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

Bachelor of Arts in Human and Social Services


Courses in this program introduce you to policies and programs designed to meet community needs among varied populations. You will learn to think critically and analytically and gain insight into the factors that influence the human services field.

About Our Bachelor of Arts in Human and Social Services Degree Program

As you pursue your undergraduate degree in Human and Social Services, you will also learn how to help people cope with personal challenges such as poverty, substance abuse, mental health and relational crisis. Skills gained through this course of study include program implementation, client interviewing, data gathering, counseling, consulting, case management and intervention.

This Human Services major follows the guidelines of the National Organization for Human Service Education. A communication concentration is also available.

Career Outlook

In addition to helping your fellow man, pursuing a career in Human and Social Services is a solid choice. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the number of human service workers will increase 21% by 2022. Career opportunities include:

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

For more information about earning your undergraduate degree in Human Services at Ottawa University, contact us today.

For curriculum and course descriptions please download a program overview.

Human and Social Services Major Courses

Introduction to Substance Abuse Disorders and Addictions Counseling |  
Examines substance use disorders and process addictions inclusive of compulsive sexual behaviors, eating disorders, and pathological gambling.

Introduction to Human and 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. Prerequisite: PSY 12053 Principles of Psychology or SOC 10153 Social Thought or SOC 10453 Introduction to Sociology.

Social Welfare: Issues in Human Services |  
Overview of emerging issues in social welfare. Topics include culture and diversity, social justice, privatization, and emerging technologies in the field of social welfare.

Human Behavior in the Social Environment |  
Study of theories and knowledge of human development across the lifespan within the wider context of a range of social systems.  Social systems examined include individual, family, group, organizational, and community in which people live.  The ways social sysstems promote or deter people in maintaining or achieving health and well-being are emphasized.

Social Policy and the Community |  
Effect of social policy on practice, social policy analysis and process of policy formulation as it relates to human services and other social welfare professions.

Statistics for the Social Sciences |  
Introduction to descriptive and inferential statistical techniques used in the social sciences. Topics include data collection procedures, measures of dispersion, correlation designs, probability, statistical inference, and analysis of variance.

Marriage and Family |  
Study of the function of marriage and family in contemporary American society, including the why of intimate relationships, couple/parent/child adjustment, three generational relationships, and the process of break-up and remarriage.

Group Work in Human Services |  
Develops both knowledge and skills in facilitating group experiences used in the human services and helping professions.  Particular emphasis on group processes for the psycho-emotional-social development of group participants.

Ethics in Human and Social Services |  
Examines ethical theories and application to practice and management of social service agencies. Explores relationship between federal/state regulations and the effect on client and provider.

Skills and Techniques in Human and Social 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.

Skills and Techniques in Human and Social Services II |  
Emphasis on skill development working with individuals, groups, families, and community resources. Interviewing and/or counseling clients; in-depth analysis of case management in social service professions. Students have the opportunity to begin direct practice in a social service setting as part of coursework.

Seminar in Human and Social Services |  
Capstone course that provides student opportunity to integrate and synthesize key concepts and theories through analysis and evaluation of current topics and issues impacting the human services profession and its clients. Examines policy and legislation, agency mandates, trends in treatment, and evaluates the same for sustainability in society from three areas: equity, economic and environmental.

Psychology of Abnormal Behavior |  
Study of biological, psychological and sociocultural influences contributing to abnormal
behavior patterns. Includes history, identification,
diagnosis, and treatment of various psychopathological disorders.

Introduction to Sociology |  
Introduces theory and method in social sciences as they relate to key concepts in the field of sociology including socialization, culture, status, stratification, conflict, and change.

Ethnic Relations and Multiculturalism |  
Focuses on intergroup and intragroup experiences of various ethnic populations within the United States. Includes impact of integration, discrimination, prejudice, and social dynamics of conflict and assimilation to various groups.

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