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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COVID-19 Updates for Human Services Students

Dear Human Services Students,

As we navigate the next steps in the Department of Human Services’ response to the COVID-19 situation, actions are being established by the department and the College of Health that will take us through the end of the 2020 Spring Semester. These actions include implementing plans for HUMS students who are actively taking Practicum courses.

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 

Modifications to practicum requirements are being made by faculty, adjuncts, field instructors, and students, to ensure successful completion of the course. The Department is currently in communication with Practicum Field Instructors to adopt a plan for students to implement the remaining practicum hours in a safe environment, and developing strategies on future Practicum placements. Due to the unpredictable situation created by the spread of COVID-19, the Practicum placement process for the Fall semester will be slower than usual. Once the community agencies reopen and placement procedure resumes, the practicum instructor will contact each student who has applied for practicum and had interviews with the instructor. 

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Prof. Seta Kabranian-Melkonian at or Jenifer Leigh at 


    The Department of Human Services is beginning to move 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 are being 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.

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

    If you have your prerequisites, send your application package (application form, cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript) to Dr. Seta Kabranian-Melkonian at

    PRACTICUM APPLICANTS: Please email Dr. Seta Kabranian-Melkonian to schedule a virtual interview with her to discuss options for fall placements.

  • WITHDRAWAL DEADLINE EXTENDEDThe spring 2020 withdrawal deadline has been extended to April 10 in response to COVID-19. Students are encouraged to try the new delivery methods of their courses before choosing to withdraw. (3-27-20) 

  • SPRING BREAK EXTENDED: Spring break has been extended for all students through March 22, 2020. 

  • ALL COURSES RESUME & CONVERT TO ALTERNATE DELIVERY: Classes will commence on March 23, 2020, through alternate online delivery methods only until the end of the spring semester. Faculty are modifying 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 extended spring break and Spring semester through the use of online, digital, and/or electronic tools. Faculty contact information can be found through the HUMS website.

  • GRADUATION STATUS: Rest assured, students anticipating graduation after fulfilling all of their degree requirements and completing the spring 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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    HUMS Summer Institute 2020 

    The Department of Human Services, UAA is offering an array of upper-level course electives over mental health and substance abuse including a Human Trafficking course and virtual conference this summer available to both students and community members and can be taken as a full UAA summer course or through the conference option only. Click the link for the summer course and conference flyer.

    Human Services Summer Institute and Conference 2020 


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    Congrats HUMS Grads 2020     

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    SUMMER Human Trafficking Conference 


    Human Trafficking - Summer Virtual Conference. Register today for the 2-day conference offering up to 9 contact hours hosted by the COH, Department of Human Services and CEU's provided by the School of Social Work. 

     Dates: July 23rd & July 24th 

    Human Trafficking Summer Conference



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.

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  • 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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