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Human Services

New England's ONLY 4-year fully accredited program through the Council for Standards in Human Services Education.

Overview

The Human Services Program educates you in the skills and competencies necessary to enter and advance your career in a wide variety of social service arenas. 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.

In This Program

You will: 

  • 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.

Student Testimonial

“There were many factors that drove me toward a major in human services. The main thing that drove me was that I have always wanted to be in the helping profession, but was not sure exactly what I wanted to do. There are many other helping professions such as nursing, teaching, or special education offered at FSU, but all of these majors were too specific to a career. A degree in human services is a very broad and large concept to get a degree in. There are so many possible paths that open up and can be taken with a human services degree. A degree in human services will allow me to be in a helping profession and allows me to work with a variety of populations in my community.” - Stephanie Pichardo-De La Cruz, 2019

“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.”        - Victoria Ryan, 2019

Career Opportunities

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
  • Luk
  • Community HealthLink
  • Public elementary, middle, and high schools
  • Town of Chelmsford
  • TaraVista Behavioral Health

Experiential Opportunities

Experiential education is a core component of the human services program. Several courses, such as Introduction to Human Services and Case Management, have an attached practicum requirement. The Human Services Program also requires a 450-hour (12-credit) internship. You have the option to complete this in one semester or over 2 semesters. Placement is based on your specific interest in human services, and the intern’s role is crafted collaboratively between the site supervisor and student. You participate in an on-campus seminar to process your internship experience. Students have interned at a wide variety of placements, including: Department of Children and Families, Department of Mental Health, The Arc of Opportunity, The Key Program, Seven Hills, United Way, and local schools, probation departments, and elder care facilities.

Requirements and Curriculum

Human Services, B.S.

Course Rotation Cycle (PDF)

Student Achievement Indicators (PDF)

Human Services Program Manual (MS Word)

Undergraduate Internship Manual (PDF)

Accreditation

Council for Standards in Human Service Education

Faculty

All full-time faculty are listed in the Faculty Profiles.

Department Home Page

Other Relevant Links

National Organization for Human Services

CSHSE - Council for Standards in Human Service Education

For more information and to apply, go to admissions.