Bachelor of Science Degree
WellStar College of Health and Human Services, Department of Social Work and Human Services
The Human Services (HS) program prepares students to pursue careers in the field of human services in a variety of public, nonprofit, and private human service organizations. All human service majors are required to take a common core, which includes two internship experiences. Students may choose either a concentration in human service case management or human service administration.
Human service majors in the case management concentration are prepared in skill competency areas such as communication, assessment, advocacy, crisis intervention, documentation, community networking, cultural competence, social policy, and civic engagement.
Students pursuing the administration concentration will acquire and develop core competencies that prepare them to work in the nonprofit sector. Highlights of the program include a focus on leadership and management of nonprofit organizations (e.g., financial, management and fundraising, human resource management, program evaluation, and marketing), and professional/career development.
HS majors may choose to participate in the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NPLA) Certification Program (formerly American Humanics). NPLA is a national organization that collaborates with affiliated universities and major nonprofit organizations recruiting, preparing, and placing students in meaningful careers with youth and human service agencies. Students pursuing the certificate must meet academic requirements set by the department. They will acquire the required competencies of the program including: board committee development, human resource development, nonprofit financial management, fund-raising principles and practices, program planning, and nonprofit marketing. Students demonstrate these competencies through completion of appropriate course work, participation in the NPLA student organization, and attendance at the yearly Management Training Institute.
Skill standard competencies for Human Service programs are established by the Council for Standards in Human Service Education (CSHSE). Graduates from the HS program may qualify to earn certification as a Human Service Board Certified Practitioner (HS-BCP).