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 systems 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.