Human Services

  • Human Services

    The Human Services field is a broadly defined one, uniquely 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.

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Your Human Services Program is Accredited

Human Services word cloud"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 the following:

  • 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 and youth.
  • Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Human Services that prepares students for entry-level employment.
  • Minor in Human Services
  • 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 is accredited with the Department of Human Services program. 

Contact Us


Phone: (907) 786-6437

Our Mission

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

Important Dates

  • Spring 2021

    January 11

    • Classes start

    January 18

    • No classes: AK Civil Rights Day/Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    January 22

    • Student Forum on Careers in Human Services
    • Add/drop/credit/audit deadline
    • MSW application deadline

    February 1

    • Payment deadline for courses

    March 8 to 12

    • No classes: Spring break

    March 15

    • Practicum I & III application deadlines for Fall semester

    March 20

    • Practicum II continuing application deadline for Fall semester

    March 26

    • Withdrawal deadline

    April 2

    • First deadline to apply for spring graduation and commencement

    April 27 to May 1

    • Final exams

    May 2

    • Spring 2021 Commencement

    May 6

    • Grades available in UAOnline
  • Summer 2021

    May 17 to July 31

    • Classes start: 10-week session

    May 17 to June 21

    • Classes start: first five-week session

    May 31

    • No classes: Holiday, UAA closed

    June 4

    • Withdrawal deadline: first five-week session

    June 24 to July 31

    • Classes start: second five-week session

    June 25

    • Grades available on UAOnline: first five-week session

    July 5 to 6

    • No classes: Holiday, UAA closed

    July 9

    • Withdrawal deadline: 10-week session
    • Withdrawal deadline: second five-week session

    August 5

    • Grades available on UAOnline: 10-week session
    • Grades available on UAOnline: second five-week session
  • Fall 2021

    August 23

    • Classes start

    September 3

    • Add/drop/credit/audit deadline

    September 13

    • 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 29

    • Withdrawal deadline

    November 12

    • Fall graduation deadline with commencement

    December 6 to 11

    • Final exams

    December 16

    • Summer and Fall 2021 Commencement

    December 16

    • Grades available in UAOnline

    December 23 to January 2

    • Winter break: UAA closed

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  • Human Trafficking: Alaska & Beyond

    May 17, 2021

    Human Trafficking: Alaska & Beyond conference banner

    Register today for an Alaska forum on social issues promoting awareness to combat human trafficking from June 17-18. This two-day conference will feature advocates and guest speakers. It also offers 12 CEU contact hours for social workers and other licensed mental health professionals.
    Check out the official conference website for more information and to register today!
    For more information, you may contact Program Coordinator Jenifer Leigh at
  • Complex Trauma & Addiction IV: The Intersection of the Pandemics

    May 17, 2021

    Complex Trauma & Addiction IV: The Intersection of the Pandemics conference banner

    This conference highlights the impact of COVID-19, its effects on the pre-existing drug pandemic, and its influence on mental health and substance use disorders. Register today for the virtual conference on June 4. CEUs are also available for mental health providers (Physician AAFP Credits and contact hours).
    Check out the official conference website for more information and to register today!
    For more information, you may contact Program Coordinator Jenifer Leigh at
  • HUMS Faces: Meet adjunct Carey Brown

    March 16, 2021

    Portrait of Carey Brown

    Carey Brown is an adjunct in the Department of Human Services who is teaching three courses this Spring 2021 semester and will continue in the future. Additionally, he is a Senior Academic Advisor with the College of Health Student Success Center. Originally from Fort Worth, Texas, Brown has an extensive background in Human Services and related fields, specializing in re-entry from incarceration. Read Carey Brown's full feature.

  • Student Vincent Feuilles awarded Student Diversity Award Scholarship

    February 24, 2021

    Portrait of Vincent FeuillesEach year, the UAA Diversity Action Council awards the Student Diversity Award Scholarship to students who significantly enhance diversity at UAA by increasing visibility of diverse people, cultures and/or perspectives; creating a welcoming environment; and/or representing diverse student voices through their advocacy and participation in UAA student organizations. The council picks the top applicants to receive a tuition grant up to $1,000.

  • Student George Grays recognized by NOHS for his service

    December 15, 2020

    Portrait of George GraysHuman Services student George Grays was featured for a National Organization for Human Services Student Spotlight. Grays was recognized for his service and dedication to the human services field.

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Human Services Writing Lab offered via Zoom! flier with student on laptop

The next Human Services Writing Lab
is on April 23 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The UAA Department of Human Services Writing Lab aims to help students improve their professional writing and communication skills. The Writing Lab is a non-credit opportunity offered to any student currently enrolled in a HUMS course and provides assistance with their HUMS writing assignments. Students can drop in during any writing session and are free to leave once they are done. For more information about the upcoming sessions and how to join, check out the Human Services Writing Lab Guide.

Modifications to practicum requirements have been made by faculty, adjuncts, field instructors, and students, to ensure successful completion of their courses. The Department is currently in communication with Practicum Field Instructors and has adopted a remote practicum plan for students to receive practicum hours in a safe environment, and is developing strategies on future Practicum placements. Once the community agencies reopen and placement procedures resume in person, all students will be notified of updates by the practicum instructor and HUMS department.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Dr. Seta Kabranian-Melkonian at


    The Department of Human Services has adopted its academic program to a cohort model. The cohort model progresses students as a group through core courses and practica and is widely used to improve student success through increased continuity of instruction. Updates have been made to practicum scheduling for the 2020/2021 academic year that will affect all AAS  students and some BHS students.


    • HUMS A295A - Practicum I will be offered only during fall semesters, and -
    • HUMS A295B - Practicum II will be offered only in the spring semesters.

    PRACTICUM III DEADLINES: Spring placement is currently in progress. The deadline for applying to Practicum III placement is October 15th and has been extended to the October 31st.

    PRACTICUM III APPLICANTS: If you have completed the prerequisites for placement, send your application package (application form, cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript) to Dr. Seta Kabranian-Melkonian at A virtual interview will be made to discuss options for spring 2021 placement.


    • HUMS 295A - Practicum I
    • HUMS 295B - Practicum II
    • HUMS 420
    • Declared HUMS BHS major

    Students needing to complete Practicum I should reach out to the Practicum Coordinator, Dr. Seta Kabranian-Melkonian, to begin planning. Students needing to complete Practicum II should speak with their HUMS advisor or the Practicum Coordinator to develop their advisement plan.

  • Dear Human Services Students,

    The following updates are currently in force. Please remember to check your UAA emails, Blackboard announcements, and the UA coronavirus information website. As the dynamic nature of the situation changes over the ensuing days and weeks, we will provide you with further updates when they come, so please stay tuned.


    The department is committed to support all students in completing their course requirements and provide flexibility in addressing student needs and the realities they face. Our principal objective is ensuring that all students successfully complete their courses this semester. We will work on a case-by-case basis with students whose health is affected, to ensure that all their course requirements are fulfilled.

    -  The Department of Human Services, UAA 

  • ALL COURSES RESUME & CONVERT TO ALTERNATE DELIVERY: Classes will commence through alternate online delivery methods only further notification is given by UA. Faculty have modified course requirements to accommodate the circumstances some students may face. To ensure courses remain on track throughout the semester. modifications may include changes to course assignments and due dates, group assignments, presentation delivery methods, course work study materials, and more.

  • STUDENT ADVISING: Faculty will meet with students during the semesters through the use of online, digital, and/or electronic tools. Faculty contact information can be found through the HUMS contact page.

  • GRADUATION STATUS: Rest assured, students anticipating graduation after fulfilling all of their degree requirements and completing the semester will not be affected by the continued changes.

The Department of Human Services and UAA are striving to do their part in containing the spread of the virus and mitigate exposure to our students and colleagues. If you are ill, please self-isolate, remain home, and know we are working to assist you in the successful completion of the semester. We encourage you to reach out to us with any concerns or questions you may have. We have proven our resilience and have wonderful faculty, staff, and community partners who are all persisting through this together.