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Online Undergraduate Degree Programs in Human Services

A human services degree qualifies you to help others by working with youth programs, extension agencies, court systems and family support programs. Read on to learn more about the degree options available to you via online learning, typical courses you'd take as a human services student, and outlook and salary potential for human service jobs.

What's Involved in an Online Human Services Associate's Degree Program?

Associate's degree programs in human services are offered as both online and hybrid formats. The former consist of 100% online classes with a fieldwork requirement that can be completed in your community. Hybrid programs offer half of the courses online and half must be completed on campus; they also have a fieldwork requirement.

Both programs prepare you for entry-level positions in the human services field or to continue your studies in a bachelor's degree program. In addition to general education courses, these programs feature classes in the areas of casework, case management, group work and community management. Some programs offer the opportunity to earn a certificate in aging or substance abuse through an additional two semesters of coursework.

Online Availability Available fully online and in hybrid format
Degree Levels Associate and bachelor's
Common Courses Ethics in human services, child abuse and neglect, interviewing techniques, cultural awareness
Job Outlook (2016-2026) 16% growth (for all social and human service assistants)*

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Types of Courses Will I Take?

Online human services bachelor's degree programs are typically degree completion programs that require you to have previously earned an associate's degree in human services. Coursework is delivered via the Internet, and communication with instructors is typically through chat rooms and e-mail. You take general education courses in addition to learning about core subjects that prepare you for administrative roles in the social work field, such as:

  • Healthcare systems
  • Special populations
  • Cultural awareness
  • Ethics in human services
  • Human development
  • Mental, social and physical healthcare
  • Child abuse and neglect
  • Interviewing techniques
  • Economic assistance programs
  • Crisis intervention
  • Family structure

What's the Career Outlook?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), career opportunities for social and human service assistants are expected to increase by 16% from 2016 to 2026 (www.bls.gov). This increase is primarily due to an aging population requiring social services the nation's growing demand for mental health and substance abuse treatment. The median annual salary for social and human service assistants was $33,750 in May 2018, according to the BLS.