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Human Services B.H.S.

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    Human Services B.H.S.

    Earn a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage, home to the only accredited human services degree program in Alaska. Human services is one of the fastest growing fields in Alaska and the United States.

Explore the human services bachelor’s degree program at the University of Alaska Anchorage

UAA’s accredited B.H.S. degree program prepares you to launch and advance a career in providing intervention, remediation and prevention services to diverse populations.

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 CSHSE. This accreditation means that it meets rigorous academic standards in higher education, providing you with the highest level of preparation to work in this demanding field.

Addressing current workforce needs in Alaska and the U.S.
Experience recent program enhancements, including added electives in trauma-informed care and child welfare, the creation of a disabilities-focused course and improved course offerings on substance abuse. Industry professionals in Anchorage and throughout Alaska help inform changes to classroom and practical experiences.

Human Services B.H.S.

Degree Type:

  • Baccalaureate

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

Program Length: Four Years

Availability:Anchorage campus

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

Other program options: Occupational endorsement certificate in conflict resolution, minor in human services, A.A.S.

Did you know..

Already earned your associate degree in human services from UAA? Take up to six upper-division courses to help you decide if the accredited Bachelor of Human Services degree program is right for you.

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

Experience diverse pathways to success working 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
From state legislature and other government departments to substance use disorder treatment centers and Elder programs, these are just some of the employers of UAA alumni with B.H.S. degrees:

  • 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..

@70-83%
Minimum number of UAA human services alumni residing in Alaska who are employed in the field within one year of earning their degree.
Alaska Department of Labor

Human services bachelor’s degree program highlights

Gain the knowledge and skills necessary for entry-level employment and leadership positions. The University of Alaska Anchorage’s human services department blends experiential learning with classroom instruction for a multidisciplinary B.H.S. degree.

  • Complete a practicum to gain direct work experience. Every semester, undergraduate students are placed in 60 agencies throughout Anchorage. Many practicum placements lead to full-time jobs after graduation.
  • Stay on track to earn your degree through student advising. UAA’s College of Health academic advisor and B.H.S. program coordinator will answer any questions you have. Plus, you will be assigned a faculty academic advisor who can help you find a practicum placement that fits your interests and goals. Advisors can also guide you in choosing useful electives, such as courses in Children’s Behavioral Health, that explore related disciplines and fulfill degree requirements.
  • Learn from clinically licensed professionals and published researchers and authors. Program faculty are talented and diverse, with experience working in academia and agencies across a variety of disciplines such as psychology, social work, counseling and justice.

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 Program Coordinator, UAA Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence
Students in class

In addition to patience, understanding and compassion, you will develop valuable technical and soft skills that employers look for in job candidates, from interpersonal communication, active listening and time-management skills to counseling techniques used to assess human needs and develop care plans.

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CHD is a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities in Education, Research and Service. Serving the entire state of Alaska, CHD bridges university and community resources to improve the quality of life for people who experience disabilities and their families.

UAA Center for Human Development (CHD)
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Home to UAA’s human services degree programs and the Center for Human Development, the College of Health enhances the health and well-being of people and communities through academic programs, research initiatives and community engagement.

UAA College of Health

Human services bachelor’s degree program curriculum

UAA’s accredited B.H.S. degree program follows Standards for Ethical Behavior defined by the National Organization for Human Services.

Plus, coursework in related disciplines, such as education, anthropology and counseling psychology, encourages collaboration with other social services professions.

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.