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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.
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 & On Site
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.
Learn at a BVU Site
You can earn your Psychology and Social Science degree without leaving your community. BVU partners with Iowa community colleges throughout the state so you can take classes in person with expert faculty in a supportive environment.
Transfer to BVU
100 percent of associate degrees from our community college partners transfer to BVU. Most AA degrees require 68 credits, and we make sure that they all transfer to BVU. Talk about saving time and money!
Contact a personal advisor at 712.749.1000 to see how your credits will transfer.See How Your Credits Transfer
Human Services Courses
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
Financial Aid & Scholarships
We’ll help you figure out your options for financial assistance and possible scholarships.Learn More
Human Services Faculty
Our instructors are committed to helping you build the future of Iowa and beyond.See Our Faculty
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.Request More Info
Earn a Master’s Degree Faster with Our Accelerated Program
With the Plus One program, you can earn your master’s in organizational leadership within one year of graduating with your bachelor’s in applied studies.
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Health Services Leadership
The health services leadership major combines a knowledge base in management, psychology, social work, and sociology so that students gain a broad understanding of the factors that affect everyday operations of care givers.