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

Bachelor of Arts in Human and Social Services

About OU’s 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, cultural competence, data gathering, counseling, consulting, and case management in online and face to face courses.

Perspective on the Human and Social Services Degree

“One of the many positive things about a degree in Human Services is the versatility of the degree. With a bachelor’s degree in Human Services from Ottawa University, you can work with children and teens, adults, families, or the elderly. The settings you can work in are just as versatile including hospitals, community organizations, public welfare agencies, and private clinics such as substance abuse clinics or mental health clinics. We even offer amazing internship opportunities at facilities such as hospitals, battered women’s shelters, substance abuse clinics, and residential treatment centers for at risk youth. For online students, our faculty facilitates a unique hands-on experience through video counseling sessions and opportunities to learn about agencies and resources in your area.” Mary Alice Grosser, MSW, Professor in Charge of Human and Social Services

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

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Education and Qualifications

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.


Our courses introduce you to unique policies and programs that are designed to meet community needs among varied populations. You will develop skills in cultural competence by learning about issues of diversity and social equity. Our students also analyze the social, legal, political, and governmental forces that influence the delivery of human services. You may choose to specialize in advocacy, child and family services, corrections, gerontology, or mental health programs.

For curriculum and course descriptions, please download a Human and Social Services program overview.

Careers in Human Services

The courses in Ottawa University’s Bachelor of Arts in Human and Social Services program 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. Attending our accredited Human Services program provides our students with the skills and competencies necessary to obtain a fulfilling career in the behavioral health field.

Human Services careers may include the following areas:

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

Human Services Major Courses

Introduction to Human Services | HUS 20553 (3 credits)
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 | HUS 21253 (3 credits)
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 | HUS 30253 (3 credits)
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 | HUS 40553 (3 credits)
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.

Senior Comprehensive in Human Services | HUS 49053 (3 credits)
Examination or project designed to assess the student's achievement of the goals of his/her major program.

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.


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

For curriculum and course descriptions, please download a Human and Social Services program overview.

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University Accreditation

Ottawa University, as a whole, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Specific degree programs within our institution have also been accredited by relevant bodies within the field:

We are proudly recognized for our commitment to student excellence by the following designations:

Why Choose Ottawa
The courses in Ottawa University's programs are 100% online and accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. 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.

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