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.
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.
- Social work
- Community outreach
- 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.