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Human Services

If helping others is at the core of everything you want out of a career, human services is the perfect choice — and at York College, you’ll get your chance to help people early and often.

Join one of the fastest-growing professions that suits a wide array of jobs, from social work and family therapy to care manager and probation officer. There won’t be a semester lacking in hands-on human services experience; by sophomore year you’ll be placed in a community agency.

To make the major even more attractive to employers, we recently changed the name of the program from Behavioral Science to Human Services. Why? Employers and graduate programs are specifically looking for Human Services in applicants, so this gives you one more advantage. Plus, small class sizes and professors who get great joy out of being mentors give you the support you need to thrive. We also give you the chance to add a specialty area of study: criminal justice, youth development, not-for-profit management, and gerontology.

Through a strong focus on skill development and hands-on experience, the Human Services major provides you with the experience you need to excel in the workplace.
For this intergenerational training program at the White Rose Senior Center, gerontology students helped seniors with technology, while seniors helped students reconnect on a personal level.

Your future in Human Services

This is a fast-growing field, with 22% projected job growth to 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Our graduates work for federal agencies, Adams County Juvenile Probation, Adoption from the Heart, the American Red Cross, religious organizations, GEICO and branches of the U.S. military. You'll be prepared for graduate study in social work, occupational therapy, marriage and family therapy, counseling, and gerontology. And you'll be well-suited for entry level positions such as:
  • Care manager
  • Job coach
  • Social services provider
  • Probation officer
  • And work in settings such as group homes, schools, court systems, hospitals, retirement communities, rehab centers and ore

Student Opportunities and Experiences

Human Services students get involved with internships and nonprofit causes
Human Services Internships
We strongly believe you need to be out in the field to learn how to help others, so much so that we require two internships. (Don’t worry: We have more than three dozen established internship sites!)
Doing hands-on classwork also involves doing research projects in human services
Research Projects
Do research alongside Human Services faculty, and take courses that let you dive into local research that helps the community.
York College is the leader in offering a new dementia-focused validation course.
Validation Course
York is the first in the country to offer a credit course on Validation, a method of communicating with people with dementia.

Program Requirements

Required Courses and Degree Requirements for Graduation
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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog

Contact Us
Human Services
Amanda Rich, Human Services Coordinator
Appell Life Sciences, Room 325
Phone: 717.815.1515
Hours 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m.