Human Services is an interdisciplinary field that prepares students for entry level work in the helping professions and transfer opportunities to pursue higher education degrees. The human services professional assists individuals, groups and families help themselves by support, providing resources and teaching skills. They work with client populations that include: mentally ill, developmentally disabled, elderly, persons living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic health conditions, inmates, adolescents, foster families, people with addictions, veterans, the homeless and adolescents and families.
Students participate in classroom instruction and community-based internship experiences with a local human services provider. Human services professionals work in residential, institutional, community settings and local government providing direct services such as organizing activities, leading a group or providing case management services. Competencies necessary for human service workers include: understanding human systems and their interaction; understanding conditions that promote or limit healthy functioning; identifying and selecting interventions that promote growth and goal attainment; skills in planning, implementation and evaluation; and interpersonal communication, time management and organizational skills.