Human Services

Bachelor of Arts
Counseling Track | Community and Organizational Leadership Track


Human services professionals work in a variety of for-profit, non-profit, healthcare, and government sectors; they may also be employed in the helping professions (such as counseling and social work). Job outlook for Human Services professionals is favorable – according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the profession is expected to grow by 25% from 2010-2020.

The B.A. program in Human Services builds upon the academic and hands-on experiences gained with an Associate’s Degree in Human Services. The bachelor’s program completes the academic training required for careers in Human Services that can bring positive change to many populations. A Human Services professional may provide direct services to clients, supervise personnel, administer programs, and develop policies.

Degree Tracks

Students may choose from one of two tracks for the Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services: Counseling or Community and Organizational Leadership. The Counseling track prepares students for a wide range of careers in the helping professions. The Community and Organizational Leadership track supports careers in training/development, community/nonprofit administration, higher education, project management, and general business administration.

Program Requirements and Completion

The Human Services program is offered in the Evening College.  In order to declare a Human Services major, students must have an Associate’s Degree in Human Services from a regionally accredited two year college. The Human Services program is offered as an Associate’s to Bachelor’s (A2B) program on the main Columbia campus. It is also offered at off-site locations in a cohort model. Off-site A2B classes meet two nights a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:00-7:15 and 7:30-8:45. Off-site A2B students complete three courses per semester (including summers); the program is completed in six semesters.  More information regarding the A2B program may be found on the A2B information page.

B.A. in Human Services

Major Courses (6 semester hours):

  • PSY 300 Statistics for Behavioral Science (3 s.h.)
  • PSY 349 Research Methods in Behavioral Science (3 s.h.)

Counseling Track (18 semester hours): 

  • PSY 201 Professional Ethics (3 s.h.)
  • PSY 203 Human Growth and Development (3 s.h.)
  • PSY 342 Psychological Disorders (3 s.h.)
  • PSY 360 Group Process (3 s.h.)
  • PSY 396 Psychology of Personality (3 s.h.)
  • PSY 459 Clinical and Counseling Psychology (3 s.h.)

Counseling Electives (9 semester hours selected from approved courses)

Community and Organizational Leadership Track (18  semester hours):

  • POSC 220 State and Local Government (3 s.h.)
  • POSC 250 Public Policy (3 s.h.)
  • SOC 304 Profiles in Leadership (3 s.h.)
  • SOC 448 Community Organization and Advocacy (3 s.h.)
  • SOC 477 Nonprofit Leadership in the Human Services (3 s.h.)
  • POSC/PSY/SOC 498 Senior Seminar (3 s.h.)

COL Electives (9 elective hours selected from the following; no more than 2 courses from any one discipline):

  • COMM 210 Interpersonal Communication (3 s.h.)
  • COMM 250 Business and Professional Communication (3 s.h.)
  • COMM 340 Intercultural Communication (3 s.h.)
  • PSY 282 Social Psychology (3 s.h.)
  • PSY 360 Group Process (3 s.h.)
  • PSY 396 Psychology of Personality (3 s.h.)
  • SOC 268 Ethnic and Minority Groups (3 s.h.)
  • WRIT 305 Writing for Business and Public Affairs (3 s.h.)

or an approved elective


Dr. Karen Thompson, Human Services Program Coordinator (main campus)
Wil Lou Gray 116
phone: 803-786-3634

Bachelor of Arts
Counseling Track | Community and Organizational Leadership Track