Bachelor of Human Services (B.H.S.)

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    Bachelor of Human Services (B.H.S.)

    Launch a fulfilling career in one of the fastest-growing fields in the country. Human services professionals help others address life challenges and social issues such as substance use disorders, incarceration and interpersonal violence.

Explore the Bachelor of Human Services program at the University of Alaska Anchorage

UAA’s accredited B.H.S. degree program prepares you to launch and advance a career providing intervention, remediation and prevention services to help diverse populations increase their overall quality of life.

Human services scholarships and financial aid
Departmental awards such as the Molly Redman-Ahren Scholarship help B.H.S. students pay for college. Check out the UAA Office of Financial Aid for details on this and other private, university or departmental scholarships you may qualify for.

Program accreditation
UAA’s B.H.S. degree program is accredited by the Council for Standards in Human Service Education. This accreditation means that it meets rigorous national standards for academic quality, providing you with the highest level of preparation to work in this demanding field.

Addressing current workforce needs in Alaska and the U.S.
Take elective courses in topics such as trauma-informed care, child welfare, disability and substance abuse. Human services faculty are experts in their fields and are well-connected in the industry across Alaska.

Options to attend classes closer to home
Complete the B.H.S. in person at UAA's Anchorage campus, or entirely online. You can also take individual human services courses in person or online at the Mat-Su College and Kenai Peninsula College campuses to help you decide if the degree is right for you.

Bachelor of Human Services (B.H.S.)

Degree Type:

  • Baccalaureate

Concentration: Conflict resolution, disabilities, diversity issues, family and youth, substance abuse

Program Length: Four Years

Availability:Online, Anchorage campus

Accredited by: Council for Standards in Human Service Education (CSHSE)

Other program options: A.A.S. in human services, minor in human services, occupational endorsement certificates in conflict resolution and children’s behavioral health

Did you know..

Already earned your associate degree in human services from UAA? You can easily transition into the Bachelor of Human Services degree program, which provides additional career opportunities.

What can you do with a human services degree from UAA?

UAA human services alumni can pursue diverse pathways to success in a wide variety of clinical, community, government and educational environments.

Graduate programs

  • Master of Social Work
  • Master of Public Health
  • M.S. in clinical psychology
  • Rehabilitation counseling
  • Counseling psychology

Human services degree jobs
Alumni of the B.H.S. program are prepared to work in many different settings, from the state legislature and other government agencies to substance use disorder treatment centers and aging adult programs. These are just some of the employers of B.H.S. alumni:

  • Covenant House
  • Abused Women’s Aid in Crisis (AWAIC) Shelter
  • Standing Together Against Rape (STAR)
  • Southcentral Foundation and Al
  • Anchorage School District
  • United Way
  • Providence Hospital
  • Catholic Social Services
  • Alzheimer's Foundation

By the numbers..

80%
UAA human services alumni residing in Alaska who are employed in the field within one year of earning their degree.
UAA Human Services Department
11.5%
Projected growth in human services jobs in Alaska.
Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development

Bachelor of Human Services degree program highlights

The B.H.S. degree combines experiential learning with multidisciplinary classroom instruction, giving you the knowledge and skills necessary for entry-level human services employment and leadership positions.

  • Complete a practicum to gain direct work experience. Students train in over 45 field-specialized agencies in Anchorage and throughout Alaska. Several students receive job offers after completing their practicum.
  • Stay on track through student advising.  You’ll receive personalized advising from human services faculty and the College of Health Student Success Center. You will also work with a practicum advisor who can help you find a practicum placement that fits your interests and goals. Advisors can guide you in choosing useful electives, such as courses in children’s behavioral health, that explore related disciplines and fulfill degree requirements.
  • Learn from highly-experienced, clinically licensed professionals. 

    Program faculty are talented and diverse, with experience working in academia and agencies across a variety of disciplines such as psychology, social work, counseling, justice and international social reform.

Amazing stories from human services majors

I learned valuable skills that I have applied to every job I have ever had since I graduated. I learned mediation, conflict resolution, client-centered approaches and the history of social service programs in the U.S. Producing graduates who are out making a difference in Alaska’s communities, the UAA human services program offered me practicum placements where I received on-the-job training as an academic adviser and career counselor, which ultimately led me to my first professional job.

Romanie Roach
B.H.S. Human Services ’11
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In addition to patience, understanding and compassion, you will develop technical and soft skills that employers look for in job candidates, from interpersonal communication, active listening and time-management skills to ethical integrity and conflict management.

Build a comprehensive set of skills
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The UAA Center for Human Development serves Alaska by providing interdisciplinary education, community training and research. Its focus is on increasing independence, productivity and community inclusion for individuals with disabilities.

Leadership in human services
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The College of Health is home to UAA’s human services degree programs. The college enhances the health and well-being of people and communities through academic programs, research initiatives and community engagement.

UAA College of Health

Bachelor of Human Services degree program curriculum

The B.H.S. degree program follows the National Organization for Human Services’ ethical standards for human services professionals.

In the B.H.S. degree, you’ll develop technical skills in areas such as mediation, paraprofessional counseling and human services administration. Courses in related disciplines, such as counseling, psychology and social education prepare you to collaborate with other professionals such as social workers, law enforcement officers and therapists.

Top classes for human services majors

  • Develop advanced counseling theory and skills in Substance Abuse Counseling for Human Services Professionals.
  • Prepare for agency leadership and management roles in Human Services Administration.
  • Learn and apply research methods in a Capstone project, culminating in a presentation to faculty and peers.