At Hope, the Social Science major with a concentration in Human Services prepares students for careers in one of six primary areas: child and family, addiction, health, corrections, gerontology, and mental health. Human Services majors tend to be especially concerned with enhancing quality of life by helping meet the basic needs of those who are vulnerable, oppressed, or living in poverty.
The program prepares students for entry-level human service work with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities. Small class sizes facilitate student development as critical thinkers while empowering them to make a difference in the world.
This program is perfectly suited for students who wish to pursue graduate studies. The B.A. in Social Science with a concentration in Human Services program is 122 units.
All Human Service students are required to complete practicum and internship hours in social service agencies. This allows students to receive exposure to real world experiences in the Human Services industry. The internships provide the opportunity to develop and practice skills while integrating theory. A field education director supervises students' experiences and assists them as they process what they are learning.
In addition, we highly encourage you to take advantage of our study abroad programs, which will provide you with the opportunity to experience different world cultures while completing elective degree requirements.
1. There are a variety of career options
As a graduate with your degree in human services, you will enter a field with a variety of career options. Some of these potential careers include, case management, social worker’s assistant, community outreach worker, and probation officer. With a degree in human services, you will also have the opportunity to continue your education and pursue a master’s program to obtain your Master’s in Social Work, which will open the door for you to become a licensed social worker.
2. You will work with a purpose
According to the Gallup Research Group, almost all Americans are currently “not engaged” in their workplace (Gallup.com). When you pursue a career with your degree in human services, you will do so with the understanding that you will have a purpose with actions you take in the workplace. This purpose comes from the knowledge that your career will be focused on serving both the physical and social needs of the people in your community. When you major in human services, you can make everyday a service towards others.
3. You will get to work with others
Since you are getting the opportunity everyday to help serve others with your career, this also means that you will be in constant communication with clients throughout your day. Since a job in the human services field will require a high-level of in-depth social interaction, this career path is perfect for those who work best when working with others.
4. Become an expert problem solver
As someone who receives their degree in human services, everyday that you walk into work you will be faced with a number of new scenarios. Since each of your client’s journey is uniquely special, you will be prepared to meet each person exactly where they are in their story. With an ever-changing culture, you will get to hone in your problem solving skills in a way that serves each of your clients every day.
5. Job growth expected in the future
According to the BLS.org, over the next decade the career field for people with a degree in either social/human services is expected to grow by 11%. This rate of growth is fairly higher than the average rate of growth for careers of 7%. As a graduate entering the field of human services, you will be entering a growing career field with many new opportunities arising in the future.