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Bachelor's of Applied Human Services Online

Program Code: BS6326
Human Services

The Human Services major leads to a Bachelor of Applied Human and Consumer Sciences. The program equips students with the skills required to serve clients in a variety of settings. Graduates with a degree in Human Services can work with numerous nonprofit and for-profit organizations and social service agencies, as well as state and local government.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook predicts job growth for social and human service assistants to be much faster than the average for all occupations. Adding a bachelor's degree boosts your potential to be hired as well as to increase in salary.

The Human Services program offers a flexible online education to help you achieve your goals. Learn more about an online education at Ohio University at https://www.ohio.edu/admissions/online

Program Requirements

Students will complete the following major courses and select six courses from the two areas of emphasis: (a) Leadership and Organization and (b) Diversity and Communication. 

Course No. Description Credit Hours
CONS 2500 Families as Consumers in Global Communities 3
CONS 3450J Writing in Human and Consumer Sciences 3
EDCE 2010 Career and Life Planning Seminar 2
EDCE 3001 Case Management in Human Services 3
EDCE 3002 Job Placement for Human Services Professionals 3
EDCE 3003 Stress Management 3
EDCE 4001 Human Service Professions 3
EDCE 4100 Human Relations 2
EDCE 4400 Foundations in Group Dynamics 2
EDCE 4910 Internship in Human Services 4
EDCE 4980 Ethical Issues in Human Services 3
EDCS 1011 Introduction to Diversity Studies 3

Opportunities Upon Graduation

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (2020) indicates that the employment of social and human service assistants is projected to grow 13% from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. A growing older adult population and rising demand for social services are expected to drive demand for these workers. Career opportunities associated with the Human Services major include, but are not limited to:

  • Community and Family Organizations
  • Intake Specialist
  • Social Work Assistant
  • Case Management Aide
  • Probation Officer
  • Foster Care and Child Advocate
  • Community Outreach Worker

Degree holders are also prepared to enter graduate programs in Counseling, Social Work, and Psychology. The Ohio University Counselor Education program offers a M.Ed. degree in Counselor Education that prepares graduates for counseling licensure in the state of Ohio. The program offers three areas of specialization: (a) clinical mental health counseling, (b) clinical mental health/clinical rehabilitation counseling, and (c) school counseling. 

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For more information, contact:

Bilal Urkmez
Assistant Professor 
Interim Human Services Program Coordinator
Patton Hall 432P
740.593.1739
urkmezbi@ohio.edu