BS in Human Services
Social and human service worker is a generic term for people with a wide array of job titles, including case management worker, social work assistant, community support worker, mental health worker, community outreach worker, life skills counselor, or gerontology aide. They usually work with professionals from a variety of fields, such as nursing, psychiatry, psychology, rehabilitative or physical therapy, or social work. The amount of responsibility and supervision human services workers are given varies a great deal. Some have little direct supervision; others work under close direction.
Employment of human and social service workers is expected to grow much faster than average through the year 2016 – this field is among the most rapidly growing occupations. Job opportunities for social and human service workers are expected to be excellent, particularly for applicants with appropriate education (from the Occupational Outlook Handbook – U.S. Department of Labor Statistics). Increasingly, postsecondary education or even postgraduate education (e.g., a Master’s degree) is required to remain competitive in the field of social and human services.
In light of these trends, the mission of the Southern Wesleyan human services program is to provide a broad based program in human services that is based upon a Christian worldview and seeks to both provide students with basic skills in the human services field and to prepare students for more advanced work within the social science. In order to fulfill this mission, the program offers a variety of courses and opportunities designed to provide students with an understanding of the history of, and perspectives on human services and a solid background of skills and knowledge applicable to the field.
"SWU provided an atmosphere that allowed me to reach my educational goals! The professors were more than willing to work with me and that made a difference!"
Mandi Fritts, Class of 2011