Bachelor of Arts in Counseling and Human Services

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

The undergraduate program in Counseling and Human Services has a multi-disciplinary perspective with special emphasis placed on the achievement of excellence in academic and professional competencies. Through the interplay of counseling, skill development, social work systems, rehabilitation services, and field work experiences, the program prepares students for work in a variety of settings (agency, school, etc.) as counseling and human service professionals who situate their work within cultural, family, and community (local, regional, national, and global) contexts.

Main Campus: Historical Misenheimer

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


The Counseling and Human Services program leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree that prepares students for entry-level positions in the field of human services or graduate studies in mental health counseling, clinical social work, rehabilitative counseling, and marriage and family therapy. Core requirements in the major emphasize values, knowledge, and skills common to all fields of human services, while electives allow students to develop competence in assisting specific populations.

Requirements for a Major in Counseling and Human Services (45 SH)

Core Courses

  • CHSV 201 Introduction to Human Services
  • CHSV 301 Program Evaluation in Human Services
  • CHSV 410 Behavior Modification
  • CHSV 501 Senior Seminar in Human Services
  • PSYC 202S Introduction to Psychology
  • PSYC 305 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYC 425 Counseling
  • SOCY 201S Introduction to Sociology
  • SOCY 204 Social Problems
  • SOCY 390 Research Methods
  • SOCY 499 Field Placement


In addition to the above-required courses for all majors, each student majoring in CHSV will complete (9) semester hours from the following courses.

  • COMM 355S Diversity Issues in a Global Context
  • COMM 360 Organizational Communication
  • COMM 414 Conflict Mediation
  • CRIM 204 Juvenile Justice
  • CRIM 206 Corrections
  • CRIM 207 Criminal Justice in Society
  • PSYC 222M Statistics
  • PSYC 295 Developmental Psychology
  • PSYC 435 Psychology of Women
  • SOCY 206 Sociology of the Family
  • SOCY 450 Race and Ethnic Relations
  • SPED 200 Introduction to Exceptional Children
  • SPED 250 Behavior Management for Exceptional Children
  • SPED 305 High Incidence Exceptionalities

For descriptions of courses, visit the academic catalog.

Tuition & Fees

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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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