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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.

The Counseling and 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.

Graduates of the Counseling and Human Services program will:

  • 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. 


Study Counseling and Human Services at Stevenson

Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

Career Paths for Counseling and Human Services Majors

Graduates of our Counseling and 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.

Courses and Requirements

Courses and Requirements

The courses listed below are required for completion of the bachelor’s degree in Counseling and 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 217 Professional Development in Counseling and Human Services
HSR 220 Diversity and Cultural Competence in Human Services
HSR 224 Research Methods and Writing
HSR 315/515 Group Counseling
HSR 340/540 Adminstration 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
MATH 136 Introduction to Statistics
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



Students can select a track in Addictions and Mental Health Counseling or Child, Adolescent, and Family Services.

Students who do not declare a track must also take 5 focused electives. At least 2 courses must be HSR courses; please see an advisor for the approved list.

Addictions and Mental Health Counseling Track

All major requirements, and the following track courses:

HSR 370 Ethics in Counseling
HSR 371 Assessment and Treatment of Addictions
PSY 215 Psychopatholog

Two additional focused electives

Child, Adolescent, and Family Services Track

All major requirements, and the following track courses:

HSR 275 Services for Children and Youth
PSY 206 Child Development

Two additional focused electives

One additional course under development (HSR 262 or HSR 265)

Tracks and Minors

Tracks and Minors


Addictions and Mental Health Counseling Track

The Addictions and Mental Health Counseling Track prepares students to work with clients who have substance abuse or other mental health issues.  This option provides the academic work required for certification 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. 

Services for Children and Youth Track

This track is for students interested in pursuing careers directly related to children and families. The track emphasizes social services available to support families, such as child protective services, adoption and foster care systems, school-based support, and support for families in need. Emphasis is placed on child development, crisis intervention, coping skills and resiliency.

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 Counseling and Human Services requires successful completion of a minimum of six courses and 18 credits with an HSR prefix. Please see an academic advisor for more information. General guidelines regarding minors may be found in the Minors section of the catalog.

Professional Minor in Human Resources 

Students who do not choose a track are encouraged to explore Professional Minors. The Professional Minor in Human Resources is a particularly good fit for students in Counseling and Human Services.

BS/MS Option

The BS/MS option is available for students majoring in counseling and 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 Stevenson University Online catalog.

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