Online Human Services Major Overview

The 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.

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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.

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 Degree 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. Here are a few potential 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

Recent Graduate Schools Attended by Alumni

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 

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Larry L. Sinsabaugh, Ph.D.

Dean, College of Professional Programs; Associate Vice President for Online Programs; Chair, Human Services Major









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!

I will never be able to thank you enough for all of your support this past year…. when you know you have your professors cheering you, it makes such a huge difference."

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