Human Services

HDFS undergraduate option

Enhance quality of life for all

Corvallis Campus

Fulfill your desire to help others

Be the reason someone gets access to the social services they need. Or advocate for those overlooked. 

With the human services option, within the human development and family sciences major at Oregon State, you’ll help individuals, families and communities survive and thrive.

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Sample human services courses

  • Children and youth with disabilities
  • Family violence and neglect
  • Family policy
  • Professional helping skills

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With the human services option, you’ll ...

  • Learn culturally-aware techniques to promote human dignity, social justice and empowerment.
  • Develop helping skills such as empathy, rapport building and active listening.
  • Learn about barriers and access to social and human services.
  • Complete at least two internship experiences in the human services field.

Human services internship

Human Services Internship

As a human services student, you’ll complete two human services internships while earning college credit.

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What will you do with the human services degree option?

All human services careers are concerned with meeting human needs and improving quality of life on an individual and community level.

Once you graduate, you’ll be prepared to pursue a career and/or graduate work in fields such as human development and family sciences, counseling, marriage and family therapy, nonprofit administration, social work and more.


Start with the human services option and become:

*These roles may require post-baccalaureate/graduate/professional education to qualify.

  • Activity director
  • Adoption agency counselor
  • Caseworker
  • Crisis intervention worker
  • Emergency relief worker
  • Housing service worker
  • Human service specialist
  • Neighborhood outreach worker
  • Marriage and family counselor
  • Residential treatment center worker
  • Social worker*
  • Volunteer coordinator
  • Youth program specialist

Jeanette Chen
Current HDFS – Human Services student

In discovering the human development and family sciences major, Jeanette Chen discovered herself.

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Explore other human development and family sciences major options

Select an option that matches your interests and career goals, whether it’s working with children, the elderly or providing services for families and communities.

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Peer advisors

If you have questions regarding classes, student clubs or campus, our peer advisors would love to chat. Call or email them for advice.

David Cortez, MEd

David Cortez, MEd

For questions about the program, application process or requirements, contact our director of student recruitment and admissions,  David Cortez, MEd.