About the Program

The Bachelor of Arts in Human Services (BAHS) prepares students for work in a wide array of Human Services related careers, as well as for graduate study in related disciplines. The interdisciplinary degree is grounded in an understanding of systems in a social context, and it embraces a commitment to theory, to basic and applied research, and to social justice. The curricular flexibility of the “career focused track” as well as the portfolio option enable students to combine theoretical grounding with real world application through the supervised field experience, and their own work experience.

The program goals of the Bachelor of Arts in Human Services are to:

  • introduce students to the methods of inquiry and research traditions of the behavioral sciences as applied to social policy;
  • assist students to critically explore human and societal inequities and the theoretical, philosophical and ethical assumptions that define and structure human services;
  • help students to discover the diversity of experience and differing opportunities as defined by gender, social class, race-ethnicity, age and collective identity;
  • teach students effective critical thinking and communication skills;
  • support those licensed professionals who advocate for clients and contribute to solutions to societal problems.

Upon completion of the BAHS, students will demonstrate the following competencies, which are based on the competencies specified by the National Organization of Human Services (NOHS). More on the NOHS can be found at http://www.nationalhumanservices.org/.

Students will be able to:

  • Analyze the nature of human systems, such as human development, group dynamics, organizational structure, national policy agendas, and community organizations, and the ways in which these systems contribute to human problems. (NOHS Competency #1)
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the conditions which promote or limit optimal functioning in the major human systems.
    (NOHS Competency #2)
  • Support those licensed professionals who Identify, and select advocacy-driven interventions that promote human growth and goal attainment, address community problems, and enhance the quality of people’s lives.
    (NOHS Competency #3)
  • Assist licensed professionals who plan, implement, and evaluate solutions.
    (NOHS Competency #4)
  • Identify ethical interventions that are congruent with the values of one’s self, the clients, the employing organization and the Human Service profession.
    (NOHS Competency #5)
  • Demonstrate process skills, including verbal and oral communication, interpersonal relationship skills, and personal skills such as self-discipline and time management.
    (NOHS Competency #6)