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Human Services Minor

The field of Human Services has the objective of meeting human needs with a focus on prevention and remediation of problems in the major domains of living (National Organization of Human Services). The minor focuses on the skills of the human services 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 addiction treatment agencies
  • paraprofessional positions under the guidance of counselors

Potential employers in human services

  • public agencies
  • hospitals
  • government-sponsored housing or clinics
  • criminal justice settings
View courses on the WVU catalog

For additional information about the minor, contact Regina Burgess.