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Human Social Services Major

Human social services is an application of sociology in the community and society. Students in this program will not only be prepared to work in organizations, but with human beings. Our program combines sociology and psychology in a humanistic approach that assists students to work with individuals, communities and organizations. 

Program Overview

This human services degree program is meant to equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary to work with underrepresented populations with varying needs. Professional roles in this field may include providing support to individuals and/or families who receive services in residential, community, educational and various other settings. The human social services minor begins to prepare you for confronting the human consequences of problems such as crime, poverty, addiction and discrimination.

Program Concentrations

This program is made up of the following concentrations. Learn more about concentrations.

Concentration Overview

This concentration provides students with applied skills in the area of counseling and psychotherapy.

Concentration Overview

The Social Work concentration involves the application of sociological research, theories, and evaluation tools, as well as specific courses geared toward working with individuals and communities. This major concentration is appropriate for students interested in future work in public and private agencies, as preparation for work as a licensed social worker, for graduate studies in social work, or work in public and/or business administration.

Concentrations on this page are required for this program. Additional courses or concentrations may need to be added to meet program or credit requirements.

Program Coursework

The specific degree requirements on the website are for illustrative purposes and may change at any time. Please contact the Registrar's Office, Academic Advising or refer to the course catalog for detailed program requirements.

Liberal Arts Core

The Liberal Arts Core Curriculum is rooted in the Liberal Arts and our Franciscan heritage. It is designed to create a framework to develop knowledge, skills, and responsibilities necessary to educate students so that they will be prepared to contribute to the world guided by a concern for issues of justice and ethical behavior.

LEADERSHIP:  4 credits
  • Freshman Seminar (1 cr.)
  • Spiritual & Ethical Literacy (3 cr.) 
  • Personal Branding Communication (3 cr.)
  • Writing for the 21st Century (3 cr.)*
  • Quantitative Problem Solving (3 cr.)*
  • Language & Culture (3 cr.)
*For ‘Writing for the 21st Century’ (English) and ‘Quantitative Problem Solving’ (Math), you may need additional courses depending on your placement.

CORE LITERACIES:  15 credits – Choose one (1) course from each broad theme. Course options can be found in the course catalog or on the academic advising page. Broad themes are:
  • Narratives of Identity       (3 cr.)
  • Science, Environment & Culture (3 cr.)   
  • Social Tensions (3 cr.)    
  • The American Experience (3 cr.)
  • Approving the Better Things (3 cr.)

Professional Core

Culminating Experience

Giving students a culminating experience as well as practical work experience, the Professional Core is a graduation requirement for every Stritch student in a bachelor’s degree program. This bachelor’s degree program includes completion of the Professional Core consisting of three courses:
  • Pre-Internship
  • Internship
  • Capstone

Experiential Learning

Instructors in this program provide real world experience in the field of social work. The skills learned in the classroom are immediately applicable to students internship sites.

Internship sites may include:

  • Civitas Law Group, INC
  • Dismas Ministry
  • Milwaukee Justice Center
  • Olympus Group
  • Pathfinders
  • Sojourner Family Peace Center
  • United Community Center
  • Wisconsin Early Autism Project
  • Walker's Point Youth and Family Center
Human Social Services

5 Career Options in Human Social Services

Do you have a passion for helping others in diverse communities?

According to BLS, overall employment of social workers is projected to grow 12% from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations. About 78,300 openings for social workers are projected each year, on average, over the decade.

5 careers options in human social services can include...

  • Case Worker
  • Community Outreach Worker
  • Substance Abuse Counselors
  • Social Worker
  • Human Services Manager

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Social Work

Contact admissions or the program faculty with questions about this program.


Amber S. Tucker

Faculty - Sociology