Specific skills gained and learning outcomes within the Human Services degree with Holistic Studies concentration include:
- Students gain the skills needed to work with people in a way that preserves their dignity and builds on their strengths, empowering them to address their concerns and leading to better outcomes.
- Students learn to identify and work with the strengths inherent in individuals, families and communities.
- Students gain practical skills for assisting people in making positive changes that will improve the quality of their lives.
- Students are prepared for personal and professional growth.
- Students have built a solid base for graduate studies in a wide variety of professional and academic fields.
- Students become effective agents of positive change.
- Fundamental understanding of the historical development and methodologies of Holistic Psychology
- Understanding and basic knowledge of major psychological theories, concepts and processes
- Understanding learning theory and cognition, personality, motivation and group theories
- Understanding of a variety of perspectives regarding the relationship between mind, body and spirit as they relate to the study of psychology
- Understanding the roles of cultural, social and historical forces in shaping behavior
Careers and Further Study
The health and human service industry has been identified by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as an area of increasing growth in the 21st century. Students majoring in human services may find themselves working and leading in a variety of settings — with adolescents in residential programs or with the elderly in nursing homes, in the community or in health centers, as program directors, as case managers or outreach workers. They work in prevention or in treatment, in after-school programs or criminal justice programs.
Psychology graduates are well prepared to enter a variety of career pathways working with people. These include clinical, educational, human service and management settings
, and research. Graduates work in a myriad of institutional and private programs and agencies.
Our graduates are well positioned to enter graduate studies in human services, psychology, counseling, social work and related fields.