Jul 23, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

Human Services

Department of Human Services
School of Education

Neff Hall 130 ~ 260-481-6424

Students preparing for careers as a human services professional will be able to work effectively in diverse settings such as: correctional, intellectual disability, and community health centers as educators, case managers, and other areas. Students will also be able to work in family, child, and youth service agencies, and programs designed to assist those with alcoholism, drug abuse, family violence, and aging. A human services degree is a good fit for those who want to be in a positon to help others.

The Bachelor of Science in Human Services is a degree that requires a total of 120 semester credit hours. Students will be engaged in 360 internship hours at agencies within the community. By the time students graduate, they have been able to network with numerous references and are able to build a strong resume. 

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the bachelor’s degree curriculum will:

1. Apply concepts and principles from human services courses to work settings.

2. Implement practice theories and design treatment plans utilizing the appropriate theory.

3. Demonstrate competency, by analyzing human services helping skills.

4. Understand the structure and function of human services organizations.

5. Use a variety of computer programs necessary in human services organizations.

6. Demonstrate competency in two concentration areas.

7. Engage in a service learning project in the community.

8. Understand characteristics of people from a diverse range of backgrounds and varying demographics.

9. Understand methods, analyses, and interpretation for human services’ research.

10. Think critically using a clinical lens when working with clients.

11. Analyze their own values, predicting how these values will affect their academic and professional experiences.

12. Apply professional ethics and standards in human service settings.

13. Involve themselves in professional organizations and activities and lifelong learning.

Program Delivery

The program in human services is available on campus. There are a few courses offered online and as hybrid for students. 

Declaring Human Services 

To gain entry into this program, students must meet all of the requirements for admission to Purdue University Fort Wayne, the Department of Human Services, and comply with requirements for internship placements.  Students should contact the Department of Human Services at 260-481-6424 for more information and to be assigned an advisor.

Human Services Admission Requirements

Students are admitted to this degree program as follows:

  • Students new to Purdue Fort Wayne must complete an application for undergraduate admission and meet the criteria for admission to the University. In addition, students must complete a two step TB test, a criminal background check, and a drug test. Students who have previously taken courses at Purdue Fort Wayne should apply for re-entry to the University if they have not been actively enrolled at Purdue Fort Wayne for one year or greater. Contact the Office of Admissions at 260-481-6812. Students must have a 2.8 in pre-requisite courses and a cumulative GPA of 2.0.  Prerequisite courses include:  COM 11400, ENGL 13100, HSRV 10000, HSRV 10300, HSRV 10500, PSY 12000 and SOC 16101.

  • Students who have completed the requirements for the Associate of Science in Human Services at Ivy Tech Community College or another Human Services program from another accredited institution, and have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 with no grades of D or F, are enrolled in the program with junior status.

  • All students will be required to meet the regular Purdue Fort Wayne and Purdue University admission standards, as presented in the Purdue Fort Wayne Catalog.
  • The Bachelor’s degree requires four semesters of Internship (360 hours) at an approved agency in northeastern Indiana.

Students must comply with agency requirements for internship placements. A live interview is required. The agencies require proof of a 2-step TB test, background check, and a 10-panel drug screen.

Anyone with a record of a sex crime against a child may not be placed into a clinical in which there is an actual or potential possibility that they will come into contact with children (IC5-2-12-12). Students who cannot be placed in clinicals with reasonable effort as a result of their criminal histories and subsequently cannot complete the program requirements will be unable to graduate from the program.