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BS in Human Services - Global Social Justice & Civic Engagement

From crisis response to volunteerism, Walden University's Bachelor of Science in Human Services with a concentration in Global Social Justice and Civic Engagement program is designed to teach students about community service, leadership, and social change on a global scale. Read more details here.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Science in Human Services with a concentration in Global Social Justice and Civic Engagement

School Offering Program:

Walden University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Prospective students of this BS in Human Services program should have a strong sense of civic duties and responsibilities. They should also possess above-average communication and leadership skills, with many courses covering communications methods for various areas, such as social change advocacy and intercultural purposes, as well as leadership roles in volunteerism, policymaking, and human rights protection. 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:

In Walden University's online Bachelor of Science in Human Services with a concentration in Global Social Justice and Civic Engagement program, students have the opportunity to choose from classes that provide insight into civic leadership practices, social change and justice processes, and community service concepts. Concentration courses address intercultural communication strategies, volunteer recruiting and retainment, social change planning and tools, human rights protection, and global political policy- and decision-making. Students might also learn about global community organizations and how they address such global issues as hunger, disaster response, disease, healthcare, and education. In the core curriculum, students can review such topics as case management practices, crisis intervention strategies, community program development, community needs assessment, child/family resources, and roles of human service professionals. To satisfy the requirements of the program's capstone, students outline ways to address community needs in the face of a local human services gap.

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 Global Social Justice and Civic Engagement:

In addition to 45 credits in human services core courses and 30 credits in the concentration area, students in this program must complete 46 credits in the general education curriculum, 55 credits in electives, and five credits in a capstone course. 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: Global Social Justice and Civic Engagement (30 credits)

  • Students choose six of the following courses:
    • Intercultural Communication
    • Global Issues in Politics
    • Leadership and Volunteerism
    • Social Entrepreneurship
    • Social Change in the Community
    • Global Social Justice
    • Communication for Social Change
    • Service in the Global Community
    • Global Perspectives in Psychology

Capstone Course (5 credits)

  • Capstone

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Once they have earned this BS degree in Human Services, graduates could further develop their managerial skills and understanding of civic and social change leadership in a master's degree program. A master's could be necessary to obtain teaching or possibly directorial positions in some places of employment. Master's degree studies could provide more advanced focuses on policy management, data analysis, community planning, and program design and evaluation.

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

  • Master of Science in Civic Analytics
  • Master of Science in Human Services Management
  • Master of Science in Public Affairs/Community Development

Career Paths:

Upon completion of the BS in Human Services - Global Social Justice and Civic Engagement program, graduates might explore mid-management or supervisory positions for community centers, nonprofit organizations, advocacy groups, child care agencies, youth centers, or government agencies. They might oversee or assist in areas of youth recreation program development, fundraising, volunteer management, community planning, or outreach coordination.

Careers that graduates could consider include:

  • City planner
  • Community organizer
  • Social service worker
  • Advocacy specialist
  • Volunteer coordinator
  • Civic engagement specialist

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