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Online Bachelor's 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 entry-level 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 field work 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 (https://cshse.org) and the requirements to become a Human Services Board-Certified Practitioner (http://www.cce-global.org/HSBCP).

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.

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Online Program Start Dates

Monday, January 7, 2019
Monday, May 6, 2019
Monday, August 19, 2019


Named one of the Top Online Bachelor’s Degrees in Human Services for 2018 by OnlineSchoolsCenter.com.


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

At a Glance

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. 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.

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. Graduates with a Criminal Justice Concentration can go on to pursue graduate study in criminal justice or seek employment in police work, federal, state, county or municipal agencies, corrections, or security.

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 the 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 can evaluate your transfer credits and help you know if this is an option for you.

 

Your Future

Career Preparation

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, Easley
  • Department of Social Services
  • Life Management Center – Adoption Counselor
  • 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

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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