Human Services

The field of Human Services is a broadly defined one, uniquely approaching the objective of meeting human needs through an interdisciplinary knowledge base, focusing on prevention as well as remediation of problems and maintaining a commitment to improving the overall quality of life of service populations. First Theory, Then Practice.

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Alaska's only accredited Human Services program

"Putting People to Work - Working With People" is a phrase that best sums up the Human Services field, one of the fastest growing career fields in the United States today. In an age of turbulent social change, there is a definite need for the skilled human services professional.

The University of Alaska Anchorage, Department of Human Services offers both an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Human Services, preparing students for entry level employment, and a Bachelor of Human Services (BHS) degree which prepares students to work effectively in community based human services settings dedicated to the empowerment of clients through education, paraprofessional counseling, and human service practice. The program offers specialized areas in substance abuse, conflict resolution, developmental disabilities, mental health, and family & youth. 

The Occupational Endorsement Certificate in Conflict Resolution is offered through the Human Services Department as well as the Minor in Human Services. The Occupational Endorsement Certificate in Children's Behavioral Health is being offered in conjunction with the Center for Human Development.

The Mat-Su campus provides an AAS in Human Services which is part of the UAA program and accredited with the Department of Human Services program.

Council for standards in human service education logo Accredited by the Council for Standards in Human Service Education CSHSE.


  • Spring 2019
    January 14
    • Classes start
    January 25
    • Add/Drop/Credit/Audit deadline
    February 4
    • Payment Deadline for courses
    March 11-15
    • Spring Break! No class days
    March 12-16
    • Spring Break (UAA Closed, Friday, March 16)
    March 15
    • Practicum I & III application deadlines for fall semester
    March 20
    • Practicum II continuing application deadline for fall semester
    March 29
    • Withdrawal deadline
     March 31
    • BHS application for admission deadline for fall
    April 5
    • Deadline to apply for spring graduation
    April 30 - May 4
    • Final exams
    May 5
    • Commencement
    May 9
    • Grades available in UAOnline
  • Summer 2019
    May 20 - August 3
    • Classes start (10 week session)
    May 22; July 4-5
    • Holiday - UAA Closed
    May 27; June 26; July 4-5
    • No class days
    July 12
    • Withdrawal deadline
    August 8
    • Grades available in UAOnline
  • Fall 2019
    August 26
    • Classes start
    September 6
    • Add/Drop/Credit/Audit deadline (5 PM)
    September 16
    • Payment deadline for courses
    October 15
    • Practicum I & III application deadline for spring semester
    October 20
    • Practicum II continuing application deadline for spring semester
    October 31
    • BHS application for admission deadline for spring
    November 1
    • Withdrawal deadline
    November 15
    • Fall graduation deadline with commencement
    December 9-14
    • Final exams
    December 16
    • Commencement for summer & fall 2018 graduates
    December 19
    • Grades available in UAOnline
    December 24 - Jan 1
    • Winter break - UAA closed

 For full schedule of 2019 - 2020 Dates & Deadlines Click Here

"To prepare Human Service generalists through a competency-based, community oriented program encompassing classroom and practical learning opportunities."

- UAA Human Services Department mission




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