Bachelor of Science in Human Services

Program Overview

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The Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Human Services  is designed for adults who work in select positions in human services areas preparing them for professional advancement or graduate studies. Students develop a professional track that matches their career experiences. To be admitted to the program and to complete the Capstone course, students must have current work or volunteer experience in their professional track.

Earning Credit in the Professional Track:

The Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services requires applicants to submit a completed Professional Track Form and choose the appropriate track that meets their career experiences.  Students must take 18 credits at the 3000 and 4000 level and select from one of the following tracks: Administration of Justice, Child Development Services, Community Services, Emergency Disaster Services, Gerontology, Health Services, Legal Services, Fitness and Wellness, and Social Services.

The Baccalaureate Capstone course is an in-depth, student-centered experience that requires the integration of theory and practical experience. Students will demonstrate an understanding of their knowledge by applying it to a specific project. Students must have significant current experience (within the last five years*) in the field of their area of study in order to complete the degree program. This experience must be documented and approved as soon as possible after enrolling. While this experience is usually full-time paid employment, the requirement may also be satisfied through documentation of part-time or volunteer experience according to the following standards:

    • One-year relevant, full-time documented employment
    • Part-time relevant documented employment that consists of at least 1,500 hours total experience
    • Relevant documented volunteer service, at the appropriate level, that consists of a minimum of 1,500 hours total experience
    • Any combination of the above that satisfies the minimum hours of experience

    *Currency requirements may be waived at the discretion of the dean.

    To enroll in the Baccalaureate Level Capstone course, students must have completed:

    • 6 credits of English composition
    • 12 credits in social science
    • 18 credits in professional track
    • 9 credits in Theoretical Foundation: Theoretical Foundation courses include those pertaining to theory, knowledge, and skills of the human services profession.
    • 6 credits in Intervention: Intervention courses include those that emphasize theory and knowledge bases for interventions and criteria for selection of appropriate interventions.
    • 6 credits in Client Populations: Client Population courses include those that emphasize the range of populations served and needs addressed by human services professionals.
    • 3 credits in research
    • 6 credits in management
    • 18 credits in professional track at the 3000-4000 level in one area of study such as administration of justice, child development services, community services, emergency disaster services, gerontology, health services, legal services, fitness and wellness, or social services


      • How Students Earn Credits in the Area of Study: Some courses in the area of study may be completed with Thomas Edison State University and/or courses from other colleges, prior learning assessment (PLA) and/or examinations may also be used.
      • A total of 18 area of study credits must be from courses at the 3000 level or above.

    Credit Distribution

    I. General Education Featured Courses (45 Credits)

    TESU Featured Courses are listed as a guide. Other courses may satisfy the areas and can be viewed on our website under General Education Courses.  For more information see About Our General Education Program.  To plan your program please contact an academic advisor.

    A. Intellectual and Practical Skills (15 Credits)

    ENC-1010Writing for Success


    ENC-1020Writing for Success II


    COM-2090Public Speaking


    MAT-1050Applied Liberal Arts Mathematics


    SOS-1100Fact, Fiction, or Fake? Information Literacy Today


    For all TESU course options that will satisfy this area of the degree, go to Intellectual and Practical Skills.

    B. Civic and Global Leadership (9 Credits)

    SOC-3220Cultural Diversity in the United States


    ETH-2200Leading the Way: A Path Towards Ethical Leadership


    POS-1100American Government


    For additional TESU course options that will satisfy this area of the degree, go to Civic and Global Leadership.

    C. Knowledge of Human Cultures (15 Credits)

    SOC-1010Our Changing World: An Introduction to Sociology


    PSY-1010Introduction to Psychology


    HIS-1130American History I


    SOC-1010 and PSY-1010 is required.
    Select two featured courses:


    HIS-1140American History II


    HIS-1210Introduction to World History I


    HUM-1030Introduction to the Humanities III: Music


    PHI-1300Introduction to Critical Reasoning


    FIL-1100Exploring American Cinema


    For additional TESU course options that will satisfy this area of the degree, go to Knowledge of Human Cultures.

    D. Scientific Knowledge (6 Credits)

    EAS-1010General Earth Science


    BIO-2080The Science of Nutrition


    For additional TESU course options that will satisfy this area of the degree, go to Scientific Knowledge.

    II. Area of Study in Human Services (54 Credits)

    A. Core Requirements (30 Credits)

         Theoretical Foundation (9)

         Intervention (i.e., PSY-3310 Intro to Counseling) (6)

         Client Populations (i.e., PSY-3500 Abnormal Psychology) (6)

         Management (i.e., MAN-2100) (6)

         Research Methods (i.e. SOS-4920) (3)

    B. Professional Track (18 Credits)

    (18 credits at the 3000-4000 level in one area of study such as gerontology, administration, mental health, administration of justice, emergency disaster services)

    C. Capstone (6 Credits)

    HUS-4950Bachelor-Level Human Services Capstone


    III. Electives (21 Credits)

    For TESU course options, go to Elective Courses.

    TESU accepts credits in transfer from accredited institutions as well as non-collegiate providers. View information and resources on where you may find additional learning experiences.

    Total Credit Hours: 120


    Learning Outcomes

    Graduates of the Bachelor of Science (BS) in Human Services program will be able to:

    • interpret and critically analyze the research in the professional track;
    • apply theory to professional practice;
    • apply knowledge of the specific skills, techniques, and agencies necessary to serve client populations;
    • apply knowledge of cultural diversity as it relates to the field of human services; and
    • apply theories of management as it relates to human services.