Atlanta Human Services Schools with Degree Program Descriptions

Three schools in the Atlanta, Georgia, area offer human services degree programs. See program information, admission and tuition rates to find out which of these schools, all within 25 miles of downtown, is the right one for you.

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Atlanta-Area Colleges with Human Services Degrees

Human services professionals are engaged in community outreach programs, civic advocacy and the delivery and promotion of social welfare resources. In the Atlanta, Georgia, area, three 4-year schools offer bachelor's degrees in human services. This article profiles those schools, none of which is more than 35 miles from downtown. Also included here is a table that lets prospective students quickly see important facts about each school, such as size, tuition and graduation data.

  • For Georgia residents, Kennesaw State University offers affordable in-state tuition rates, as well as a bachelor's degree program and a human services certificate. This school is about 26 miles from downtown Atlanta.
  • Shorter University - College of Adult and Professional Programsoffers a bachelor's degree program with an open admission policy. Shorter is about 15 miles from the city center.
  • Featuring a nearly 80% graduation rate, Atlanta's Spelman College offers a multidisciplinary approach to human services through their adult bachelor's degree program. Spelman is just two miles from downtown Atlanta.

Find schools that offer these popular programs

  • Adult Development and Aging
  • Child Care Management
  • Child Care Services
  • Child Development
  • Community Organization and Advocacy
  • Family and Community Services
  • Family Systems
  • Human Development and Family Studies
  • Social Work
  • Youth Services

Comparison of Schools

The following table offers information that will enable scholars to make a knowledgeable choice about their education.

Kennesaw State University Shorter University - College of Adult and Professional Programs Spelman College
School Type 4-year public university 4-year private not-for-profit university 4-year private not-for-profit college
Total Enrollment (Fall 2014)* N/A 815 2,135
Campus Setting N/A Small City Large City
Undergraduate Tuition (2015-2016)* $6,060 in-state;
$16,636 out-of-state
$9,440 $26,388
% of Undergraduate Students Receiving Financial Aid (2013-2014)* N/A 100% 91%
Undergraduate Acceptance Rate (2014)* N/A 44% 54%
Retention Rate (2013-2014)* N/A 70% full-time 89% full-time
Graduation Rate* N/A 48% (Students began in 2008-09) 74% (Students began in 2008)

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Kennesaw State University

A public university located on the outskirts of Atlanta, Kennesaw State University is home to the WellStar College of Health and Human Services. The Department of Social Work and Human Services offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs, as well as an undergraduate certificate program.

Bachelor of Science in Human Services

The Bachelor of Science (BS) program offers concentration options in case management or administration. All undergraduate majors will complete coursework covering interviewing skills, cultural competence and sociology, as well as a course on government or psychology. Other program coursework includes topics such as poverty, social welfare, community intervention and human socialization. The Department of Social Work and Human Services also offers an undergraduate certificate program for human services majors, leading to a Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership, offered in conjunction with the National Leadership Alliance.

Shorter University - College of Adult and Professional Programs

A private Christian university, Shorter University was founded in 1873. Today, the university system has grown to four campus locations throughout the Atlanta area. The College of Adult and Professional Programs offers associate's, bachelor's and master's degree programs geared for adult learners

Bachelor of Science in Human Services

Shorter University's BS in Human Services program is designed to provide students with diagnostic and analysis for in a variety of global and domestic human services roles. Program courses cover social sciences writing, childhood and adult development, social psychology, social science statistics, counseling, case management and cultural diversity. Students will also complete 240 hours of supervised field experience and an applied research project.

Spelman College

Established in 1881 as the Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary, Spelman College grew to become a coeducational 4-year college. One of 27 undergraduate majors, the human services program is available for Pauline E. Drake Scholars, a program designed to provide adult education to learners who have been out of school for several years.

Bachelor of Arts in Human Services

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Human Services program is a multidisciplinary program with flexible coursework in subjects such as economics, education, political science, sociology and psychology. Human services coursework includes courses on sociological research methods and management. Students will also complete coursework in specialized areas of study, including community studies, individual or group processes, multicultural studies, criminology and developmental psychology.

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