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Make a Difference in the Lives of Children, Youth and Families 


There is a global need for professionals trained to provide critical social services to children, adults and families from diverse backgrounds—counseling, educating, coordinating and advocating for people.

Human Services (HS) majors develop the skills necessary to make a difference in the lives of children, adolescents, adults and families. Choosing from one of four concentrations, students can prepare to work in a variety of settings including non-profit organizations, schools, hospitals, community programs, legal aid and advocacy organizations, where they can have a positive impact in fields such as youth development, disabilities, race relations, juvenile justice, substance abuse prevention and domestic violence prevention.

 

Concentrations:

  • Administration and Family Policy
  • Clinical Services
  • Community Based Social Entrepreneurship
  • Early Childhood Development

 

HS majors integrate coursework and extensive field experience through internships on campus and in the community. Small, upper level classes encourage students to engage in discussions, group projects, service activities and presentations. And our renowned faculty help students develop a personal and global perspective on helping individuals and families within communities.

COURSES

  • Human Development
  • Diversity and Families
  • Counseling in Human Services
  • Families and Children at Risk
  • Public Policy
  • Social Entrepreneurship

CAREER OPTIONS

  • Case Worker
  • Child & family advocate
  • Early Interventionist
  • Hospice care specialist
  • Agency director
  • Researcher
  • Vocational counselor
  • Wellness advisor

GRADUATE PROGRAMS

  • Social Work
  • Family & Couple Therapy
  • Law school
  • Human Development & Family Sciences
  • Public Administration

What’s special about this program?

Our flexible programs allow students to learn to identify the needs of individuals, resolve issues, supervise staff or institute public policies. Most importantly, students become an agent of change—helping to improve the lives of our most vulnerable populations.  

Students can enroll in our 4+1 program and pursue a master’s degree in Human Services Leadership while still an undergraduate, or qualify for a master’s program in Couple and Family Therapy through a collaboration with Thomas Jefferson University.

The Human Services/Clinical Services concentration is accredited by the Council for Standards in Human Services Education.    

Get Involved

Our Advisement Center works closely with students, providing guidance to help them grow academically, socially and professionally.

Human Services majors can study abroad, conduct undergraduate research, complete internships, or become a member of our service/honors/support clubs.  

Sample curriculum

ENGL110

Seminar in Composition

 

HDFS201

 

Life Span Development

HDFS202

 

Diversity and Families

HDFS230

 

Families and Their Communities

 

NTDT200

Nutrition Concepts

 

PSYC100

General Psychology
SOCI201

Introduction to Sociology

 

UNIV101

First Year Experience

 

 

Math, Natural Sciences and Technology Course

 

  Communications Elective
HDFS328

Introduction to the Research Process

 

HDFS235

Survey in Child an Family Services

 

HDFS334

Experiential Education

 

HDFS332

Counseling Theories

 

 

History and Cultural Change Course

 

 

Statistics Course

 

 

Developmental Elective

 

 

Free Elective

 

 

Restricted Elective

 

HDFS347

Program Development and Evaluation

 

HDFS346

Counseling in Human Services

 

 

Families, Policy and Practice Elective Course

 

 

Creative Arts and Humanities Course

 

 

English Course

 

 

Math, Natural Sciences & Technology (w/lab)

 

 

Restricted Electives

 

  Free Electives
HDFS402

Family and Child Policy

 

HDFS422

Capstone in Family Relationships

 

HDFS470

Families and Children at Risk

 

 

Developmental Elective

 

 

Restricted Elective

 

HDFS449

Internship

 

HDFS465

Internship Seminar

 

Go Global at UD

This major is eligible for the following programs:

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