Program Curriculum

Degrees Offered



Sample Human Services Courses

  • Human Services Professions
  • Counseling in Human Services
  • Research Methods for Human Services
  • Introduction to Social Policy
  • Strategic Philanthropy and Nonprofit Management
  • Ethnic Relations, Cultural Identity, and Human Services
  • Human Services Internship
  • Senior Seminar in Human Services
  • Human Service Electives
    • Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression in Practice and Policy
    • Religion, Human Services, and Diversity in the United States
    • Child Intervention and Treatment
    • Services and Treatments for Chemical Dependencies
    • Rape Crisis Training: Techniques in Counseling
    • Social Policy, Advocacy, and Activism
    • Intercultural Studies through Human Services
    • Family, Kinship, and Identity in Contemporary America: Exploring
    • Strategic Communications for Nonprofit Organizations

Prepared Specializations (as of Fall 2014)

  • Applied Behavioral Analysis
  • Deaf Studies (BA only)
  • Family and Children’s Services
  • Identity and Social Change
  • Psychology/ Counseling Psychology
  • Social Justice and Social Policy

Students may request to Petition for Independent Specialization.

Human Services Course Catalog

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Human Services and American Sign Language

**This is not a combined major for students interested in ASL Interpreting, to complete a ASL Interpreting & Human Services Combined Major students have to complete all requirements in both majors.**

Increased national awareness of the Deaf Community and its language, coupled with the implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act has resulted in an increased demand for bilingually competent professionals in a wide range of human services. This dual major provides students with a solid theoretical and practical foundation in the Human Services field along with the linguistic skills and cultural sensitivities necessary to work directly with Deaf people in a range of public and private agencies.

Students who choose to pursue this major will find many employment opportunities working with individuals who are facing life transitions or social and emotional challenges. Specifically, students will be prepared to work in a variety of social service settings with an under-served segment of the population-individuals who are Deaf and who use the language of the Deaf Community, American Sign Language.

Human Services-American Sign Language Course Catalog

American Sign Language Program Website 

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Human Services and Criminal Justice

A combined major in Human Services and Criminal Justice will present students with an opportunity to gain both a conceptual-theoretical understanding of both types of agencies and the real world link through various co-op experiences. There is considerable overlap in the populations served by the criminal justice system and various human services agencies. Leadership positions in either type of agency will require individuals who have a firm understanding of how cultural, social, economic and political contexts affect the daily and long-term organization and operation of both types of agencies.

Human Services-Criminal Justice Course Catalog

Criminal Justice College Page

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Human Services and International Affairs

Combine Human Services and International Affairs to create a focus on Global Humanitarian Action.  A combined major will introduce students to some of societies most pressing problems on a global, national and local level. The variety of courses offered will provide students with a conceptual understanding of the problems faced by individuals, communities and nations, along with the necessary skills to make changes among these populations. This combined major will prepare students for positions within the nonprofit sector with an international focus.

Human Services-International Affairs Course Catalog

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Human Services and Sociology

Human Services-Sociology Course Catalog

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Human Services Minor 

A minor in Human Services would compliment a number of majors.  The minor in Human Services may help lead to careers in many diverse areas of the helping professions or to graduate programs in social work, counseling, rehabilitation, and law. Human services professions are among the fastest-growing occupations in the nation. Society recognizes the necessity, value, and reward of dedicating time and energy to helping people. Combining a Human Services minor with any major gives students the opportunity to learn about the individual community and political interventions for social change.

Human Services Minor Course Catalog

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Related Academic Offerings

Minor in Global Social Entrepreneurship

Social entre­pre­neur­ship is a rapidly grow­ing field of study, and an area that offers new and diverse career oppor­tu­ni­ties for young peo­ple inter­ested in “doing well and doing good”. The GSE Inter­dis­ci­pli­nary Minor is based on classes and Field Research Pro­grams.  Classes and inter­na­tional pro­grams offered by other programs/departments (including Human Ser­vices) these course offer­ings can be com­bined with busi­ness offer­ings to com­plete a truly inter­dis­ci­pli­nary field of study in social entrepreneurship.  

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Early Intervention (Certificate)

Northeastern’s EI program is the only higher-education program approved by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MA DPH) that is interdisciplinary in its faculty, students, and curriculum.  The interdisciplinary concentration in Early Intervention (EI) is designed for students who enjoy working with very young children and their families. Through coursework and practicum experiences, students are prepared to work with infants and toddlers with known disabilities or those who are at risk for developmental delay.

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