Human Services Major

Earn a BS in Human Services at USCB

Human Services Worker with Laptop

The Human Services bachelor’s degree program at the University of South Carolina Beaufort is an interdisciplinary program that includes theories, skills and practices for working with individuals, small groups and larger groups in human services settings. Through in-depth coursework, students develop advanced communication skills, become deeply empathetic and explore the multicultural,  ethical and legal issues pertinent to care situations. They learn to make a service plan, become skilled in crisis intervention and gain experience facilitating educational and prevention self-help and support groups. The BS in Human Services includes 3 internship courses where students apply theoretical foundations and human service principles in supervised human service settings. Students learn research methods for determining the effectiveness of social programs/interventions (i.e., experimental, quasi-experimental and qualitative designs). Coursework includes leadership principles and the essentials involved in managing information, human resources and fiscal resources in human service agencies.


Why Should I Complete a Bachelor's Degree in Human Services?

Human Services professionals are engaged in transformative change, partnering with individuals, families and communities from all backgrounds. A bachelor’s degree in Human Services will prepare you for the art and science of care.

USCB’s Human Services graduates have gone on to pursue careers in:

  • Child welfare/child protection
  • Community outreach and services
  • Family support
  • Social work
  • Education
  • Advocacy and law
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Community development
  • Faith-based organizations
  • Emergency management and disaster relief

Minor in Human Services

Students who are majoring in other disciplines may choose to minor in Human Services. The required courses to complete a minor in Human Servies are:

  1. HMSV B180 - Personal Development & Professional Development in Human Services
  2. HMSV B190 - Human Services: An Introduction
  3. HMSV B280 - Microlevel Human Services Interventions
  4. HMSV B290 - Human Services Internship I
  5.  One PSYC course at the 300+ level
  6. One SOCY course at the 300+ level

Students are strongly encouraged to consult their advisor before declaring a minor.

Imani Sherrils
“During my time at USCB, I volunteered with children through the Beaufort County Foster Parent Association and completed a total of 360 internship hours, including working with the United Way of the Lowcountry and AmeriCorps doing literacy tutoring for children from kindergarten through 3rd grade. I’ve always had a passion for helping others. I plan to pursue a career in mental health and intervention services for military personnel and their families.”
Imani Sherrils
Human Services major, Class of 2021 - 2020-2021 Newman Civic Scholar and Lynn M. Mulkey Human Services Program Outstanding Student of the Year Award winner