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Advocate for the Underserved

Human Services BA

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Assess service systems to advocate for at-risk groups

Through Judson University’s Bachelor of Arts in Human Services, you’ll develop specialized knowledge and skills to advocate for individuals, families, and communities through faith and critical thinking.

Upon graduation, you will be prepared to:

  • Establish and maintain strong relationships with those who need your help
  • Demonstrate 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

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Why Judson for your bachelor’s degree?

You could qualify to pay $0 out-of-pocket for tuition

Judson’s tuition is already lower than average for a private university. However, we want to make our Human Services bachelor’s even more affordable for you through our $0 out-of-pocket tuition program for qualified students. Here’s what you need to know

  • You must complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and qualify for Pell Grants and the Monetary Award Program (MAP) offered by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC).
  • This is a legitimate financial aid offer made possible through Pell and MAP funding, along with generous contributions from Judson partners.

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What classes will I take?

Throughout the 49 core credit hours required in this program, you’ll gain specialized knowledge and skills to understand, support, and advocate for at-risk individuals and groups.

Course List
  • HSC 312 Foundations of Human Services
  • HSC 314 Human Behavior and Social Environment
  • HSC 328 Social Welfare Policy
  • HSC 342 Individual Practices and Interventions
  • HSC 343 Group Practices and Interventions
  • HSC 350A Human Sciences Field Experience: Introduction
  • HSC 350B Human Sciences Field Experience: Professional Development
  • HSC 350C Human Sciences Field Experience: Conclusion
  • HSC 357 Advocacy and Social Justice
  • HSC 365 Cultural Competence: Divergence and Deviance
  • HSC 382 Practice Perspectives in Older Adult Care
  • HSC 392 Research Design and Analysis
  • HSC 430 Statistical Theories and Applications
  • HSC 440 Not-for-Profit Management
  • HSC 472 Legal and Ethical Issues in Human Services
  • HSC 492 Integrated Learning Capstone for Human Services
  • LDB 301 Academic and Interpersonal Effectiveness
  • LDB 481 Faith and Life Issues

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.

What jobs can I get with a human services degree?

What is the job outlook in this industry?

Nationwide, occupations related to community and social service are projected to grow 12% through 2030. In Illinois, these types of jobs are projected to grow by 8.4% through 2030. Both projected growth rates are above national and state averages, respectively.

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

  • Behavioral disorder counselor

    National Annual Mean Salary: $53,490

    Illinois Annual Mean Salary: $52,480

  • Community health worker

    National Annual Mean Salary: $47,780

    Illinois Annual Mean Salary: $44,170

  • Social worker

    National Annual Mean Salary: $63,010

    Illinois Annual Mean Salary: $66,490

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Illinois Department of Employment Security

How much will it cost?


per credit hour
(120 credit hours required)


Judson students who receive financial aid

Call a coach to learn about transferring credits or financial aid


Where will I take my classes?

  • Online


    Take classes from the comfort and safety of your own home.

  • Rockford Campus


    Choose from two convenient campus locations in Elgin, IL or Rockford, IL.

What help can I get?

Enjoy personalized coaching, 24/7 tech help, and other valuable resources that offer you the support you need to succeed inside and outside the classroom.

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

Learn more about the financial resources Judson provides to adult students

What makes this program stand out?

  • Top 25

    Online Human Services Bachelor’s by

  • Top 25

    Online Human Services Bachelor’s by

  • 94%

    Of students would recommend Judson to a friend

How will a human services degree benefit me?

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