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Human Services

In our society, many people require additional assistance and skilled professionals for services that can improve the quality of their lives. If you’re committed to helping others and improving your community, studying for a bachelor’s degree in human services could be the best field of study. During this four-year Bachelor of Science degree program, students will learn how to care for and provide services to vulnerable groups.

Few things are as rewarding as dedicating your career to bettering the lives of the people around you. Lackawanna College gives students the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree in human services to help those who need it most. We guide and educate students to give them the knowledge and resources they need to make positive changes in the community upon their graduation.

Here, you can learn more about what a bachelor’s degree in human services from Lackawanna College can do for you.

What Does Human Services Teach You?

Human services is a vast field dedicated to providing multiple services that help ensure that the needs of society are being met. The field of human services strives to help people find balance in their lives and with prevention and the remediation of problems through guidance, counseling and treatment. To have a successful career in human services, students need to learn a variety of skills to help serve and improve others’ lives. Workers in human services need to be ready to tackle any obstacle they face to care for those depending on them.

Lackawanna College’s Bachelor of Science in Human Services features a diverse curriculum that produces dynamic graduates and career-ready employees. We offer a wide range of human services courses to allow students to pursue their specific interests in the field. Through these courses, students can learn which aspect of human services will enable them to use their talents. In addition to learning in the classroom, Human Services students are also required to complete an internship. This allows them to get the real-world experience they need to succeed in their careers after graduation.

What Do Human Services Students Study?

In the human service field, students will need to provide solutions to complicated situations and challenges that can vary greatly. To help prepare our students, we offer a wide-range of courses that cover all of the skills that are required in this field. Our human services curriculum will teach students how to help individuals and organizations in their community.

Here is an example of some of the courses students in the human services program take:

  • Helping Skills
  • Theories of Counseling
  • Social Psychology
  • Human Service Ethics

Career Options with a Human Services Bachelor’s Degree

Our bachelor’s degree is designed to prepare students for a wide variety of careers ranging from community health workers to substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors. Human services jobs such as these will always be in demand, and opportunities will likely continue to grow. With a bachelor’s degree in human services, you can choose from a wide variety of entry to mid-level job opportunities after you graduate.

Some of the careers that are possible with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services include the following:

  • Behavioral Disorder Counselor
  • Eligibility Worker
  • Health Worker
  • Probation Officer
  • Social Worker
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Rehabilitation Case Worker

Many human services jobs are well-paying and come with benefits, but these jobs are also incredibly fulfilling. A bachelor’s degree from Lackawanna College leaves students well-prepared to take on their career, but graduate and doctoral programs for Human Services are also common. If you’re looking for an education and career with the potential to keep growing and expanding, human services is it.

Start Your Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services

Part of Lackawanna College’s mission is to help our students improve their community through their education, which is exactly what our human services students go on to do. Students enrolled in the Human Services Bachelor of Science degree will be able to take advantage of the same unparalleled academic and extracurricular services that are hallmarks of the College’s history in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

To start your application process, fill out our inquiry form or give us a call at 877-346-3552 to learn more about the program.

Human Services Program Objectives

Students enrolled in the Human Services Bachelor of Science degree will be able to take advantage of the same unparalleled academic and extracurricular services that are hallmarks of the College’s history in northeastern Pennsylvania.

    Objectives:

  • To acquaint students with the human services profession in general and with the particular agencies, programs, and careers included within this designation.
  • To introduce students to the stages of intellectual, emotional, and social development an individual experience as he/she moves through childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and old age.
  • To familiarize students with recognized exceptionalities in individual development and with group pathologies (racial discrimination, gender bias, etc.) that can affect an entire society.
  • To review the principles and practices that allow married couples to succeed as partners, parents, productive workers, and neighbors.
  • To show students how and why certain counseling theories and techniques lead to interventions that markedly improve the psycho-social lives of individuals and families.
  • Complete more than 200 internship hours designed to provide experiential work and practical education.
  • To explain thoroughly how controlled substances of various types alter mood and behavior in those who abuse them and adversely impact society as a whole

Accreditation

Lackawanna College is approved by the Pennsylvania State Department of Education to grant bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, and professional certificates and is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, which is designated as a National Accrediting Agency by the U.S. Office of Education.

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