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BS in Human Services - Self-Designed

Walden University's Bachelor of Science in Human Services with a Self-Designed concentration draws on all of the human services concentrations to deliver a diverse education in the psychological, social, multicultural, and legal concepts impacting human services programs.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Science in Human Services - Self-Designed

School Offering Program:

Walden University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

An academic background in psychology or sociology could prove helpful for prospective students of this program. Strong leadership, assessment, and organizational skills would also be beneficial, as courses could be selected that focus on leadership practices and ethics, addictive behavior evaluation, or the coordination of a community's response to crime. 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:

Students of the online Bachelor of Science in Human Services - Self-Designed program at Walden University have the opportunity to personalize their education by choosing their own concentration courses from among those addressing addictive behaviors, courts and criminal law, psychological development and processes, public policy development, or intercultural studies. Topics that could be covered in concentration courses include human development stages from childhood to adulthood; criminology, victimology, and criminal justice systems; psychological theories and inquiry methods; the psychology of leadership; and social change processes. In core human services classes, students can learn more about how family and community impact child development, crisis intervention strategies, conflict management, client interviewing methods, assessment practices and treatment plan delivery, and the role of human services professionals. The capstone requires that students identify and address a human service 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 Self-Designed:

A total of 45 credits in human services core coursework and 30 credits in the concentration area must be completed to earn this bachelor's degree. Other program requirements include 46 credits in the general education curriculum, 55 credits in electives, and a five-credit capstone. 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: Self-Designed (30 credits)

  • Students choose any six courses selected from the following BS in Human Services concentrations:
    • Addiction
    • Psychology
    • Criminal Justice
    • Cultural Studies
    • Leadership and Administration
    • Child and Adolescent Development
    • Courts and the Legal System
    • Global Social Justice and Civic Engagement

Capstone Course (5 credits)

  • Capstone

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Once they have earned this self-designed BS degree in Human Services, graduates who are contemplating careers in psychotherapy, clinical management, or teaching or administration at the postsecondary level might go on to earn a master's degree. This would be the next step before entering a doctoral degree program, as some of the careers mentioned could require this advanced degree. Depending on their area of focus, graduate students could expect to learn more about counseling theories, psychological research methodologies, or case management practices.

Some potential master's degrees include:

  • Master of Science in Psychology
  • Master of Science in Human Services
  • Master of Science in Counseling

Career Paths:

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Human Services - Self-Designed program, graduates might explore employment opportunities at the entry-level or possibly mid-management level. Depending on their focus, graduates might seek these opportunities in mental health clinics, social services agencies, law enforcement organizations, courts, or community centers. They could oversee the development of new or the evaluation of existing behavior modification programs, assess clients with addictive or behavioral disorders, assist in creating and implementing treatment plans, or observe behaviors and generate data to be used by clinical directors, counselors, and other professionals.

Some career titles for graduates could include:

  • Case worker
  • Juvenile probation officer
  • Human services assistant
  • Community outreach worker

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