B.S. degree in Human Services

The undergraduate program in Human Services leads to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and is designed to provide a human, social, and behavioral science background for persons to work in a variety of settings for a broad range of organizations dedicated to helping others transition through their developmental and contextual issues and processes. The Human Services program offers a curriculum which includes the following core components: interpersonal skills; social and cultural foundations; introduction to human services; counseling theory and practice; developmental psychology; research in learning and development; child/adolescent/or adult psychology and development. A practicum and internship are included in the program for field experiences leading directly to professional training and employment. As a part of the remaining degree requirements students will have the opportunity to specialize in one of the following areas (groups): human development, social services, offender services, health services, and child life specialist.

The Human Development specialization offers an intensive focus on developmental sciences leading to advanced studies and generalist professions. The Social Services specialization adds the application of professional care to family and community realms. The Offender Services specialization promotes careers in prevention and treatment of juvenile delinquency, substance abuse, and criminally maladaptive behavior. The Health Services specialization acknowledges the contribution of community health and positions in communicative disorders, health education, and related professions. The Child Life Specialist specialization has recently been added in order to focus on assisting children and their families to encourage optimum development of children facing challenging experiences particularly related to healthcare and hospitalization. Please click here for more information about Child Life Specialists.

The Human Services degree serves as an excellent foundation for students interested in pursuing a master's or doctorate degree in counseling, psychology, speech/language pathology, social work, or other related fields.

Students in the program learn the roles and functions of human services professionals, characteristics of human growth and development, aspects of human service agencies, theories and skills required of human services professionals to work with diverse clientele in a variety of settings, and the basic skills related to program evaluation, grant writing, and fundraising. The program also includes ethical, legal, and multi-cultural issues as they relate to the responsibilities of the human services professional. Professional writing and oral skills are stressed in all coursework to ensure that students understand the importance of documentation and communication requirements in the human services field.

Interested in more information about the Human Services degree program? Please contact the coordinator, Dr. Jamie Branam Kridler at or (423) 439-7667. We look forward to speaking with you!



In addition to our degree offering on the ETSU campus - 

Online Human Services

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Shawn and Cassie graduated with a B.S. in Human Services and our now students in the M.A. in Counseling program here at ETSU. Posing with Superman during their Play Therapy course.


Also check out our program of study in the ETSU Undergraduate Catalog: Human Services Major, B.S. If you are a current student, please be sure to check out the program of study for your appropriate catalog year. Click here for the Undergraduate Catalog.