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Human Services Minor

While primarily regarded as a study of organizational, workplace behaviors, the human services field is emerging as a broader study of sociological and emotional motivation. The minor focuses on human service profession, multiculturalism and diversity, communication skills, career preparation and introductory helping skills

People employed in human services agencies are there to help improve the lives of the people they serve.  A minor in human services meets the increasing need of public and private sector employers for paraprofessionals. 

The fifteen credit hour online program of study focuses on an overview of the human service profession.  There are many opportunities for people to gain experience that can lead to graduate education and certification and licensure in counseling and other helping professions.

Potential careers in human services

  • social services
  • counselor aides at mental health and substance abuse agencies
  • paraprofessional positions under the guidance of counselors

Potential employers in human services

  • public agencies
  • hospitals
  • government-sponsored housing or clinics
  • criminal justice offices


  • COUN 303: Introduction to Helping Professions (3 credit hours)
  • COUN 400: Diversity and Human Relations
  • COUN 405: Career and Lifespan Development
  • COUN 410: Interpersonal Communication Skills
  • COUN 415: Human Services Capstone Experience

To qualify for a minor in human services, a student must have earned a minimum grade of C or better in each of the above required courses.

Total Hours: 15

For additional information about the minor, contact Regina Burgess.