B.S. in Human Services

  • B.S.
  • Undergraduate
  • On Campus
  • Counseling & Psychology

Become an advocate for social and economic justice. With a B.S. in Human Services from Rivier, you will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to advance as a human services professional.

Why Study Human Services at Rivier?

Poverty, homelessness, substance misuse, environmental disasters, and access to healthcare—these challenges and others have created a greater need for qualified human services professionals throughout the world.

Rivier’s Human Services program prepares you to address these challenges and to help others reach their full potential. By developing your strengths and skills, you will aid in cultivating child, family, and community well-being during your college career and beyond.

Our Human Services program encompasses coursework in human services, psychology, sociology, and social work. Classes focus on social problems, health psychology, family dynamics, psychological disorders, social welfare policy, and more.

In this program you will:

  • Learn to solve problems creatively in small classes taught by dedicated professionals and researchers in the field
  • Develop strong analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Become an effective communicator and collaborator

This highly experiential program provides the theory, knowledge, and hands-on learning for you to make an immediate impact on the existing and emerging needs of society.

Specialize in Addiction Studies

Choose the optional track in Addiction Studies if you have an interest in specializing in counseling and recovery services. Coursework for this track includes classes in substance use disorders treatment and rehabilitation.

Rivier University B.S. in Human Services Degree Ranked Nationally

Our B.S. in Human Services: Addiction Studies degree has received national recognition based on flexibility, faculty, course strength, cost, and reputation.

Hands-On Learning

You will gain valuable, resume-building experience in an internship that matches your career interests and goals. You can take advantage of opportunities to study abroad and participate in faculty-led teaching trips that will supplement your classroom learning.

Where Will Your Degree Take You?

Graduates will be workforce-ready, well-positioned for success in the job market, and prepared for graduate study at the master’s and doctoral levels.


  • Social and Community Services Managers
  • Child Protective Services Coordinators
  • Disabilities Support Services Coordinators
  • Grant Writers
  • Recovery Coaches
  • Disaster Relief Workers
  • Veterans’ Services Program Coordinators

Graduate Studies

Our graduates are well prepared to pursue advanced study in human services, counseling, clinical psychology, social work, law, and other related fields.

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