Human Services Administration Degree

Our Human Services Administration Program (HSAD) promotes excellence in education enlightened by Christian faith and values along with preparing graduates to excel in the 21st century in an administrative capacity in non-profit agencies, schools, health care centers, and other community-based organizations while assisting those who are vulnerable and underrepresented.  The Human Services Administration interdisciplinary program provides students skills requisite to seeking leadership or specialist roles in social services, criminal justice programs, child welfare organizations, developmental disabilities, health care services, gerontology, program management, educational settings for preschool-aged children, or residential treatment programs.

Graduates of the Human Services Administration program are required to successfully complete 55 hours of foundational curriculum classes, 33 hours of Human Service Administration, and complete the chosen specialization track.  The four specialization tracks include: adult services, preschool and childcare, public health, and applied behavior analysis administrators.

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Dr. Renee Collins-professor of education and Associate Dean Irvin School of Education

Dr. Renee Collins

Professor of Education, Associate Dean of the Irvin School of Education

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  • Human Services Administration (B.B.S.)


Why study Human Services Administration at HSU?

Human Services student teaching classroom of children

Interdisciplinary Program

HSAD majors engage in various experiences in the field related to social work, non-profit organizations, and various collaborative community partnerships. Our students complete an internship supervised by a professional from an approved state or community-based organization. The internship allows HSAD majors opportunities to implement knowledge learned in previous courses pertaining to improving the life of individuals and families in need.

HSU Human Services professionals building tower of sticks together in team activity

Human Services Professionals

Human Services professionals consider the standards within the Ethical Standards for Human Services Professionals (National Organization for Human Services). The fundamental values of the Human Services profession include respecting the dignity and welfare of all people; promoting self-determination; honoring cultural diversity; advocating for social justice; and acting with integrity, honesty, genuineness, and objectivity.

Human Services professor reading book to students

Growing & Excelling

“The Irvin School of Education Human Services & Administration program has helped me excel in many aspects of my life, not just in education. This program has helped me to learn my strengths and weaknesses, as well as identify things the Lord has called me to that I never thought possible. Through this program, I have truly been able to grow in many aspects. I am extremely thankful and blessed to have been a part of this program.” –Carli Coor

Program Details

All courses and course descriptions for the Human Services Administration, B.B.S. (HSAD) can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog.


All HSU students are eligible for this program.

The following are several, but not all, possible employers for graduates with the HSAD degree: public welfare agencies, federal/state/local government, private social service agencies, religiously affiliated organizations, police departments, probation and parole offices, victim services organizations, hospitals, nursing and retirement homes, hospice, mental health organizations, schools, vocational rehabilitation, community health centers, family service organizations, child welfare departments, public K-12 school systems, private K-12 school systems, private learning centers, business firms in various industries, developers of educational products, or national foundations and associations.

(24 credits)

  • EDUC 4340 Current Issues in Special Education 3
  • EDUC 4341 Educational Assessment of Exceptional Learners 3
  • EDUC 4342 Advanced Educational Strategies for Exceptional Learners 3
  • EDUC 4343 Managing Academic and Social Behaviors 3
  • EDUC 4327 Internship 3
  • SCWK 2303 Social Work Practice 3
  • SOCI 3380 Social Research Methods 3
  • PSYC 3306 Child and Adolescent Psychology 3

Technological Competency and Electives (12 credits)

  • CSCI 1303 Introduction to Computer Applications 3
  • Electives (Recommended electives include PSYC 3303, SCWK 2360, 2365, 3320, SOCI 4360, CSD 4358) 9

Major/Specialization 57
Core 55
Technological Competency and Electives 12
Total 124

(18 credits)

  • PSYC 3303 Abnormal Psychology 3
  • PYSC 3307 Human Sexuality 3
  • PSYC 3310 Substance Abuse 3
  • PSYC 3337 Adult Development and Gerontology or SOCI/SCWK 4370 Aging in Society 3
  • PSYC 4340 Psychology of the Family or
  • SOCI 4340 Sociology of Marriage and Family 3
  • SOCI/SCWK 4360 Health Care Issues in Society 3

Technological Competency and Electives (18 credits)

  • CSCI 1303 Introduction to Computer Applications 3
  • Electives 15

Major/Specialization 51
Core 55
Electives Technological Competency and Electives 18

Total 124

(21 credits)

  • ECED 4311 Early Childhood Practicum 3
  • EDUC 3338 The Learning Environment 3
  • FSSC 3300 Physical Activities for Children 3
  • PSYC 3333 Educational Psychology 3
  • READ 3360 Beginning Literacy Development 3
  • SCWK 2365 Human Behavior and Social Environment II 3
  • SCWK 3320 Child Welfare Services 3

Technological Competency and Electives (15 credits)

  • CSCI 1303 Introduction to Computer Applications 3
  • Electives 12

Major/Specialization 54     
Core 55
Technological Competency and Electives 15

Total 124

(22 credits)

  • BIOL 2405 Public Health Microbiology or BIOL 3420 General Microbiology 4
  • ENVM 4320 Toxicology and Industrial Hygiene 3
  • PBHL 2301 Introduction to Public Health 3
  • PBHL 3310 Fundamentals of Epidemiology 3
  • SOCI 4360 Health Care Issues in Society 3
  • STAT 3312 Statistical Methods 3
  • 3 Elective credits from BIOL 2334, BIOL 3304, BIOL 4314, BIOL 4402, BIOL 4326, ENVM 3312 3

Technological Competency and Electives (14 credits)

  • CSCI 1303 Introduction to Computer Applications 3
  • Electives 11

Major/Specialization 55
Core 55
Technological Competency and Electives 14

Total 124