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Make a Positive Impact on the Lives of Others with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services

Human Services professionals are crucial to building a thriving society, as they’re responsible for providing support and assistance to various fragile populations and vulnerable people.

If you’re compassionate about others and you want to find a way to help them, then getting your Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services is an excellent option. With this degree, you can launch a career in a rewarding role toward helping others. 

Earning your B.S. in Human Services can open many exciting doors, preparing you for a lifelong career in social and community support services or delivering social welfare needs, ensuring that you’ll be able to help nurture your community through human services administration.

Whether you’ve already got some experience in human services and need academic credentials required to take the next step in your career, or you’re new to the field, our Human Services Bachelor’s program will prepare you for employment in or a promotion to a whole series of related roles in the industry.

This regionally-accredited Bachelor’s program provides students with an understanding of programs designed to meet community and social welfare needs among varied populations, including gaining the practical knowledge necessary for assisting others in individual, family, group, organization, and community settings.


Career Outlook

11% GROWTH IN JOBS The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects Human Services to see an 11% growth rate, double the average of all other occupations.


$46,935 AVERAGE ANNUAL SALARY Alumni from CSU Global’s online degree in Human Services report an estimated annual starting salary above $46k.

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This short video covers a variety of topics, including:

  • Why you should consider getting a B.S. in Human Services.
  • What you’ll learn in our online Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services.
  • Why you should pick CSU Global’s Human Services Bachelor’s program.

What Will I Learn from CSU Global’s B.S. in 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, and elders in need of care, among others. 

Our nationally and professionally recognized Human Services program gives you the skills, knowledge, and real-world experience necessary to stand out from the field and advance your career.

The courses offered in this program also cover other helpful information and best practices essential for human services professionals, providing you with opportunities to:

  • Prepare to work efficiently in various health and human services fields and 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.

Finally, CSU Global’s Bachelor’s of Science in Human Services will build your foundation of competencies across several critical support areas, including:

  • Human development.
  • Intervention methods.
  • Case management.
  • Human services administration.

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What Human Services Skills & Abilities Will You Develop?

By developing your understanding of programs designed to meet community and social welfare needs amongst varied and fragile populations, CSU Global’s Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services ensures you’ll gain the practical knowledge necessary for assisting others in individual, family, group, organization, and community settings.

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.

Upon graduating with your B.S. in Human Services, you can expect to be prepared to provide real value to any organization working to deliver assistance to vulnerable populations via psychology, rehabilitation, social work, and family support services.

Completing our online Bachelor’s in Human Services program will prepare you for employment in, or promotion to, several excellent industry roles, including:

  • Case worker
  • Child advocate
  • Social service liaison
  • Behavioral management aide
  • Substance abuse counselor
  • Therapeutic assistant
  • Probation officer

What Human Services Courses Will You Take?

CSU Global’s Human Services Bachelor’s Degree requires completing 120 total credits, including a mix of core degree courses, general education courses, elective courses, and optional degree specializations and certificates.

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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.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Human Services and Why Does It Matter?

Human services is a broad field that includes a whole host of careers focused on positively impacting others’ lives, including offering psychological services, rehabilitation services, social work, and family support services.

If you’re a compassionate person who wants to help those in need, then human services may be the perfect field for you, as this is the ideal field for anyone with a passion for helping people. 

Human services professionals support people in the most fragile populations, including children, people with mental health challenges, unhoused people, people with disabilities, and people needing elder care services.

Studying human services could open many rewarding career doors for you, preparing you for a lifelong career in an important industry that helps people, the community, and the world.

Why Should I Consider a Career in Human Services?

Human services professionals are directly responsible for protecting, advocating, and helping at-risk individuals. If you’re interested in helping people, this is an excellent potential career path.

Some of the more popular roles in human services include:

  • Case worker
  • Child advocate
  • Social service liaison
  • Behavioral management aide
  • Substance abuse counselor
  • Therapeutic assistant
  • Probation officer

Getting your degree in human services is an excellent way to gain the knowledge, foundational skills, and abilities needed to launch your professional career. With this degree, you’ll prepare to help people and provide valuable services to vulnerable populations. 

What Do Human Services Professionals Do?

Human services professionals are tasked with various responsibilities, depending on their specific role and position, but all are involved in assisting people facing challenges of some sort. 

Some human services professionals provide psychological assistance, some offer physical therapy, and some handle legal needs or social services tasks. 

If you’re looking to help people, you should be able to find a role in the human services industry that’s suited for your unique skills and abilities.

Roles in human services can also be structured to assist at different levels. Some professionals offer help and support to individuals, while some work directly with families, others with groups, and still others with organizations or even full communities. Each role in the field comes with unique responsibilities.

CSU Global’s online B.S. in Human Services program prepares you for all these different career paths by providing you with practical knowledge for assisting other people in various settings, including an advanced study on topics like:

  • Human development
  • Intervention methods
  • Case management
  • Humans services administration

What Can I Do With a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services?

CSU Global’s Human Services Bachelor’s program prepares alumni with a strong foundation of competencies in a range of related skills, ensuring graduates can provide value to fragile populations.

Earning your B.S. in Human Services will prepare you for helping individuals, families, groups, organizations, and even entire communities, offering important support services like:

  • Developing and delivering community resources that support children, the elderly, people with disabilities, and people with mental illness challenges.
  • Providing intervention methods, case management services, and human services administration.
  • Providing assistance through psychology, rehabilitation, social work, and family support services.

Getting your Human Services degree will provide you with the knowledge needed to serve as an effective human services professional and could make you eligible for a series of related roles in the field, including positions like:

Whether you’re brand new to the field or you need a Human Services degree to take the next step in your career, the skills and abilities you develop in our online program could help contribute to your overall career advancement.

Is A Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services Worth Getting?

Yes, getting your Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services is worth it! 

Human services is an excellent and incredibly rewarding industry to work in, and CSU Global’s 100% online Human Services program is one of the best ways to get your foot in the door and launch a career in the field.

Other reasons to consider studying human services include: 

  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that jobs for social workers will see 13% growth through 2029, which is much faster than the increase for all occupations.
  • Earning your human services degree will make you eligible for a range of roles in the field, allowing you to seek a specific role that is uniquely suited to your specific skills and abilities.
  • Human services is a uniquely rewarding field that allows you to provide significant relief and assistance to at-risk individuals and populations, making it an incredibly important job and one that benefits individuals, communities, and all of society.

What is the Best School for Studying Human Services?

CSU Global is one of the best online colleges for human services. You should consider studying with us because our online Human Services program is nationally and professionally recognized and regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Our B.S. in Human Services also recently earned a #3 ranking for Best Online Human Services Degree Programs from Intelligent, and CSU Global itself has recently won several prestigious awards too, including:

  • A #3 ranking for Best Colleges in Colorado from Best Value Schools.
  • A Gold School of Distinction award from Best Colleges, making us one of only 15 schools to receive gold rankings out of more than 2,000 online degree programs.

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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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