Human Services is an interdisciplinary study that prepares students to work as generalists in the field of social services. The human services professional is dedicated to the goal of helping clients become self-sufficient through teaching problem-solving, using case management skills, and using client-centered mental health practices.
The primary role of the Human Services professional is to help individuals function to the best of their ability within the context of their lives. In order to fulfill that role they must be prepared to assist and serve clients in a manner that is nonjudgmental, moral, ethical, and competent. Mercer University’s Bachelor of Science in Social Science, Human Services degree program prepares such professionals by offering undergraduate learning opportunities for those who seek service roles in their communities, the skills and knowledge for making a difference, and lives that have meaning and purpose.
There are three courses of study options to meet your professional goals along with personalized, interactive teaching by Mercer’s outstanding and accessible faculty.
- The Mental Health Course of Study is designed for those who wish to pursue a career/graduate study in counseling, psychology, therapy or a related profession.
- The Social Services Course of Study is designed for those who wish to pursue a career in a human services organization and graduate study in a related field.
- The Substances Abuse Services Course of Study provides preparation for those who are interested in a future career in addiction counseling.
A degree in Human Services prepares graduates to work as generalists in the field of social services. The program is based primarily on the disciplines of psychology, sociology, and anthropology. The Human Services professional is dedicated to helping clients become self-sufficient through teaching problem solving, using case management skills, and using client-centered mental health practices.
Potential career opportunities for graduates include:
• Case Worker
• Social Service Liaison
• Residential Counselor
• Alcohol Counselor
• Adult Day Care Worker
• Drug Abuse Counselor
• Probation Officer
• Case Monitor Parole Officer
• Child Advocate
• Gerontology Aide
Locations where the program is offered include:
Human services majors take 30 hours of core courses for the major and select one of three 15 hour concentrations (mental health, social services, or substance abuse services). Each concentration is designed to help the student focus on a career of service delivery in specific kinds of settings.
The program is designed to meet the needs of a wide range of students including working adults. Classes meet once a week either in the evening or on Saturdays during each 8-week session. There are two 8-week sessions per semester, as well as one 8-week and one 4-week summer session. 70% of the courses required for the major are also offered completely online.