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Human Services Program Details

Bachelor of Arts

With our human services degree, you’ll develop the skills to follow your passion for helping others. And you’ll be ready to serve in a variety of settings, such as social service agencies and churches.

You need to have 60 credits to start this program. Your enrollment counselor can help you explore your options for obtaining credits, including taking courses in our associate degree programs.


Fully Online

You'll complete 100% of your coursework online.

Location: Online

Start Dates: Courses start every 6 weeks. Contact your enrollment counselor for details.

Total Credits


Finish in as Few as

21-24 months


  • Family Perspectives (HUSE300)

    Analysis of sociological, psychological, and theological perspectives on family relationships, with special attention given to understanding families as systems. Identification and personal evaluation of assumptions about families and to examination of one’s own family-of-origin experiences. Introduction to the history of human services.

    3 credits

  • Individual and Family Development Over the Life Cycle (HUSE305)

    Identification of the various stages of life from conception to death. Examination of the perspectives of various developmental theorists and their role in historical, contemporary, and controversial issues. Analysis of the biosocial, cognitive, and psychosocial domains and their contribution to human development while maintaining a focus on individual differences.

    3 credits

  • Advocacy and Social Change (HUSE320)

    Address the ways advocacy can take place and steps needed to achieve change in families and communities. Address reconciliation as a component of change and understand the role of policy in change.

    3 credits

  • Leading and Managing in Human Services Organizations (HUSE330)

    Introduction to grants, financial management and funding in a non profit organization. Development of effective relational skills and personal leadership approach. Analysis of professional development and practices in leadership from a personal worldview.

    3 credits

  • Individual and Family Psychopathology (HUSE350)

    Focus on understanding individual, relational, and contextual factors that contribute to diagnostic categories and psychopathology. Addresses objective and helpful ways to describe and assess abnormal behavior and will identify treatment options psychologists may use to help a person move into a more "normal" position in life.

    3 credits

  • Social Inequality (HUSE386)

    Focus on social inequality in human societies, with particular reference to the United States. Exploration of the origins, evolution, legitimation, and consequences of social inequality. Emphasis on inequalities that are rooted in the socioeconomic order. Examination of the relationship between social class, race, and gender as different but related forms of social inequality.

    3 credits

  • Research Methods (HUSE400)

    Analysis of standard research methods and designs in psychology. Understanding of empirical research and ethical practices with human subjects from various backgrounds. Evaluation and critique of published research.

    3 credits

  • Family Social Policy (HUSE405)

    An examination of the linkages of family with societal systems and the consequences of policy for family life. An exploration of community resources and strategies for serving families.

    3 credits

  • Dynamics of Interpersonal Relationships (HUSE410)

    An analysis of interpersonal dynamics, including love and intimacy; communication; shame; power and control; stress and coping; grief; compassion; and spirituality. Attention to a broad variety of relational states, including friendship, singleness, romantic partnerships, parent/child relationships, social networks, and faith communities.

    3 credits

  • Families in Cross-Cultural Perspective (HUSE435)

    Introduction to contemporary, historical, and cross-cultural perspectives on diversity. Identification of values and assumptions underlying these systems, roles, and intergenerational relationships within the context of family. Evaluation of the personal impact of theological, cultural, and historical perspectives of diversity of family. Examination of the impact that chemical dependency and mental health issues have on diversity.

    3 credits

  • Counseling Microskills (HUSE445)

    An examination of effective counseling skills that combines theoretical understanding and hands-on practice of essential microskills. Engagement in development of “self of the therapist” through reflective practice and observation of self and others.

    3 credits

  • Introduction to Addictions Counseling (HUSE450)

    Examination of addiction from a variety of perspectives and evaluation of the twelve core functions of an addictions counselor. Description of the process of change in the context of the continuum of care. Cultivation of a personal philosophy around spirituality and addiction.

    3 credits

  • Professional Practice Issues and Ethics (HUSE485H)

    An examination of legal and ethical situations arising in the practice of helping professions, including alignment with the 12 core functions for addictions counseling. Evaluation of legal and ethical issues in professional practice and decision making. Development of goals and strategies for continuing professional, personal, and spiritual growth.

    3 credits

  • Social Psychology (PSYC320)

    Exploration of key concepts, principles, and overarching themes in social psychology (including conformity, persuasion, social cognition, attraction, altruism, aggression, prejudice, and group behavior). Applications of social psychological principles to everyday life. Interpret and critique phenomena and controversial topics in social psychology.

    3 credits

  • Racial Trauma (PSYC330)

    Review the origins and impact of Racial Trauma on the individual, family, and community. Understand the differences and similarities between personal or psychological trauma, historical trauma, intergenerational trauma, structural and institutional trauma, secondary trauma, and vicarious trauma. Demonstrate ability to recognize signs and symptoms of Race Based Traumatic Stress and make appropriate referral for support services. Explore individual and group or communal approaches to healing strategies for Racial Trauma.

    3 credits

  • Introduction to Statistics (PSYC335)

    Introduction to descriptive, correlational, non-parametric, and inferential statistics and the use of research and statistics in society. Perform and interpret statistical analyses. Understand statistical analyses in published research articles.

    3 credits

  • The Body's Response to Trauma (PSYC345)

    Demonstrate an ability to critically examine trauma's effect on the human brain. Explain how traumatic memories are stored in the brain. Examine the Fight/flight/freeze response and polyvagal theory. Explore the mind/body/spirit connections of trauma and what is dissociation. Describe repressed memory.

    3 credits

  • Trauma-Informed Care (PSYC350)

    Research therapeutic trends including PTSD in the Military. Demonstrate an ability to critically examine somatic experiencing. Discuss spiritual healing. Investigate the mental health crisis. Explore issues with cognitive behavior therapy and exposure therapy.

    3 credits

  • CORE Courses

    A distinctive feature of Bethel's programs is our commitment to the development of the whole person. In addition to courses within a program, students explore personal values and faith formation in a hospitable environment that respects learning from one another's perspectives.

    • Community, Self and Formation: Ancient and Contemporary Narratives (CORE300)

      An exploration of self in the world, based on personal experience and classical spiritual practices. Students are challenged to think systemically about contexts of family, faith community, workplace, and broader culture as they plan for lifelong formation and contribution to the well-being of others.

      3 credits

    • Examining Crucial Questions (CORE330)

      Summary of the Christian biblical narrative. Identification of the roles of scripture, history, experience, and reason as they form convictions related to social and ethical issues. Examination of selected theological concepts using the Wesleyan Quadrilateral, as well as the application of those concepts to real life situations.

      3 credits

    Select one from:

    • Integrative Internship Seminar (HUSE490)

      A professional learning and practice experience. Application of previously acquired human services knowledge and development of skills in a structured professional Human Services setting. 100 hours/10 weeks.

      3 credits

    • Internship in Addictions Counseling II (HUSE491)

      Application of theory and professional development skills in a supervised professional addiction counseling setting. Demonstration of the twelve core functions of LADC (MN Statute 148F.01, subdivision 10). Evaluation of progress toward appropriate development goals. Integration of knowledge, experience, ethics, and faith into a worldview relevant in the addiction counseling setting. 480-hour experience.

      4 credits


Bethel University cannot confirm whether courses or programs meet requirements for professional licensure in states outside of Minnesota. Students should contact their program's licensing bureau to determine whether Bethel's program meets requirements for licensure in their state.