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Bachelor of Arts

Human Services

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What is a BA in Human Services?

Recognize and respect the dignity and worth of vulnerable populations. Earn your Bachelor of Arts in Human Services from Judson University. Develop the specialized knowledge and skills you need to improve individuals, families, and communities – becoming a leader forged through faith and critical thinking.

As you progress through the program, you’ll benefit from hands-on experiences empowering the lives of children, youth, and adults as you gain confidence in your ability to advocate for and facilitate positive change.


How will a human services degree benefit me?


What will I learn in this program?


Our courses are designed specifically to provide you with the skills and knowledge you’ll need to build a successful career. While studying for your bachelor’s in human services, you’ll:

  • Build skills in assessment, counseling, and intervention
  • Develop your personal set of professional ethics based on a Christian worldview
  • Evaluate and analyze service systems to address such challenges as interpersonal conflict, mental health, poverty, oppression, violence, and homelessness

“I learned more about what empathy means when I was at Judson. I have been able to use that to really listen to people’s stories and better understand them.”

Sara Brunsting
BA Human Services graduate, MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling student


What classes will I take?

Throughout the 46 credit hours required in this program, you’ll gain specialized knowledge and skills to understand, support, and advocate for at-risk individuals and groups. Some of the courses you might take include:

  • Advocacy and Social Justice
  • Cultural Competence: Divergence or Deviance
  • Faith and Life Issues
  • Foundations in Human Services
  • Group Practices and Interventions
  • Human Behavior and Social Environment
  • Human Sciences Field Experience
  • Individual Practices and Interventions
  • Legal and Ethical Issues in the Human Services
  • Not-for-Profit Management
  • Practice Perspectives in Older Adult Care
  • Research Design and Analysis
  • Social Welfare Policy
  • Statistical Theories and Applications

What makes this program stand out?

  • Top 25

    Online Human Services Bachelor’s by TheBestSchools.org

  • Top 25

    Online Human Services Bachelor’s by TheBestColleges.org

  • 94%

    Of students would recommend Judson to a friend


How is the bachelor’s in human services different from the bachelor’s in applied psychology?


Both the human services and applied psychology bachelor’s degree programs prepare you to meet people’s needs.

Human services

Learn to evaluate societal and environmental conditions that influence people. Develop problem-solving and intervention techniques in a variety of settings to advocate for ways people can overcome challenges.

Applied psychology

Understand key psychological and behavioral principles that you can use to manage behavior in a variety of occupational settings and fields.

Learn more about the Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology


How long will it take to get my degree?

Plan on about 15 hours a week on coursework outside of class. Remember, you only have to attend class one night a week. Most students earn this degree within 2 years, but graduating may take longer, depending on how much college experience you have.

Can I transfer to Judson?

Yes, you can transfer credits to Judson. In addition to our generous transfer policy, our enrollment coaches work one-on-one with you to secure the most credit possible for your prior learning.


How much will it cost?

$545

per credit hour
(46 credit hours required)

99%+

Judson students who receive financial aid

Call a coach to learn about transferring credits or financial aid

847.637.0689


What jobs can I get with a human services degree?

What is the job outlook in this industry?

Nationwide, nearly 372,000 new jobs in the field of community and social services are projected through 2026 – a 14% growth rate. On average, the number of annual job openings available for these types of occupations in Illinois is over 12,000.

Graduates of this program go on to careers and salaries like the following:

  • Behavioral disorder counselor

    National Annual Mean Salary: $44,160

    Illinois Annual Mean Salary: $37,360

  • Community health worker

    National Annual Mean Salary: $42,340

    Illinois Annual Mean Salary: $37,190

  • Social worker

    National Annual Mean Salary: $60,900

    Illinois Annual Mean Salary: $65,890

BLS, 2017

“What Judson’s doing for me is opening doors. They’re giving me a foundation with credibility. I made a promise to myself to finish my degree so I can get into law, so I can start fighting for the rights of children.”

Linda Summersville
BA in Human Services


Why choose Judson for a BA in Human Services degree?

Made for working adults

Once a week. That’s how often Judson Division of Professional Studies classes meet. When you meet, your coursework will strengthen your current career and prepare you for growth opportunities. Classes are taught online or on campus in Elgin or Rockford, which means you can study when and where it’s convenient for you.

The Bachelor of Arts in Human Services is taught on our Rockford and Elgin campuses, and online.

Choose the location that works best with your schedule.

  • Rockford Campus

    Rockford Campus
    200 Y. Boulevard, Rockford, Illinois

  • Online

    Online

  • Elgin Campus

    Elgin Campus
    1151 North State Street, Elgin, Illinois

Free child care at the Rockford campus

To help you focus on what matters most, Judson has partnered with the YMCA to provide free child care during class to students who attend the Rockford campus.

Resources that will help you succeed

Success coaches, 24/7 help desk support, tutoring services, and more are always close by to set you up for success inside and outside the classroom.

  • 24/7 Tech Help
    24/7 Tech Help
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    Student Success Center
  • 24/7 Tech Help
    Career Services
  • 24/7 Tech Help
    Free Daycare
  • 24/7 Tech Help
    Designated Success Coach
  • 24/7 Tech Help
    Financial Aid Services

Learn more about the financial resources Judson provides to adult students