Human Services option | Human Development and Family Sciences

The Human Services HDFS option will prepare you for diverse entry-level careers in fields such as family social services, youth or aging programs, volunteer management and crisis services. You also will be prepared for graduate studies in human development and family sciences, counseling, marriage and family therapy and social work.
 
The Human Services profession is dedicated to improving the human condition by intervening during crises, preventing future crises, helping people access resources and advocating for change in the systems that affect the lives of those in need. The primary purpose of Human Services is to empower individuals, families and communities to survive, function and thrive, even in the face of adversity. A strength-based philosophy, recognizing the importance of physical, mental and psychological wellness and prevention underpins the multidisciplinary approach of the Human Services option.
 
Coursework includes family relationships, human development across the lifespan, proposal writing, ethics and human services foundations skills.
 
You may tailor elective courses to focus on particular issues or populations and will gain real-life experience through at least two supervised internships in human services agencies.

Future Students

Current Students

Prospective careers

Graduate school pathways slides

The Graduate School Pathways slides feature graduate programs in the state of Oregon most closely affiliated with the Human Services field.

Career pathways slides

The Career Pathways slides highlight the most common career choices in Human Services.

*May require post-baccalaureate/graduate/professional education to qualify or certify for employment.

  • Private or Public Human Service Agency
  • Personnel Officer
  • Crisis Intervention Worker
  • Adoption Agency Counselor
  • Youth Program Specialist
  • Neighborhood Outreach Worker
  • Activity Director
  • Housing Service Workers
  • Emergency Relief Worker
  • Coordinator of Volunteers
  • Residential Treatment Center
  • Social Worker*
  • Caseworker
  • Marriage and Family Counseling

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