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BA in Human Services

Southern New Hampshire University's Bachelor of Arts in Human Services gives students the opportunity to learn how to advocate for others and plan programs to improve the lives of specific populations. Read more about SNHU's online Bachelor of Arts in Human Services program here.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Arts in Human Services

School Offering Program:

Southern New Hampshire University

Program Prerequisites:

Students considering the Bachelor of Arts in Human Services program at SNHU may have a strong desire to help people. Previous coursework in psychology or sociology could also be helpful. All applicants to Southern New Hampshire University programs must have earned a high school diploma or equivalent.

Program Description:

Southern New Hampshire University's Bachelor of Arts in Human Services program gives students the opportunity to learn about case management, human services organizations, and lifespan psychology. This program is also designed to teach students about public policy and advocacy, including how to influence social welfare programs on behalf of a variety of populations, as well as the steps for planning programs and assessing needs. Additional courses cover the communication skills, laws, and ethics related to human services. Students can also choose to complete a concentration in child and family services, gerontology, or substance abuse. This program includes a capstone project.

Learning Format:

Online

Financial Aid Available:

Federal financial aid is available to those who qualify. Contact the SNHU Financial Aid office to learn more about your financial aid options.

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Required Courses for a Bachelor of Arts in Human Services:

Human Services Major Courses

Major Courses

  • PSY 211: Lifespan Development
  • PSY 215: Abnormal Psychology
  • SOC 213: Sociology of Social Problems
  • HSE 101: Introduction to Human Services
  • HSE 220: Communication Skills for Human Service Professionals
  • HSE 320: Human Services Organizational Systems
  • HSE 330: Public Policy and Advocacy
  • HSE 340: Law and Ethics in Human Services
  • HSE 410: Case Management
  • HSE 480: Human Services Capstone
  • SCS 224: Social Science Research Methods
  • Students select four of the following electives or a concentration:
    • HSE 210: Healthcare Systems
    • HSE 215: Child Growth and Cognitive Development
    • HSE 310: Family and Community Systems
    • HSE 315: Role and Impact of Trauma on Children and Families
    • HSE 325: Ethics and Laws in Child Welfare
    • HSE 335: Prevention and Crisis Intervention
    • PHE 101: Fundamentals of Public Health
    • PSY 230: Psychology of Individual Differences and Special Needs
    • PSY 257: Social Psychology
    • PSY 291: Experiential Learning
    • PSY 315: Counseling Process and Techniques
    • PSY 442: Community Psychology
    • SOC 291: Experiential Learning
    • SOC 317: Sociology of the Family
    • SOC 490: Community Sociology Internship

Child and Family Services Concentration Courses

  • HSE 215: Child Growth and Cognitive Development
  • HSE 310: Family and Community Systems
  • HSE 315: Role and Impact of Trauma on Children and Families
  • HSE 325: Ethics and Laws in Child Welfare

Gerontology Concentration Courses

  • CHE 320: Perspectives in Aging
  • CHE 325: Aging and Wellness
  • CHE 327: The Epidemiology of Aging
  • CHE 329: Aging, Politics, and Policy

Substance Abuse Concentration Courses

  • PSY 200: Foundations of Addictions
  • HSE 350: Substance Use: From Screening to Consultation
  • HSE 351: Substance Use: From Prevention to Treatment
  • HSE 352: Substance Use Counseling Theory and Practice
  • HSE 353: Pharmacological Factors in Substance Use Treatment

General Education Courses

  • 12 credits of Foundation Area courses
  • 24 credits of Exploration Area courses
  • 9 credits of Integration Area courses

(Note: Students must take MAT 240, SOC 112, and PSY 108 as General Education requirements.)

Free Electives

  • 27-30 credits of free elective courses

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Students who have completed Southern New Hampshire University's Bachelor of Arts in Human Services program may decide to further their education through related master's degree programs. A graduate degree could be important for those interested in some counseling or senior management positions in community and social services administration. Related master's degrees include:

  • Master of Arts in Human Services
  • Master of Arts in Psychology
  • Master of Arts in Sociology
  • Master of Social Work
  • Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Master of Science in Public Administration

Career Paths:

After earning a Bachelor of Arts in Human Services from Southern New Hampshire University, graduates could seek employment in a variety of institutional, residential care, or community settings. They could be prepared to handle administrative tasks or to provide services directly to others by leading groups, advocating for those struggling with substance abuse or domestic violence, or by organizing activities. Some positions graduates could pursue include:

  • Drug Abuse Counselor
  • Caseworker
  • Mental Health Aide
  • Juvenile Court Liaison
  • Life Skills Instructor
  • Crisis Intervention Counselor
  • Social Service Liaison
  • Community Outreach Worker
  • Group Home Worker

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