The Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Services is a program designed for those wishing to obtain employment in the human services industry. It will give you a solid foundation in principles, theories, and skills needed to provide services as a human services practitioner. By the end of the program, you should have gained the ability to relate to consumers on multiple levels. The curriculum consists of courses and experiences so you will have the knowledge and skill to perform entry-level work in public, not-for-profit, and private settings.
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:
- Understand the integration of personal and systematic interventions,
- Advocate on behalf of disenfranchised persons, and
- 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 individual and groups;
2. Demonstrate knowledge, theory, and skills in:
a. Assessing needs in individuals, families, and communities,
b. Providing services and advocating for community constituents,
c. 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;
4. Have an understanding of self in relation to the community and other cultures.
Board Certified Practitioner
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. With a B.S. in Human Services from GWU you will be eligible to apply to sit for the Human Services Practitioner Examination.
Psi Chi National Honor Society
Psi Chi is the Psychology Honor Society dedicated to promoting excellence and advancing research in the field of psychology. To join you need at least nine hours of psychology courses, at least a 3.0 GPA overall and in psychology. As a member you are provided with the opportunity to become involved in leadership activities, present posters/papers at professional meetings, and participate in service activities.
Internships provide hands-on learning and professional training. GWU students intern at a variety of different sites including psychiatric facilities, hospitals, homeless shelters, and shelters for battered woman.
Our graduates may be found in numerous areas of human services across North Carolina including geriatric care, group rehabilitation, social services, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, and some social work. Many graduates go on to pursue graduate work in School Counseling or Mental Health Counseling.
For more program information, please refer to the GOAL Program Catalog.