Human Services, BS

The Bachelor of Science in Human Services seeks to prepare students with the knowledge and the communication, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills needed to serve individuals, groups, organizations, and communities in a global 21st century. The degree provides students with a comprehensive overview of the human service delivery system along with an understanding of the psychology and sociology of human behavior.

Graduates may pursue careers as providers who provide direct and indirect service care. With an emphasis on client-centered caregiving, students have an opportunity to learn to apply interdisciplinary approaches to help improve the lives of people within a variety of contexts. Students completing the program are eligible for initial social work licensure.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated.

University-Wide Requirement

Minimum 120 total semester hours required

Minimum 2.000 GPA required

Students must earn a minimum of 60 Northeastern University semester hours in order to receive a bachelor’s degree.

Note: Individual program requirements may exceed the above minima.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

Foundation Courses

39 semester hours required

Complete one of the following: 4
College Writing 1
and Lab for ENG 1105
College Writing 1 for Nonnative Speakers
and Lab for ENG 1103
Complete the following two courses with corresponding labs:
ENG 1107
and ENG 1108
College Writing 2
and Lab for ENG 1107
ENG 3107
and ENG 3108
Writing for the Professions: Business and the Social Sciences
and Lab for ENG 3107
MTH 1100College Algebra3
MTH 2310Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Sciences3
PSY 1100Foundations of Psychology3
Health and Human Services
HSV 1100Introduction to Human Services3
HMG 2110Health Law and Regulation3
Information Technology
ITC 1000Computer Applications3
or ITC 2016 End-User Data Analysis Tools
SOC 1100Introduction to Sociology3
SOC 1220Engaging Difference and Diversity3
PHL 2130Ethical Issues in Healthcare3

Major Required Courses

39 semester hours required

Clinical Practice
HSV 2200Introduction to Clinical Practice3
Human Behavior
HSV 2240Human Behavior in the Social Environment3
PSY 3200Social Psychology3
PSY 3210Abnormal Psychology3
PSY 3230Development across the Life Span3
SOC 2350Power, Poverty, and Social Change3
Counseling and Social Services
PSY 2230Stress and Its Management3
SOC 2320Family Functions and Dysfunctions3
HSV 3200Techniques in Individual and Group Counseling3
HSV 3300Social Welfare, Policies, and Services3
Research and Practicum
HSV 3350Research Methods in Human Services3
HSV 3400Human Services Volunteer Practicum3
HSV 4850Human Services Capstone3

Professional Electives

12 semester hours required

Complete 12 semester hours from the following:12


Complete a minimum of 30 semester hours to reach 120 semester hours.

Term 1Hours
Complete one of the following:4
Complete the following:
MTH 11003
HSV 11003
SOC 11003
Open elective3
Term 2Hours
ENG 1107
and ENG 1108
PSY 11003
MTH 23103
ITC 1000 or 20163
Open elective3
Term 3Hours
SOC 12203
PSY 22303
HSV 22003
Open elective3
Open elective3
Term 4Hours
PHL 21303
SOC 23503
HSV 22403
HMG 21103
Open elective3
Term 5Hours
ENG 3107
and ENG 3108
PSY 32003
PSY 32303
SOC 23203
HSV 32003
Term 6Hours
PSY 32103
HSV 33003
HSV 33503
HSV 34003
Professional elective3
Term 7Hours
Professional elective3
Professional elective3
Open elective3
Open elective3
Open elective3
Term 8Hours
HSV 48503
Professional elective3
Open elective3
Open elective3
Total Hours: 120