Human Services

Bachelor of Science in Human Services

The University of South Carolina, Beaufort’s baccalaureate in Human Services Program prepares students for employment or advanced study in the art and sciences of human care. As a growing field of study, Human Services now encompasses the areas of personal social services, health services, education services, housing and urban environment services, income transfer services and justice and public safety services. In addition, the Human Services Program is an interdisciplinary degree that helps to build attitudes, values, knowledge and skills that are needed for successful careers in the helping professions. As such, the program combines the disciplines of psychology and sociology and is guided by the principles of the National Council on Standards for Human Services Education. A unique feature of the Human Services Program is an intensive internship program whereby students are afforded the opportunities to apply the knowledge and skills from their course work and to provide them with actual experience as they move forward to employment in human services.

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  • Program Goals
  • Competencies
  • Prepare human services professionals to serve individuals, families, groups, communities and/or other supported human services organization functions.
  • Have an explicit philosophical statement based on three key elements: first, the asset approach to professional caring; second, an interdisciplinary knowledge base that includes theories, concepts and research from sociology and psychology as well as human services; and third, a strong experiential learning component.
  • Have periodic mechanisms for assessment of and response to changing policies, needs and trends of the profession and community.
  • Provide experiences and support to enable students to develop awareness of their own values, personalities, reaction patterns, interpersonal styles and limitations.
  • Provide field experience that is integrated with the curriculum.
  • Ensure that field placements provide quality supervised learning experiences.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the historical development of human services.
  • Demonstrate knowledge that includes knowledge and theory of human systems, including individual, interpersonal, group, family, organizational, community and societal and their interactions.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the conditions that promote or limit human functioning.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skill in the systematic analysis of service needs; selection of appropriate strategies, services, or interventions; and evaluation of outcomes.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills in information management.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills in human services interventions that are appropriate to their level of education.
  • Demonstrate interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills in the administrative aspects of the services delivery system.
  • Demonstrate knowledge about and skills in applying human services values and attitudes and promote understanding of human services ethics and their application in practice.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of their own values, personalities, reaction patterns, interpersonal styles and limitations.
  • Engage in at least three internships at approved sites and have a minimum of 350 hours of supervised field experience and be awarded academic credit for these experiences that are integrated into the curriculum.


Only four-year program in South Carolina accredited by National Council on Standards for Human Services Education 
Maintained 90 percent satisfaction rate among graduating seniors for past three years
Maintained 90 percent satisfaction rate among internship site agency supervisors for past three years
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What are our graduates doing now?
Graduate Schools
Career Paths
  • Case Worker
  • Juvenile Court Liaison
  • Child Welfare Worker
  • Public Policy Analyst
  • Drug and Alcohol Counselor
  • Child Life Specialist
Graduate Schools
Graduate Schools
  • University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health
  • Medical University of South Carolina College of Nursing
  • University of South Carolina College of Social Work
Graduate Schools
  • South Carolina Department of Social Services
  • South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of America, clubs throughout South Carolina
  • South Carolina Department of Mental Health
  • National Children’s Alliance
  • Boys and Girls Club of the Lowcountry
  • Coastal Empire Community Mental Health
  • Hope Haven of the Lowcountry
  • Beaufort-Jasper Economic Opportunity Commission

Joyce Cheung
“All of my professors took such an interest in my personal development — that, combined with the real world experience I received, really helped me feel prepared to take on any challenge.”
Joyce Cheung
Biology Major, Class of 2017