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Columbia College Bachelor's in Human Services

Learn about improving the quality of life for individuals and communities with a Bachelor's in Human Services degree from Columbia College.

Explore human services at Columbia College

We see the benefits of human services around us every day—as people adjust to major life changes, as organizations work to solve social problems and as communities cope with emergencies. Columbia College students with a desire to help others will gain the interdisciplinary knowledge they need to be effective, as well as insights into specific topics like counseling, case management, rehabilitation and victim services.

You’ll study strengths-based practices for working with individuals, families, groups and communities. For a deeper perspective, you’ll explore social policy and research.

Opportunities to study:

  • Social gerontology
  • Disabilities
  • Addiction
  • Military case work
  • Mental health
  • Child welfare
  • Social inequality

Prepare to help people adjust to changing life circumstances

As a graduate of the human services program at Columbia College, you’ll enter a growing field with career possibilities in social services, public policy, advocacy, probation services and rehabilitation.

Human services professionals focus on both preventing and resolving problems, with a commitment to improving people’s overall quality of life. You can apply your knowledge to help others overcome adversity in a variety of settings, including the court system, public welfare agencies and counseling programs. Your role within these organizations could range from service coordination to case management, policy development or program evaluation.

Some possible paths include:

  • Community Health Worker
  • Social Services Director
  • Director of Social Services
  • Care Case Manager
  • Family Services Coordinator
  • Victim Advocate
  • Case Aide

Columbia College Global offers traditional classroom instruction for many courses at nationwide locations. Students at nationwide locations are expected to engage with multiple learning methods, including online and virtual while completing their degree. Columbia College offers on-campus programs with traditional classroom instruction at the Residential Campus in Columbia, Missouri.

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Michael Perkins

"Any non-traditional student who is working, has a family … that’s a tough thing to do, and this college has been at the forefront; we need to remember that. We’ve been innovators."

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Available program formats

  • General education requirements 39-42 credit hours
  • Core requirements 36 credit hours
  • Electives 33-36 credit hours
  • Multicultural requirements 6 credit hours
  • Total degree requirements 120 credit hours

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