Bachelor of Science in Human Services
The Bachelor of Science in Human Services (BSHS) degree is a 120-credit program designed for adults who work in select positions in human services, preparing them for professional advancement or graduate studies. Students develop a professional track that matches their career experiences. To be admitted to the program and to complete the Capstone course, students must have current work or volunteer experience in their professional track. Students must have at least one year/1500 hours of current work or volunteer experience. Students are required to submit a current resume and completed Professional Track Form at the time of application.
Learning Outcomes Objectives:
Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Human Services degree will have the ability to:
- Interpret and critically analyze the research in the professional track
- Apply theory to professional practice
- Apply knowledge of the specific skills, techniques, and agencies necessary to serve client populations
- Apply knowledge of cultural diversity as it relates to the field of Human Services
- Apply theories of management as it relates to Human Services
9 credits in Theoretical Foundation*, 6 credits in Intervention*, 6 credits in Client Populations*, 3 credits in Research, 6 credits in management. 24 credits in professional track, at least 18 credits at the 300-400 level in one area of study such as Administration of Justice, Child Development Services, Community Services, Emergency Disaster Services, Gerontology, Health Services, Legal Services, Fitness and Wellness or Social Services and a 6 credit capstone course.
Transfer Your Credit
Have you attended college before? If so, you may be able to transfer credits earned at other regionally accredited colleges or universities. The College also offers a variety of other ways to earn credit - all designed around the needs of adult learners, like you.
BSHS Credit Distribution
|I. General Education Requirements||60|
|A. Intellectual and Practical Skills||15|
|B. Civic and Global Learning||9|
|C. Knowledge of Human Cultures||9|
|D. Understanding the Physical and Natural World||8-10|
|F. General Education Electives||14-16|
|II. Area of Study in Human Services||54|
|A. Core Requirements||27|
|B. Research Methods (SOS-492)||3|
|C. Professional Track||18|
|18 credits at the 300-400 level in one area of study such as gerontology, administration, mental health, administration of justice, emergency disaster services|
|D. Capstone Course||6|
*Theoretical Foundation courses include those pertaining to theory, knowledge and skills of the human services profession
*Intervention courses include those which emphasize theory and knowledge bases for interventions and criteria for selection of appropriate interventions
*Client Population courses include those which emphasize the range of populations served and needs addressed by human services professionals.
- Theoretical Foundation courses include those pertaining to theory, knowledge and skills of the human services profession.
- Intervention courses include those which emphasize theory and knowledge bases for interventions and criteria for selection of appropriate interventions.
- Client Population courses include those which emphasize the range of populations served and the needs addressed by human services professionals.
Earning Credit in Your Professional Track:
Some courses in the professional track may be completed with Thomas Edison State College and/or courses from other colleges. Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) and/or examinations may also be used.
Some professional tracks selected by students include:
- Administration of Justice
- Child Development Services
- Community Services
- Emergency Disaster Services
- Fitness & Wellness
- Health Services
- Legal Services
- Social Services