B.A. In Human Services or B.A. In Human Services/Psychology
National Louis University provides students interested in Human Services with two clearly articulated pathways: a Bachelor of Arts in Human Services or a Bachelor of Arts in Human Services/Psychology. The B.A. in Human Services has a strong core of internship experiences and the B.A. in Human Services/Psychology combines coursework in human services with that of behavioral sciences for a stronger theoretical background in understanding human motivation and behavior. Each prepares students to advance in organizations that provide support and service to individuals, families, and communities in need.
Choose NLU's human services bachelor's degree if you:
- Want to become a human service professional who will help individuals, families, groups, communities, human services organizations, and the society at large
- Are interested in a program that incorporates case- and project-based applications of analytical and critical thinking skills within a human services context
- Want to apply human services knowledge, theory, and skills in a professional environment
- Seek a meaningful student experience that will enable you to successfully enter or advance in the field
- How to better understand and effectively deal with the behavior of individuals and groups
- Common support skills and how to implement them
- How diverse backgrounds and special needs impact today's workplace and communities
- Strategies for community intervention and the management of health and human service organizations
NLU recognizes many students are balancing work and family while in school, so courses are scheduled to accommodate those important commitments. Small class sizes provide students with a support network for study and professional development, and NLU's Human Services programs are offered in both a blended format of online and on-campus classes, or as a 100% online option.
The number of jobs for social and human service assistants is expected to grow by nearly 23 percent between 2008 and 2018, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. This is due in large part to the aging population and increased demand for mental health and substance abuse treatment.
Graduates with a Human Services degree hold various positions, such as social service assistants, case management aides, social work assistants, residential counselors, community support workers, child-care workers, community outreach workers, life skills counselors or gerontology aides.
In 1886, NLU was created as a learning institution dedicated to teaching teachers—with the ultimate goal of helping others and supporting communities so they could grow and prosper. Today, NLU continues to carry out its original mission with one of the oldest still active human services programs in the Chicago area. NLU's Human Services degree program educates students so they can work in fields that serve individuals and communities.
The Bachelor of Arts in Human Services and Bachelor of Arts in Human Services/Psychology programs are 180 quarter hours in length and, depending upon your prior college work and experience, may include general education coursework, elective coursework and coursework in the major.
NLU requires 60 credits of general education courses and 50 credits in electives. In addition to NLU coursework, students may complete these requirements through transfer credit, credit by portfolio, credit by examination (CLEP or DANTES), or credit by proficiency. Enrollment in the gateway courses HSM101 and HSM102 requires completion, at a minimum, of LAE102, English Composition II (or equivalent) with a grade of C or higher, as a prerequisite.
All applicants must meet NLU's general admission requirements, as well as additional requirements specific to this program. Refer to the appropriate application checklist available online at nl.edu/applyonline.
Students enrolled in the Human Services or Human Services/Psychology programs may elect to pursue a minor or concentration in one of the following:
- Sociology and Anthropology
- Criminal Justice
- Aging Studies
- Long Term Care
- Urban and Policy Studies
Coursework and credit hours completed in minors and concentrations may count toward electives. Students completing a minor in Criminal Justice (30 QH) may also apply up to 15 quarter hours from the following courses of the minor toward major electives in the Human Services major: CSJ106, CSJ107, CSJ205, CSJ206, CSJ210.