The field of Human Services is one of the most rapidly growing sectors of the United States economy, with many career options.

Are you interested in learning about society’s influence on people’s behavior? Do you enjoy helping others?

Discover Iowa Wesleyan University’s online human services degree.

This 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.

Graduates with the Human Services major have been trained to respond to changes in the economy, health care system, and society. The major’s variety of courses offers a broad perspective for thinking about human problems and how to solve them. Critical thinking, people skills, problem-solving, and flexibility will definitely be needed in this career area.

This major appeals to students who want to pursue or enhance a career in:

  • Nonprofit, state, and federal agencies
  • Alcohol and drug treatment centers
  • Organizations serving senior citizens
  • Law enforcement agencies
  • Probation/parole officers
  • Corrections
  • Social service agencies
  • Human resource departments
  • Community organizations
  • Youth facilities
  • Children’s services
  • Family services
  • Hospitals for community groups
  • Department of Children and Family Services

Human Services Requirements

Human services careers are high in demand. Many of the jobs require a bachelor’s degree for employment or promotion. To address this need Iowa Wesleyan University condensed three majors (criminal justice, psychology & sociology) into a single human services major that is attractive, valuable and practical for many “helping professions.” Showing courses that are scheduled to be offered to satisfy required and area options.

(BS 120-semester credits)


  • CJ 231 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 hrs.)
  • CJ 260 Criminal Law and Individual Rights (3 hrs.)
  • CJ 355 Law Enforcement (3 hrs.)
  • PSYC 131 General Psychology (3 hrs.)
  • PSYC 326 Introduction to Counseling (3 hrs.)
  • PSYC 361 Abnormal Psychology (3 hrs.) or
  • PSYC 324 Child Psychology (4 hrs.)
  • PSYC/SOC 205 The Family (3 hrs.)
  • SOC 243 Social Problems (3 hrs.)
  • SOC 310 Race and Ethnicity (3 hrs.)
  • CJ 347 Research Methods in Criminal Justice (3 hrs.)

Choose one from this group:

  • CJ 316 Introduction to Corrections (3 hrs.) or
  • PSYC 209 Social Psychology (3 hrs.) or
  • PSYC 240 Theories of Personality (3 hrs.) or
  • PSYC 310 Introduction to Forensic Psychology (3 hrs.) or
  • SOC 320 Social Organizations (3 hrs.)
  • HSEV 498 Internship in Human Services (6 hrs.)


  • ENG 311 Expository Writing (3 hrs.)
  • MATH 171 Elementary Statistics (4 hrs.)



  • 8 Week Courses
  • Six start dates each year
  • $425 per credit hour