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Human services program students at Mount St. Mary's University

Human Services

A major in service to others

What are some best practices that can be used to protect children from bullying? How can mental health advocacy be improved in communities with limited resources? And what can a gerontologist do to better support individuals as they age? Those with a background in human services identify and solve social issues, helping others live their best lives.

College of Liberal Arts

The undergraduate degree in human services is part of the College of Liberal Arts, which is about making connections freely—exploring human achievement, examining the past critically and discovering ways to build upon it, and understanding yourself and our diverse world in order to transform it.

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  • Undergraduate Major
  • Undergraduate Minor
  • Certificate
  • Graduate Program
  • Adult Undergraduate
  • Special Program

About the major.

Successful human services professionals require a deep understanding of people and a highly ethical foundation. At the Mount, the human services bachelor’s degree program draws from sociology, psychology, education and business to prepare you for a meaningful career improving the lives of others.

Through the program, you’ll learn to understand, analyze and evaluate current social science theories about human behavior, helping you to develop the practical interpersonal skills needed to work with various client populations.

Course content will also help you comprehend, analyze, evaluate and apply ethical decision-making models to not only the field of human services but also develop the knowledge and skills that lead to effective self-care and wellbeing.

You’ll be ready to pursue careers in child advocacy for a local nonprofit, at a rehabilitation center helping people recover from addiction, or a social service manager for a community organization. You can even pursue graduate work in areas such as counseling, organizational development or children and families.