Make your life's work about helping people and advocating for those who need support

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.

Along with your primary coursework in human services, you’ll choose an area of specialization. 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. 

Specialization Options

Students may opt to specialize in Nonprofit Management or Chemical Dependency or they may work with the Program Director to identify specialization courses which meet specific personal, academic, and career goals.

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):

Students may opt to specialize in Nonprofit Management or Chemical Dependency or they may work with the Program Director to identify specialization courses which meet specific personal, academic, and career goals.

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 12 CREDIT HOURS)

Consult an admission coordinator for credit transfer options.

Outcomes

Students can take courses to work toward state licensure as a chemical dependency counselor or earn a nonprofit management certificate. 

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.

Outside the Classroom

At St. Edward's, you have the opportunity to participate in and present their research at local and national human services workshops and conferences. You’ll also be able to apply what you learn in the classroom to internships and fieldwork in professional settings. 

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 can satisfy the internship requirement. All Human Services majors, and especially candidates for advanced standing, are encouraged to register for Portfolio Workshop (PORT 1032A) in their first or second semester.

About the Minor

Students who wish to get a minor in Human Services must take 18 hours of coursework, including:
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Human Services and Nonprofit Systems
  • Assessment and Case Management
  • Choose one of the following:
  • Group Dynamics
  • Counseling and Guidance
  • Choose one of the following:
  • Using Policy to Transform Human Services Practice
  • Community Organizing and Development
  • Choose one course from HUSV 3000 or 4000 level