Human Services Programs

  • Human Services Programs

    Launch a fulfilling career in one of the fastest-growing fields in the country. Human services professionals help communities address life challenges and social issues by providing intervention, remediation, and prevention services to diverse populations.

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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. We also offer a minor in Human Services.

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
  • government and nonprofit programs for family violence, aging, and poverty reduction

Why choose Human Services at UAA? 

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The UAA Human Services degree programs are accredited by the Council for Standards in Human Service Education, which means they meet rigorous national standards for academic quality.

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About 80% of UAA Human Services alumni residing in Alaska are employed in the field within one year of earning their degree.


Complete a practicum to gain direct work experience. Students train in more than 45 field-specialized agencies in Anchorage and throughout Alaska. 


Complete your courses in person at UAA's Anchorage campus or entirely online! You also can take individual human services courses in person or online at the Mat-Su College and Kenai Peninsula College campuses.

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Program Locations

  • Anchorage (BHS, AAS)
  • Mat-Su (BHS, AAS)
  • Kenai (BHS, AAS)

Program Information

The UAA Catalog is the official source of all degree and certificate programs at the university. Catalog entries for each program include details such as learning outcomes, application timeline and requirements, course sequencing, and program requirements. 


Catalog: Bachelor of Human Services


Catalog: AAS in Human Services


Catalog: Minor in Human Services

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Yvonne Chase, Ph.D.

Message from the Program Coordinator

On behalf of the other human services faculty, I want to express how excited we all are in your interest in human services. We teach because we are passionate about education and hope that our enthusiasm translates to the classroom. Even if you are not sure you have an interest in human services, we encourage you to take one of our introductory courses to find out. And if you do choose to major in a different field, our Human Services program still offers a variety of thought-provoking courses (with easy to satisfy prerequisites) that might be helpful to your chosen degree or that you may just want to take because you are interested in the topic. Whatever your interest in human services, we are here and happy to help.


— Yvonne Chase, Ph.D.


Contact Us

(907) 786-6437

Physical Address
UAA Dept. of Human Services
UAA Professional Studies Building
2533 Providence Dr., Suite 234
Anchorage, AK 99508

Mailing Address
UAA Dept. of Human Services
3211 Providence Dr., PSB 234
Anchorage, AK 99508