Human Services Program

Bachelor of Arts

With a human services degree, you'll discover how to use your compassion to improve lives.

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21-24 months

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Discover learning that fits your life. In Bethel’s B.A. in Human Services program, you’ll make a difference in the world by impacting individual lives. We recognize that helping people requires sensitivity, strong interpersonal skills, and an understanding of families and larger social contexts. Our courses will help you unpack how your own experiences influence your interpersonal relationships and how you can use your self-understanding to help others in need. You will graduate with skills in reconciliation, advocacy, social justice, leadership, and policy development.

Program Details

With a human services degree, you’ll gain the knowledge and skills to apply your compassion for others to a career in the helping professions, such as career and disability services, corrections, and mental health. It will also prepare you for master’s degrees in areas like gerontology and counseling psychology.

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Program Highlights

Free course resources

Instead of buying textbooks, you’ll save time and money with access to free digital resources.

Employment preparation

Prepare for entry-level positions in social services, mental health, public or private agencies, and congregational settings serving children, adolescents, adults, couples, or families.

Cross-cultural awareness

Understand how cultural factors affect your clients and how you can communicate most effectively with persons from all walks of life.

Interpersonal relationship skills

Since you’ll encounter all types of relational conflicts in this field, learn how to effect positive change for each unique relational dynamic.

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Learn to offer hope through holistic care.

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We believe in the power of holistic care rooted in a deep appreciation for human dignity. You will know how to address the needs of an increasingly diverse world as you work entry-level positions in mental health and social service agencies, correctional and probation facilities, and faith-based organizations. Our courses will equip you to offer hope from a place of humility, empathy, and grace.

Top 10

online B.A. in Human Services program nationwide



of 5-year alumni are involved in leadership roles

- Bethel CAPS Alumni Survey

Career Outcomes

Wondering what you can do with a human services degree?

A B.A. in Human Services prepares you for a variety of careers in the helping professions, from corrections to career services. Our graduates have also continued on to master's programs at Bethel and other schools.


Learn how to:

  • Apply research and theories to family relationships and processes
  • Use research and ethical principles in helping individuals
  • Demonstrate effective communication and conflict management skills
  • Analyze social and public policies designed to benefit others
  • Work effectively with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Integrate faith with your professional development and practice


Our graduates serve in:

  • Mental health
  • Family services
  • Law
  • Sociology
  • Addiction counseling
  • Healthcare
  • Corrections
  • Social services
  • Disability services
  • Career services
  • Congregational settings
  • Crisis intervention
  • Family life and health education
  • Youth services

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Our graduates have gone on to study:

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