Psychology and Social Science

Human Services Degree

Psychology and Social Science Bachelor’s Degree Program

BVU’s human services major uses an interdisciplinary approach to prepare students to work in the social services industry. The curriculum combines courses in psychology, sociology, and human services, among others, to create an integrated approach to understanding human services theory and applying those concepts in the real world.

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Why should I earn a human services degree?


With interdisciplinary coursework and the chance to customize with electives, you can build a major that will prepare you for many roles in the human services field. 

Prep for Grad School

The human services major builds a strong foundation for a master’s degree in mental health counseling or professional school counseling.

Real Rewards

Choose a major that prepares you to support people in need — from addiction counseling to rural community organizing to psychological services. 

What I Can Do With a Human Services Degree

  • Medical and health services manager
  • Long-term care facilitator
  • Manager at public health departments, governmental agencies, and medical group practices

Online & Hybrid


Learn Completely Online

Earn your bachelor’s in human services at your convenience with our easy-to-access, fully online curriculum. With one click, you can view assignments and grades, set up appointments with specialized tutors around the clock, access the student lounge, engage in group discussions, or contact professors. Get the BVU experience on your schedule, wherever you are.

    Hybrid Learning

    You can earn your Psychology and Social Science degree without leaving your community. Hybrid courses combine the benefit of live ​video instruction with the convenience of online learning. In addition to a weekly class, hybrid students complete their coursework online and receive personalized advisement from local BVU site staff.

      Transfer to BVU

      BVU has transfer agreements with Iowa’s community colleges, helping you get the most out of your hard-earned credits.

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      Human Services Courses

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        Human Services Recommended Prerequisites

        • PSYC 100 General Psychology or PSYC 102 The Science of Psychology
        • PSYC 111 Social Psychology
        • PSYC 239 Abnormal Psychology

        Human Services Major Requirements

        • COMM 370 Leadership Communication
        • HMSV 301 Human Services in Rural Communities
        • HMSV 336 Ethics in Human Services
        • HMSV 350 Human Services Programs and Policies
        • SOCI 380 Methods of Social Research I
        • PSYC 389 Introduction to Counseling

        Human Services Psychology Courses: Choose 2 courses (6 credit hours) from:

        • PSYC 270 Psychology of Personality
        • PSYC 329 Psychology of Gender
        • PSYC 333 Adolescent Psychology
        • PSYC 429 Stereotypes and Prejudice

        Human Services Courses: Choose 4 courses (12 Credit Hours) from:

        • HMSV 351 Aging in American Society
        • HMSV 352 Child and Family Welfare
        • HMSV 353 Social Interventions with Families
        • HMSV 370 Adoption Services and Counseling Strategies
        • HMSV 371 Alcohol, Tobacco, Other Drugs and Other Addictions
        • HMSV 372 Chemical Dependency Issues
        • HMSV 373 Family Violence
        • HMSV 374 Group Counseling
        • HMSV 375 Mental Health Issues
        • HMSV 376 Social Stratification
        • HMSV 377 Stress Management Strategies
        • HMSV 410 Death and Dying
        • HMSV 450 Selected Topics in Human Services
        • HMSV 495 Internship

        Human Services Upper Level Courses: Choose 2 courses (6 credit hours) from:

        • SOCI 302 Deviant Behavior
        • SCWK/SOCI 355 Intersectionality: Oppression, Privilege & Justice
        • TRAC 300 Introduction to Trauma Advocacy
        • TRAC 415 Resilience and Recovery
        • PSYC/TRAC 470 Psychology of Relationship Violence

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      Human Services Faculty

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      Transfer Your Credits

      Do you have previously earned credits or an associate degree? BVU accepts most — if not all — of your credits so you don’t have to retake courses.

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      Earn a Master’s Degree Faster with Our Accelerated Program

      With BVU's Plus One program, you can earn your education, special education, or organizational leadership master's within one year of graduating with your bachelor’s degree. 

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