Human Services Option Program Description

Career Opportunities

The human services option in the human development and family sciences program trains students for work in fields such as social services, child welfare, mental health and public policy. Our graduates serve occupations such as case workers, alcohol counselors, probation officers, life skills instructors, and family support workers. Job opportunities in human services work rank among the most rapidly growing occupational fields. HDFS graduates are also prepared for further study in graduate programs such as human development and family sciences, social work, and counseling.

Courses of Study

In addition to life-span courses, students take courses such as Family Studies, Skills for Human Service Professionals, Family Violence and Neglect, Families and Poverty, Critical Thinking, and Program Development and Proposal Writing. Required internship experience helps student to build bridges between theory and practice.