Bachelor of Science in Human Services in Youth/Family Services and Administration

Description and Outcomes

The Bachelor of Science in Human Services in Youth/Family Services and Administration program draws from multiple disciplines, such as developmental psychology, sociology, law, and criminal justice, to help prepare you to meet the complex challenges in the growing field of human services. You will be prepared to enter careers in family and youth services, social services and administration, juvenile justice, program planning, case management, and community advocacy.

The program is designed to help you gain the skills, knowledge, attitudes, and experience to assess and evaluate programs that meet the needs of people in contemporary society. In addition, the program will prepare you with the knowledge and skills to work with diverse funding sources, influence policy, and intervene on behalf of those in need. The program will provide a broad understanding and the practical skills to help you discern how to be most helpful to clients and a proactive participant in the agency where you may work.

Blending theory and practice, the curriculum teaches you how to critically evaluate your social world as you explore the public and private policies that drive the day-to-day operations of human service agencies. Coursework will provide opportunities for practical application of evidence-based interventions used to serve youth and families.

This program is a member of the Council for Standards in Human Service Education (CSHSE) and adheres to their curriculum standards. Refer to the Certification, State Board, and National Board Exams section for important program disclosure information.

The program is designed to prepare you academically to pursue a variety of careers in the field or in related fields and to pursue advanced education. The coursework in this program fulfills the requirements to sit for the Human Services—Board Certified Practitioner (HS-BCP™) exam offered by the Center for Credentialing & Education. Please note that you must meet post-degree experience requirements in order to earn the HS-BCP credential.

For additional information on the HS-BCP, the Center for Credentialing & Education can be contacted at:

3 Terrace Way
Greensboro, NC 27403-3660
Tel: 336.482.2856

If you have already completed an associate’s or bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, you may be eligible for degree requirements to be waived and replaced with advanced start credit. Refer to Advanced Start Credit in Bachelor’s Degrees in the Prior Learning Assessment section for details.

Accelerated Master's Degree Options

If you are interested in earning a master's degree in human services, legal studies, psychology, or public administration, consider an accelerated master's degree option. Refer to the Progression Requirements section for details.

Program Length

The Bachelor of Science in in Human Services in Youth/Family Services and Administration program consists of a minimum of 180 quarter credit hours. Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a bachelor of science degree.

Program Outcomes

Discipline-Specific Outcomes

  1. Knowledge and Skill Base: Identify foundational and theoretical knowledge, best practices, and historical and current trends related to the human services field.
  2. Planning and Evaluation Skills: Apply theory and skills to identify, plan, implement, evaluate, manage, and administer interventions involving youth and family services.
  3. Values and Ethics: Examine the professional, ethical, and legal values, standards, and practices of the human services profession.
  4. Information and Systems Management: Apply the information and skills necessary to manage and administer human services to youth and families in the community.
  5. Diversity and Global Awareness: Evaluate the importance of culture, gender, diversity, and global perspectives in the administration and delivery of human services. 

General Education Literacies and Professional Competencies

In addition to the discipline-specific outcomes, general education literacies and professional competencies are integrated throughout your academic program. You can review the general education literacies and professional competencies associated with your academic program in the General Education and Professional Competency Requirements section of this Catalog.

Program Availability

For program availability, please refer to the U.S. State and Other Approvals section and Program Availability Information.

Policies

Certification, State Board, and National Board Exams

Certain state certification and licensure boards have specific educational requirements for programs to lead to a license or nongovernmental certification that is a precondition for employment in a recognized occupation.

Unless otherwise specified, Purdue Global's programs are not designed to meet any specific state’s licensure or certification requirements. If certain licensed occupations, vocations, or professions are not explicitly listed, Purdue Global has not reviewed the licensure or certification requirements of those occupations, vocations, or professions, nor intended the program to meet such requirements. Licensure-track programs may limit enrollment to students in certain states; please see Purdue Global’s Program Availability Information to determine enrollment eligibility.

You are responsible for understanding the requirements of optional certification exams. Such requirements may change during the course of your program. You are not automatically certified in any way upon program completion. Although certain programs are designed to prepare you to take various optional certification exams, Purdue Global cannot guarantee you will be eligible to take these exams or become certified. Your eligibility may depend on your work experience, completion of education and/or degree requirements, not having a criminal record, meeting other certification requirements, or the program or the University itself having appropriate accreditation or licensure.

This program does not lead to certification or licensure as a social worker or counselor in any state. 

The coursework in this program fulfills the requirements to sit for the Human Services—Board Certified Practitioner (HS-BCP) exam offered by the Center for Credentialing & Education. Please note that you must meet post-degree experience requirements in order to earn the HS- BCP credential.

For additional information on the HS-BCP, the Center for Credentialing & Education can be contacted at:

3 Terrace Way
Greensboro, NC 27403-3660
Tel: 336.482.2856