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Saint Leo University | BA in Human Services

The Bachelor of Arts in Human Services program at Saint Leo University is designed to prepare students to work with individuals from all walks of life. Learn more about the program and its coursework as well as potential career outcomes here.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Arts in Human Services

School Offering Program:

Saint Leo University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Individuals applying to the Bachelor of Arts in Human Services program at Saint Leo University should have strong interpersonal skills and be interested in pursuing a career working with a wide array of individuals. All applicants to Saint Leo University must have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have other requirements.

Program Description:

The Bachelor of Arts in Human Services curriculum at Saint Leo University is founded on the core values of community, respect, and integrity, and offers students the chance to build a professional skill set around such values. The curriculum is designed to help students build their foundational knowledge in social policy, sociology, psychology, diversity-related issues, and research methods. The program also encourages students to begin building their working skill set through a supervised field placement in which they learn roles, skills, and administrative processes in given professional scenarios.

Learning Format:

On campus

Program Length:

120 credits

Financial Aid Available:

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

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Required Courses for the Bachelor of Arts in Human Services

The Bachelor of Arts in Human Services program requires that students complete 120 total credits, 48 of which come from the bachelor's Foundation courses, 42 from the University Exploration courses, and the remaining 30 from General Elective courses. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Saint Leo University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Foundation Courses (48 credits)

  • Introduction to Human Services
  • Methods of Social Research: Quantitative
  • Methods of Social Research: Qualitative
  • Interpersonal Helping Skills
  • Group Skills for the Human Services
  • Social Policy for the Human Service
  • Human Services Administration
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Drugs, Society, and Human Behavior
  • Diversity Issues in Social Work Practice
  • Senior Seminar
  • Students choose between the following courses:
    • Field Placement I, Module 1 and Field Placement I, Module 2
    • Field Placement 3

University Exploration Required Courses (42 credits)

  • Academic Writing I
  • Academic Writing II
  • College Mathematics
  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Choose two of the following 'The Human Adventure' courses:
    • Economics for Life
    • Immigration: The Changing Face of America
    • Revolution Now! Democracy in Troubled Times
    • Psychology Well Being: How to be Sane in an Insane World
    • The McDonaldization of Society
  • Choose one of the following 'The Human Mosaic' courses:
    • Curves Ahead: Women Artists and the Female Form
    • Native American History & Life: More Than Tipis & Tomahawks
    • Feeding the Planet: Challenges and Opportunities for the 21st Century
    • Television and the American Family: Your Shows, My Shows
    • Building a Multiracial Society
    • Once Upon a Time: Readings in Folklore and Culture
  • Choose two of the following 'Science in a Changing World' courses:
    • Evaluating the Predictions of Global Warming
    • Is Evolution True? Your Inner Fish
    • Human Ecology
    • Energy and its Impact of Global Society
    • Science in Science Fiction
  • Choose two of the following 'The Creative Life' courses:
    • Living the Theatre: Dramatic Skills for all Disciplines
    • Giants of the Arts
    • Spirituals to Rock and Roll: The Story of How American Popular Music Conquered the World
    • Love and Desire in Literature
    • Monsters and the Monstrous in Literature
    • On the Proverbial Road: Journeys of Transformation in Narrative
    • Writing Wild: Exploring the Four Genres
  • Choose one of the following 'Reflective and Spiritual Life - Philosophy' courses:
    • Encountering the Real: Faith and Philosophical Enquiry
    • Thinking and Doing Ethics
  • Choose two of the following 'Reflective and Spiritual Life - Religion' courses:
    • The Emergency of Christianity: Examinations of Foundational Christian Texts
    • Christian Spiritual Vision
    • Many are Called, but Who is Chosen? Christian Understandings of Salvation
    • World Religions: East and West

General Electives Requirements (30 credits)

  • Students must complete enough electives credits to earn a total of 120 credits.

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education

Graduates from the Bachelor of Arts in Human Services program may consider earning a master's degree through Saint Leo University in order to specialize their degree or take on more advanced roles. Graduate programs that students can consider pursuing include:

  • Master of Science in Human Services Administration
  • Master of Science in Psychology
  • Master of Social Work - Advanced Clinical Practice Concentration
  • Master of Social Work - Advanced Standing One-Year Program

Career Paths

After successfully completing the Bachelor of Arts in Human Services program, graduate may be equipped with the interpersonal and effective leadership skills that can be utilized in a variety of social contexts, including child and youth services, correctional facilities, drug and alcohol abuse programs, or community health centers. Positions that graduates may be able to consider include:

  • Community outreach worker
  • Mental health aide
  • Client advocate
  • Life skills counselor
  • Social work assistant

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