Online Bachelor’s Degrees in Human Services

An online bachelor’s degree in human services may prepare individuals for a career which aids in the quality of life of those in need. In this four-year program, students may learn how to counsel individuals, advocate for client needs, and implement strategies for addressing crisis-related problems. Possible areas of concentration may include criminal justice, social work, and counseling.

Upon graduation, students may either seek entry-level employment or pursue a graduate degree. Baccalaureate-level graduates may gain employment in healthcare, non-profit organizations, faith-based counseling programs, government agencies, and law enforcement.

Program Overview

  • Prerequisite: High School Diploma or GED
  • Program Length: Four years to complete
  • Post-Grad Options: Entry-Level Employment or Master’s / Doctoral Program
  • Projected Employment Growth: 27% (2010-2020)*

Program Concentrations

A baccalaureate-level human services degree program may consist of general education requirements alongside a core set of classes specific to the student’s chosen area of concentration. Students may take courses such as planning and budgeting, introduction to human services, and crisis and intervention. Possible areas of concentration for a bachelor’s degree in human services may include the following:

  • Child and Adolescent Development
  • Psychology
  • Leadership and Administration
  • Social Work
  • Criminal Justice
  • Counseling
  • Public Administration

Career Options

Baccalaureate-level graduates may seek employment in family services, law enforcement, healthcare, state and local government, and non-profit organizations. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, substance abuse and behavioral disorder counseling employment opportunities are projected to increase by 27% from 2010-2020.*

Possible careers include:

  • Case Manager
  • Probation Officer
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Counselor
  • Victim Advocate

Continuing Education

Students who successfully complete an online human services baccalaureate degree may wish to continue their studies by enrolling in a graduate degree program. A human services graduate degree may equip students with the leadership skills required to create and implement programs and policies.

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

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