Human Services

  • College

    College of Professional Advancement

  • Department

    Human Services and Psychology

  • Degree

    B.S.

  • Location

    Douglas County, Henry County, Macon, Online

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Human services professionals help others become self-sufficient

Human services is an interdisciplinary study that provides students with knowledge and skills to work in the social services field. Mercer University’s Bachelor of Science in Human Services is ideal for adults seeking to make a difference through service roles in their community. The major provides students with the tools to develop problem-solving methods, learn case management skills, and use client-centered mental health practices in order to help individuals become self-sufficient. Students can choose from five concentrations:

  • Family Services teaches students to work with families regarding child custody, foster care, adoption, and interactions with the court system.
  • Gerontology Services prepares graduates to work with clients aged 65 and older through direct services or program and policy administration.
  • Mental Health Services covers categories of behavior pathology, psychotherapy theories, and communication to help clients access the solutions they need.
  • Social Services provides an understanding of budgeting and funding issues necessary to lead social services agencies.
  • Substance Abuse Services encompasses psychoactive substances, their impact on functioning, and treatment options to help clients in recovery.

Designed for busy and working adults

We understand there are many demands on your time, and so, we design classes with that in mind. The B.S. in Human Services program admits students five times per year in January, March, May, August, and October. To further accommodate busy schedules, students can complete the degree completely online, on campus at Mercer’s Douglas County, Henry County, or Macon locations, or through a blended combination of online, evening, and in-person classes.

There are two eight-week terms during the fall and spring semesters, and one eight-week and one four-week term available during the summer semester. Students can take two classes per week, meeting one night only, enabling them to comfortably maintain a work-life balance.

Participate in service-learning opportunities

The faculty of the College of Professional Advancement’s Department of Human Services and Psychology are committed to preparing students for careers in the field of human services. An essential component of this career preparation is the internship, designed to provide students with an opportunity to apply academic training in practical human services settings.

Consider a fulfilling career in human services

In the human services field, there are many rewarding options to help others. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts jobs in the field of human services to increase 16% by 2026, placing professionals in high demand. Mercer University’s B.S. in Human Services equips graduates to succeed in roles such as:

  • Benefits Manager
  • Child Development Specialist
  • Child Welfare/Advocacy Caseworker
  • Claims Manager
  • Disability Case Manager
  • Family Support Worker
  • Gerontology Case Manager
  • Grant Writer
  • Home Health Care Coordinator
  • Mental Health Counselor
  • Parole Officer
  • Shelter Supervisor
  • Social Services Director
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Victim’s Advocate

Learn more about our Human Services major

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Mercer was a perfect fit for me. From the convenience of evening classes at the satellite campuses to the value and respect the Mercer name carries, I'm proud to be an alumni. The Human Services program was also a fit for me because it allowed me to explore a variety of career paths within the area of helping and serving others. Ultimately, I decided to pursue the practice of psychotherapy as a Licensed Professional Counselor and open an outpatient practice, but I value that the degree allows for a variety of applications and career paths.

Jennifer Harbin, B.S. in Human Services '10, M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling '13

Meet Our Professors

Driven and highly-qualified faculty prepare professionals who wish to make a difference in their communities. Our professors have experience in areas such as counseling, interpersonal relations, and mentoring.