Human Services

  • College

    College of Professional Advancement

  • Department

    Human Services and Psychology

  • Degree


  • Location

    Douglas County, Henry County, Macon, Online


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 develops problem-solving skills, case management skills, and a client-centered mental health focus. Students can choose from five concentrations focused on helping individuals become self-sufficient in specific settings:

  • 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.

Consider a fulfilling career in human services

In the human services field, there are many rewarding options to help others. Graduates can start nonprofit organizations, find positions in public agencies, nonprofit ministries, and school systems. Students may pursue roles providing services such as:

  • Case Management
  • Child Advocacy/Child Welfare
  • Claims Management
  • Community Outreach
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Counseling
  • Disaster Relief
  • Emergency Management
  • Family Support
  • Grant Writing
  • Home Health Care
  • Mental Health Services
  • Public Policy
  • Rehabilitation Services
  • Social Services
  • Social Sciences Research
  • Social Work

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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.