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Human Services Degree

The Human Services degree at Gwynedd-Mercy College is designed for those students who desire to make a difference in the world. The mission of the Human Services degree program is to develop professionals who are competent in the skills and knowledge necessary for work in the various fields of human services. The Human Services degree at GMC prepares graduates with the skills necessary for employment in schools, hospitals and social service agency settings. Graduates will also be well prepared to enter graduate school in the fields of social work, community counseling or school counseling.

Providing human services that make a difference in the lives of individuals and their communities is one of the most satisfying professions. It attracts individuals committed to justice who want to partner with others to help transform their communities. According to the National Association for Human Services, the profession is "dedicated to providing services to individuals and families in need of assistance. The goal of human services work is to enhance the quality of life for those who are served."

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has ranked the human services occupation among the most rapidly growing in the country. As a Gwynedd-Mercy College graduate of the human services degree you will have employment opportunities in areas such as:

  • Alcohol and drug abuse prevention and treatment
  • Community organizing
  • Corrections and probation
  • Crisis intervention
  • Mental health
  • Early childhood development
  • Education
  • Elder care
  • Law enforcement
  • Welfare services
  • Youth programs
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Graduates of the Human Services program have mastered beginning skills for working in a social service agency setting. Graduates of the program are able to recognize the impact of social context on individuals, families and groups, and possess basic skills for intervention. They also understand the administrative aspects of social service agencies and how research impacts practice. Graduates of the program are able to secure positions in various agencies serving the poor and disabled, as well as the adolescent and geriatric populations. You are well prepared for graduate studies in social work and counseling psychology.