potential human services professional. Introduces field experience.

The Family |  
Explores historical, anthropological and theoretical perspectives of family. Dynamics of family relationships, communication styles and interactions addressed, as well as issues relating to dating, love and friendship, human sexuality, relationships, life styles, divorce, child rearing and other related issues.

Social Policy & The Community |  
Effects of social policy on practice; social policy analysis; process of policy formulation as it relates to human services and other social welfare professions.

Skills and Techniques in Human Services I |  
Examine systems framework, skills, analysis of issues and current intervention strategies for working with individual clients and groups in diverse social service settings. Develop and enhance interviewing and effective communication skills. Opportunity for observation and participation in direct practice within a social service setting. Awareness of technology and art of human services practice.

Internship: Human Services |  
Practices and expectations include goal and objective setting, journal writing, site meeting with the on-site supervisor and academic supervisor, on going monitoring, and final formal evaluation.

Senior Comprehensive in Human Services |  
Examination or project designed to assess the student's achievement of the goals of his/her major program.

Other Required Courses

  • Ethics and Society |  
  • Principles of Psychology |  
  • Survey of Developmental Psychology |  
  • Psychology of Abnormal Behavior |  
  • Introduction to Sociology |  
  • Topics in Social Sciences |  
  • Ethnic Relations and Multiculturalism |  
  • Intermediate Writing or Advanced Expository Writing | 

Required Courses for Advocacy Emphasis

  • Issues in Child Welfare |  
  • Issues in Advocacy |  

Required Courses for Children and Families Emphasis

  • Issues in Child Welfare |  
  • Human Sexuality |  

Required Courses for Corrections Emphasis

  • Issues in Child Welfare |  
  • Sociology of Deviance |  

Required Courses for Gerontology Emphasis

  • Issues in Gerontology |  
  • Death and Dying |  

Required Courses for Mental Health Emphasis

  • Issues in Case Management |  
  • Sociology of Deviance |  
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