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Bachelor of Science in Human Services

The Bachelor of Science in Human Services (BSHS) degree is a 120-credit program designed for adults who work in select positions in human services, preparing them for professional advancement or graduate studies. Students develop a professional track that matches their career experiences. To be admitted to the program and to complete the Capstone course, students must have current work or volunteer experience in their professional track. Students must have at least one year/1500 hours of current work or volunteer experience. 

Current students who wish to change degrees to the BSHS are required to submit a current resume and completed Professional Track Form at the time of application.

Learning Outcomes Objectives:

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Human Services degree will have the ability to:

  • Interpret and critically analyze the research in the professional track
  • Apply theory to professional practice
  • Apply knowledge of the specific skills, techniques, and agencies necessary to serve client populations
  • Apply knowledge of cultural diversity as it relates to the field of Human Services
  • Apply theories of management as it relates to Human Services

Required Courses:

9 credits in Theoretical Foundation*, 6 credits in Intervention*, 6 credits in Client Populations*, 3 credits in Research, 6 credits in management. 24 credits in professional track, at least 18 credits at the 300-400 level in one area of study such as Administration of Justice, Child Development Services, Community Services, Emergency Disaster Services, Gerontology, Health Services, Legal Services, Fitness and Wellness or Social Services and a 6 credit capstone course.

Transfer Your Credit

Have you attended college before? If so, you may be able to transfer credits earned at other regionally accredited colleges or universities. The University also offers a variety of other ways to earn credit – all designed around the needs of adult learners, like you.

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BSHS Credit Distribution

Subject Category Credits
I. General Education Requirements 60
A. Intellectual and Practical Skills 15
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Literacy
  • Information Literacy
    SOS-110: Critical Information Literacy
B. Civic and Global Learning 9
  • Diversity
  • Ethics
  • Civic Engagement
C. Knowledge of Human Cultures 9
D. Understanding the Physical and Natural World 6
E. Mathematics 3
F. General Education Electives 18
II. Area of Study in Human Services 54
A. Core Requirements 27
  • Theoretical Foundation*
  • Intervention* (i.e. PSY 331 Intro Counseling)
  • Client Populations* (i.e. PSY 350 Abnormal Psyc)
  • Research (i.e. SOS 492 Research Methods)
  • Management (i.e. MAN 301 Prin. Of Management)
B. Research Methods (SOS-492) 3
C. Professional Track 18
18 credits at the 300-400 level in one area of study such as gerontology, administration, mental health, administration of justice, emergency disaster services
D. Capstone Course 6
III. Electives 6
Total Credits 120
  • *Theoretical Foundation courses include those pertaining to theory, knowledge and skills of the human services profession.
  • *Intervention courses include those which emphasize theory and knowledge bases for interventions and criteria for selection of appropriate interventions.
  • *Client Population courses include those which emphasize the range of populations served and needs addressed by human services professionals.

Earning Credit in Your Professional Track:

Some courses in the professional track may be completed with Thomas Edison State University and/or courses from other colleges. Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) and/or examinations may also be used.

Some professional tracks selected by students include:

  • Administration of Justice
  • Child Development Services
  • Community Services
  • Emergency Disaster Services
  • Fitness & Wellness
  • Gerontology
  • Health Services
  • Legal Services
  • Social Services

Toni M. Terry, BA

"I am 67 years old, soon to be 68, and to be able to say I did this at this day in my life is just gratification for my own self."

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