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Help Others and Change Lives with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services

Are you interested in becoming an advocate for others and empowering individuals, groups and communities? If so, a career in human services might be for you. Human services professionals can work with a wide range of populations, including the elderly, immigrants, veterans or individuals experiencing addiction, homelessness or mental health disorders. Whether you want to work with a specific population or focus on health, policy or another area, Troy University’s Bachelor of Science in Human Services empowers you to make a difference.

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“During my time in the program, I gained valuable skills to effectively assist individuals in accessing diverse social service resources based on their specific needs. I use these skills in my professional and personal life every day. This program and the caring, knowledgeable faculty inspired me to continue my education to further pursue my passion of helping others.”
Sarah Mitchell Wagoner | Academic Service Associate, TROY | 2022 graduate, Bachelor of Science in Human Services

Prepare for Human Services Careers or Graduate School

With a bachelor’s degree in human services from TROY, you’ll be prepared for entry-level positions in a wide variety of settings, from group homes to public health departments. You’ll study concepts such as cultural competency, ethics, professional communication and human behavior, equipping you with the knowledge and skills you need to join the workforce immediately. If you’re interested in graduate study or specialized human services careers, you’ll gain the foundational knowledge you need for graduate programs in social work, psychology, community counseling, public health, community health and more.

A Track Record of Successful Graduates

Earn your B.S. in human services at an institution known for its successful graduates. Our faculty are committed to helping you excel inside and outside the classroom, connecting you to internships, field experiences and other professionals. Previous human services majors interned in Bosnia, earned recognition as the Habitat for Humanity volunteer of the year, received a scholarship to study abroad in South America and more.

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B.S. in Human Services Curriculum

While specific courses may vary from year to year, coursework for the bachelor’s degree in human services includes:
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Get the flexibility you need by taking courses online, in class or through a blend of both. For more information about program availability and delivery options, call 1-800-414-5756.

A Human Services Degree with Real-World Field Experiences

As a human services major, you’ll supplement what you learn in the classroom with field experiences relevant to your future career. The B.S. in human services program requires a 120- to 240-hour practicum that exposes you to direct practice under the guidance of a professional. In your field experiences, you’ll examine the challenges humans face and how these challenges can impact vulnerable and disadvantaged populations. You’ll work with an advisor to determine the setting most relevant to you and your career goals.
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Human Services Careers

Careers in human services are found in numerous settings, including hospitals, community health organizations, nonprofits, mental health clinics, substance abuse treatment facilities, counseling centers, schools, juvenile detention centers and correctional facilities.

Faculty Profiles

Dr. Dana Wilson

Dr. Dana Wilson

Dr. Dana Wilson is a faculty member and Human Services Program Coordinator. She brings several years of direct practice in roles such as paramedical counselor, social and community services coordinator, nonprofit founder/chief executive operator and case manager. Dr. Wilson has worked with children and families at the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Division with the Department of Defense at Fort Rucker, provided career education services with Job Corps, and served as administrator/director at Sav-A-Life of Troy Incorporated.

Suggested Minors for the B.S. in Human Services

Applied Health Sciences Minor

Supplement your human services major with coursework in biology, health, psychology and social work. This minor helps you prepare for careers in community health, mental health, substance abuse treatment and healthcare.


Case Management Minor

If you’re interested in working in assisted living, mental healthcare facilities, juvenile detention centers, correctional facilities, assisted living facilities or homeless shelters, the case management minor prepares you for these careers. You’ll take courses in crisis intervention, social services resources, medical terminology and case management fundamentals. 



Human Services Degree Scholarships

Joseph Harrington/Human Services Endowed Scholarship

As a human services major on the Troy Campus, you may be eligible for the Joseph Harrington/Human Services Endowed Scholarship established by the Department of Human Services and Rehabilitation, the Department of Social Work and the Troy University Foundation. Learn more.


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FAQ About the Human Services Degree

Learn more about the field of human services and our program.
What is a human services degree?
A human services degree is an interdisciplinary degree that prepares you to help improve the lives of vulnerable populations. A human services degree combines social work, psychology, communication, sociology and other disciplines. In a human services degree program, you will learn about human behavior, diversity, social welfare policy, community health and ethics. You will also gain practical experience working in the human services field.
What can you do with a human services degree?
With a bachelor’s degree in human services, you can work in numerous settings, including mental health agencies, substance abuse treatment centers, educational settings, nonprofit organizations, community health, government agencies and more. Specific human services careers include case manager, community health worker, nonprofit program manager, healthcare worker, and government programs coordinator. 

You can also pursue graduate study in related fields, such as social work and psychology, to become a substance abuse counselor, marriage and family therapist or mental health counselor. 
How many hours are required to complete this major?
The B.S. in human services program is 120 credit hours, which will take four years to complete with a full-time course load.
What are average salaries in the human services field?
Human service worker salaries vary widely by job title and state. According to Glassdoor, the average salary for a human services worker ranges from $41,000-$58,000 per year.

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