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Bachelor of Science in Human Services

A bachelor's degree in human services is great preparation for those who want to pursue helping professions, such as counseling, child advocacy or mediation. 

""The Palmetto College Online Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services is issued by USC Beaufort, one of USC's senior campuses.


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.                               
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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.                               


Prerequisites & Requirements

Students must have 45-60 hours of college-level course work to apply for this online degree program.   If you haven't earned your hours yet, you can do so at any of our Palmetto College campuses statewide, or at any technical college. To find out if you're qualified to apply for this program, please contact a Palmetto College advisor.

Total requirements for this degree: 120 hours
Major requirements available online: 64 hours
GPA: 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale)


Program Length

If you’re a full-time student, the program should take about two years—the same as if you were attending class in-person. If you work, you may need to take a lighter course load.
Talk to an advisor about how to balance Palmetto College classes with your schedule.



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If you've already talked to a Palmetto College representative, just follow the application instructions for this degree.

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