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BS in Human Services - Psychology

Walden University's Bachelor of Science in Human Services with a concentration in Psychology program is designed to provide a foundational education in human services programs and processes while focusing on the mental and social factors impacting human behavior. Read on for more information.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Science in Human Services with a concentration in Psychology

School Offering Program:

Walden University

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Program Prerequisites:

Those seeking to enter this BS in Human Services program might have taken some foundational courses in psychology and possess some knowledge of research methodologies and observational methods, as courses will address psychological research processes and the observation and evaluation of behaviors. Aspiring students must be 21 years of age; less than 21 but with 60 quarter credit hours; or a member of the military or a veteran. Applicants to Walden University should have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

Influences on human behavior, global trends in group behavior, and psychological theories of learning, memory, motivation, social behavior, and human development are at the forefront of this online Bachelor of Science in Human Services with a concentration in Psychology program. Concentration courses provide studies in psychological disorders and treatment options, biological and social factors influencing human behavior, the role of culture in psychology, psychological research methodologies, and the impact of persuasion on behavior. In the core curriculum, students could expect to learn about crisis intervention strategies, conflict management, case management practices, interviewing practices in human services, and the role of the human service professional. In the program's capstone, students must identify and complete a project addressing a human services need in their local area.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

181 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

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

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Required Courses for a Bachelor of Science in Human Services with a concentration in Psychology:

Of the 181 total credits needed to earn this bachelor's degree, 45 are taken in core human services coursework and 30 in the psychology area of concentration. The remaining credits are taken in the general education curriculum (46), electives (55), and a capstone course (5). Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Walden University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

General Education Courses (46 credits)

  • Students take a minimum of two courses in the following areas:
    • Written and Oral Communications
    • Humanities
    • Mathematics/Natural Sciences
    • Social Sciences
  • Introduction to College Algebra

Core Courses (45 credits)

  • Child, Family, and Community Relationships
  • The Human Service Professional in a Changing World
  • Crisis and Intervention
  • Case Management for Persons in Need
  • Effective Human Services Interviewing
  • Measuring Effectiveness of Human Services Delivery
  • Intergroup Conflict and Peace Building
  • Planning and Budgeting
  • Interdisciplinary Experience: Sustaining Quality of Life in the City

Elective Courses (55 credits)

  • Students select a total of 11 courses from general education or any other Walden University bachelor's degree programs

Concentration Courses: Psychology (30 credits)

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • Introduction to Basic Statistics
  • Methods in Psychological Inquiry
  • Racial and Ethnic Identities
  • Influence and Persuasion
  • Global Perspectives in Psychology

Capstone Course (5 credits)

  • Capstone

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates who have earned this degree in human services and wish to pursue careers in counseling, psychotherapy, or clinical management might go on to earn a master's degree. A master's degree could be required to obtain these types of positions or prepare students to complete a doctoral degree, which would be needed for postsecondary academic or administrative careers. A master's degree program could provide more extensive studies in behavioral assessment and intervention practices, counseling theories, and advanced research methods.

Master's degrees graduates could pursue include, but are not limited to:

  • Master of Science in Psychology
  • Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Master of Science in Human Services Counseling

Career Paths:

After completing the BS in Human Services - Psychology program, graduates could consider entry-level, assistant, or mid-management careers in social service agencies, community centers, mental health clinics, or detention centers. They might be prepared in assisting professionals with developing crisis intervention programs, evaluating clients with behavioral disorders, creating treatment plans, and analyzing data collected in behavioral observations.

Some career titles for graduates could include:

  • Social worker
  • Residential counselor
  • Community outreach worker
  • Crisis intervention counselor

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