Family and Human Services Program

Why major in Family and Human Services?

Students who pursue a degree in family and human services (FHS) are committed to helping individuals improve their quality of life by focusing on the various contexts within which these individuals are embedded including families, communities, and cultures.

Through course work, supervision, and field experiences, FHS students build a foundation in individual, group, and community prevention and intervention, professional ethics, communication, and collaboration.

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.

Program Options

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.

What can I do with a Family and Human Services degree?

Family and human services 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
  • education
  • special education
  • early intervention
  • agency management and leadership
  • social work
  • human development
  • family studies

    Contact Information

    Jessica Cronce
    FHS Program Director
    340 HEDCO Education Building

    Christi Boyter
    FHS Advisor
    351 HEDCO Education Building

    Randy Martin
    FHS Advisor
    364 HEDCO Education Building