B.S. in Human Services

B.S. Human Services

Advocate for social and economic justice

New for fall 2019

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.

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. The Human Services curriculum has an internship requirement that provides students with direct access to future work environments and a variety of populations.

There is also an optional track in Substance Use Disorders offered for those who choose to specialize in counseling and recovery services.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts jobs in this area will grow 16% from 2016 to 2026, much faster than average for all occupations. Program 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.

Rivier University is a College of Distinction.

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B.S. in Human Services graduates can pursue roles as:

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

Rivier’s Career Development Center (CDC) provides professional advising, assistance with career planning, internship options, job search information, and graduate school exploration. For a complete list of CDC resources, visit the Center’s webpage.