Bachelor's in Human Services

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Why Study Human Services? 

Our compassionate and experienced faculty provide hands-on learning opportunities that prepare you to work in social services, public policy, advocacy, child welfare, addiction, probation services and rehabilitation. This program opens doors for opportunities to help others overcome adversity in a variety of settings, including the court system, public welfare agencies and counseling programs.  

What You'll Learn 

With a degree in human services, you’ll gain the power to help others in deep and lasting ways. You will gain insights into specific topics like counseling, case management and rehabilitation and study strengths-based practices for working with individuals, families, groups and communities. For a deeper perspective, you’ll explore social policy and research.

Program Details

A Bachelor’s degree prepares you for a rising career and for future graduate study by emphasizing clear communication, critical thinking, and a leading-edge understanding of your chosen field. View the core requirements and electives needed to earn a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science in Human Services from Columbia College.

A Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science require slightly different coursework. A Bachelor of Arts allows you to take more classes in the humanities, specifically foreign language. A Bachelor of Science requires more courses specific to your major.

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

Pair your degree with a related minor or explore your other interests without taking on a full course load.

Careers & Outcomes 

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, child welfare, addiction, probation services and rehabilitation. 

Some possible paths include: 

  • Community Health Worker 
  • Social Services administrator 
  • Care Case Manager 
  • Family Services Coordinator 
  • Trauma care 
  • Victim Advocate 
  • Case Aide

Flexible Education

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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because a future built by you is a future built for you.

Too many people have been made to feel that higher education isn’t a place for them— that it is someone else’s dream. But we change all that. With individualized attention and ongoing support, we help you write a new story for the future where you play the starring role.