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Human services degree? - March 27th 2018, 05:09 AM

I am wondering if anyone can clarify what a human service degree is. Does that mean people got a degree in Social Work or are there other human service degrees out there. My college seems to really only have two options for human services and I am trying to figure out if there are more options aside from social work and drug/addiction counseling.

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Re: Human services degree? - April 1st 2018, 01:15 PM

From my brief research, I would assume that a human service degree would most likely be used for things like working within a community perhaps in an office setting coordinating and liaising with other services, rather than directly with people, as you would in social work or counselling. I could be wrong there. If you can't find other options, you may want to see what else you could do with a degree in human services in terms of 'transferrable skills' etc.

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Re: Human services degree? - April 1st 2018, 01:31 PM

I am getting my degree in Human Services. My school has Human Services and Drug and Alcohol counseling beneath or separate from Human Services I believe but I am not 100% sure.

I don't know if I am correct but my belief is that Human Services Workers work kind of behind the scenes (e.g. inputting information, office settings, etc).

Does your school have a connected degree program? Mine has one and that's what I'm going to utilize. From what my professor said, Human Services is kind of open in that you can do a lot with it school wise afterwards. For instance, I'm going for my Bachelors in Psych and my Masters in Counseling.


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Re: Human services degree? - April 1st 2018, 05:33 PM

I majored in human services. It's a generalist major, more general than a social work degree. We learned a lot about systems, such as within communities or globally. As said above, you learn a lot about "behind the scenes" social work. In my major, they had us do 360 hours of internship in the community before we could graduate, so I got to work with adults with developmental disabilities, the senior center, and a family community center.

I originally was going to major in psychology, but I switched to human services because I wanted to do something more hands-on, and at least at my university, psychology was really clinical. I've always been interested in sciences, but it's not really for me. In human services, I got to do a lot of projects and writing assignments instead of multiple choice exams which I appreciated.

Some other classes I took in human services was research methods, program evaluation, and diversity and social justice. The cool thing about it being a generalist major was I left feeling I really had the tools to go into several different "fields" of social work. There are actually a lot of job prospects for this kind of field, such as working with children, homeless, or people with disabilities. You can choose what type of population you want to work with and go from there. I really recommend this major if you know you want to work with people. Plus, if direct service isn't your thing, there is the indirect component of it as well such as program planning or event planning.

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Re: Human services degree? - April 1st 2018, 05:36 PM

My college does not have this which is what I thought. They only have Human service - Social work or Human service - Drug abuse counseling.

Human services seems like a great fit for me but I might have to look at other colleges in my state and see if they offer online.

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Re: Human services degree? - April 3rd 2018, 09:03 PM

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I am wondering if anyone can clarify what a human service degree is. Does that mean people got a degree in Social Work or are there other human service degrees out there. My college seems to really only have two options for human services and I am trying to figure out if there are more options aside from social work and drug/addiction counseling.

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What college? Not every degree is necessarily the same. It depends on the college and department. I'd suggest maybe emailing the department head and request more information or meeting with an advisor.


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Re: Human services degree? - April 4th 2018, 03:16 AM

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What college? Not every degree is necessarily the same. It depends on the college and department. I'd suggest maybe emailing the department head and request more information or meeting with an advisor.

My college does have human service degrees but nothing that people are talking about here. I've already looked into the college in my city. They have human service - social work and human service- drug abuse counseling. That's the community college. The state college only has Social work degrees and that's impacted and I don't think I am that interested in it.

The only other degree outside of psychology is Sociology. If I can't find a state college in my state that has more human service degrees than I'll probably do sociology as it seems interesting and I have heard from most people it's easier than Psychology and Social Work. Looking at the material that would be required it seems that way too.

I want something more general but the colleges near me don't have that. The only general - ish one would be sociology.

I have other colleges I could look into but they'd have to have a core amount of stuff online as I cannot relocate.


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April 12th 2018, 01:13 PM

I totally agree with guys above. From my understanding you get it for your social work.

Have you ever done any social work?

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