Bachelor of Arts or Sciences Degree in Human Services

Make a Difference in the Lives of Others with a Degree in Human Services

Do you enjoy helping people? Gwynedd Mercy University’s bachelor’s degree in Human Services can help you turn your natural empathetic abilities into marketable skills that can make a difference in peoples’ lives. Our interdisciplinary program draws on social work, sociology, and psychology and includes real-world experience to give you a very practical degree. In this program, you’ll learn critical intervention techniques and develop skills in planning, organizing, leading, and evaluating.

The GMercyU Difference

"I never expected coming here to change me so much. ... The human services program at GMercyU beautifully mirrors the University’s mission that embodies the mercy tradition of caring for others." - Christina Harris '16

Gwynedd Mercy University has several distinctive educational benefits when compared to other schools offering a similar Human Services degree in PA.

Study Human Services at a university with a deep commitment to service 

  • Personalized attention with our low 11:1 student-to-faculty ratio and supportive environment 
  • Courses taught by faculty members with direct work experience in the field (no teaching assistants)
  • Degree options that prepares you to immediately enter the workforce or  pursue a graduate degree
  • Internships that give your hands-on experience before you graduate

Get started on your career right after graduation
A bachelor's degree in Human Services will prepare you for entry-level work in schools, hospitals, and social service agency settings ─ immediately after graduation. In these settings you may serve groups such as the elderly, disabled, youth, or the economically disadvantaged. 

Pursue an Advanced Degree
According to a 2014 report from the Education Advisory Board, more than 25% of new bachelor’s in Human Services graduates immediately pursue graduate degrees. Your bachelor’s degree provides an excellent foundation for a Master’s in Social Work, Counseling, School Counseling, or Applied Behavioral Analysis. 

With a broader curriculum than a Bachelor’s in Social Work, alumni of our program have had great success with graduate school admissions, many going on to top-ranking programs at universities such as:

  • Columbia
  • Penn State
  • Temple University
  • Tulane University
  • University of New Orleans
  • University of Southern California
  • West Chester University
  • Widener University

Undergraduate Minors 

Increase the value of your degree by adding an undergraduate minor. GMercyU offers a wide variety of minors so you can choose the one that best meets your personal and professional goals.


In addition to general education coursework, students in Human Services will complete the following required courses:

PSY 150 Social Psychology 
PSY 200   Developmental Psychology
PSY 212   Counseling and Communication Skills
PSY 314 Ethical Issues in the Behavioral and Social Sciences
PSY 321 Group Process
SOC 101  Social Problems
SOC 201 Introduction to Human Services
SOC 241 Marriage and Family
SOC 302 Human Service Practice 
SOC 335 Human Services Administration
SOC 400 Social Research Methods
SOC 410  Social Data Analysis
SOC 435 Sociology/Social Work Practicum I (4 hours)
SOC 436 Sociology/Social Work Practicum II (4 hours)
SOC 4000 Capstone
CRJ 216 Race, Class, and Ethnicity 

Plus, two elective courses from Sociology, Psychology, or Criminal Justice

Credit Requirements
A minimum of 125 credits is required for the bachelor’s degree in human services.

This program may require a criminal background check and certain immunizations or other health-related clearances in order to participate in field experiences. See the undergraduate catalog for more information.

To review course descriptions, please refer to our undergraduate catalog (PDF).


Internship Opportunities

Here are some of the places where GMercyU’s Human Services students have worked or interned in the past:

  • A Baby's Breath
  • Abington Memorial Hospital
  • Access Services
  • Artman Lutheran Home
  • Big Brothers / Big Sisters of Bucks County
  • Buxmont Academy
  • Caring Hospice
  • Covenant House
  • Fair Housing Rights Center
  • Good Friends School
  • Indian Creek Foundation
  • Mercy Neighborhood Ministries
  • Mercy Volunteer Corp
  • Montgomery County Association for the Blind
  • Normandy Farm Estates
  • Ronald McDonald House - Children's Hospital
  • Shady Lane Nursing Home
  • Variety Club
  • Victim Services

Our Outstanding Faculty

Career Outcomes

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment outlook for a career in Human Services is projected to grow much faster than average (at 22%) through 2022, and job prospects are good.

Possible careers for human services majors

•    Agency Director
•    Aging / Gerontology Specialist
•    Assistant Director of Agency
•    Behavior Specialist
•    Case Worker
•    Child Welfare Worker
•    Clinical Social Worker
•    Deputy Director
•    Developmental Disabilities Specialist
•    Educator
•    Employee Assistance Counselor
•    Employment / Occupational Worker
•    Faith-based Agency Worker
•    Family Services Social Worker
•    Group Home Director
•    Group Worker
•    Health Care Specialist
•    Health Care Worker
•    Historian
•    Hospital Social Worker
•    Intake Counselor

•    International Social Worker
•    Market Research Analyst
•    Marriage Counselor
•    Medical Social Counselor
•    Mental Health Worker
•    Mobile Therapist
•    Peace Corps / VISTA Volunteer
•    Policy & Planning Specialist
•    Policy Advocate
•    Policy Analyst
•    Probation Officer
•    Program Manager
•    Psychiatric Social Worker
•    Research Analyst
•    Residential Counselor
•    School Counselor
•    School Social Worker
•    Substance Abuse Counselor
•    Supervisor
•    Therapeutic Staff Service Worker
•    Vocational Rehab Counselor

* Some of these careers may involve acquiring additional education.
* This is only a partial list and not meant to limit you.