Bachelor of Arts in Human Services

Support. Protect. Give someone in need a helping hand.

Are you interested in working in social services — helping children, parents, families and the elderly? Through a combination of sociology and psychology classes, gain the foundation necessary to enter the field of social work or enter graduate programs. The principles taught through lectures are augmented by opportunities for internships and volunteer work, affording the opportunity to live out the practices discussed in the classroom.

Main Campus: Historical Misenheimer

Pfeiffer’s undergraduate human services degree program, in the division of arts and sciences, is available at the Misenheimer campus.


Our human services program curriculum requires a minimum investment of 48 semester hours (SH). Students take a core of courses that help them develop basic understanding of people, helping skills and knowledge of program evaluation processes. Students concentrate in one of three areas: aging, child development or diverse populations.

Requirements for a Major in Human Services (45 SH)

Core Courses

  • HSRV 201 Introduction to Human Services
  • HSRV 301 Program Evaluation in Human Services
  • HSRV 401 Field Placement in Human Services
  • HSRV 410 Behavior Modification
  • HSRV 501 Seminar in Human Services
  • PSYC 202 Introduction to Psychology
  • PSYC 226 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYC 420 Group Processes
  • PSYC 425 Counseling
  • SOCY 201 Introduction to Sociology
  • SOCY 204 Social Problems
  • SOCY 390 Research Methods

Areas of Concentration

In addition to the required courses listed above, complete one of three concentrations:

Concentration in Aging (9 SH)

  • SOCY 420 Medical Sociology
  • SOCY 425 Sociology of Death and Dying
  • PSYC 295 Psychological Dev. Across the Lifespan, or
  • SOCY 406 Gerontology

Concentration in Child Development (9 SH)

  • PSYC 295 Psych Dev. Across the Lifespan
  • SPED 200 Introduction to Exceptional Children
  • SOCY 206 Sociology of the Family

Concentration in Diverse Populations (9 SH)

  • PSYC 435 Psychology of Women
  • SOCY 450 Race and Ethnic Relations
  • SOCY 206 Sociology of the Family

For descriptions of courses, visit the academic catalog.

Tuition & Fees

Click here for current tuition and fees. Contact an admissions advisor about financial aid and scholarship opportunities.


Gain the experience required for rewarding career opportunities in human service agencies such as group homes, children's homes, nursing homes and the Department of Social Services. Looking for an opportunity to live out the principles of servant leadership? You’ll find plenty of ways to make a difference through human services careers!

Ready to get started? Apply now.

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