Bachelor of Science in Human Services

Program Highlights

  • Students engage in active, problem-focused learning that requires integration of knowledge and skills.
  • A vital focus of the program is learning how to identify and select among various resources to help alleviate and address a wide variety of human needs.
  • Students will fine-tune knowledge and skills in individual areas of interest, along with learning about the general Human Services field.
  • Supervised internships and volunteer opportunities give student experience putting what they learn into practice and meeting professionals in the field. 

Choose a focus area for your elective courses or take a combination of elective courses from the three following areas:

Community Health elective courses prepare you for careers and/or graduate school in the field of public health.  You'll learn and practice strategies for health education, disease prevention, and the promotion of healthy lifestyles, with a special focus on at-risk communities.  The community health focus area includes opportunities for field experience at agencies such as the North Colorado Medical Center, Monfort Children’s Clinic, American Cancer Society, and Colorado Department of Health and Environment.

Gerontology elective courses provide you with skills to help older adults lead healthy, productive lives.  You'll gain an understanding of mental and physical health programs for older adults, senior housing services, policy issues related to Medicare and Social Security, and strategies for keeping older adults connected to their families and communities.  Students in this focus area spend internship and volunteer hours in assisted living centers, social service agencies, senior centers, long-term care facilities, hospital, health clinics, and related venues.

Rehabilitation Counseling elective courses teach you how to help individuals and families deal with challenges related to mental health, substance abuse, physical or developmental disabilities, and other issues.  You'll study client assessment, case management, communication and helping skills, and the medical and psychological impacts of disability.  The program offers field placements with social service organizations, government agencies, drug and alcohol rehab centers, nonprofits, centers for independent living, and related facilities.

Internships

Human Services majors complete a 12 credit 450-clock-hour internship their senior year after completing all other major coursework. The purpose of the internship is to provide supervised experience in health and human services organizations that allows students to apply concepts of direct service, management and leadership. 

Students work closely with their advisor and an internship coordinator to find opportunities and internship sites. These internships are  completed at approved agency sites with qualified professionals. Our students have completed internships nationwide and in a variety of settings and  agencies, such as the American Red Cross, Colorado Department of Human Services, the Denver Rescue Mission, local independent living centers, and more.

food bank volunteer

In 2016-2017, students completed internships at a variety of agencies including:
  • United Way of Weld County
  • Weld County Area Agency on Aging
  • Denver Department of Human Services
  • Harm Reduction Center
  • Global Refugee Center
  • North Colorado Health Alliance

It is important to carefully select an agency that will meet a student’s professional goals and the professional guidelines expected by future employers. Liability insurance is also required by some agencies, as is Hepatitis B vaccine cycle and background checks. Note: A criminal record may disqualify students from taking this course.