Buena Vista University

Human Services: Distributive Major

From at-risk and chemically dependent youth to senior or disabled-rights advocates, a human services major gives you the broad educational background to work in the public, private, or government sectors that deal with the most pressing and complex issues facing society today. 

Employment opportunities include:

Courses of study

DISTRIBUTIVE MAJOR IN HUMAN SERVICES: 36 credit hours

Recommended prerequisites:

PSYC 100 General Psychology
PSYC 203 Social Psychology
PSYC 239 Abnormal Psychology
SCWK 200 Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare


Major Requirements:

PHIL/RELI 336 Professional Ethics
PSYC 389 Introduction to Counseling
SCWK 350 Social Welfare Programs and Policies
SOCI 380 Methods of Social Research I


2 courses from:

PSYC 329 Psychology of Gender
PSYC 450 Selected Topics in Psychology
PSYC 364 Industrial Psychology
PSYC 369 Psychology of Personality


5 courses from:

SCWK 351 Aging in American Society
SCWK 352 Child and Family Welfare
SCWK 353 Social Intervention with Families
SCWK 375 Selected Topics in Social Work (see course listings for examples)
SCWK 381 Methods of Social Research II
SOCI 301 Human Services in Rural Communities
SOCI 302 Sociology of Deviant Behavior
SOCI 361 Racism and Sexism in American Life
SOCI 450 Selected Topics in Sociology (see course listings for examples)


3 credit hours from:

HCAD Practicum in Health Care Administration (transfer)
SOCI 450 Practicum in Human Services
PSYC 495 Internship
Elective upper division elective from PSYC, SCWK, or SOCI

Note: Human services majors who have not completed a career-oriented two-year degree program should select a minor or second major that strengthens their professional preparation. Recommended minors include agency administration (distributive), business, criminal justice, education and training (distributive), or political science/public administration.

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Buena Vista University
610 W. 4th Street
Storm Lake, IA 50588
800.383.9600

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