July 1, 2013
The Bachelor of Arts in Human Services at St. Edward’s provides the tools required to work in advocacy, case management and social justice roles for healthcare, nonprofits, social services agencies, youth and criminal justice centers, and assisted-living facilities, among others.
Along with your primary coursework in human services, you’ll choose an area of specialization. And you’ll apply what you learn in the classroom to internships and fieldwork in professional settings.
Bachelor of Arts in Human Services
As a BA in Human Services major, you’ll learn how to help people, communities and agencies tackle major challenges by addressing systemic problems, as well as individual ones. Communication, research and analytical abilities are important qualities in this rewarding field. At St. Edward's, students have the opportunity to participate in and present their research at local and national human services workshops and conferences.
Graduates step into a wide range of careers, such as parole officers and child advocates for county government, grief and crisis response counselors for individuals and families, community organizers, program managers, volunteer coordinators, and drug and alcohol counselors. Recent graduates work with organizations that include Travis County Integral Health Care, Family Eldercare, and the Texas Department of Child and Family Services.
Many students in the BA in Human Services program pursue graduate studies in counseling, human services, social work, and public administration and policy, often working toward licensure as chemical dependency counselors or certification in Nonprofit Management.
BA in Human Services majors take courses from these groups:
Students who major in human services complete required courses that include Human Services and Nonprofit Systems, Human Growth and Development, Policy, Community Organizing, Case Management, Social Statistics, and General Psychology, and an internship tailored to adult learners.
GENERAL EDUCATION AND MISSION COURSES
All New College programs require general education and mission courses designed to refresh and expand your knowledge and skills in research methods, critical thinking and writing, and oral presentation, among others.
Students choose an area of specialization within human services with courses chosen from communication, gerontology, management, psychology, sociology, criminal justice, social work, human services, or nonprofit management.
BA in Human Services majors are required to complete an internship. Internships present an opportunity to develop job skills, build confidence and boost your résumé. New College offers flexibility for working adults in fulfilling this requirement.
Internships have included casework for agencies and nonprofit organizations working with children, the homeless, the elderly, mentally ill clients and recently paroled individuals. Interns have also led support groups for parents, for clients with drug and alcohol addictions, and for at-risk youth and have provided nonprofit assistance with fundraising, research and grant writing. Students have completed internships with agencies such as:
- Austin Recovery
- Capital Area Food Bank
- Center for Child Protection
- Smithville Public Library
- Travis County Juvenile Probation
View the Degree Plan (PDF) for sample course information for the Bachelor of Arts in Human Services.