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Online Bachelor's Degree in HUMAN SERVICES

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Help make an impact on the lives of others with a degree in human services. If you’re compassionate and have a will to learn, listen, and help those in need, this is the program for you.


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Being a professional in the human services industry means you have an authentic passion for helping people. You will come in contact with, and assist, all types of people with varying challenges.

You’ll be required to offer assistance to clients in fields such as psychology, rehabilitation, social work, or family support. Additionally, you may be asked to aid social workers in developing, organizing, and implementing programs to prevent and resolve problems that are related to substance abuse, social relationships, rehabilitation, or dependent care.

Jobs in the human services field include:

  • Case Worker
  • Family Support Worker
  • Child Advocate
  • Social Service Liaison
  • Behavioral Management Aid
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Therapeutic Assistant
  • Probation Officer

Earn Your Bachelor's Degree In Human Services

CSU-Global’s online degree program in human services will give you the knowledge of various community and social services fields such as child care, mental illness, support for people with disabilities, and elderly support.

The courses in this program will prepare you to work efficiently in a variety of social services fields, and equip you with the expertise to successfully help individuals, families, groups, and organizations. Some of the topics you will cover include human development, intervention methods, case management, and human services administration.

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The Bachelor of Science in Human Services provides students with an understanding of programs designed to meet community and social welfare needs among varied populations. Students gain the practical knowledge necessary for assisting others in individual, family, group, organization, and community settings. Advanced topics include human development, intervention methods, case management, and human services administration.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate effective written communication and analytical skills.
  • Develop an understanding of the nature and purpose of human services by exploring the role and function of human services workers in a variety of micro and macro settings.
  • Analyze the impact of diversity and culture in the field of human services.
  • Evaluate ethical, legal, and organizational influences on human services organizations.
  • Develop intervention and case management skills.
  • Assess administrative responsibilities in human services organizations.

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Career Outlook

With a 22% increase in growth rate, double the average of all other occupations, the human services industry will be providing many employment opportunities for those interested in the field. If you are interested in human services, now is the time to get involved.

You might be a great asset to the human services field if you are:

  • Organized
  • Genuinely Concerned for Others
  • Understanding
  • Sympathetic
  • Clear and Calm in Your Communication
  • Interested in the Science of Social Behavior
  • Research-Minded

Valuable human services professionals are active listeners with strong communication skills, and a broad knowledge of social behaviors.

Human services is a rewarding industry, as it provides you with a vast amount of ways to provide assistance to those who need it. 

By attaining your degree in human services, you are enabling yourself to help others more effectively. Fill out the brief form on the right-hand side of this page to find out how you can move ahead in this field today.

Degree Optimization

We provide students with career-relevant resources to help them succeed outside of the classroom. That's why we created Awards of Completion and Skills Endorsements, specific to our programs of study, spotlighting the knowledge, skills, and abilities that hiring managers find essential to success in the field. Research and Decision Making in Human Services and Strategy and Execution of Modern Human Services are two of the awards you can receive as part of our human services program. 

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CSU-Global’s accredited online bachelor’s degree in human services is designed to provide you with a practical knowledge of the human services field. The program consists of 15 three-credit core courses as part of a full 120-credit bachelor’s degree. Maximize your transfer credits and take advantage of our alternative credit options to finish faster and for less! 

  • ORG300: Applying Leadership Principles

    The opportunities for students, in this first course, for all majors are to learn personal and professional leadership styles and drivers by providing an overview of leadership basics. Leadership skills are utilized across fields of study. Regardless of the roles individuals assume in an organization, they will need to communicate effectively, influence others, and understand the way they respond to others and why. The course engages students in discussion, exploration, and application of leadership skills, principles, and practices. Students will learn about the relationships and connections leaders have with individuals and organizations. Topics include leadership communication, motivation, style, and characteristics. Course not eligible for Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) credit.

  • SOC300: Working in Modern Society

    An analysis of the conditions and challenges faced by workers in contemporary society, including the meeting of both employer and individual expectations. Focus includes the balancing of numerous factors including personal life, job commitment, and career management. This course fulfills a general education requirement for social sciences.

  • SOC310: Race, Gender, and Ethnic Relations in the U.S.

    Survey of the historical and current issues related to race, gender, and ethnic relations found in practices and policies. Review of judicial, political and economic influences on organizational diversity management.

  • SOC460: Community Development

    This course examines the various facets of community resource development and management. Emphasis is on planning and management strategies to guide organizations in community development projects, programs, and efforts. (This course is also offered through CBE. Credits earned using this option will appear on transcripts with an “EX” suffix.)

  • HSM300: Introduction to Human Services

    This course provides students with an overview of the human services field including theoretical models for delivery and the roles and responsibilities of human services workers. Students will explore human services occupations, professional organizations, and community resources as well as ethical and legal issues.

  • HSM320: Human Development

    This course explores theories and research in human development. Topics include physical, language, intellectual, moral, personality, social, and emotional development as they relate to the human services professional.

  • HSM350: Intervention Methods in Human Services

    This course is an introduction to the theories, principles, and skills of the general helping process in human practice. Students learn how to engage a client as well as assessment, intervention, and follow-up as applied to individuals, groups, and families.

  • PMG370: Fundraising and Grant Writing

    This course provides a broad overview of theoretical and practical application of nonprofit management. Students will learn about the role and responsibilities of a nonprofit organization fundraising marketing and communication plan. An overview of fundraising will include; the importance of an analysis of the essential elements of fundraising: major gift solicitation, the annual campaign, planned giving, understanding alternative fundraising solutions, social enterprises, the use of new technologies for fundraising; individual donor tracking, institutional donors, charitable trusts and foundations and corporate philanthropy. Additionally, students will develop essential research skills, fundraising resources, professional associations and conferences, and examining and measuring the social impact and ethical aspects of fundraising.

  • HSM400: Crisis Intervention

    This course explores the assessment of diverse crisis situations. It emphasizes the use of short-term intervention and problem-solving techniques to help individuals and families de-escalate crises and develop appropriate coping techniques. Students will explore the skills, techniques, and uses of crisis intervention.

  • HSM405: Case Management in Human Services

    This course teaches the principles, practices, and issues in human services case management with emphasis on prevention and intervention strategies. Topics include listening skills, planning, assessment of community resources, referral procedures, general crisis intervention, and setting appropriate boundaries.

  • HSM420: Legal and Ethical Issues in Human Services

    This course explores the roles, functions, and legal/ethical responsibilities of human services workers, including the process of ethical decision making and awareness of the moral and legal complexities in the field of human services. (This course is also offered through CBE. Credits earned using this option will appear on transcripts with an "EX" suffix.)

  • HSM450: Human Services Administration

    This course introduces students to human services management. Students gain a basic understanding of organizational management perspectives by exploring issues of staff supervision and oversight as well as administrative planning in a human services organization.

  • HSM470: Evaluation of Research and Theory in Human Services

    This course examines current research related to human services and provides students with the opportunity to evaluate theoretical subjects in the field from both a consumer and a creator perspective.

  • HSM475: Practicum OR HSM476: Seminar - Human Services Strategy and Execution

    In this preparatory course for the capstone project, students conduct a practicum in a human services setting. The primary purpose of the practicum is to gain practical experience in a human services organization and to apply the knowledge and skills developed throughout the program. This course requires practical experience in a human services setting. Students will be required to pass a criminal background check including fingerprinting prior to taking this course. See HSM480 for further course and project description. This course may not be available in all states, see the State Specific Authorization Policy under Admis-sions Policies. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all core and specialization coursework except HSM480.

  • HSM480: Capstone - Human Services Strategy and Execution

    This capstone project provides students with the opportunity to perform a concentrated study of a human service organization. Students will demonstrate what they have learned throughout the human services program and apply it by developing a plan to deal with a variety of human services problems.

* Students will enroll in either HSM475 or HSM476. They do not take both courses. Students may select the Practicum course (HSM475) or enroll in the Seminar course (HSM476) to fulfill this degree requirement. Students will be required to pass a criminal background check including fingerprinting prior to taking the HSM475 Practicum course. Students residing in locations where practica are not available must enroll in the Seminar course (HSM476). See the State Specific Authorization Policy under Admissions Policies.


You can customize your online degree in human services by adding a specialization. Similar to a degree concentration, each specialization consists of five upper-division courses (15 credit hours) in a more specific area of interest. A specialization is not required to complete a bachelor’s degree, but it is an ideal way to tailor your educational experience to your professional goals and personal interests.

Explore Your Specialization Options for Your B.S. in Human Services:

  • Computer Programming

    Computer Programming specialization is aimed at non-computer science majors who would like to broaden their programming capabilities. Courses cover an entire spectrum of basic programming and software development techniques for analysis, design, and implementation of software applications across various operating systems and platforms.

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  • Criminal Forensics

    The Criminal Forensics program is ideal for students interested in crime scene investigation and forensic science. Gain the knowledge and skills to pursue or advance a career as a medical examiner, crime analyst, criminal investigator, or similar position in this exciting field.

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  • Criminal Justice Management

    The criminal justice field includes careers in security, the court system, corrections, forensics, as well as local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. The Criminal Justice Management program provides advanced leadership skills to further one’s professional development in these areas.

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  • Criminology

    The Criminology program focuses on the study of crime, criminal behavior, and the legal system. Students pursuing a career in law enforcement, social work, forensics, welfare, pathology, probation, or other public safety positions will gain a competitive advantage through the Criminology program.

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  • Data Management and Analysis

    The Data Management and Analysis program is designed for students interested in careers related to information systems and networking. Professionals interested in the information technology field who desire in-depth knowledge of how to manage enterprise data should consider this program.

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  • Digital Marketing

    Earn an undergraduate specialization in digital marketing with CSU-Global. Learn valuable skills to expand your career in SEO, SEM, Social Media Marketing and Content.

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  • Emergency Management

    While emergency situations cannot always be avoided, proper critical response and preparation can drastically improve public safety. The Emergency Management program provides professionals, including safety directors, emergency specialists, consultants, analysts, and direct responders, with the skills necessary in a wide array of emergencies.

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  • Foundations of Accounting

    This program provides business principles and other applied skills in the area of accounting to assist professionals at all levels. In addition to accountants and CPAs, this program provides financial understanding for budget and cost analysts, payroll specialists, auditors, tax consultants, advisors, managers, and more.

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  • Fundraising

    If you are looking to enter a career in fundraising CSU-Global offers specialization programs, learn more about your education opportunities today.

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  • Healthcare Management

    The Healthcare Management program provides professionals in clinics, hospitals, private practices, nursing homes, research facilities, and more with the focused training required to handle the unique management challenges of the healthcare industry. This program gives students a competitive edge in an ever-changing field.

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  • Human Resources and Organizational Development

    Students interested in pursuing a career in Human Resources should consider adding this specialization to their bachelor’s degree coursework. It provides a background in personnel management, staff training and development, policy and procedures, and more. When completed as part of the B.S. in Business Management degree, this specialization aligns with educational standards from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

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  • Information Technology Management

    As technology continues to advance, the need for qualified IT managers grows as well. Through the Information Technology Management Specialization, students gain the administrative knowledge needed to meet the demands of corporate technology systems including problem solving, resource allocation, networking, security, and more.

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  • Information Technology Operations

    This program provides a basic understanding of technology operations, networking, problem-solving, development, and more. Professionals interested in careers that require knowledge of information technology, including administrators, department managers, system analysts, and more, will benefit from this program.

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  • International Business

    The undergraduate specialization in International Business prepares students for international management career opportunities within multinational industries and organizations. Learners will gain an understanding of economic, legal, governmental, financial, and cultural issues related to international business.

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  • Marketing

    Students interested in the global field of marketing will benefit from this specialization, which includes promotion, creative services, public relations, research, consulting, communications, advertisement, strategy, branding, and much more. The Marketing program provides the tools necessary to be successfully employed in many areas within this field.

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  • Operations Management and Supervision

    The Operations Management and Supervision program is ideal for students who pursue careers in logistics or manufacturing and production. These courses provide knowledge and skills to improve efficiency, efficacy, and performance in organizational operations.

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  • Organizational Leadership

    If you wish to advance into a management role in your organization or further your management skills as they apply to staff, effective decision making, strategic communication, and more you should consider the Organizational Leadership program in addition to your your bachelor’s degree major or as a certificate of completion.

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  • Project Management

    Students interested in project management should consider this program to gain comprehensive theories and concepts on how to improve organizational efficiency and performance on a per project basis. Ideal for both Project Management Professionals (PMP) and those interested in entering this growing field.

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  • Public and Non-Profit Management

    Students interested in careers within the public and non-profit sectors should consider pursuing a specialization or certificate of completion in Public and Non-Profit Management. This program provides students with management and decision-making abilities necessary within these organizations.

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  • Public Relations

    Public relations specialists aim to generate a positive image for their clients by maintaining relationships with media professionals, developing campaigns, creating print and web-based materials, writing speeches, and managing digital media.

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  • Strategic Communications

    Effective communication can increase efficiency and results in a wide array of professional positions. The Strategic Communication program improves both internal and external messaging, delivery, and comprehension for managers, consultants, marketing and public relations specialists, human resources, and more.

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We understand the sacrifice needed to invest in your education, so our promise to you is an affordable education with low tuition rates, no out-of-state tuition, and tuition guaranteed not to increase for as long as you are enrolled. Find out how you can earn your online bachelor’s degree in human services without breaking the bank. 

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