"The Human Services major is truly unique because it allows students to combine academic and professional goals with their passion for service to others. Students who have an innate desire to pursue social justice can, through the Human Services major, build their academic knowledge and analytical thinking skills to prepare for a career that is both personally and professionally rewarding."
– Lindsay Grech, 2011
"As a Human Services major, I have had the opportunity to burst the "Elon Bubble" and work in the Burlington community through internships and practicum. I have explored the wide field of Human Services through internships in an assisted living facility, an elementary school, and with the Alamance County Department of Social Services. These internships have allowed me to apply the theory I learn in the classroom to real-world professional situations, and have also allowed me to challenge myself in situations that sometimes make me uncomfortable. These internships have ultimately led me to pursue a career working with children and families, and I am so grateful to the Human Services department for offering me the opportunity to see so many aspects of the Human Services field, so that I could find where my true passion lies."
– Ginni Fischer, 2011
"When I took the Introductory Human Services course at Elon my freshman year, I knew that this was the major for me. This major provides students with the knowledge and ability to work with and understand people in their careers and in life through many different settings concerning individuals and groups.
Human Services has allowed me to take what I learned in the classroom about different aspects of how different people function in society, and carry it with me in multiple learning experiences such as service learning at a nursing home in which I learned about geriatric counseling, being involved with interventions in an underprivileged 4th grade classroom, and working in the adoption unit of the Guilford County Department of Social Services for a seven-week internship.
As a senior, this major helped me stand out in the job search post-graduation. Knowing how to work with people in improving their health, wellness, and productivity in society has given me the opportunity to find employment, not only in social work or in the non-profit section, but to stand out due to my relevant knowledge about people within the corporate setting as well. I thank Elon and this outstanding Human Services program for giving me these opportunities to succeed in college and throughout my life."
– Alex Lawrence, 2011
“The Human Services Program at Elon is one that allows students who are passionate about the helping field gain valuable hands-on experience. Our experienced professors show us a true depiction of what our careers will be like and the people we will be working with. They constantly encourage us to push past our boundaries and continue to learn more and more about different populations and cultures each day. Elon fosters a very close student/professor atmosphere. This environment stimulates all of us to work together and learn from one another.”
– Ashley Lawson
“The Human Services program offers valuable hands-on community experience to students. The study within the Human Services major provides tools that can be applied in many helping professions. Anybody could benefit greatly from Human Services courses, because every profession under the sun involves interpersonal collaboration, leadership and effective communication. These are just a few skills learned in Human Services studies at Elon. Many courses guide students to learning skills such as empathy, teamwork, active listening, counseling skills and social policies. Students in the Human Services major and minor programs will glean knowledge from these courses and further develop these skills in the working world. It is an exciting time to be pursuing professions in the growing field of Human Services. Preparatory undergraduate Human Services study at Elon gives students a fun, memorable academic experience that trains students for taking on helping roles in society.”
– Megan Bonstein
I just wanted to reach out because I just started here at Columbia and just received my field placement and it's at a place called Christ Church Community Development Corporation - specifically at a homeless shelter and rehabilitation center. It has something like 100 beds with health services and community connection services. I'm so excited (although super nervous as I've never worked with this population!) But I'm emailing you because I will never forget our first class together you telling me that you love homeless people.
– Paige Geraghty (2012 graduate and first year MW student at Columbia University)