The Human Services major prepares students for careers in social change by providing students with the theoretical and skill-based background necessary for practice and research.
Students take academically rigorous courses relevant to the field while honing their skills through our extensive experiential educational opportunities. Through courses, service-learning, co-op and internships, students acquire professional skills related to counseling, nonprofit management, political advocacy, and organizational and community development.
Learning Objectives (as of Fall 2013)
Bachelor of Arts in Human Services
Bachelor of Arts in Human Services and Communication Studies
Bachelor of Arts in Human Services and International Affairs
Bachelor of Arts in Human Services and Sociology
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Human Services
Bachelor of Science in Human Services
Bachelor of Science in Human Services and American Sign Language
Bachelor of Science in Human Services and Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science in Human Services and Sociology
Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Human Services
Degree Audit (found through your myNortheastern portal Self-Service tab “My Degree Audit”)
Students may request to Petition for Independent Specialization.
**This is not a combined major for students interested in ASL Interpreting, to complete an ASL Interpreting & Human Services Combined Major students have to complete all requirements in both majors.**
Increased national awareness of the Deaf Community and its language, coupled with the implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act has resulted in an increased demand for bilingually competent professionals in a wide range of human services. This dual major provides students with a solid theoretical and practical foundation in the Human Services field along with the linguistic skills and cultural sensitivities necessary to work directly with Deaf people in a range of public and private agencies.
Students who choose to pursue this major will find many employment opportunities working with individuals who are facing life transitions or social and emotional challenges. Specifically, students will be prepared to work in a variety of social service settings with an under-served segment of the population-individuals who are Deaf and who use the language of the Deaf Community, American Sign Language.
The intersection of communications studies and human services practices spans several domains. Nonprofit organizations depend on communications professionals to effectively represent their work to the community, partner organizations, and funders. Knowledge and skills developed in communications studies also service human services professionals working in the political realm as they seek to promote impactful social policies.
The human services major is designed to prepare students for careers in social change by providing them with the theoretical and skill-based background necessary for practice and research. Students will develop a holistic understanding of preventative and reactive responses to social inequality and an understanding of how to impact change at the individual and structural levels. Students engage in an integrated educational program that emphasizes experiential approaches to learning through service-learning, co-op, and internship opportunities.
A combined major in human services and criminal justice will present students with an opportunity to gain both a conceptual-theoretical understanding of both types of agencies and the real world link through various co-op experiences. There is considerable overlap in the populations served by the criminal justice system and various human services agencies. Leadership positions in either type of agency will require individuals who have a firm understanding of how cultural, social, economic and political contexts affect the daily and long-term organization and operation of both types of agencies.
Combine human services and international affairs to create a focus on global humanitarian action. A combined major will introduce students to some of society’s most pressing problems on a global, national, and local level. The variety of courses offered will provide students with a conceptual understanding of the problems faced by individuals, communities, and nations, along with the necessary skills to make changes among these populations. This combined major will prepare students for positions within the nonprofit sector with an international focus.
Students pursuing a combined degree in human services and sociology will integrate the theoretical understandings of these two fields to better understand organizational and group behavior and their implications for individuals and communities utilizing human services. The human services major prepares students for careers in social change by providing students with the theoretical and skill-based background necessary for practice and research. The sociology major prepares students to rigorously analyze the social, political, and economic spheres of society at the local and global levels. Students will develop a holistic understanding of preventative and reactive responses to social inequality and an understanding of how to impact change at the individual and structural levels. The combined major provides students with the conceptual and practical tools to understand how various features of society affect its members as well as how people create social change.
Students in the Human Services Program are prepared for fields in the social change arena (non-government organizations, counseling and political advocacy). Political Science students are prepared to changing and shaping the domestic and international political landscape in American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, and Public Policy. With the new degree combination, students will be prepared with skills and tools to advocate for social issues at all levels of society.