The Human Service Studies major prepares students to work as practitioners in a variety of professional service settings such as social services, mental health, family services, corrections, gerontology, youth programs, group homes and many others. The Human Service Studies curriculum guides students through gaining the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to work effectively with a variety of populations.
Students engage in extensive fieldwork in human services agencies as part of their studies. Through the classroom and field components of the major, students examine critically a range of human and societal problems and the programs and services designed to address them, acquiring an understanding of the societal, cultural and personal variables which contribute to the development of human problems and to their solution.
The Human Service Studies major draws upon knowledge in the social sciences, especially psychology and sociology, and emphasizes the application of this knowledge to the improvement of human life and society. In order to apply this knowledge effectively, students develop a variety of skills, including those involved in oral and written communication, problem solving, developing a professional helping relationship, organization and administration.
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Associate Professor of Human Service Studies Judy Esposito and Assistant Professor of Psychology Sabrina Thurman hosted a panel discussion for their Winter Term courses on fatherhood and early childhood development.
Mat Gendle, professor of psychology, and Carmen Monico, assistant professor of human service studies, address the role of U.S. drug policy on the displacement of unaccompanied minors from Central America
Elon Lumen Scholar Samantha Perry ’18 is researching the challenges that Village Health Team volunteers face in delivering health care in Uganda.
Cindy Fair, chair of the Department of Public Health Studies, has co-authored three journal articles with recent graduates relating to the maturing cohort of adolescents and young adults with perinatally acquired HIV.