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Help Make an Impact on the Lives of Others with a Degree in Human Services.

If you’re compassionate and have a will to learn, listen, and help those in need, this is the program for you. Being a professional in the human services industry means you have an authentic passion for helping people. You will come in contact with, and assist, all types of people with varying challenges.


Career Outlook

11% GROWTH IN HUMAN SERVICES Human Services growth is rate is double the average of all other occupations.

INDUSTRY GROWTH DRIVERS A growing elderly population, a rise in people with mental illness, and increased job fragility is expected to drive demand.

$46,935 ESTIMATED ANNUAL SALARY Bachelor’s of Human Services alumni from CSU Global report an estimated annual salary above $46k.

POTENTIAL HUMAN SERVICES CAREERS Case Worker, Family Support Worker, Child Advocate, Social Service Liaison, Behavioral Management Aid

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This 2-minute overview video covers these points, and more:

  • Degree specialization options.
  • Career paths and industry employment options.
  • Program accreditation and endorsement details.

What will I learn in the Human Services Program?

CSU Global’s online degree program in human services provides you with the knowledge and skills to support people in various fragile populations such as children, people with mental health struggles, unhoused people, people with disabilities, those elders in need of care, among others. Throughout this online degree program, you will:

  • Prepare to work efficiently in a variety of health and human services fields be equipped with the expertise to successfully help individuals, families, groups, and organizations
  • Train with top instructors who also work in the human services sector
  • Learn about both public and private health and human services organizations

Some of the topics you will cover include:

  • Human development
  • Intervention methods
  • Case management
  • and Human Services Administration.

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Learn Valuable Skills

The Bachelor of Science in Human Services provides students with an understanding of programs designed to meet community and social welfare needs among varied and fragile populations. Students gain the practical knowledge necessary for assisting others in individual, family, group, organization, and community settings. Advanced topics include human development, intervention methods, case management, and human services administration. Specific learning outcomes include:

  • Apply critical and effective written communication, ethical standards, and analytical skills needed in the Human Services sector.
  • Interpret the purpose and practical application of Human Services using relevant and current theories and methods.
  • Describe the role and function of Human Services employment in both nonprofit and private organizations.
  • Analyze the role and function of diversity in age, race, class, gender, and sexuality in the field of Human Services.
  • Evaluate ethical, legal, and organizational influences in Human Services careers.
  • Describe intervention and case management skills pertinent to the broad field of Human Services.
  • Assess administrative responsibilities in human services organizations in working with fragile populations.


This bachelor's degree contains a total of 120 credits broken down into the following categories:

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General Education Courses (31 Credits)

CSU Global’s General Education Courses are more than a bachelor’s degree requirement. They are designed to help you develop and strengthen valuable skills demanded in the workplace.

Already taken some courses? Up to 90 total credits (and 64 from community colleges) can be transferred into a bachelor’s degree at CSU Global. Request a Transcript Evaluation Summary to see how close you already are to graduation!

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Core Degree Courses (45 Credits)

  • ORG300 Applying Leadership Principles
    The opportunities for students, in this first course, for all majors are to learn personal and professional leadership styles and drivers by providing an overview of leadership basics. Leadership skills are utilized across fields of study. Regardless of the roles individuals assume in an organization, they will need to communicate effectively, influence others, and understand the way they respond to others and why. The course engages students in discussion, exploration, and application of leadership skills, principles, and practices. Students will learn about the relationships and connections leaders have with individuals and organizations. Topics include leadership communication, motivation, style, and characteristics. Course not eligible for Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) credit.
  • SOC300 Working in Modern Society
    An analysis of the conditions and challenges faced by workers in contemporary society, including the meeting of both employer and individual expectations. Focus includes the balancing of numerous factors including personal life, job commitment, and career management. This course fulfills a general education requirement for social sciences.
  • SOC310 Race, Gender, and Ethnic Relations in the U.S.
    Survey of the historical and current issues related to race, gender, and ethnic relations found in practices and policies. Review of judicial, political and economic influences on organizational diversity management.
  • SOC460 Community Development
    This course examines the various facets of community resource development and management. Emphasis is on planning and management strategies to guide organizations in community development projects, programs, and efforts. (This course is also offered through CBE. Credits earned using this option will appear on transcripts with an “EX” suffix.)
  • HSM300 Introduction to Human Services
    This course provides students with an overview of the human services field including theoretical models for delivery and the roles and responsibilities of human services workers. Students will explore human services occupations, professional organizations, and community resources as well as ethical and legal issues.
  • HSM320 Human Development
    This course explores theories and research in human development. Topics include physical, language, intellectual, moral, personality, social, and emotional development as they relate to the human services professional.
  • HSM350 Intervention Methods in Human Services
    This course is an introduction to the theories, principles, and skills of the general helping process in human practice. Students learn how to engage a client as well as assessment, intervention, and follow-up as applied to individuals, groups, and families.
  • PMG370 Fundraising and Grant Writing
    This course provides a broad overview of theoretical and practical application of nonprofit management. Students will learn about the role and responsibilities of a nonprofit organization fundraising marketing and communication plan. An overview of fundraising will include; the importance of an analysis of the essential elements of fundraising: major gift solicitation, the annual campaign, planned giving, understanding alternative fundraising solutions, social enterprises, the use of new technologies for fundraising; individual donor tracking, institutional donors, charitable trusts and foundations and corporate philanthropy. Additionally, students will develop essential research skills, fundraising resources, professional associations and conferences, and examining and measuring the social impact and ethical aspects of fundraising.
  • HSM400 Crisis Intervention
    This course explores the assessment of diverse crisis situations. It emphasizes the use of short-term intervention and problem-solving techniques to help individuals and families de-escalate crises and develop appropriate coping techniques. Students will explore the skills, techniques, and uses of crisis intervention.
  • HSM405 Case Management in Human Services
    This course teaches the principles, practices, and issues in human services case management with emphasis on prevention and intervention strategies. Topics include listening skills, planning, assessment of community resources, referral procedures, general crisis intervention, and setting appropriate boundaries.
  • HSM420 Legal and Ethical Issues in Human Services
    This course explores the roles, functions, and legal/ethical responsibilities of human services workers, including the process of ethical decision making and awareness of the moral and legal complexities in the field of human services. (This course is also offered through CBE. Credits earned using this option will appear on transcripts with an "EX" suffix.)
  • HSM450 Human Services Administration
    This course introduces students to human services management. Students gain a basic understanding of organizational management perspectives by exploring issues of staff supervision and oversight as well as administrative planning in a human services organization.
  • HSM470 Evaluation of Research and Theory in Human Services
    This course examines current research related to human services and provides students with the opportunity to evaluate theoretical subjects in the field from both a consumer and a creator perspective.
  • HSM475 OR HSM476* Practicum OR Seminar - Human Services Strategy and Execution
    In this preparatory course for the capstone project, students conduct a practicum in a human services setting. The primary purpose of the practicum is to gain practical experience in a human services organization and to apply the knowledge and skills developed throughout the program. This course requires practical experience in a human services setting. Students will be required to pass a criminal background check including fingerprinting prior to taking this course. See HSM480 for further course and project description. This course may not be available in all states, see the State Specific Authorization Policy under Admis-sions Policies. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all core and specialization coursework except HSM480.
  • HSM480 Capstone - Human Services Strategy and Execution
    This capstone project provides students with the opportunity to perform a concentrated study of a human service organization. Students will demonstrate what they have learned throughout the human services program and apply it by developing a plan to deal with a variety of human services problems.

* Students will enroll in either HSM475 or HSM476. They do not take both courses. Students may select the Practicum course (HSM475) or enroll in the Seminar course (HSM476) to fulfill this degree requirement. Students will be required to pass a criminal background check including fingerprinting prior to taking the HSM475 Practicum course. Students residing in locations where practica are not available must enroll in the Seminar course (HSM476). See the State Specific AuthorizationPolicy under Admissions Policies.

Degree Specialization (Optional) (15 Credits)

Elective Courses (Remaining credits to reach 120 total credits)

The remainder of your degree is comprised of courses of your choice that support your educational goals and needs. Including a specialization reduces the number of elective credits you'll need to complete your bachelor's degree.

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You may be eligible to receive financial aid to help cover the cost of your education.

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Credit By Exam

You can get credit by taking exams for what you have already learned.

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Self-Study Assessments

Earn course credits for taking a proctored exam for specific content areas.

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Prior Learning Assessment

Earn credit for what you’re learned in your career or other educational experience.

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Why Should You Choose CSU Global?

CSU Global provides more than just a diploma. Our career-driven programs are based on real-world concepts designed to help you excel in the workplace from day one. Our Tuition Guarantee ensures that your rate won’t rise from enrollment to graduation, and because we know how hard it can be to juggle education, work, and family responsibilities, our programs can be completed entirely online, with no set times or locations, monthly class starts and accelerated courses.

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Regional accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) means your degree comes from a top quality, trusted university.


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In Best Colleges’ Schools of Distinction standings, CSU Global earns one of only 15 gold rankings, out of more than 2,000 online degree programs.

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