Human Services

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

Overview:

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.

Degree Plan:

For detailed descriptions and timing of courses, please see the New College Bulletin (course catalog).

REQUIRED COURSES FOR MAJOR (36 CREDIT HOURS):
Human Services

• Human Services and Nonprofit Systems
• Using Policy to Transform Human Services Practice
• Human Growth and Development Through the Life Cycle
• Community Organizing and Development
• Program Evaluation
• Assessment and Case Management
• Internship
Communication
• Interpersonal Communication
Psychology
• General Psychology
• Social Statistics
• Counseling and Guidance
• Group Dynamics

SPECIALIZATION OPTIONS (12 CREDIT HOURS):
Specialization courses are drawn from within the following areas:
• Human Services
• Nonprofit Management
• Psychology
• Sociology
• Social Work
• Criminal Justice
• Gerontology
• Communications
• Management

COURSES REQUIRED IF WORKING TOWARD STATE LICENSURE AS A CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY COUNSELOR:
• Chemical Dependency Issues
• Counseling the Chemically Dependent
• Chemical Dependency: Special Populations
• Abnormal Psychology

COURSES REQUIRED FOR WORKING TOWARD A NONPROFIT MANAGEMENT CERTIFICATE:
• Nonprofit Leadership and Management
• Fundamentals of Resource Development
• Budgeting for Public and Nonprofit Organizations

FIELDWORK COMPONENT FOR HUMAN SERVICES STUDENTS
Advanced Standing
Students entering the Human Services major who already have work or volunteer experience in the human services or nonprofit sectors have the option to document this learning by portfolio. Completion of a prior-learning portfolio enables students to enter with advanced standing and, depending on the amount of learning the student is bringing in, can satisfy up to 6 credit hours of internship in addition to any other specific courses the student may choose to include. All Human Services majors, and especially candidates for advanced standing, are encouraged to register for Prior Learning Assessment Seminar (A-PLAS 1132) in their first or second semester.

Beginning Students
Students without substantial work in the field will need to complete a combination of courses and internships that total 350 fieldwork hours. Often students can complete half of their fieldwork through the required human services sequence and then the other half through Internship I.

Transfer Students
If students come in with internship hours from a two-year institution, they need to complete an additional 250 hours at the junior and senior levels, which typically can be completed through a combination of courses and/or the human services portfolio option.

GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES (UP TO 39 CREDIT HOURS)

MISSION COURSES (UP TO 13 CREDIT HOURS)

Consult an admission coordinator for credit transfer options.