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Gain knowledge and practice to help today’s most vulnerable populations

Our curriculum, guided by a strong emphasis on issues of social justice and human rights, will prepare you to address the needs of a range of diverse communities, groups, families and individuals in our society.  We focus on crisis intervention as well as problem solving and improving overall quality of life for all by building your knowledge base and best practices skills.

Through core coursework, you’ll gain an understanding of the connections between theory and research and their application to analysis and policy development. Once you’ve earned junior or senior standing, we’ll help you find community agency placements to earn practical skills and build your professional resume and network. A final-year course reviews ethical standards of professional behavior in this important field that’s facing challenging new demands every day.

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This course addresses basic social service structures, both public and private as they serve families, individuals, and communities to meet the needs of citizens. The field of human services as a profession will be examined. The nature of how to build a professional helping relationship will be examined, along with the techniques and skills to avoid discouragement and burnout within the helping profession. Students will examine personal values and how those will influence a career in human services. 4 credits


This path is part of Simpson College's convenient and flexible evening program, which enables you to complete four to eight credits every eight weeks.

By attending class just one to two nights a week, you may earn an average of 30 credits in one year and complete your bachelor's degree in four years. You can go as fast or as slow as your schedule and learning style requires: Study one night a week, two nights a week or even faster.

Classes are available online and in the evening at the Simpson College West Des Moines Campus.

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Transform genuine care into successful career

As an adult student in our undergraduate Human Services program, you can expect the same individualized attention from faculty and academic and career advisors as you would in a more traditional setting. You’ll work one-on-one with an advisor who will help you stay on track and make sure you’re taking the correct courses, with your career goals front and center.

You’ll analyze social forces, policies and human service delivery systems at the micro and macro levels, while applying theories to concrete situations through case studies and experiential real-world work. This major is part of our Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, which means you’ll also learn how to uncover and articulate why issues of power and inequalities in the U.S. impact social relationships between groups.

Upon completion of your bachelor’s degree, you’ll be ready for graduate study or entry level jobs in the human service field to work with marginalized people experiencing crisis.

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Tuition Costs

We're committed to making sure our graduate programs are accessible and affordable for all students.

Financial Aid

Students in this program are eligible for federal financial aid, and we allow an interest-free grace period for students receiving employer reimbursement. 

Transfer Credits

We accept transfer credits from other accredited institutions. Transcripts are evaluated to determine how many credits will transfer, as well as how a student’s former coursework meets Simpson’s degree requirements.

Human Services provides a broad range of opportunities for students to engage with the community around them and better understand how they can impact the lives of vulnerable populations.

Watch as students who have experienced the program, and their professor, explain why Simpson is a great place to study Human Services.

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Save up to $9,000 on tuition
We value the work you've already done and think it should count toward your degree. If you’re at least 25 years of age and classified as a freshman or sophomore at Simpson, you can submit a Life Experience Portfolio during the admissions process. The LEP can earn up to 24 credits free of charge.

Employer Reimbursement Cuts Interest Costs
Many employers reimburse their employees’ tuition after a class has been completed, and we offer the chance to delay payment until 45 days after the term ends. You won’t have to pay until after the course ends.

We're transfer friendly
During the application process, you'll submit transcripts of previous undergraduate work from other accredited institutions if applicable. Transcripts are then evaluated to determine how many credits will transfer, as well as how your former coursework meets Simpson’s degree requirements.