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Human Services

Bachelor of Applied Science

Graduates will use their knowledge of human services agencies, program planning, human development and social issues to build long-term careers in high-growth human services fields.

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If you are a “people person,” the BAS in Human Services is the right fit for you. Earning a socially-focused, community-driven degree in human services will equip you to advocate for individuals and communities with a focus on diversity, inclusion, empowerment, and social justice.

Human services is an interdisciplinary field that can lead to a wide range of rewarding careers. Graduates of this program are prepared to be effective advocates, coordinators and administrators, making a positive impact in their communities. They are resilient leaders and often continue their education in areas of social work, rehabilitation, counseling, education, criminal justice and health administration.

As a Bachelor of Applied Science, coursework in this degree blends theory with the real-world application of human services standards and best practices in work settings through a required internship experience. You will develop the skills to better understand, respond to, and support the social, psychological, educational and physical demands of individuals and families in a contemporary global society.

This degree is designed for students transferring coursework from regionally accredited and/or military institutions. During the application process, the submission of a resume and goal statement is required for professional admission to the program. Before applying, we recommend that you discuss your background with a program adviser. Contact onlineadmissions@email.arizona.edu or 520-621-0898 for a referral.

Career Level: Undergraduate
Degree: Bachelor of Applied Science
College: College of Applied Science and Technology

Cost & Eligibility

Per Unit Cost: $500
*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.

The core curriculum for this degree program includes:

  • AEDV 310: Transitional Resiliency - Examine current research on resiliency, learning, and leadership in an integrative manner to foster individual leadership. In this course, you’ll focus on the physical, psychological, and social systems of resiliency alongside the psychological principles applied to learning and instructional design.

  • HUSV 301:  Introduction to Human Services - This course provides an overview of human services as a discipline. You will examine the history and current directions of human services, service delivery models, professional issues, systems and ecological perspectives, and the helping process.

  • HUSV 310: Identity, Positionality and Cultural Humility - Explore the dynamic relationship between personal and professional identity and the impact this relationship has when working with individuals and communities from cultures other than your own. The key concepts of this course include: a life-long commitment to self-evaluation and self-critique, learning to recognize power-imbalances and understanding that cultural humility is larger than our individual selves.

  • HUSV 326: Research Methods in Social Sciences - Establish or advance your understanding of research through critical exploration of research language, ethics, and methodological approaches.

  • FSHV 408: Program Planning & Evaluation - Study the process involved in developing and/or evaluating individual and family focused programs for schools and communities.

  • FSHV 384: Leadership, Ethics, and Professional Practices - Learn the theories and applications of leadership and communication when applied to professional decision-making, planning and control in the workplace. This course offers an examination of personal and professional qualities essential for successful internship and career planning.

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Skills

Earning your Bachelor of Applied Science in Human Services will build core skills, including:

  • case management
  • collaboration
  • communication skills
  • counseling
  • crisis management
  • human development
  • mental health
  • program planning
  • social services

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Hands-On Learning

The BAS in Human Services includes a required internship experience. Students work with local service agencies to meet real-world challenges and gain critical insights in the field. Organizations that have hosted student interns include the Veterans Association, Douglas Police/Cochise Addiction Recovery Partnership, Child & Family Resources and the Mariposa Community Health Center.

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