School of Psychology and Counseling


The Human Services Program educates students in the skills and competencies necessary to enter and advance their careers in a wide variety of social service arenas. The Program integrates classroom instruction with opportunities for field-based experiences to foster the application of knowledge and skills in community-based settings. It is founded on a competency-based perspective which emphasizes the enhancement of clients’ capabilities to meet the challenges they face.



The School of Psychology and Counseling endeavors to develop within its Human Services Program graduates who;


  1. Understand the integration of personal and systemic interventions;
  2. Advocate on behalf of disenfranchised persons and
  3. Promote humanitarian social change.



Graduates of the B.S. in Human Services Program are expected to:


  1. Have an understanding of the structure and dynamics of organizations,; communities, and society as well as the nature of individuals and groups;
  2. Demonstrate knowledge, theory, and skills in:
    1. Assessing needs in individuals, families and communities,
    2. Providing services and advocating for community constituents,
    3. Various delivery systems in the community;
  3. Demonstrate knowledge, theory, and skills in information management;
  4. Have an understanding of professional standards and ethical requirements;
  5. Have an understanding of self in relation to the community and other cultures.



The B.S. degree program in Gardner-Webb's Bachelor of Science with a major in Human Services is designed to give students a solid foundation in the principles, theories and skills needed to provide services as a human services practitioner. By the end of the program, students should have gained the ability to relate to consumers on multiple levels. The curriculum consists of courses and experiences so that a graduate will have the knowledge and skill to perform entry-level work in public, not-for-profit, and private settings.



The Center for Credentialing Education (CCE) with assistance from the National Organization for Human Services created the Human Services-Board Certified Practitioner (HS-BCP) credential in 2008. Students who obtain a B.S. degree in Human Services are eligible to apply to sit for the Human Services Practitioner Examination.



Prior to enrolling in the Human Services Program, the applicant should have the following in his or her academic transcript:


■ 60-64 semester hours from a regionally accredited junior or senior college


Some courses required for admission may be completed concurrently with course work by taking such courses offered in the curriculum. Such concurrent enrollment for courses required for admission must be completed within the first year of enrollment and may extend the time required to complete the degree program. The following may be completed by concurrent enrollment within the first year in the program:


English 101 (1 course)

English 102 (1 course)

HUS 201 General Psychology

Failure to register for a course required for admission will prohibit the student from registering for any subsequent semester until courses required for admission are complete.



As with all DCP majors, approximately half of the Human Services track consists of our Core Curriculum of Liberal Arts (see Core Curriculum). A student must complete 30 hours in the Human Services major, 15 of which must be completed with the University. The primary courses to the Human Services major consist of the following:


■ HUS 300 Ethical Issues in Helping Professions

■ HUS 301 Treatment Modalities

■ HUS 302 Group Dynamics

■ HUS 320 Introduction to Clinical Practice

■ HUS 401 Psychopathology

■ HUS 402 Introduction to Counseling

■ HUS 406 Personality

■ HUS 425 Crisis Intervention Counseling

■ HUS 450 Positive Psychology

■ HUS 493 Human Services Seminar

■ HUS 497 Internship


Additional Classes that could be taken as free electives or supportive courses:


* ■ HUS 310 Social Psychology

* ■ HUS 374 Psychology of Religion

* ■ HUS 412 Psychology of Aging

* ■ HUS 415 Juvenile Delinquency (cross listed with SOC 415) 

* ■ HUS 493 Human Services Seminar (topics may vary)

■ HUS 498 Internship

■ MGT 400 Human Resource Management

■ MGT 403 Human Behavior in Organizations

■ PSC 315 Civil Liberties

■ SOC 400 Minority Groups

■ HEA 402 Human Sexuality


* These courses may be taken when necessary to fulfill major requirements.


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