A degree in human services can provide students with the background for a variety of careers working with community assistance programs, or pursuing a bachelor's or master's degree in fields such as social work or public administration. In Michigan, seven schools offer human services degree programs or major concentrations at either the associate's or bachelor's level. Students can choose a preparatory associate's degree at two Michigan community colleges or a bachelor's degree in human services at one of several private institutions.
Courses cover abnormal and developmental psychology, cultural diversity, sociology, behavior modification and counseling. In addition, a few programs integrate an internship or a practicum experience, allowing students to develop hands-on skills in the field.
Bay de Noc Community College
Located in the small town of Escanaba in the state's Upper Peninsula, Bay de Noc Community College is also known as Bay College. Students can pursue an Associate of Applied Science in Human Services with courses covering human services ethics, interviewing strategies, social problems and abnormal psychology, as well as local, state and federal government topics. The program also includes the potential for two separate internship credit opportunities at an approved human services agency.
A private interdenominational Christian institution, Cornerstone University is located in Grand Rapids. In addition to a variety of four-year bachelor's degree programs, the university offers a two-year Associate of Science in Human Services program. Through a program focusing on prevention and remediation strategies, students will complete courses in sociology, American studies and intercultural relations, as well as courses covering interviewing, counseling and leadership. By the completion of the program, students will complete an applied project or field experience internship.
Grace Christian University
Just outside of Grand Rapids in the town of Wyoming, Grace Christian University is a private institution offering two-year and four-year degree programs. Each program features coursework on the vocational major and general studies topics, as well as biblical and theological studies. Students can pursue a Bachelor of Science in Human Services through a program that includes courses on developmental psychology, abnormal psychology, sociology, counseling and cultural diversity. Through the program, students will also complete a human services practicum.
Siena Heights University
West of Detroit in the town of Adrian, Siena Heights University is a private Catholic institution with a history dating back to 1919. Undergraduate students can pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Community Services through a program geared to prepare students for work with community resources for refugees, probation services and work placement services. Students can choose a general course track or an optional concentration in family systems.
Washtenaw Community College
A two-year public institution located in Ann Arbor, Washtenaw Community College offers several associate's degree programs with articulation agreements with public and private four-year colleges throughout the state. The Associate in Arts in Human Services program features direct articulation to Eastern Michigan University's Bachelor of Social Work program. Program coursework includes topics such as ethnic relations, developmental psychology and group dynamics as well as introductory courses in sociology, psychology and family social work.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Human Services Degrees Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)|
|Bay de Noc Community College||2-year public; remote town||Associate in Applied Science in Human Services|| $4,788 (in-district)*
|Cornerstone University||4-year private not-for-profit; midsize city||Associate of Science in Human Services||$24,500*|
|Grace Christian University||4-year private not-for-profit; small city||Bachelor of Science in Human Services||$13,945*|
|Siena Heights University||4-year private not-for-profit; distant town||Bachelor of Arts in Community Services||$27,124*|
|Washtenaw Community College||2-year public; large suburb||Associate in Arts in Human Services|| $2,520 (in-district)*
Source: *NCES College Navigator