Be a voice for those in need
You have a desire to help others. Whether you aspire to be a direct practitioner or an administrator, Walden’s BS in Human Services program can empower you to turn your passion into impact. A bachelor’s in human services degree prepares students to excel in direct services to individuals, families, and communities or in human services leadership roles.
Gain the know-how employers seek. This includes practical direct-service skills as well as the leadership mastery to work in administrative positions.
Our coursework reflects rigorous professional standards set forth by the Council for Standards in Human Service Education (CSHSE).
Choose from nine compelling concentrations to focus your program on your personal interests and professional goals.
You’re not required to complete fieldwork or a practicum, but the option is available to you if you prefer to have field experience.
Join a diverse community of human services professionals and broaden your global understanding of the field.
Take graduate-level courses as an undergraduate that could be applied to a future MS in Human and Social Services.
Explore the underlying causes of addictive behavior as well as prevention methods.
Study the key theories related to the biological and behavioral maturation processes of this age group.
Examine contemporary justice systems to understand how they affect both criminal offenders and victims of crimes.
Examine the challenges faced by those in leadership roles, especially in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors.
Explore the physical, mental, and environmental causes that can affect behavior. Evaluate the latest research methods used to study human behavior.
Customize your studies by choosing six concentration courses that complement your personal and professional goals.
Admission is considered for adult students who hold a high school diploma or its equivalent. Applicants must also meet one of the following criteria:
- You are 21 years of age or older.
- You are less than 21 years of age with 60 quarter credit hours.
- You are an active member of the military or a veteran with documentation of service.
You are concurrently enrolled in an approved partner institution with an articulation agreement with Walden.
More information for international applicants.
Change Lives. Change Your Future.
Walden’s BS in Human Services program can empower you with the skills to thrive in non-licensed, nontherapeutic direct service or entry-level leadership roles. Develop essential relationship-building and community engagement expertise and learn to ethically guide people to the services they need for a better life. Take your career further and make a greater impact serving your community.
Graduates of Walden’s online BS in Human Services program will be prepared to:
- Articulate historical and current issues that have shaped the development of the human services profession.
- Understand the role that human services professionals play in working with individuals, communities, and families in need.
- Identify strategies to address marginalization and social stratification for diverse communities in support of social change initiatives.
- Advocate client needs across a variety of social domains.
- Utilize knowledge of formal and informal networks in the human services delivery systems.
- Implement appropriate models for addressing crisis-related problems in the lives of clients.
- Apply legal and ethical standards in providing client services and maintaining client records.
- Evaluate service delivery and program effectiveness.
What’s the Career Impact of Earning a BS in Human Services?
Help Those Who Need Help the Most
From suicide to substance abuse, the rising tide of social issues calls for more qualified professionals to help people access life-saving services. Demand for practitioners with a bachelor’s in human services has grown, with more than 10,000 related jobs posted in 2018 versus 7,260 in 2015.1
Walden’s BS in Human Services program prepares you to be on the front lines helping clients navigate social services in settings around the world. Build a broad set of highly marketable skills that can open new doors, whether you aspire to work in nontherapeutic direct services or administration.
What Can I Do With a Bachelor’s in Human Services?
A BS in Human Services from Walden can prepare you for a number of nontherapeutic direct service or entry-level leadership roles in government agencies, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and foundations. Between 2017 and 2018, demand for most job titles in the field increased, with top titles including: 2
- Case manager
- Social worker
- Family services specialist
- Residential counselor
- Mental health technician
- Director of social services
Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this online bachelor’s in human services degree program.
Enhance Your Earning Potential
A BS in Human Services degree can potentially lead to higher earnings. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for social and community service managers was $65,320 in May 2018.3