The nationally accredited 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.
Coursework includes family relationships, human development across the lifespan, proposal writing, and human service foundations skills, ethics and administration.
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.
The Graduate School Pathways slides feature graduate programs in the state of Oregon most closely affiliated with the Human Services field.
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.
The HDFS program in Human Services trains students for careers in the field upon graduation and prepares them for further study in graduate programs such as Human Development and Family Sciences, Social Work, Counseling, and Marriage and Family Therapy.
Our graduates work in fields such as social services, employment, housing, child welfare, community prevention, youth recreation, youth leadership development, gerontology, mental health and public policy, with job titles such as case worker, family support worker, family life educator, therapeutic assistant, alcohol counselor, probation officer, residential treatment worker, Life Skills instructor and psychological aide. According to the U.S. Department of Labor (2003), job opportunities for Human Service workers are expected to be excellent, ranking among the most rapidly growing occupational fields between 2000 and 2010.
A career in Human Services is not for everyone. Although the pay is relatively low at the entry level, the work can be emotionally draining. Few careers offer as many opportunities to directly impact lives in such a profound manner. Human Service professionals believe strongly in advocacy and the difference that each of us can make. In the end they change this world for the better . . . one individual, family, and community at a time.
If you have what it takes for a career in Human Services, the HDFS program will give you the knowledge, practical experience and training to excel in the field.
The Human Service 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.