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BS in Human Services - Child and Family Welfare

Students enrolling in Purdue University Global's BS in Human Services in Youth/Family Services and Administration program have the opportunity to prepare for careers that involve helping and advocating for children and families as well as those in marginalized communities. Read more about this online program here.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Science in Human Services in Youth/Family Services and Administration

School Offering Program:

Purdue University Global

Degree Level:

Bachelor's

Program Prerequisites:

The BS in Human Services in Youth/Family Services and Administration program may appeal to students with an interest in improving social and human service policies. Applicants to Purdue University Global should have a high school diploma or the equivalent; some programs may have additional admissions requirements. Students with previous college coursework or a degree may be allowed to waive certain course requirements.

Program Description:

The multidisciplinary BS in Human Services in Youth/Family Services and Administration incorporates education in the fields of psychology, sociology, criminal justice, law, and human services. The program aims to involve students in social, community, and organizational outreach by teaching them strategies for coordinating, managing, and improving programs and services. In addition to program evaluation, course topics cover financial, political, and legal considerations and policies. Graduates of the BS in Human Services in Youth/Family Services and Administration are qualified to test for the Center for Credentialing & Education's Human Services - Board Certified Practitioner (HS-BCP ™) certification.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length:

180 credits.

Financial Aid:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Purdue University Global's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for the Bachelor of Science in Human Services in Youth/Family Services and Administration

The Bachelor of Science in Human Services in Youth/Family Services and Administration comprises 180 courses that include 33 credits in core course requirements, 100 credits in major courses, and 47 total credits in open electives. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Purdue University Global to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Courses (33 credits)

  • College Composition I
  • College Composition II
  • Professionalism - Theory and Practice in the Global Workplace
  • Math (choose one of the following):
    • Survey of Mathematics
    • College Algebra
  • Arts and Humanities (choose one of the following):
    • Modern Creative Expressions
    • Ethics
    • Humanities and Culture
  • Science (choose one of the following):
    • Discovering Science - Current Issues in a Changing World
    • General Biology I - Human Perspectives
    • Fundamentals of Microbiology
    • Fundamentals of Science
  • Social Science (choose one of the following):
    • The 1960s - Reshaping the American Dream
    • People, Power, and Politics - An Introduction to American Government
    • The Technological Revolution - A Social Scientific Approach

Major Requirements (100 credits

  • Interpersonal Communications*
  • Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
  • Human Services Program and Profession
  • Human Behavior and the Environment
  • Survey of Social Problems*
  • Applied Skills for Human Services*
  • Prevention and Crisis Intervention*
  • Sociology*
  • Family and Domestic Violence
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Case Management in Human Services
  • Public Personnel Administration
  • Child Welfare and Family
  • Studies in Child and Adolescent Development
  • Proposal Designs for Human Services
  • Advocacy for Families and Youth
  • Legal and Ethical Issues in Human Services
  • Bachelor's Capstone for Human Services in Youth and Family Services and Administration

Open Electives (47 credits

  • 100/200 Level Open Electives (35 credits)**
  • 300/400 Level Open Electives (12 credits)**

*Courses may be waived for students eligible for Advanced Start Credit

**Students on an accelerated master's track will have additional course requirements

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education

Graduates with a BS in Human Services in Youth/Family Services and Administration may wish to advance their education with a master's degree. Certain graduate degrees can open career possibilities in related human and social services fields. Some master's degree options include:

  • Master of Social Work
  • Master of Science in Human Services
  • Master of Science in Psychology

Career Paths

Purdue Global's Bachelor of Science in Human Services in Youth/Family Services and Administration can help students get started on several career paths in human and social services. These job opportunities may allow graduates to improve social policies, develop integral programs to meet the needs of children and families, and provide advocacy and outreach to marginalized populations.

A few occupations students might consider include:

  • Child welfare services manager
  • Mental health/substance abuse services coordinator
  • Vocational rehabilitation administrator
  • Child protective specialist
  • Adoption services manager

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