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Dr. Spirrison with Students

Bachelor of Science in Human Services

Major requirements available online: 64 hours*
*In addition, 13 hours of program requirements are available online.

Make a difference

The University of South Carolina Beaufort's Human Services degree teaches you the skills needed to make a difference in the lives of others. The Human Services program is an interdisciplinary liberal arts degree that draws heavily from the disciplines of sociology and psychology. Our graduates gain the attitudes, values, knowledge, and skills for employment or advanced study in the art and science of care.

The Human Services program rises above traditional concepts of social services or social work. Our program uses an asset or strengths-based approach to working with individuals, families, and communities. We help students be successful in the traditional social services as well as the expanding non-social services arenas. Our graduates will be able to more effectively manage non-profit organizations, deliver direct care as a human service professional and have the skills to assist in building informal networks of care.

The curriculum is designed to give graduates the knowledge, dispositions, and skills that encourage depth of understanding, tolerance of others, and individual accountability.

Real-world experience

One of the most distinctive and valuable features of the Human Services program is its experienced-based internships, which greatly enhances your chances of future employment. Through these internships, you'll gain valuable work experience that will let you choose from a variety of careers, including probation officer and correctional treatment specialist, social and community service manager, substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselor, as well as public relations specialist and manager.

Each of the three internship courses requires at least 120 hours of service in a supervised human service setting. Working with an internship course coordinator, you will identify human services settings that match your interests and career goals.

Agencies, organizations and industries that have served as hosts for previous internship students include alcohol and drug abuse, disabilities and special needs, social services, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, community mental health, Child Abuse Prevention Association, Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse and health and human services.

Start dates

Course Start Date Application Deadline Missing Documents Deadline Registration Deadline Tuition Deadline
January 12, 2015 December 1, 2014 December 15, 2014 January 13, 2015 January 12, 2015
August 20, 2015 August 1, 2015 August 1, 2015 August 26, 2015 August 12, 2015

† Note: Due to overwhelming demand for the USCB Human Services program, courses may reach enrollment capacity before the application deadline.
† Students who will be taking a full-time course load and have no prior transferrable human services course work, are best advised to enroll in Term 1 of Fall semester.
† All other students, i.e., those who will be attending part-time or do have transferrable human services courses, may enroll at the beginning of any of the five Terms, depending on which courses they have taken. A USCB academic advisor will advise prospective students concerning when they should or can enroll.