About the Family and Human Services Program
Are you interested in helping families grow stronger and healthier, building more just communities, and learning how to be an advocate and activist for more effective and equitable community social services? The Family and Human Services program in the College of Education is highly versatile. Students who pursue a degree in FHS help support the health and well-being of communities, families, and individuals through the development of prevention programs and through direct advocacy and delivery of services across the various levels of a person’s ecology. Reflecting the diversity of the community and social service sector, FHS is interdisciplinary, drawing on the fields of psychology/counseling, social work, prevention science, public health, human development, and sociology.
The family and human services major leads to a bachelor of arts (BA) or a bachelor of science (BS) degree.
- The bachelor of arts (BA) degree requires proficiency in a second language.
- The bachelor of science (BS) degree requires proficiency in mathematics or computer and information science or a combination of the two.
Students who major in FHS must select one emphasis area in which to complete additional coursework beyond a shared set of core courses.
- The Prevention Science (PS) emphasis prepares students for graduate studies and careers that will involve prevention-focused program development and evaluation.
- The Direct Service Intensive (DSI) emphasis prepares students for graduate studies and careers that will involve direct delivery of interventions.
What can I do with a Family and Human Services degree?
FHS graduates are prepared to enter the community and social service workforce, which, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics is “projected to grow 14 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 371,900 jobs. Most projected new jobs in this occupational group are in counselor and social worker occupations.”
A degree in FHS is highly versatile. Many students enter the community and social service workforce immediately following graduation in occupations including:
- case manager
- youth outreach worker
- family support worker
- correctional/probation officer
- residential care provider
- juvenile court liaison
- human services liaison
- behavioral management aide
- community outreach worker
- eligibility worker
- rehabilitation case worker
Some careers within the community and social service sector require at least a master’s degree, and many FHS students pursue research and graduate studies in disciplines such as:
- counseling psychology
- couples and family therapy
- prevention science
- special education
- early intervention/early childhood special education
- agency management and leadership
- social work
- human development
- family studies
Take the Next Step
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The Student Experience
Your journey in FHS will prepare you for the vast array of careers focused on promoting and maintaining the health and well-being of communities, families, and individuals through prevention and intervention across the many environments in which humans live and work. As professionals in the human services you will be called to serve diverse individuals with myriad needs. You’ll learn to balance competing commitments and professional development. You’ll learn to explore scientific evidence and evaluate experiences. You'll be the next generation who shapes how we build healthier and more just communities. You’ll learn that we’re here for you – all FHS faculty and staff are ready to support your success!
Students in either the Direct Service Intensive or Prevention Science pathways complete their training through real-world experiences. We have more than 100 community partners who are excited to host students and provide internships in non-profit administration, child development services, case management, research, addiction services, counseling, and more.
What Our Students Are Saying...
Alumni Success Stories
Meet Remington Slicker, '21
The Family and Human Services program was super awesome and helpful especially during my whole job hunting experience. Because of COVID-19, finding a post-grad job was very difficult. I found that there was a lack of open positions for the job that I was looking for which made it difficult to find one that fit best with me. The supervisors and advisors within the FHS department were so helpful when it came to navigating which job would be the best fit for me, and helping me with interviewing skills, which I didn't have a lot of. My university supervisor that I met with in a group setting once a week was amazing. She used our class time to answer questions about searching for jobs, networking, building resumes, and practicing potential interview questions.
Like my university supervisors, my supervisors at 90by30 were just as helpful and encouraging when it came to the job hunting process. Throughout having a year long internship, I was able to explore different sides and experiences of working in human services. Everyone in the FHS department and its coordinating field sites are so encouraging and helpful. I truly could not have done it without the help from all of the wonderful supervisors I have had and I will be forever grateful for the amazing staff, students, professors, and supervisors within the FHS department which helped guide me to get where I am today.
Meet Samantha May, '16
The Family and Human Services Program and Practicum inspired my aspiration to positively impact the lives of local families. Being able to intern in agencies providing prevention and intervention services allowed me to experience different ways to have that impact without having to have a Master’s Degree. After completing my senior internship with CAFA, I was offered a position as their Program Manager for their Domestic Violence Intervention and Parenting Programs. In this role, I am able to support individuals, couples, and parents looking to gain tools to support them in maintaining healthier relationships that are free from abuse.
I utilize my skills gained from the program daily in terms of case management, motivational interviewing, and collaborating with other agencies such as the Department of Human Services, Parole & Probation, and the court system. Understanding trauma and how it impacts the brain, body, and our relationships has been crucial to creating a safe, non-judgmental place for clients to learn, grow, and ultimately change. It has been my pleasure to support our community in this capacity. I am grateful for the program as it opened doors for me that I had never even considered prior.
Enrich Your Academic Experience
Our inclusive class models create tightly knit communities of students who influence each other’s success, and most students are involved in research as part of their program requirements. We have a culture that values diversity and promotes respect and inclusion. We produce scholars and practitioners who are prepared to make meaningful changes in our local, national, indigenous, and internal communities. Our graduates become leaders in education and human sciences who change lives and improve outcomes for individuals and systems.
Commitment to Inclusion and Social Change
The Department of Counseling Psychology and Human Services strives to maintain an inclusive learning environment that values and celebrates diverse perspectives so that all students can flourish professionally and personally. Our view of diversity encompasses, but is not limited to, ability, age, culture, gender, language, nationality/geography, political views, race/ethnicity, religious beliefs and practices, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status/class. Advancing social justice is central to our educational mission. We condemn the systemic racism, oppression, and violence against minoritized communities in the United States and stand in solidarity with calls for social justice. Our community strives to advance social justice through our research, pedagogy, service, and clinical outreach, which collectively aim to improve the lives of individuals, families, and communities. Our work toward these goals is an ongoing journey of learning, and we welcome input from our students, colleagues, alumni, and friends to support these efforts.