Human Services

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Program Format

Online and evenings
(Ankeny and WDM Campuses)
8-week courses

Program Information

128 credit hours
Faculty Profiles


$415/ credit hour

When Can I Start?

6 start times/year
Fall, Spring or Summer Semester



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BRAND NEW for Fall of 2017! 

The Human Services major and minor will prepare students to address the needs of a variety of diverse communities, groups, families and individuals in our society. The Human Services major will target skills needed to engage in service to others.

Students will analyze social forces, policies, and human service delivery systems both at the micro and macro levels. Students will gain knowledge in the area of crisis assessment and intervention, counseling strategies, program evaluation and grant writing. Students also will gain an understanding of the linkages between theory and research and their application to analysis and policy development. Finally, students will gain practical skills and knowledge from community agency placements through their required field experience, and conclude the program with an emphasis in ethical standards of professional behavior.

Students completing the Human Services major will be able to:

  • Apply human services theories to concrete situations;
  • Formulate ethical responses to professional situations; and
  • Critique how issues of power and inequalities in the U.S. impact social relationships between groups.

The Human Services major is 44 credits (11 courses), while the Human Services minor is 20 credits (5 courses).

Click here for a quick look at the majors and minors offered in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice: Major and Minor Requirements.

We are so excited to be offering the human services major for our continuing and graduate students.  This major will prepare students to address the needs of a variety of diverse communities, groups, families and individuals in our society through an interdisciplinary knowledge base. Students will develop skills in working one-on-one with marginalized people in the area of crisis or long term human service needs. Additionally students will gain knowledge in the area of human service agency grant writing and program evaluation. The Simpson College human services major provides a strong focus on diversity, social justice and ethics which are all critical to developing quality human service workers. Graduates of the program will be ready for entry level jobs in the human service field or enter the Master's level of study.

Dr. Carolyn Dallinger, Chair Sociology and Criminal Justice Department