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Applied Science: Human Services

UA South's small campus atmosphere offers students the advantage of individualized instruction and support while also providing access to the resources of one of the top-ranked research universities in the nation.

The Bachelor of Applied Science with an emphasis in Human Services prepares students to serve clients in a variety of public and private outreach agencies. Human Services graduates work alongside social workers, law enforcement officials, medical staff, emergency responders, and other specialists in assisting children, families and individuals in need.

Students will acquire knowledge of human service agencies, program planning, human development, and social issues to build long-term careers in the social service field. Many Human Services graduates continue their studies in Masters degree programs in Social Work or Counseling.

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Applied Science: Human Services is offered in the following locations: Sierra Vista, Pima County, Douglas, Santa Cruz County, Chandler, Yuma County, Online

The Human Services program is designed for students transferring approximately 60 units from a regionally accredited institution. The program requires additional materials during the application process. The minimum entrance requirements include:

  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Resume
  • Goal Statement
  • State Fingerprint Clearance Card (recommended)

Please contact us if you have any questions about the transferability of your credits, you admissibility to the program, or the application process. For full application instructions, please visit http://uas.arizona.edu/admissions.

UA South maintains a variety of tools to help you plan your education. We include them here for your reference. To make a personalized plan for your UA South education, contact us!

In addition to Foundations, General Education, and your Major coursework, Bachelor of Applied Science programs share a common core of six courses designed to meet employer needs and strengthen your academic skills culminating in a capstone experience in your major field.

UA Degree Search provides an overview of the major, Human Services four year plans, transfer pathways, and career opportunities.

Transfer Pathway Agreements guide students who are earning specific community college degrees and allow students to complete an Associate of Applied Science degree at any Arizona community college to transfer seamlessly into the Bachelor of Applied Science degree at The University of Arizona South. Specifically, UA South has partnership agreements with Arizona Western College, Central Arizona College, Cochise College, Maricopa Community College District, and Pima Community College. Find the right AZ degree pathway for you through AZTransfer. Students can also transfer from other institutions and should contact an academic advisor to find out how!

All prospective students are encouraged to speak with an academic advisor for an unofficial evaluation of their transfer credit, including military credits, to ensure the timely and cost efficient progress towards their Bachelor’s degree.

Academic Advisement Reports are the official degree audits for UA students once they have been admitted into their chosen major. The Human Services report contains lists of applicable classes to be used to satisfy graduation requirements. Current UA students can access their personalized Advisement Report in UAccess Student Center under the Academics menu.

Courses are based in theory with a strong focus on professional application. Courses in the major include:

  • AEDV 310: Transitional Resiliency - This course blends current research on resiliency, learning, and leadership in an integrative manner to foster individual leadership.
  • HUSV 310: Cultural Humility - This course explores the dynamic relationship between personal and professional identity, and the impact this relationship has when working with individuals and communities from cultures other than our own.
  • HUSV 404: Health in Human Services – This course explores multi-dimensional domains of health and wellbeing, at the personal, community, and institutional levels.

The knowledge of counseling, program planning and evaluation, human development, social issues, and humanities, gained from a major in Human Services, forms a solid career foundation. Graduates are well prepared to work in counseling, outreach, law enforcement, medical and healthcare support, social welfare, and social service. This major is also excellent preparation for graduate studies in social work or counseling. Some of the job titles listed below require an advanced degree.   

 

Potential Career Areas:

  • Law enforcement
  • Counseling and guidance
  • Social service
  • Medical and healthcare support
  • Social welfare
  • Community outreach

 

Sample Employers:

  • Advising and consulting firms
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Medical and healthcare centers
  • Hospitals and clinics
  • Social welfare centers
  • Public and private outreach agencies
  • Government agencies
  • Human rights organizations
  • Nursing home and adult daycare center
  • Peace Corps
  • Social service agencies

 

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Ranges:

 

Job Title

Salary Range

 

 

Adult Day Care Coordinator

$19,620 - $29,230

Child Welfare Worker

$47,980 - $52,530

Child, Family, and School Social Workers

$27,450 - $41,530

Grant Coordinator and Writer

$48,814 - $64,950

Grief Therapist

$25,430 - $40,080

Healthcare Social Worker

$27,450 - $49,830

HIV/AIDS Counselor and Case Manager

$25,840 - $42,670

Marriage and Family Therapists

$29,980 - $48,160

Medical Social Workers

$27,450 - $49,830

Mental Health Social Worker

$27,450 - $44,200

 ,Public Health Social Worker

$47,980 - $53,660

Recreation Supervisor/Activities Coordinator

$16,900 - $22,240

Social and Human Service Assistants

$33,120 - $44,200

Substance Abuse Counselor

$43,300 - $58,000

 

 

Sources of Information:  United States Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics (2017) Facts on Human Services/Social Work

For more information about careers and assistance in making your career plans, contact Career Services: career@email.arizona.edu; www.career.arizona.edu.

Please contact an Academic Advisor if you are interested in this program.
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Minor Offered: Yes
Program Type: Bachelor of Applied Science
Program Website: Human Services Website
Program Career Level: Undergraduate Degree
Locations Offered: Sierra Vista, Pima County, Douglas, Santa Cruz County, Chandler, Yuma County, Online

Sheena Brown, Ph.D. MPH

Assistant Professor | Program Director, Human Services | Program Director, Family Studies and Human Development | Program Director, Military Families
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