Criminal Justice
Human Service

Human Services Major

The field of Human Services is one of the most rapidly growing sectors within the United States’ economy. Human Services jobs typically require a bachelor’s degree for employment or promotion. To address this need, Iowa Wesleyan University condensed Criminal Justice, Psychology, and Sociology majors into a single Human Services major that is attractive, valuable, and practical for many helping professions.

The human services major is intended to prepare students for a variety of “helping professions” so they can respond to changes in the economy, the healthcare system, and society. The combination of coursework offers a solid grounding in the exploration of human and social problems and effective responsiveness in professional and personal settings.

Jobs in the Human Services field are projected to be among some of the fastest-growing occupations through 2026, as reported by the Occupational Employment Statistics program with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Students will learn:

  • Learn how to communication and motivation.
  • Perform successfully in a job-related field experience in an area of special interest to the “helping professions”
  • Demonstrate specific skills commonly used in counseling, and understand common issues typically faced by counselors
  • Differentiate the major models of abnormal behavior and their implied methods of intervention

Human Services Requirements

Complete each of the following:

  • HSEV 101 Careers in Human Services
  • SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology
  • CJ231 Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • PSYC 131 General Psychology OR PSYC 251 Developmental Psychology
  • PSYC 326 Introduction to Counseling
  • PSYC 361 Abnormal Psychology OR PSYC 324 Child Psychopathology
  • PSYC 365 Psychology of Addiction
  • PSYC/SOC 205 The Family
  • SOC 243 Social Problems
  • SOC 310 Race and Ethnicity
  • PSYC 249 Research Methods in Psychology 1
  • PSYC 349 Research Methods in Psychology 2
  • HSEV 498 Internship
  • ONE elective course in SOC, PSYC, or CJ (200 level or higher)

Elective: Choose one course in SOC, PSYC, or CJ 200-level or higher

  • Any 200/300 level ENG literature course
  • COMM 147 Introduction to Public Speaking
  • Global Awareness Course (WS300, WS315, or WS380)

All degree requirements are subject to change. Please see the current Undergraduate Course Catalog for degree requirements

Career Opportunities in Human Services

  • Social Services Worker
  • Human Services Worker
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Childcare Assistant
  • Elementary School Counselor
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Mental Health Counselor
  • Behavioral Management Aide
  • Correctional Facility Worker
  • Employment Counselor
  • Youth Worker
  • Residential Advisor
  • Adult Day Care Coordinator
  • Probation Officer
  • Leisure Activities Coordinator
  • Emergency and Relief Worker

  • Community Food/Housing Service Worker
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Coach
  • Case Worker
  • Personal and Home Care Aide
  • Hospice Aide
  • Life Skills Instructor
  • Child Advocate
  • Juvenile Court Liaison
  • Community Organizer
  • Insurance Representative
  • Career Coach
  • Hospital Patient Account Representative
  • Crisis Intervention Counselor
  • Intake Interviewer
  • Community Action Worker

Career Outcomes

2021 Median Pay
Social Workers
School and Career Counselors
Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists


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Meet The Professors

Headshot of Nathan Daniels

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Science Hall; Room 105

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Headshot of Jose Perez Reisler

Assistant Professor of Sociology and Human Services Liaison
Science Hall; Room 105

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