The human services bachelor's degree educates you in the skills and competencies necessary to enter and advance your career in a wide variety of social service arenas.
- Learn the skills to effectively help individuals and families with a variety of development challenges and mental health issues
- Understand the larger system in which human service agencies operate and learn to design interventions to increase their effectiveness
- Learn how to effectively work with individuals and groups by thinking critically and enhancing your interpersonal skills
New England's Longest-Standing 4-year fully accredited program through the Council for Standards in Human Services Education (since 1981).
The program integrates classroom instruction with a graded series of field-based experiences, including an intensive internship, to foster the application of knowledge and skills in community-based settings. It is founded on a strength-based empowerment perspective which emphasizes the enhancement of clients capabilities to meet the challenges they face. Graduates pursue careers in direct service to clients, public advocacy, and in the administration of human services in agency and government settings.
Program Mission: The human services program educates students in the skills and competencies necessary to enter and advance their careers in a wide variety of human services. It is founded on a strength-based, systemic empowerment perspective that promotes ethical and professional-decision making to address the challenges of an evolving human services field.
I’ve learned to have patience with not just others, but also with myself. Working in human service is definitely like riding a roller coaster, because it’s full of ups and downs. However, seeing the people I work with get through their struggles and make progress towards their goals, makes it all worth it.
Curriculum and Other Information
In this program you will:
- Articulate issues related to social justice and how differential treatment has impacted service delivery for marginalized and/or oppressed individuals, families, and communities
- Assess the quality and accuracy of all forms of information
- Develop helping and management skills and apply them in both simulated and actual applications
- Have knowledge of different populations and individual/family/community strengths and needs in order to design appropriate interventions
- Apply knowledge and skills from class material to field-based experiences
- Work effectively for organizational change and advocacy from a perspective of empowerment and self-determination
- Engage in reflective process of one’s skills and future development
Many of our students go on to find employment in a variety of local, non-profit and state agencies and organizations. Others go on to graduate studies in social work and other related fields. Recent graduates are employed at:
- Massachusetts Department of Children and Families
- Community HealthLink
- Public elementary, middle, and high schools
- Town of Chelmsford
- TaraVista Behavioral Health