BS - Human Services

General

Program Description

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.

  • Psychology
  • Rehabilitation
  • Social work
  • Family support

You Care about People — so Get a Degree That Allows You to Help Them

You find it easy to empathize with all types of people facing varying challenges. When you see someone struggling, you actively search for ways to help.

If this sounds like you, you'd be a great fit for CSU Global's B.S. in Human Services program, where you'll learn how to:

  • Successfully help individuals, families, groups, and organizations.
  • Apply the theory, delivery methods, and management of various forms of social and community support.
  • Evaluate ethical, legal, and organizational influences on human services organizations.

Nurture Your Community through Human Services Administration

The Bachelor of Science in Human Services provides students with an understanding of programs designed to meet community and social welfare needs among varied 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. Human Services professionals are crucial to a thriving society.

Depending on your role, you may be responsible for:

  • Community resources that support children, the elderly, people with disabilities, and those suffering from mental illness.
  • Intervention methods, case management, and human services administration.
  • Assisting others in individual, family, group, organization, and community settings.
  • Provide assistance through psychology, rehabilitation, social work, and family support.

What Will I Learn in this Degree?

CSU Global’s online degree program in human services will give you the knowledge of various community and social services fields such as child care, mental illness, support for people with disabilities, and elderly support. Throughout this online degree program, you will:

  • Prepare you to work efficiently in a variety of social services fields
  • Equip you with the expertise to successfully help individuals, families, groups, and organizations

Some of the topics you will cover include:

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

Courses in this Degree

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

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!

Core Degree Courses (45 Credits)

  • ORG300 Applying Leadership Principles
  • SOC300 Working in Modern Society
  • SOC310 Race, Gender, and Ethnic Relations in the U.S.
  • SOC460 Community Development
  • HSM300 Introduction to Human Services
  • HSM320 Human Development
  • HSM350 Intervention Methods in Human Services
  • PMG370 Fundraising and Grant Writing
  • HSM400 Crisis Intervention
  • HSM405 Case Management in Human Services
  • HSM420 Legal and Ethical Issues in Human Services
  • HSM450 Human Services Administration
  • HSM470 Evaluation of Research and Theory in Human Services
  • HSM475 OR HSM476* Practicum OR Seminar - Human Services Strategy and Execution
  • HSM480 Capstone - Human Services Strategy and Execution

* 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).

Degree Specialization (Optional) (15 Credits)

When you earn your bachelor’s degree through CSU Global, you can choose to customize it with an undergraduate specialization in a subject that matches your professional goals or personal interests.

  • Applied Social Sciences
  • Criminal Justice Management
  • Criminology
  • Digital Marketing
  • Fundraising
  • Healthcare Management
  • Human Resources and Organizational Development
  • Public Relations

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.

Why You Should Earn Your Online Undergraduate Degree

At CSU Global, you get more than just a diploma. Our career-driven curriculums are based on real-world concepts that help you excel in the workplace on day one. You’ll get training and experience from faculty who have worked in your chosen field. And because we know how hard it can be for modern learners to juggle education, work, and family responsibilities, we lock in your tuition rate so you can enjoy the same affordability for the duration of your enrollment.

  • Online accredited degrees
  • No set times or locations
  • Monthly class start
  • Accelerated courses

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 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:

  • Demonstrate effective written communication and analytical skills.
  • Develop an understanding of the nature and purpose of human services by exploring the role and function of human services workers in a variety of micro and macro settings.
  • Analyze the impact of diversity and culture in the field of human services.
  • Evaluate ethical, legal, and organizational influences on human services organizations.
  • Develop intervention and case management skills.
  • Assess administrative responsibilities in human services organizations.

Career Outlook

22% Growth In Human Services

Human Services' growth rate is double the average of all other occupations.

Industry Growth Drivers

A growing elderly population and rising demand for social services are expected to drive demand.

$46,935 Estimated Annual Salary

  • Bachelor 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

Career Opportunities

A CSU Global Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services can prepare you for employment in, or promotion to, the following:

  • Case Worker
  • Child Advocate
  • Social Service Liaison
  • Behavioral Management Aide
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Therapeutic Assistant
  • Probation Officer

Finish Faster and For Less with Alternative Credit Options

Credit by Exam

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

Self-Study Assessments (SSA)

  • CSU Global will help you prepare to earn course credits for taking a proctored exam for specific content areas.

CSU Global Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)

  • Earn credit for what you have already learned in your career or other educational experience.

Undergraduate Admissions

CSU Global may grant an offer of admission to high school graduates (or GED equivalent) who meet the below requirements for admission. Additional requirements and limitations for first-year and transfer students are listed under First-Year Students and General Admission Requirements.

Standard Admissions

Offers of admission may be granted to applicants who:

  • Meet First Year requirements, have official high school transcript(s) or GED on file, and have a resume outlining 2 years of experience.
    • Applicants who do not have a full 2 years of work experience may be Provisionally Admitted by the Admissions Committee for provisional admission if they have at least one year of work experience by the time of initial enrollment at CSU Global. Such applicants are also expected to have at least two years of work experience before beginning the second year of study. The work experience requirement may be fulfilled by full-time employment, part-time employment, paid or unpaid internships/apprenticeships, or other volunteer work.
  • Are age 23 or older and/or have been out of school for five or more years and meet CSU Global minimum admission requirements and have official proof of a high school transcript(s) or GED on file. These applicants are not required to meet first-year or transfer student admission requirements as outlined by the State of Colorado.
    • Applicants who have a 2.8 or higher high school GPA and 2 years work experience may be granted automatic admittance
  • Has official high school transcript(s) or GED on file and has completed 24 or more college-level semester credit hours or 36 or more college-level quarter credit hours from a regionally accredited college or university. These applicants are considered transfer students and not required to meet first-year admission requirements.
    • Transfer applicants must be in good standing at the institution last attended and/or have at least a 2.30 cumulative grade point average. If not, the student will need to apply through the provisional admissions process and a recommendation on admission will be made by the Admissions Committee.
  • Are applying for Non-Degree Seeking Status and have official proof of a high school transcript(s) or GED on file.

Applicants who do not meet the State of Colorado First Time Freshmen or Transfer requirements may apply for Provisional Admission and review by the Admissions Committee. Applicants whose transfer credits are only from a nationally accredited school(s) or a military transcript, ACE-approved credit providers, or other non-traditional sources of transfer credit not resulting in a GPA, will be submitted to the Admissions Committee for review under the provisional admission process.

Additional General Admissions Requirements

  • All entering undergraduate students are required to take either ORG100 or ORG300 in their first term.
  • Applicants who are enrolled at another institution at the time application for admission is submitted to CSU Global should arrange to have an official transcript sent at the time of application as well as a final transcript sent when the final course at the current institution is completed or should submit a Transcript Waiver Form.
  • After admission and receipt of official transcripts, evaluations of transferable credit will be completed. Each applicant must disclose all previous college experience on his or her application or be subject to a delay of admission, loss of credit, rejection of the application, and/or cancellation of enrollment.
  • All application materials for applicants who decide not to enroll for the term they applied will be kept on file for one year. Official transcripts will not be relinquished to applicants or students under any circumstances.

Undergraduate Conditional Admission

  • Applicants who have submitted copies of unofficial transcript(s) from all prior institutions may be admitted conditionally upon recommendation of the Admissions Committee or its designee. The unofficial transcripts must demonstrate the applicant is qualified for admission (pending receipt of official transcripts).
  • Applicants admitted conditionally may not begin courses in their first term until all official transcripts and/or Admit Less Credit Forms are on file with the university. If all official transcripts are not on file by the start of the term, the student will be postponed to a later start date.
  • Students will be notified that they have achieved full admit status once all official transcripts have been received.
  • First-time applicants who only have high school transcript(s) or equivalent are not eligible for conditional admission.

Undergraduate Provisional Admission

If the applicant does not qualify for standard admission or was suspended, expelled, or placed on academic warning/probation at their most recent institution, CSU Global may admit an applicant under provisional status if the applicant meets the minimum Provisional Admissions Rubric requirements and/or is recommended for admission by the Admissions Committee or Provost. CSU Global reserves the right to request, access and review academic history as deemed relevant. Each provisional application will be reviewed under the Provisional Admissions Rubric. It is highly recommended applicants take their time preparing all materials for consideration. In addition to other application materials, applicants seeking admission under provisional status must also submit:

  1. A formal, written, 500-word Statement of Purpose
  2. A detailed professional resume that includes all collegiate work, professional employment, special skills or competencies, publications, exhibitions, prizes, awards, and service activities.
  3. SmarterMeasure Assessment

Students admitted provisionally cannot begin courses in their first term until all official post-secondary transcript(s) and/or Admit Less Credit Forms are approved and on file with the university. The applicant will be notified of any additional conditions or coursework beyond the standard degree requirement prior to the drop/add deadline of their first term. Students who fail to meet the conditions of their provisional admission status may be denied admission and administratively withdrawn. Students who are denied admission may appeal the decision by completing the “Re-Entry Appeal” form. All outstanding student account balances must be paid in full and all official transcript(s) must be on file prior to consideration of the appeal by the Admissions Committee. If a re-entry appeal is approved, financial aid eligibility is reviewed on a case-by-case basis to determine if a student would qualify to receive federal student loans. Students who failed to meet their provisional requirements and are seeking re-entry are encouraged to take an appropriate amount of time off from school before re-applying.

Undergraduate applicants may be considered for Provisional Admission if there are positive indicators of success through a review of additional documentation (e.g., non-accredited coursework completed, relevant professional experience, or outstanding professional achievement). Note: Non-accredited coursework may not be accepted in transfer.

Provisionally admitted undergraduate students must meet satisfactory academic progress requirements. Once provisionally admitted, students have one year to complete six (6) credit hours and earn a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher and a course completion rate of 66.67% or higher in order to be eligible for full admission. When the conditions are met, the student will be notified they have achieved full admission status.

First-time students will be considered for Provisional Admission if they do not meet the CSU Global minimum Admissions Standards of:

  • High School GPA of 2.80 or higher on a 4.0 scale OR High School Equivalency/GED (50th percentile ranking): 1988 version: 50, 2002 version: 500, 2014 version: 628
  • ACT score of 18 or higher or SAT score of 980 or higher
  • High School Rigor as recommended through HEAR
  • Two years of work experience

Note: First-year students who have 2 years of work experience and meet the minimum performance requirements of high school rigor with grades of C or higher and minimum assessment scores may be fully admitted into CSU Global in lieu of provisional admittance.

Undergraduate International Admission

International applicants are defined as individuals who either completed their prior education at a foreign (outside of the United States) institution or are non-native English speakers. Please note that CSU Global is not a Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) certified school and does not participate in issuing or recertification of student visas.

In addition to meeting standard admissions requirements, international applicants interested in enrolling in courses at CSU Global must submit documentation of English proficiency. While alternative English proficiency measurements may be considered for provisional admission, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exams are preferred. Applicants must arrange to have official score reports sent directly from the testing agency to CSU Global. The TOEFL score recovery code CSU- Global is 8824. Unofficial score photocopies and test scores older than two (2) years will not be accepted.

Undergraduate applicants who have not graduated from a high school located in the United States or in one of the English-speaking countries listed on the CIA World Factbook website must demonstrate an appropriate level of English language proficiency to be eligible for admission by submitting one of the following:

  • The Internet-based or paper-based version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum score of 60 on the Internet exam, 173 on the computer exam, or 500 on the paper exam is required for admittance.
  • The International English Language Testing System (IELTS), including academic writing and academic reading modules. A minimum score of 5.0 is required for admittance.
  • An official transcript indicating completion of an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science degree from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university.
  • An official transcript indicating a grade of C or higher (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) in an English composition course from a regionally-accredited U.S. college or university. The course must be equivalent to U.S. college composition and the class must have been completed within the last two (2) years.
  • An official transcript indicating the applicant has passed the U.S. General Education Development (GED) test within the last five (5) years.

All scores or transcripts must be sent directly to CSU Global directly from the issuing organization. Photocopied, faxed, emailed, or unofficial documents will not be accepted.

Last updated May 2020

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