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Human Services

Putting People to Work—Working With People

In an age of turbulent social change, there is a definite need for the skilled human services professional. Emphasizing competency and community, UAA’s Bachelor of Human Services (BHS) and AAS in Human Services degree programs prepare you to launch and advance a career in a high-demand field where you’ll use an interdisciplinary knowledge base to prevent and remediate problems, and to improve the quality of life for people coping with life-changing social issues. There is a growing need for human services professionals who work with individuals and groups to help them live healthy, fulfilling lives. As a student in the BHS program, you’ll learn to help others address life challenges, such as substance use disorders, incarceration, and interpersonal violence. You’ll develop skills in areas such as counseling, mediation, care plan development, and human services administration. The BHS and AAS programs combine classroom instruction with hands-on training through practicum placements at local social services agencies. 

Our degree programs prepare you for careers in settings such as: 

  • family, child, and youth service agencies;
  • substance use disorder treatment centers;
  • community mental health centers; 
  • group homes and residential care facilities; and
  • government and nonprofit programs for family violence, aging, and poverty reduction.

Our Mission

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

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  • Hands reaching out to each other

    Explore Cultural Practice in Human Systems this fall!

    Explore Cultural Practice in Human Systems this fall semester! Delivered online, HUMS A441 (CRN: 77117) is part of the Diversity & Social Justice OEC. The course provides students with the principles of multiracial cultural attunement: critical multiraciality, intersectionality, and social constructivism. Theories of racism and oppression are presented as well as theories consistent with cultural attunement. For questions or more information, please contact Yvonne Chase at

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  • Portrait of Yvonne Chase

    Talk of Alaska: Breaking the cycle of removal for Black and Indigenous children

    March 8, 2022

    Dept. of Human Services associate professor Yvonne Chase and School of Social Work assistant professor Jessica Ullrich were guests on Talk of Alaska to talk about breaking the cycle of removing for Black and Indigenous children.⁠

    Listen to the Interview

    Feb. 23, 2022

    Human Services Professor Yvonne Chase and Social Work Assistant Professor Jessica Ullrich were featured in an Alaska Public Media article about a study they co-authored in the International Journal on Child Maltreatment, titled "A Connectedness Framework: Breaking the Cycle of Child Removal for Black and Indigenous Children." The study explores alternative child welfare strategies to limit family separation.

    Read the article


  • Student is writing notes from a laptop onto a notebook

    Ready to take your writing skills to the next level?

    The UAA Dept. of Human Services Writing Lab provides a flexible and fluid learning environment for students to 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, which provides assistance with HUMS writing assignments.

    Students can drop in during any writing session and are free to leave once they are done. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact Dr. Seta Kabranian at

    Sessions for spring 2022 are scheduled for the following dates:

    Date Time
    Jan. 28, 2022 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
    Feb. 25, 2022 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
    March 25, 2022 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
    April 22, 2022 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM


  • Portrait of Zachary Boyle

    Intern Zachary Boyle volunteers in Soldotna

    Jan. 26, 2022

    UAA Human Services student intern Zachary Boyle serves lunch during the Project Homeless Connect event at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna on Jan. 26. Social service agencies and community organizations gathered to provide support to the central peninsula's vulnerable populations.

    Read more about the event


  • Portrait of Primrose Srisakphet

    Student Primrose Srisakphet featured in Kenai Senior Center newsletter

    Dec. 1, 2021

    HUMS student Primrose Srisakphet was featured in the December 2021 edition of the Kenai Senior Center newsletter as a member of the team. Srisakphet is a student with the Kenai Peninsula Campus who chose the senior center to complete her practicum for her final year of studies.

    Check out the newsletter

  • Portrait of Benz Guillermo

    Alumnus Benz Guillermo finds the right fit in human services

    Oct. 8, 2021

    Meet Benz Guillermo for October's Student Spotlight! Growing up in the Philippines, Benz was no stranger to witnessing the hardships people face in life. It was where he developed a great passion to help those who are in need or in vulnerable situations. Initially, Benz declared pre-nursing as his major, then physical therapy, before he found the right fit for him: human services. Read more about his practicum experience.

    Read more about Benz's practicum experience