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BS in Human Services

Serve your community through a human services degree.

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


Concentrations in the Human Services program are available in Administration, Counseling, Criminal Justice, Marriage and Family Services, and the option for a specialized concentration. See more details about concentrations below.

Students will study and master the fundamental and essential knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values necessary to be a successful and effective human services practitioner. In addition, students will hone their career and scholarly preparation by specializing in one or more areas of concentration. As a capstone experience, students will complete an internship experience (120 to 480 fieldwork hours) or an individually-designed research project.

The coursework in the BSHS 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 (

Social and human service worker is a broad 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 2026 – this field is among the most rapidly growing occupations (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.

This page is for the on-campus BSHS program. For the online BSHS, click here.

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"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

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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