Human Services Bachelor’s Degree |  Lackawanna College

Human Services

At A Glance

Gain hands-on experience in human services to provide care to vulnerable groups.
Start your career earning $33,000 a year and develop into earning $67,000 per year.
Enter a rapidly growing field, always looking for eager workers.
Earn your degree over the course of four years and graduate ready to enter the field.
Take your classes at Lackawanna’s main campus in Scranton.

Welcome to Human Services-Bachelor’s Degree

You’ve always been one to put yourself before others, for the good of their health and the benefit for the community. In our society, many people require additional assistance and skilled professionals for services that can improve the quality of their lives, that’s where you come in. Few things are rewarding as helping others and at Lackawanna College you can turn that feeling into a professional career.

Gain hands-on experience and a bachelor’s degree, readying you for the professional world of human services.

Your Career Starts Here

Employment for human services workers is growing rapidly with a 12% increase projected between now and 2030, which is much faster than other occupations. Over 78,000 jobs open in human services every year and the field is always looking for new employees ready to help.

The median average wage for a human service is $50, 390 per year as of May 2021.

Earning your degree can find you employment in:

  • Healthcare Providers
  • Human Service Agencies
  • Schools
  • Child Welfare Centers
  • Rehabilitation Centers
  • Nursing Homes
  • And other service settings

Jobs you can begin after receiving your degree are:

  • Behavioral Disorder Counselor
  • Eligibility Worker
  • Health Worker
  • Probation Officer
  • Social Worker
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Rehabilitation Case Worker
  • And many more!

More About the Program

Lackawanna College’s bachelors 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 allowing students to pursue their specific interests in the field.

In addition to learning in the classroom, human services students are required to complete an internship, allowing them to get the real-world experience they need to succeed in their careers after graduation.

Students enrolled in the human services major will take advantage of the same unparalleled academic and extracurricular services that are hallmarks of the College’s history in northeastern Pennsylvania. Students are introduced to the stages of intellectual, emotional and social development of an individual as he/she/they move through childhood, adolescence, adulthood and old age.

This major familiarizes students with recognized exceptionalities in individual development and with group pathologies (racial discrimination, gender bias, etc.) that affect our society. Students learn how and why certain counseling theories and techniques lead to interventions that markedly improve the psycho-social lives of individuals and families.

Students are required to complete more than 200 internship hours designed to provide experiential work and practical education.

The Course Work

In the human service field, students will 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.

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
  • Race and Ethnic Relations
  • Drugs and Behavior
  • Psychopathology
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Case Management