BS in Human Services

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The coursework in Kaplan University's Bachelor of Science in Human Services program focuses on the fundamentals of public and social services in the community. You can learn more about Kaplan University's Bachelor of Science in Human Services program here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

Kaplan University's Bachelor of Science in Human Services program is designed to help students learn about the public service system as a whole. The program covers different aspects of sociology, psychology, criminal justice, and health services and how these aspects interact and relate to the field of human services. Program coursework covers public and private policy as well as day-to-day operations of different human service agencies. Students also have an opportunity to learn how to assess and evaluate vulnerable situations in society in order to provide the most effective human services. Students could choose a degree emphasis area in child and family welfare, gerontology, or human services administration.

What Are the Prerequisites?

If you are interested in applying to Kaplan University's Bachelor of Science in Human Services program, you should have already graduated from high school and have an interest in social services. Work experience in the field, including in rehabilitation clinics or nursing homes, and other community service work is not required but could be helpful in preparing for the program coursework. Applicants to Kaplan University's programs should have a high school diploma or GED and be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. Since the program is offered online, applicants should also have access to a computer with high-speed Internet.

What Are the Course Requirements?

The Bachelor of Science in Human Services program consists of a total of 180 credits. Credit requirements are divided between 33 core credits, 88 major credits, and 59 elective credits. A total of 24 credits of the major coursework is designated for emphasis area courses. Specific course requirements could change. If you are interested in enrolling in Kaplan University, speak to an Admissions Representative.

Bachelor of Science in Human Services Requirements

  • Interpersonal Communications
  • Human Services Program and Profession
  • Human Behavior and the Environment
  • Survey of Social Problems
  • Applied Skills for Human Services
  • Prevention and Crisis Intervention
  • Human Services and Social Policy
  • Case Management in Human Services
  • Human Services Delivery
  • Statistics
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • 300/400 Level: Emphasis Area Courses
  • Bachelor's Capstone for Human Services
  • College Composition I
  • College Composition II
  • Professional Presence
  • Choose one of the following:
    • Survey of Mathematics
    • College Algebra
  • Choose one of the following:
    • Critical Evaluation in the Humanities
    • Ethics
    • Humanities and Culture
  • Choose one of the following:
    • Discovering Science - Current Issues in a Changing World
    • General Biology I - Human Perspectives
    • Fundamentals of Microbiology
    • Science for Everyday Life
  • Choose one of the following:
    • The 1960s - Reshaping the American Dream
    • People, Power, and Politics - An Introduction to American Government
    • The Technological Revolution - A Social Scientific Approach

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

After successfully completing Kaplan University's Bachelor of Science in Human Services program, you could pursue career opportunities with organizations such as rehabilitation centers, social work agencies, nursing homes, nonprofits, and other government agencies. If you have an interest in working in a specific area of human services, such as with children or the elderly, you could select related classes when choosing your open electives. You could pursue these types of entry-level positions:

  • Social worker
  • Human service assistant
  • Human resource manager
  • Rehabilitation aid
  • Nursing home aid
  • Labor relations manager
  • School counselor

Advanced Degrees

Kaplan University's Bachelor of Science in Human Services program could help you prepare to seek entry-level employment or continue to further your education at the master's degree level. Graduate programs in this field include instruction in public health and social work. Here are a few degrees that you could consider:

  • Master of Health Care Administration
  • Master of Public Health
  • Master of Science in Psychology