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Online Bachelor's in Human Services

Serve your community with a Human Services degree.

The online Bachelor's in Human Services is designed to provide a broad-based program in human services that is based upon a Christian worldview and seeks to prepare students for positions in the social services field and for entry into appropriate graduate degree programs. 

100% online degree program
Christian values at the center of your education
Self-paced course work
A dedicated, personal advisor
Ability to apply real-world knowledge
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What you'll learn

You will study and master the fundamental and essential knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values necessary to be a successful and effective human services practitioner. As a student in the online Human Services program, you will hone your career by specializing in one or more areas of concentration and by engaging in real-world, hands-on projects.

The coursework in the online human services degree program is designed to address the expected learning outcomes of the Council for Standards in Human Services Education and the requirements to become a Human Services Board-Certified Practitioner. Read more about the benefits of a Human Services degree in this blog post by our Social Sciences Division Chair Dr. Steven Hayduk.

"The online Human Services program allowed me the freedom to work while still pursuing a solid education . . . Upon graduation, I felt prepared and confident in my ability to apply these skills to my career." - Billie Sands, 2019 BSHS Graduate

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Southern Wesleyan University awards a 10% scholarship to employees of the South Carolina Head Start Association, Goodwill Industries, Pickens County, Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, as well as other organizations. Click here for more information.


BSHS Degree Concentrations

Administration concentration

The Human Services Administration Concentration prepares current and future human services professionals in the public and private sectors to effectively shape and develop organizations with the ultimate goal of improving services and the effectiveness and efficiency of not-for-profit organizations. Courses in this concentration provide students with a better understanding of management and organizational behavior that is rooted in Christian leadership principles.

Administration Concentration Courses:

  • SOSC 3073 — Management Issues
  • SOSC 3603 — Community Development
  • MGMT 3353 — Organizational Behavior
  • MGMT 2013 — Principles of Management

Counseling concentration

Human Services majors interested in the helping professions may want to explore the Counseling Concentration. Counselors assist individuals and groups with personal, family, mental health, substance abuse, and career issues with the purpose of helping individuals live a healthy and productive life. SWU’s focus on being a Christ-centered institution translates to looking at the field of counseling as part of our distinct calling.

The counseling career field has a wide range of specializations, such as drug and alcohol addiction, family therapy, career counseling, personal counseling, crisis intervention, school/student guidance, clinical counseling, rehabilitation, and even life coaching. These jobs can be found in a variety of organizations, such as K-12 schools, colleges/universities, hospitals, mental health clinics, correction facilities, social service agencies, private practices, and churches/mission organizations.

At SWU, students can lay the foundation for a counseling career by earning a bachelor’s degree in human services, psychology or a related field, which can lead to entry-level positions. Becoming a licensed professional counselor typically requires at least a master’s degree.

Counseling Concentration Courses:

  • PSYC 3713 — Introduction to Counseling
  • PSYC 3753 — Practical Counseling Skills
  • PSYC 3763 — Multicultural Counseling
  • PSYC 3733 — Group Dynamics

Criminal Justice concentration

The Criminal Justice Concentration is designed for human services majors interested in pursuing a human services career in professional settings involving human services and law enforcement. The concentration provides an excellent introduction to the field of criminal justice, which is very helpful for many human services fields where law enforcement is regularly involved. This concentration could also help prepare someone interested in criminal justice as a career.

Criminal Justice Concentration Courses:

  • CRJS 1253 — Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CRJS 2283 — Police and Community
  • CRJS 3353 — Juveniles and the Law
  • PSYC 3353 — Forensic Psychology

Marriage and Family Services concentration

The Marriage and Family Services Concentration provides the skills and knowledge needed by practitioners to work effectively with many of the demands families and couples are facing today. Students within this concentration will have strong characteristics of empathy, compassion and an interest in evidence-based strategies geared toward behavioral change. SWU’s emphasis on a Christian ethic of care is perfectly aligned with the needs of respecting and valuing what is important to couples and families while providing the support and empathy that serves to empower change.

Students who complete the Marriage and Family Services Concentration often go on to further studies in human growth and development, human services, family policy, social work, and family counseling.

Marriage and Family Services Concentration Courses:

  • SOSC 2103 — Sex, Courtship, and Marriage
  • PSYC 3103 — Child Development
  • PSYC 3113 — Adolescent Development
  • PSYC 3133 — Adult Development

Specialized concentration

The Specialized Concentration is designed for students who might transfer in multiple human services credits from a previous institution or earned associate degree. A specialized concentration can be built for these students based on the transfer work. Your academic success coach or academic advisor can evaluate your transfer credits and help you know if this is an option for you.

Consider also adding a minor in Early Childhood and Family Studies to this degree using the built-in elective hours.

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Online Program Start Dates

Monday, August 24, 2020
Monday, January 11, 2021

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Named one of the Top Online Bachelor’s Degrees in Human Services for 2019 by Online Schools Report.

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At a Glance

What can you do with a Bachelor's Degree in Human Services?

This program opens the door to many career possibilities including:

  • Community Outreach Organizations
  • Child and Family Advocacy
  • Department of Social Services
  • Adoption Case Management
  • Justice System Case Management
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Counseling/Therapy
  • Gerontology

Graduate Experience

Our early childhood graduates have gone into a number of careers and have held jobs with employers such as:

  • United Way of Pickens County
  • The Dream Center
  • Department of Social Services
  • Life Management Center – Adoption Counselor
  • Greenville County Schools
  • Tamassee DAR School

"The instruction has helped me with my work in life. Here you don't have everything right there for you, but it's a good thing — it helps you grow and stretch out. The things I learned have been phenomenal."

- LeRoy Moore, BS in Human Services


"Both faculty and staff taught me three major things:
1. That kindness goes a long way. It's something I saw in my professors' teachings and philosophies early on.
2. That I had potential and strengths I didn't know I had. Many faculty and staff that I had encounters with loved to show students that they had valuable potential.
3. That to listen to others and meet them where they're at is to love and serve them."

- Lyndy Barnes, 2017 BSHS Graduate
Campaign Manager for United Way of Pickens

Ready to become an agent of positive change in your community?

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Admission Requirements for Online Associate and Bachelor Programs

  • Submission of a completed application
  • $25 application fee
  • An official high school transcript if transferring fewer than 15 credit hours from accredited colleges or universities. Minimum high school cumulative grade point average of 2.0.
  • Home school students must provide evidence of membership in an approved home school association and provide an official transcript with a 2.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale; otherwise, applicant must submit GED scores.
  • Transfer students who have attended other colleges or universities must provide official transcripts from each school attended. Students must have earned a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA for all college work attempted.
  • Submission of all military transcripts, if applicable.
  • International transcripts must be evaluated by an approved agency. American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers can do this evaluation, and National Association of Credential Evaluation Services provides a list of approved agencies. From the NACES list, Southern Wesleyan recommends using World Education Services or Josef Silny.
  • Applicants for whom English is a second language must meet the official TOEFL score of at least 550 (paper test), 213 (computer test), or demonstrate equivalent evidence of proficiency in English, such as an overall band score of 6.0 or higher on the IELTS test.
  • Satisfactory interview with a designated committee or academic division, if required.

Learn more about transfer credits from accredited colleges and universities.

If you have any questions regarding admission requirements for your degree program, please contact an admissions representative at 877-644-5557 or .

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