Human Service Studies A.B.
The Human Service Studies Department strives to develop within students a strong commitment to social justice, human dignity, and self-determination. Through the application of knowledge and skills gained in the major, students will be able to implement change with individuals, families, groups, communities and institutions using a strengths-based approach.
Experiential learning is emphasized to develop students’ ability to synthesize knowledge and experience and to formulate plans of action informed by this synthesis. Students engage in extensive fieldwork in both local and international human services agencies, as a part of their studies. Experiential learning includes developing skills in problem solving, oral and written communication, research and evidence-based program design, grant writing, organizational and administrative leadership, social action and advocacy, and fundamental skills of working with others.