Online Human Services Major

One of the many online degrees offered through Bluefield College, our Human Services major seeks to prepare students to address behavioral issues found in the home, workplace, and in the community by examining human behavior, as a product of relationships, mental processes, and environmental variables that influence well-being. There will be an emphasis upon the helping relationship, helping service networks, team partnerships, evidence based practice, and the ethical basis for providing human services.

Human Services Curriculum


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This major examines what motivates individuals, how individuals, couples and families react to stress, what can be done to help people who seek assistance from organizations, and how human service professionals go about helping people to cope and thrive. Moreover, since communities have changed and become more diverse this major addresses the delivery of human services to a diverse population of individuals and families. Therefore, the major will emphasize issues of social justice, efficacy multicultural service delivery, and the use of technology.

When earning your online degree with a major in Human Services, the breadth and depth of theory and practice will be explored as well as the applied techniques. In addition, the Human Services major is also designed to prepare students to continue onto graduate study in this or a related discipline.

Our graduates 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. Understand the impact of social structure, social interaction, and social/cultural change on the overall wellness of people. 


Students completing the online Human Services program will obtain a high level of knowledge and professional skills that could lead to a number of different professions within the Human Services industry.

Career Opportunities

Adult day care worker

Assistant case manager

Behavioral management aide

Case management aide

Case manager

Case monitor

Case worker

Child abuse worker

Child advocate

Community organizer

Community outreach worker

Eligibility counselor/coordinator

Eligibility technician

Employment interviewer

Family support worker

Gerontology aide

Group activities aide

Halfway house counselor

Home health aide

Intake interviewer

Juvenile court liaison

Life skills instructor

Manpower data technician

Mental health aide

Parole officer

Probation officer

Psychological aide

Rehabilitation case worker

Residential counselor

Residential manager

School absence case worker

Social service aide

Social service liaison

Social service technician

Social work assistant

Supportive employment coach

Therapeutic assistant

Youth worker

Victim advocate

Graduate Schools Attended

Graduates who elect to extend their education beyond the Bluefield College experience have attended graduate schools such as:

Liberty University – Counseling

Virginia Commonwealth University – Rehabilitation Counseling

Contact Information

Mark K. Gettle, Management & Leadership Major Instructor for Online Leadership and Management Degrees
Dr. Mark Gettle

Associate Professor, Psychology and Management & Leadership; Department Chair, Human Services, Management & Leadership, and Entrepreneurism





Heather Williams

Class of 2009

"I honestly believe, I would not have learned as much if I had chosen another school. I feel Bluefield is absolutely the best choice, and I will continue to recommend it to everyone!

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