The Human Services major prepares you to meet the growing demand for human service workers, whose occupations encompass a broad range of helping professions. The program combines courses from the disciplines of communications, sociology, and psychology to provide an overall understanding of the field. The curriculum is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of human behavior and to develop the skills necessary to function as a human services professional.
According to the National Human Services Organization, “The primary purpose of the human service worker is to assist individual and communities to function as effectively as possible in the major domains of living. A strong desire to help others is an important consideration for a job as a human services worker. Individuals who show patience, understanding, and caring in their dealings with others are highly valued by employers. Other important personal traits include communication skills, a strong sense of responsibility, and the ability to manage time effectively." http://www.nationalhumanservices.org)
Completion of an internship is required. Majors who have a cumulative GPA of 2.50 are eligible to apply for semester-long internships, for which students earn 3-12 credit hours. The internship provides supervised training in various regional agencies and service organizations. Students have completed their internships in various places, such as:
• Head Start
• K-12 public schools
• Sheyenne Care Center
• Assisted living facilities
Recent graduates have found employment as case managers, directors of residential facilities, probation officers, parole officers, and personnel specialists at local agencies such as James River Correctional Center, Barnes County Juvenile Court, ND State Hospital, Barnes County Sheriff’s Department, and Open Door Center.