We live in challenging times. From political unrest and unemployment to homelessness and natural disasters, the difficulties and demands of these situations affect individuals and families in countries around the world.

 With an online B.S. in Human Services from Walden, you can become an advocate for the individuals and communities that are facing such issues and help change their world.

By studying the latest theories and principles of conflict management and resolution, you can explore ways to remedy and prevent individual and social issues. Our online B.S. in Human Services program can help you gain practical skills in case management, crisis and trauma response, advocacy, and community collaboration.

With these newly acquired skills, you can prepare to work as a mental health aide, child advocate, or parole officer in a variety of settings, including group homes, family agencies, and rehabilitation centers.*

*Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

Find detailed information for this program, including possible occupations, completion rate, program costs, and median student loan debt.

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Walden’s online B.S. in Human Services program offers a variety of concentrations to help you meet your personal and professional goals:

    In addition to choosing a concentration, you can also pursue an undergraduate minor. Your minor must be in a discipline outside your bachelor’s degree program area. Adding a minor to your program of study allows you to gain multidisciplinary skills that can help you advance toward your professional goals.

     

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    Addictions

    Many people today suffer from addictions to a variety of activities and substances and seek treatment from qualified professionals to manage their addictions. Qualified professionals who understand addictive behaviors, such as alcoholism or drug abuse, gambling or shopping to excess, or viewing pornography, are needed to help these individuals explore their behaviors, both external and internal and uncover the causes for these disorders.

    Walden’s Addictions concentration will help you discover not only the underlying causes of such addictive behavior but also prevention methods. This concentration will also teach you about substance abuse and treatment and what makes certain individuals “high-risk” for developing addictive habits. If you are interested in gaining addiction counselor certification, this concentration may help you earn some of the hours needed toward that goal.

    Degree Completion Requirements

    • 181 total quarter credits
      • General education courses (46 cr.)*
      • Core courses (45 cr.)
      • Concentration courses (35 cr.)
      • Elective courses (50 cr.)
      • Capstone course (5 cr.)

    Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

    Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

    *Click here for Required General Education Courses by Program.

    First Term Course

    Core Courses

    Concentration Courses

    Elective Courses

    Choose 10 courses from either general education or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. At least 15 elective credits must be at the 3000–4000 level. Your elective credits should total 50 to meet your program requirements. You may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet your elective requirements. Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a 6-course minor.

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    Child and Adolescent Development

    The period from childhood to adolescence is a complex time of transformational physical changes as well as important mental and social development. There are many social influences that can affect the attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors of children and adolescents. In the online B.S. in Human Services Child and Adolescent Development concentration, you will study the key theories related to the biological and behavioral maturation processes of this age group. You will examine the trends and issues that affect children and adolescents today—including Internet use, social media, substance abuse, (cyber) bullying, eating disorders, depression, suicide, and teenage pregnancy.

    Degree Completion Requirements

    • 181 total quarter credits
      • General education courses (46 cr.)*
      • Core courses (45 cr.)
      • Concentration courses (30 cr.)
      • Elective courses (55 cr.)
      • Capstone course (5 cr.)

    Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

    Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

    *Click here for Required General Education Courses by Program.

    First Term Course

    Core Courses

    Concentration Courses

    Choose six courses from those listed below:

    Elective Courses

    Choose 11 courses from either general education or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. At least 20 elective credits must be at the 3000–4000 level. Your elective credits should total 55 to meet your program requirements. You may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet your elective requirements. Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a 6-course minor.

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    Criminal Justice

    Beyond what is portrayed in the media, there is a complex criminal justice system that maintains law and order in American society. The Criminal Justice concentration allows you to examine contemporary justice systems to understand how they affect both criminal offenders and victims of crimes. You’ll be able to explore the nature, causes, and types of crimes as well as study the offenders while earning your online B.S. in Human Services degree. You will be able to explore real-world cases and analyze the effect that judicial outcomes have on the laws that govern society.

    Degree Completion Requirements

    • 181 total quarter credits
      • General education courses (46 cr.)*
      • Core courses (45 cr.)
      • Concentration courses (30 cr.)
      • Elective courses (55 cr.)
      • Capstone course (5 cr.)

    Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

    Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

    *Click here for Required General Education Courses by Program.

    First Term Course

    Core Courses

    Concentration Courses

    Choose six courses from those listed below:

    Elective Courses

    Choose 11 courses from either general education or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. At least 20 elective credits must be at the 3000–4000 level. Your elective credits should total 55 to meet your program requirements. You may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet your elective requirements. Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a 6-course minor.

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    Cultural Studies

    Ethnicity, language, gender, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status all affect how we interact and communicate in our multicultural society. Through the Cultural Studies concentration in the online B.S. in Human Services program, you will learn how to distinguish between the styles of communication unique to specific cultures. With this knowledge, you can overcome challenges in cross-cultural situations you may encounter in academic, personal, and professional settings.

    Degree Completion Requirements

    • 181 total quarter credits
      • General education courses (46 cr.)*
      • Core courses (45 cr.)
      • Concentration courses (30 cr.)
      • Elective courses (55 cr.)
      • Capstone course (5 cr.)

    Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

    Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

    *Click here for Required General Education Courses by Program.

    First Term Course

    Core Courses

    Concentration Courses

    Choose six courses from those listed below:

    Elective Courses

    Choose 11 courses from either general education or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. At least 20 elective credits must be at the 3000–4000 level. Your elective credits should total 55 to meet your program requirements. You may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet your elective requirements. Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a 6-course minor.

    Capstone Course

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    Global Social Justice and Civic Engagement

    In our increasingly global society, there is a focus on fundamental social issues, such as the promotion of diversity, the protection of human rights, and the preservation of the environment. At the same time, there is a growing need to respond to crisis situations in the areas of natural disasters, education, and healthcare. This concentration in the online B.S. in Human Services program will help you focus on the effective strategies needed to be an advocate for change by exploring these issues and understanding the major obstacles to resolving them.

    Degree Completion Requirements

    • 181 total quarter credits
      • General education courses (46 cr.)*
      • Core courses (45 cr.)
      • Concentration courses (30 cr.)
      • Elective courses (55 cr.)
      • Capstone course (5 cr.)

    Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

    Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

    *Click here for Required General Education Courses by Program.

    First Term Course

    Core Courses

    Concentration Courses

    Choose six courses from those listed below:

    Elective Courses

    Choose 11 courses from either general education or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. At least 20 elective credits must be at the 3000–4000 level. Your elective credits should total 55 to meet your program requirements. You may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet your elective requirements. Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a 6-course minor.

    Capstone Course

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    Leadership and Administration

    The Leadership and Administration concentration in the online B.S. in Human Services program examines the challenges that face those in leadership roles, especially in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. You will study theories and principles of leadership development and analyze the ethical considerations facing leaders today. By the completion of your studies, you will have a strong understanding of the leadership skills needed to address important social issues and implement change.

    Degree Completion Requirements

    • 181 total quarter credits
      • General education courses (46 cr.)*
      • Core courses (45 cr.)
      • Concentration courses (30 cr.)
      • Elective courses (55 cr.)
      • Capstone course (5 cr.)

    Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

    Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

    *Click here for Required General Education Courses by Program.

    First Term Course

    Core Courses

    Concentration Courses

    Choose six courses from those listed below:

    Elective Courses

    Choose 11 courses from either general education or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. At least 20 elective credits must be at the 3000–4000 level. Your elective credits should total 55 to meet your program requirements. You may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet your elective requirements. Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a 6-course minor.

    Capstone Course

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      • Credits

    Psychology

    A person’s mood can be influenced by a variety of internal and external factors. The Psychology concentration in the online B.S. in Human Services program allows you to explore the physical, mental, and environmental causes that can affect behavior. In your coursework, you’ll evaluate the latest research methods used to study human behavior and gain an understanding of how behavior is affected by diversity and multiculturalism.

    Degree Completion Requirements

    • 181 total quarter credits
      • General education courses (46 cr.)*
      • Core courses (45 cr.)
      • Concentration courses (30 cr.)
      • Elective courses (55 cr.)
      • Capstone course (5 cr.)

    Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

    Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

    *Click here for Required General Education Courses by Program.

    First Term Course

    Core Courses

    Concentration Courses

    Choose six courses from those listed below:

    Elective Courses

    Choose 11 courses from either general education or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. At least 20 elective credits must be at the 3000–4000 level. Your elective credits should total 55 to meet your program requirements. You may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet your elective requirements. Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a 6-course minor.

    Capstone Course

      • Course Code
      • Course Title
      • Credits

    Self-Designed

    With the Self-Designed concentration, you can tailor your program of study to best match your educational needs and career goals. You can choose any six courses from among the online B.S. in Human Services program’s concentrations to study topics such as:

    • Methods in psychological inquiry
    • Cross-cultural psychology
    • Mobilizing and coordinating community response
    • Social influences on behavior
    • Intergroup conflict and peace building
    • Restorative justice

    Degree Completion Requirements

    • 181 total quarter credits
      • General education courses (46 cr.)*
      • Core courses (45 cr.)
      • Concentration courses (30 cr.)
      • Elective courses (55 cr.)
      • Capstone course (5 cr.)

    Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

    Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

    *Click here for Required General Education Courses by Program.

    First Term Course

    Core Courses

    Concentration Courses

    Choose any six courses from the following concentrations:

    Elective Courses

    Choose 11 courses from either general education or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. At least 20 elective credits must be at the 3000–4000 level. Your elective credits should total 55 to meet your program requirements. You may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet your elective requirements. Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a 6-course minor.

    Capstone Course

      • Course Code
      • Course Title
      • Credits

    Curriculum Component Requirements  Cost  Total* 
    Tuition 181 total quarter credit hours  $310 per quarter hour 

    $56,110

    Technology Fee  Per quarter

    $120

    $1,920

       

    Total

    $58,030

       

    Transfer up to 135 credits 

    $43,290

       

    Total with Maximum Transfer Credits

    $14,740

    *Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

    Maximum transfer credit total includes reduction in technology fee as related to reduced number of courses over time.

    Books and materials are not included and may cost up to an additional $5,000.

    Tuition and fees are subject to change.

    Call 1-866-492-5336 for information about a full range of options for:

    Accelerate Your Degree Completion

    With an online B.S. in Human Services degree from Walden, you can enhance your ability to find a meaningful career that allows you to make a difference in people’s lives—while opening the door to potential career and earnings growth options.

    Gain a Competitive Edge

    The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the number of social and human services assistants is expected to grow by nearly 23% by 2018, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. This is due in large part to the aging population and increased demand for mental health and substance abuse treatment.*

    Increase Your Earnings Potential

    With your Walden degree in hand, you have the opportunity to raise your earnings potential over the course of your career.

    • According to Bureau of Labor Statistics data, education pays off in higher earnings and lower unemployment rates. People with college and graduate degrees typically fare best in both categories.
    • Lifetime earnings for those with a bachelor’s degree typically exceed earnings for high school graduates by 66%.

    Expand Your Career Options

    Walden’s B.S. in Human Services degree can help prepare you for a such careers as:§

    • Community support worker
    • Mental health support or aide
    • Community activist
    • Child advocate
    • Parole officer

    Other possible areas of employment include hospitals, schools, and private or government human services agencies.

    *Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, “Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition,” on the Internet at www.bls.gov/oco/ocos059.htm (viewed online September 20, 2011).

    Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, “Employment Projections, 2010,” on the Internet at www.bls.gov/emp/ep_chart_001.htm (viewed online September 20, 2011). National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.

    College Board, “Education Pays: The Benefits of Higher Education for Individuals and Society,” Trends in Higher Education Series, 2010, on the Internet at http://trends.collegeboard.org/downloads/Education_Pays_2010.pdf (viewed online September 20, 2011).

    §Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

    When you choose Walden’s B.S. in Human Services program, you can benefit from the flexibility of online learning and from MobileLearn®. Offered exclusively at Walden, MobileLearn not only enables you to choose where and when you learn, it also gives you the ability to choose how you learn. Learn more.

    Find out more about what defines Walden’s B.S. in Human Services program:

    Psychology or Human Services?

    Walden offers two online bachelor’s degree programs that can help you gain practical skills and advance your career as an advocate for individuals and communities coping with life challenges.
    When deciding between Walden’s B.S. in Human Services and B.S. in Psychology, consider which features are right for your career goals:

      B.S. in Human Services  B.S. in Psychology 
    The ideal candidate: Both degrees are designed for individuals who have a strong desire to help others.  For individuals who want to gain the knowledge and practical skills to improve the quality-of-life services for the individuals and communities they serve.  For individuals who want to gain a broad understanding of and global perspective on psychology and its relevance in an increasingly diverse and global society.
    What you’ll study:
    At the core of both programs is a focus on the role of social awareness, multiculturalism, and advocacy in dealing with both individual and community issues. 
    A unique blend of child, family, and community relationship studies; intergroup conflict management; crisis and intervention training; and case management handling that provides a base of practical knowledge and skills.  A focus on psychology inquiry, professional issues and ethics, cross-cultural psychology, and psychology as a natural and social science.
    Unique coursework:
    Each program offers courses that are tailored to meet its learning outcomes. 
    • Mobilizing and Coordinating
    • Community Response
    • Sustaining Quality of Life in the City
    • Intercultural Communication
    • Psychology of Gender
    • Influence and Persuasion
    • Adjustment in the 21st Century
    Potential career options:* Graduates of either program will be well-prepared for a number of occupations across a variety of areas. 
    • Social or community service managers
    • Social or human service assistants
    • Community support worker
    • Mental health support or aide
    • Community activist
    • Child advocate
    • Parole officers
    • Social or community service managers
    • Community or social service specialists
    • Psychology teachers

    *Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

    At the end of this program, graduates will be prepared to:

    1. Articulate historical and current issues that have shaped the development of the human services profession.
    2. Articulate the role that human services professionals play in work with individuals, families, and communities in need.
    3. Identify strategies to address marginalization and stratification for diverse communities in support of social change initiatives.
    4. Advocate client needs across a variety of social domains.
    5. Utilize knowledge of formal and informal networks in the human services delivery systems.
    6. Identify models for addressing crisis-related problems in living.
    7. Apply legal and ethical standards in providing client services and maintaining client records.
    8. Evaluate service delivery and program effectiveness.

    For assistance in deciding which concentration fits your goals, request information or speak with an enrollment advisor by calling 1-866-492-5336. A list of international toll-free phone numbers is available for students outside the United States.