University of Alaska Anchorage

  • 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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"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. 

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 The Human Services Writing Lab is Here

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 available 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.

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 APPLICANTSIf 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.


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    Congratulations HUMS Grads



  • Spring 2021

    January 11

    • Classes start

    January 18

    • No Class - AK Civil Rights Day / Dr. Martin Luter Kin Jr. Day

    January 22

    • Add/Drop/Credit/Audit deadline

    February 1

    • Payment Deadline for courses

    March 8 -12

    • Spring Break! No class days

    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

    • 1st Deadline to apply for spring graduation & commencement

    April 27 - May 1

    • Final exams

    May 2

    • Commencement spring 2021 graduates

    May 6

    • Grades available in UAOnline
  • Summer 2020

    May 18 - August 1

    • Classes start (10 week session)

    May 18 - June 22

    • Classes start (1st 5 week session)

    May 25 & July 2-3

    • Holiday & no class days! UAA Closed

    July 10

    • Withdrawal deadline

    August 6

    • Grades available in UAOnline
  • Fall 2020

    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

    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

You can check out the full schedule of 2020 - 2021 dates & deadlines 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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