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Human Services

Starting Fall 2014, this full-time online degree completion program prepares students for careers in various agencies and programs providing direct services to individuals, families or communities.

It builds upon associate’s level course work that can be transferred to Lees-McRae College. This 63 credit hour program can be completed over two years and leads to a BS in Human Services.

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1. What makes Lees-McRae College's program unique?

The Human Services program offers a unique blend of child, family, and community relationship studies; intergroup conflict management; crisis and intervention training; and case management handling that provides a base of practical knowledge and skills. In addition, the program is seeking national accreditation through the Council for Standards in Human Services Education.  

Research conducted by the National Organization for Human Services highlights the shift in the focus of human services away from large institutions to increasingly decentralize, sometimes neighborhood based, community settings. This shift has placed new demands on human service providers and workers. There is a career gap between human services providers, administrators and other professionals such as counselors, social workers and psychologists. This gap can be detrimental to personnel trying to obtain job opportunities that lead to management, relevant certification and leadership opportunities. The Lees-McRae College Human Services program provides students with baccalaureate education, certification options and professional experience to fill that gap.

2. How will the curriculum be structured?

Below is an example of a two-year course of study.

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
Year 1, Semester 1 (15 hours)
HMS 311 Essential Skills in Human Services 3
HMS 321 Culture & Diversity   3
HMS 323 Personal & Professional Identity 3
PSY 201 Human Growth & Development 3
ART 250 Art & Life 3
Year 1, Semester 2 (15 hours)
HMS 331 Social Barriers & Public Policy 3
HMS 333 Psychopathology & Maladaptive Behavior 3
HMS 335 Community Resources & Intra-Professional Networks  3
SCI 241 Math & Science Concepts 3
BIO 102 Environmental Biology 3
Summer Term (6 hours)
HMS 371 Summer Seminar 3
HMS 380 Statistics & Research Methods 3
Year 2, Semester 1 (15 hours)
HMS 411 Human Services Administration & Non-Profit Management 3
HMS 421 Navigating Relationships 3
HMS 423 Human Services for Special Populations 3
HMS 471/472 Human Services Internship/Work Experience 3
SCI 211 Earth Science Concepts 3
Year 2, Semester 2 (12 hours)
HMS 411 Leadership & Advocacy 3
HMS 431 Aging, Ageism & End of Life 3
HMS 499 Senior Research 3
HIS 210 History of the Southern Appalachian Region 3

3. What career opportunities will be available to graduates from this program?

The Human Services program is considered to be a professional studies-based program, leading directly to job placement upon graduation. In addition, graduates will be prepared for graduate schools and other professional programs. Graduates may acquire certification to become Human Services Board Certified Practitioners and be prepared to work in diverse settings such as group homes and halfway houses; correctional, intellectual disability, and community mental health centers; family, child and youth service agencies; and programs concerned with alcoholism, drug abuse, family violence and aging. Depending on the employment setting and the kind of clients served, job titles and duties will vary.

Job opportunities include, but are not limited to:

Case Worker
Family Support Worker
Youth Worker
Social Service Liaison
Residential Counselor
Behavioral Management Aide
Case Management Aide
Eligibility Counselor
Alcohol Counselor
Adult Day Care Worker
Drug Abuse Counselor
Life Skills Instructor
Client Advocate
Neighborhood Worker
Social Service Aide
Group Activities Aide
Social Service Technician
Therapeutic Assistant
Probation Officer

Case Monitor Parole Officer
Child Advocate
Gerontology Aide
Juvenile Court Liaison
Home Health Aide
Group Home Worker
Child Abuse Worker
Crisis Intervention Counselor
Mental Health Aide
Community Organizer
Intake Interviewer
Community Outreach Worker
Social Worker
Community Action Worker
Psychological Aide
Halfway House Counselor
Assistant Case Manager
Rehabilitation Case Worker
Residential Manager

4. How soon can I apply to the Human Services program?

Students may enroll now as a student at Lees-McRae. The Human Services program will begin in fall 2014.
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5. Who should I contact about transferring to Lees-McRae College?

For questions about transfer enrollment or to have your transcripts reviewed, please contact Fabienne Dellinger at or 828.766.1368.

Contact Us

Bo Bennett
Vice President of Extended Campus and Online Learning
Program Coordinator, Human Services | 828.448.6197