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Human Services

The Human Services program will be renamed Counseling and Human Services effective Fall 2018.

Do you want to help people in need?

If you have an innate desire to help those who require assistance, from individuals to communities, our program will teach you how to provide the services that can positively impact their lives.

  • Overview


    Bachelor of Science

    The Human Services program at Stevenson University is nationally accredited by the Council for Standards in Human Service EducationIt prepares students for a broad range of careers in helping those in need. You will learn how a wide variety of individuals and families develop and function, from infants to seniors and across the racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic spectrum. You'll also benefit from the program's interdisciplinary approach, taking courses in law and philosophy, as well as psychology and sociology. In addition, the program offers optional tracks in Addictions Counseling, Administration of Programs for Children, and Human Services Administration. Finally, you'll have the chance to apply what you've learned in real-world settings-field placements are a crucial part of this program.

    What Will You Learn?

    • Apply research findings to analyze common problems encountered in the human services field and develop appropriate solutions. 
    • Based on comprehensive self-evaluation and feedback from faculty and supervisors, develop individualized professional development goals and objectives. 
    • Exhibit consistent professional attitudes and behaviors in applied human services settings. 
    • Exhibit culturally sensitive behavior in professional human services settings. 
    • Exhibit effective and appropriate interpersonal skills in professional human services settings. 
    • Synthesize and appropriately apply key concepts, methods, and values in human services to professional situations, independently and with minimal supervision. 

    A complete listing of learning objectives for the Human Services program can be found in our Academic Catalog.
    Learning Objectives

    Why Study Human Services?

    To be successful as a human services professional, you'll need a deep understanding of individuals and families and how best to help them. This program will prepare you for a career in areas such as administration, business and industry, child welfare, criminal justice and corrections, developmental disabilities, education, gerontology, health care, higher education, and public welfare. You'll also be equally prepared for graduate school in programs such as human services, counseling, social work, school counseling, and marriage and family therapy.

    • Work with people in real-world settings, including hospitals, treatment facilities, adoption and foster care agencies, senior citizen centers, and mental health facilities.
    • Graduate from a program nationally accredited by the Council for Standards in Human Service Education.
    • Take one of three optional tracks: Addictions Counseling, Human Services Administration, or Administration of Programs for Children.
    • Get prepared for graduate school: Approximately one-third of our alumni seek advanced degrees in school counseling, marriage and family therapy, social work, and more.
  • Courses & Requirements

    Courses and Requirements

    Course Sequence

    Human Services

    The courses listed below are required for completion of the bachelor’s degree in human services. Students must also complete the requirements for the Stevenson Educational Experience (SEE).

    Specific pre- and co-requisites for each course are listed in the course descriptions.

    Major Requirements

    FYS 100 First Year Seminar
    HSR 101 Family Studies
    HSR 201 Introduction to Human Services
    HSR 210 Professional Writing in Human Services
    HSR 220 Diversity and Cultural Competence in Human Services
    HSR 224 Introduction to Research Methods
    HSR 315/515 Group Process and Practice
    HSR 340/540 Administration of Human Services
    HSR 360 Counseling Strategies for Individuals
    HSR 380 Internship in Human Services
    HSR 430 Family Dynamics and Interventions
    HSR 440 Practicum in Human Services
    HSR 441 Seminar in Human Services
    LAW 259 Children and Family Law
    MATH 136 or Introduction to Statistics or
    PSY 136 Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Sciences
    PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology
    PSY 108 Human Growth and Development
    PSY 215 Psychopathology
    SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology

    Five Focused Electives
    See an advisor for the approved list. Students desiring to complete a track should select from the following focused electives.

    Addictions Counseling Track

    All major requirements and the following track courses:

    HSR 270 Addictions
    HSR 370 Ethics in Counseling
    HSR 371 Assessment and Treatment of Addictions
    Two additional focused electives

    Administration of Programs for Children Track

    All major requirements and the following track courses:

    ED 208 Learning Experiences for Young Children
    HSR 275 Services for Children and Youth
    PSY 206 Child Development
    Two additional focused electives

    Human Services Administration Track

    All major requirements and the following track courses:

    LAW 380 Mediation and Negotiation
    MGT 310 Organizational Behavior
    MGT 408 Human Resource Management
    MKT 206 Principles of Marketing
    One additional focused elective

    The following courses are recommended but not required:

    MKT 316 Principles of Negotiation and Sales
    MGT 330 Introduction to Public Administration

    Last Updated: 06/07/2017

  • Tracks & Minors

    Tracks and Minors


    Addictions Counseling Track

    The Addictions Counseling track is for students interested in working with clients who have substance abuse problems and other addiction disorders. This option provides the academic work required by the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists as a Certified Associate Counselor-Alcohol & Drug (CAC-AD). Certification requires additional supervised work experience following graduation. Because most clients are affected by addictions even if they, themselves, are not addicts, many Human Services majors who do not plan to be addictions counselors enroll in the addictions courses.

    Administration of Programs for Children Track

    This track is for students interested in the administration of programs for young children. Courses in the track will also provide relevant information for students who do not intend to assume management positions but who want to work with young children. This option provides the academic work required for the Child Care Administrator Level 4 Credential issued by the Maryland State Department of Education. Certification may require additional work experience with young children. Graduates may assume positions such as program administrator for young children, Head Start program director, Head Start family and community program manager, child care center director, private nursery school administrator, director of Montessori schools, and child care advocate. Scholarship funds (Childcare Career and Professional Development Fund) may be available through their place of employment for students who are currently employed in child care centers. Interested students should contact their place of employment for more information about these scholarships.

    Human Services Administration Track

    The Human Services Administration track is intended for students planning to pursue careers in Human Services Administration. These careers include positions in human resources, development, and management.


    The minor in human services requires successful completion of a minimum of six courses and 18 credits with an HSR prefix; however, ED 208: Learning Experiences for Children may also count toward the minor in human services. Please see an academic advisor for more information. General guidelines regarding minors may be found in the Minors section of the catalog.

    BS/MS Option

    The BS/MS option is available for students majoring in human services who wish to combine their bachelor’s coursework with work toward a Stevenson University master’s degree in Healthcare Management or a degree in Community-Based Education and Leadership. Students choosing this option may earn their master's degree in as little as one year after their bachelor's degree. Interested students must formally apply for entrance into a BS/MS option in their junior year. Once admitted into this program, students develop an educational plan in consultation with their undergraduate and graduate advisors. For more information on this program see the School of Graduate and Professional Studies catalog.

    Articulation Agreements

    Community College Programs

    • Anne Arundel Community College – human services program
    • Community College of Baltimore County – mental health program
    • Frederick Community College - human services program; addictions track, developmental problems track, gerontology track, social work track
    • Harrisburg Area Community College – human services program; social services transfer program

    Graduate School Programs

    • McDaniel College - human services management program: special education

    This agreement gives Human Services majors the opportunity to complete their Bachelor of Science in Human Services from Stevenson University and Master of Science in Human Services Management: Special Education from McDaniel College in 5 years.

    Last Updated: 06/07/2017


Interview with Lexi about student athletics and Human Services
Alexis Young describes her experiences at Stevenson in the Human Services department and as a student athlete.  

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What Can You Do With This Degree?

Graduates of our Human Services program embark on many rewarding career choices, including:

• Administrator
• Career Counselor
• Child Welfare Specialist
• Classroom Aid
• Developmental Disabilities Specialist
• Elder Care Worker
• Human Resources Manager
• Public Welfare Advocate
• Service Coordinator
• Social Services Worker
• Substance Abuse Counselor

Curious about internships and job placement after you graduate? Visit our Office of Career Services.

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