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Bachelor of Arts in Human Services

The field of Human Services is one of the most rapidly growing sectors within the United States' economy with many career options.

The National Organization for Human Services (NOHS) defines Human Services as the profession of: 

Meeting human needs through an interdisciplinary knowledge base, focusing on prevention as well as remediation of problems, and maintaining a commitment to improving the overall quality of life of service populations. The Human Services profession is one which promotes improved service delivery by addressing not only the quality of direct services, but also by seeking to improve accessibility, accountability and coordination among professionals and agencies in service delivery.

The goal of the Human Services program at Columbia College is to assist students in developing empirically-based knowledge and practice skills fundamental for responsible and effective application within the Human Services field. The program also helps prepare students for graduate studies in a variety of fields and emphasizes the need for life-long learning.

Two baccalaureate degrees are offered in Human Services: The Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science.

For students currently working in the field of human services, or who otherwise have considerable work experience, the BA is recommended. For those desiring to enter the field, or for those with minimal work experience, the BS degree is recommended since it offers the internship experience.


Degree Requirements

A. General Education Requirements 38-41 sem. hrs
Ethics Course Requirement 3 hrs
PHIL 330View Syllabus Ethics
B. Foreign Language Requirement 6 sem. hrs
C. Multicultural Requirement 3 sem. hrs
(Courses from this list are noted in the major requirements below with an asterisk.)
D. Core Requirements 33 sem. hrs
(All courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher. Courses in the major cannot be taken as Pass/Fail.)
HUMS 105View Syllabus Introduction to Human Services 3 hrs
HUMS 250View Syllabus Working with Individuals 3 hrs
HUMS 300View Syllabus Exploring Research 3 hrs
HUMS 325View Syllabus Case Management 3 hrs
HUMS 335View Syllabus Working with Groups 3 hrs
HUMS 340View Syllabus Working with Families 3 hrs
HUMS 345View Syllabus Working with Communities and Organizations 3 hrs
HUMS 365View Syllabus (SOCI 365) American Social Policy 3 hrs
HUMS 495View Syllabus Integrative Seminar 3 hrs
PSYC 101View Syllabus General Psychology 3 hrs
SOCI 270View Syllabus (ANTH 270) Minority Cultures and Relations 3 hrs
E. Human Services Electives 12 sem. hrs
Chosen from below:
HUMS 310View Syllabus Military Case Work 3 hrs
HUMS 333/433Syllabus Not Available Topics 3 hrs
HUMS 350View Syllabus (SOCI 350) Social Gerontology 3 hrs
HUMS 375View Syllabus Disabilities 3 hrs
HUMS 380View Syllabus Substance Abuse 3 hrs
HUMS 385View Syllabus Mental Health 3 hrs
HUMS 390View Syllabus Child Welfare 3 hrs
SOCI 421View Syllabus Class, Status and Power 3 hrs
F. Electives 25-28 sem. hrs
120 sem. hrs
G. As the Culminating Evaluative Experience, all students must complete HUMS 495 Integrative Seminar with a grade of C or higher.


The Bachelor of Arts in Human Services degree is available at the following locations:

Main Campus, Day Program
Main Campus, Evening Program
Online Campus
Lemoore, CA
Orlando, FL
Hunter Army Airfield, GA
Fort Stewart, GA
Lake County/Great Lakes, IL
Crystal Lake, IL
Freeport, IL
Elgin, IL
Kansas City, MO
Jefferson City, MO
Springfield, MO
Lake of the Ozarks, MO
Rolla, MO
Fort Leonard Wood, MO
St. Louis, MO
Hancock Field, NY
Mesquite, TX
NS Everett - Marysville, WA