The Department of Human Service Studies offers you the opportunity to prepare for a career in the helping professions. Graduates may work in agencies and organizations in fields such as crisis intervention services, services for children and families, social services, substance abuse rehabilitation, mental health, services for older adults, and services for the developmentally disabled as well as many others. In the Human Service Studies major, you will gain knowledge and skills that can be applied in a broad array of service settings. Graduates in recent years are employed in positions such as activities director, social worker, juvenile court counselor, psychiatric assistant, counselor, probation officer, agency coordinator, volunteer coordinator, case manager, intake worker and many others.
The Department of Human Service Studies believes that direct experience is an essential part of a human services education. The Human Service Studies major requires students to complete at least the following three field experiences in human service agencies:
The Department of Human Service Studies has established working relationships with well over 100 agencies and institutions in Alamance County and surrounding areas. A complete list is available in the department. Some representative types of placements are listed below:
|Alamance County Sheriff's Department||Together House|
|Alamance County Health Department||Twin Lakes Retirement Center|
|Western Middle School||Women's Resource Center|
|Burlington Police Department||Triad Health Project (Higher Ground)|
|Greensboro Housing Coalition||Greensboro Volunteer Center|
Yes. Unless a student decides upon the major very late, a minor or second major is possible. Human Service Studies majors often pursue minors or develop concentrations that are relevant to their personal goals. Particularly relevant areas for minor studies are psychology, sociology, foreign language, business, women's/ gender studies, criminal justice, and public health studies.
Human Service Studies majors in recent years have been accepted into highly respected graduate and professional programs all over the country. Some of these programs are listed below:
Please contact a member of the Human Service Studies faculty in Alamance 213 if you have further questions.