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If you have a passion for helping others and want to pursue a career in psychology, counseling, or social work, the Bachelor of Arts in Human Services program at City University of Seattle will provide you with a solid knowledge base and the necessary skills. You’ll learn how to work with individuals, families, and communities, advocate on their behalf, and plan an effective course of treatment to improve quality of life.

The bachelor’s degree in human services program at CityU is fully online, except for the internship experience, and has enrollment every quarter, allowing for maximum flexibility.

The online Bachelor of Arts in Human Services program will equip you with the interdisciplinary knowledge base and social work skills needed to make a positive difference in the lives of individuals, families, and communities. Along with gaining a strong foundation in human services, you’ll choose either a comprehensive program or a specialized study emphasis that allows you to focus your studies around your interests.


This bachelor's degree in human services program requires students to complete an internship at a human services agency that focuses on your emphasis area. The internship integrates theories learned in the classroom with practical experience at an agency. You’ll work under the supervision of an experienced human service professional, gaining skills and knowledge in the field.

The experience gained and contacts made at internship sites often lead to other professional opportunities.


Faculty in the program are practitioners in the field, and the curriculum is multidisciplinary, drawing from psychology, sociology, counseling, social work, criminal justice, and business.

The program is academically rigorous in order to enable you to be competitive for graduate school, as well as practical and skills-based to allow you to qualify for employment after graduation.

Learning Outcomes

Throughout the human services bachelor’s degree program, you’ll learn to:

  • Understand common issues that those with disabilities face
  • Identify and assess client needs and develop treatment plans
  • Advocate for individuals, families, groups, and communities
  • Identify and prepare grants to assist in service delivery
  • Investigate the impact of physical and psychological trauma on individuals, groups, and communities, with particular attention to how post-traumatic stress contributes to the development of co-occurring substance abuse disorders
  • Make ethical decisions and practical applications involving ethical problems
  • Study behavioral pharmacology using a blended approach of pharmacology, neuroscience, and psychology
  • Study human behavior in organizations

Required Credits (180 Credits)

For full course descriptions please visit the 2019-2020 Course Catalog. 

Lower-Division Requirements

College Composition: 5 credits
College Mathematics: 5 credits
Humanities: 15 credits
Social Science: 15 credits
Natural Science/Mathematics: 15 credits
Lower-Divison Electives: 35 credits

Preparatory Courses (30 Credits)

HSVC 200 Introduction to Human Services (5)

PSY 201 Introduction to Psychology (5)

PSY 202 Understanding Human Development (5)

PSY 209 Fundamentals of Research Methods in Social Sciences (5)

PSY 220 Fundamentals of Abnormal Psychology (5)

PSY 240 Critical Thinking and Writing Skills in Social Sciences (5)

Human Services Core (55 Credits)

PSY 313 Ethics (5)

PSY 411 Organizational Behavior (5)

SOC 412 Sociology of the Family (5)

PSY 324 Introduction to Behavioral Pharmacology (5)

HSVC 470 Social Justice in Human Services (5)

HSVC 370 Providing Services for Clients with Disabilities (5)

HSVC 410 Assessment and Intervention with Diverse Populations (5)

HSVC 420 Advocacy for Diverse Communities (5)

HSVC 455 Trauma Recovery (5)

HSVC 491 Internship and Practicum in Human Services (5) OR HSVC 492 Human Services Culminating Project (5)

Upper Division Elective (5 Credits)

Specialized Study Emphasis (25 Credits)*

*Credits must be upper division

The Bachelor of Arts in Human Services program prepares students for a variety of careers in human services, healthcare, and social work, including jobs in group homes, substance use disorder treatment programs, counseling, case management, and youth service agencies.

Common job titles of alumni from this program are:

  • Child development worker
  • Case manager
  • Social work assistant
  • Chemical dependency counselor
  • Mental health aide
  • Community outreach worker
  • Youth activity counselor

Networking Opportunities

At CityU, you’ll have the opportunity to expand your professional network by connecting with faculty working in your field, students from around the globe, and alumni employed at Seattle’s top companies. Plus, you’ll be part of a supportive community that’s dedicated to helping you reach your career goals.

Tuition Cost

Learn more about tuition and fees for our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs.

Financial Aid Opportunities

At CityU, we’re committed to helping students achieve their academic goals no matter their economic situations. Our financial aid counselors are here to find the resources you need to pay for your education, including grants, loans, work study, and scholarships.

Learn more about financial aid opportunities at CityU, or contact our Financial Aid Team at 800.426.5596, 206.239.4540, or finaid@cityu.edu.

Military Tuition Benefits

As a Yellow Ribbon school, CityU is proud to serve those who have served in the military. We offer military tuition discounts for active-duty servicemembers and their spouses and accept military benefits such as the Post 9/11 GI Bill® and Tuition Assistance.

Learn more about military tuition benefits, VA benefits, and military partnership programs designed to help you reach your military and career goals.


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Founded in 1973, City University of Seattle offers over 60 on-site and online programs designed for busy working adults like you. When you enroll at CityU, you’ll have the support of a community of faculty, staff, students, and alumni who are dedicated to helping you finish your degree and reach your goals.


CityU is recognized as a Top 10 educator of adults nationwide.1 In fact, students complete their degrees at twice the national rate.2


Develop marketable, real-world skills in courses taught by faculty who are practitioners working in your field.


Expand your expertise and your global perspectives in on-site and online courses with students from around the world.


Network with alumni employed at Seattle’s top companies, including Boeing, Starbucks, Amazon, and Microsoft.

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