What You Can Do with a Human Resources Counseling Degree

Department of Human Resources
The Department of Human Resources offers educational programs that share the common goal of preparing students to work with people in a variety of human services agencies and organizations. The human services field is one of the most rapidly expanding career fields in America today. The Human Resources Department focuses on those careers which require professional preparation and training for service to individuals, families, groups, and the community. Degree programs include Counseling, Criminal Justice, and Social Work.
In addition to a general career field, the Counseling student may select a concentration in rehabilitation, aging services, or services to the deaf.

Human Services Counseling
The primary objective of the Human Services Counseling degree is to prepare students for beginning human services positions in a variety of government, civic and private and not-for-profit community based agencies and organizations. These agencies focus on the needs of people experiencing a variety of issues, physical and mental problems, drug or alcohol abuse, aging related concerns and job-seeking problems. Client groups to be served range from youth and minorities to those in crisis situations. To prepare students for a variety of employment opportunities, the Human Services Counseling curriculum provides the knowledge and skills needed for prevention and problem solving with both individuals and groups.

So what kind of job can I get with a Human Service Counseling degree?

  • Drug & Alcohol Counselor
  • Family Support Specialist
  • Case Manager
  • Social Services Specialist
  • Child Abuse Worker
  • Nursing Aide
  • Community Outreach WorkerDirector
  • Mental Health Aide
  • Military Counselor
  • Rehabilitation Counselor
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Marriage, Family & Child Counselor
  • Domestic Violence Counselor
Show Me the Money!
The Chicago Tribune reports that college graduates earn on average 75% more money than those who only have a high school degree. In particular, graduates with a counseling services to the deaf degree typically can earn between $30,000 and $60,000 for entry level jobs. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Survey)
Human Services Counseling Department at a Glance
Acting Dean: Dr. Brad Jessop, College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
Chair: Dr. Joy Patton, LMSW, MA
Coordinator: Dr. Janna Byrd, CSC, QA V/V
Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Minor: 5
Faculty: 7 full-time
Organizations: 2
Scholarships: 4
Location: 221A Horace Mann

Degree Options

Concentration in Aging Services
The Aging Specialization is designed to prepare students for positions in community organizations serving the aged person. Courses cover the social and psychological aspects of aging, program planning and evaluation, and intervention techniques; and they provide the other technical skills needed to work with older individuals. Students are acquainted with nutrition programs; senior centers; area agencies on aging; and other federal, state, and private gerontological resources.

Concentration in Human Services
The objective of the Human Services Counseling - concentration in counseling is to provide theory and practice based education for those individuals interested in working with persons in a variety of helping situations. Graduates will provide services to individuals, couples, families, groups or employees and can assist clients with problem solving and prevention, employment or job interview skills.

Concentration in Rehabilitation
The Rehabilitation concentration is designed to prepare students for positions in a variety of federal, state and community rehabilitation agencies, facilities and organizations that provide services to individuals with disabilities and addictions. Students may opt for the concentration in rehabilitation or may seek additional expertise in the field of addictions with the Rehabilitation-Option in Addictions tract.

Concentrations in Services to the Deaf
The objective of the Services to the Deaf concentration is to prepare students to work with deaf and hard of hearing individuals. The academic program is structured to provide students with the specialized knowledge and sign language skills that will enable them to provide services in a broad spectrum of private, state, federal and community agencies.