Become a Human Services Professional

Are you interested in working with individuals and families to improve their lives? If so, you should consider the B.S. in Human Services at Bluefield College. Students interested in helping individuals affected by substance abuse can choose either a minor or certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling.

Our online human services degree is the perfect fit for you. This degree enables you to address behavioral issues found in the home, workplace, and in the community. You will do this through examining human behavior, as a product of relationships, mental processes, and environmental variables that influence well-being. The online Human Services bachelor degree program places emphasis upon the helping relationship, helping service networks, team partnerships, evidence-based practice, and the ethical basis for providing human services.


  • Transfer up to 90 credit hours
  • All courses offered in 8-week online format
  • Several minors available including criminal justice, early childhood education, psychology, and substance abuse counseling.
  • Courses taught by human services professionals
  • New terms begin every 8 weeks
  • Financial aid available


  • Students seeking admission to the Bluefield College Online Human Services Program must have a high school diploma or a GED with a GPA of 2.0.
  • Students who have completed college work must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0.
  • Students who have not earned any college credit hours in the required Math or English general education requirements for Bluefield College must take these courses at Bluefield College, unless an SAT/ACT score excludes them.
  • Students applying to the Bluefield College Online Human Services program must submit an online application and official copies of transcripts from every institution attended.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the B.S. in Human Services will:

  1. Comprehend the contemporary issues and problems that people encounter in the modern world.
  2. Develop an understanding of normal and abnormal functioning of individuals, groups, and families.
  3. Acquire the skills needed in working with individuals, groups, and families in efforts to enhance mental health daily functioning, life satisfaction, career development, family harmony, academic performance, and interpersonal relationships.
  4. Recognize the impact of social structure, social interaction, and social/cultural change on the overall wellness of people.


I. General Education (p.55 of catalog)
49 SH
II. Human Services Courses
36 SH
   Learning & Research Skills
   Introduction to Human Services
   Human Development for the Human Service Professional
   Theories of Personality
   Abnormal Psychology
   Social Psychology
   Business Communication
   Sociology of Work and Occupations
   Family Dynamics for the Human Services Professional
   Social Research Methods
   Tests and Measurments
   Case Management
III. Elective Courses
35 SH
Total Hours
120 SH

Substance Abuse Counselor Minor/Certificate

Bluefield College students can complete a minor or certificate in Substance Abuse Counselor. The minor is 21 semester hours. For students who are not seeking certification from the Commonwealth of Virginia, the BC certificate can be completed in 21 semester hours.

Students seeking Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC) certification from the Virginia Board of Counseling will complete 27 semester hours of coursework at Bluefield College. Six hours in internships will be completed to meet state requirements. (Students are encouraged to regularly review the requirements for the CSAC Certification.)

27 SH
   Introduction to Drug Use and Abuse
   Addiction and Prevention
   Treatment Systems
   Counseling and Psychotherapy
   Group Dynamics
   Substance Abuse Counseling
   Case Management
   Internship I (For CSAC Certification)
   Internship II (For CSAC Certification)

Career Opportunities

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs in the human services field are expected to grow much faster than average over the next decade. As the U.S. population continues to age, positions in the human services field will increase. Below is a list of potential jobs for students earning a B.S. in Human Services from Bluefield College. Also, many graduates continue their studies with a master’s degree in social work, counseling, or criminal justice.

  • Case Worker
  • Child Advocate
  • Child Abuse Worker
  • Community Outreach
  • Drug Abuse Counselor
  • Eligibility Counselor/Coordinator
  • Family Support Worker
  • Juvenile Court Liaison
  • Mental Health Worker
  • Parole Officer
  • Rehabilitation Case Worker
  • Residential Counselor
  • Social Services Aide
  • Youth Worker