"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 10:1 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 prepare 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
Students who enter the field directly will likely hold entry-level positions within a community agency. Common areas of work are children and youth, working with the elderly, homeless outreach and services, adoption and foster care, drug and alcohol facilities, individuals with intellectual disabilities, and mental health.
Within these fields, students will use skills developed throughout the degree program such as writing social histories, assessing the needs of clients, accessing community resources, and using professional helping skills to provide personal support. Theory courses assist students in understanding individuals within a social context and the effects of a person’s environment on their functioning.
Pursue an Advanced Degree
According to a 2014 report from the Education Advisory Board, more than 25% of new Bachelor of Arts in Human Services graduates immediately pursue graduate degrees. As a human services major, your bachelor’s degree will provide 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:
- Penn State
- Temple University
- Tulane University
- University of New Orleans
- University of Southern California
- Villanova University
- West Chester University
- Widener University
Full-Time Faculty, Full-Time Attention
The Program Coordinator for Human Services is the full-time faculty member assigned to the program. The program also utilizes full-time department faculty in Psychology and Social Work, as well as adjunct faculty who are practicing human service professionals. All faculty are recognized for their academic and professional expertise as well as their service to the University. Learn more about GMercyU's Human Services faculty below.
Stephanie Fratantaro, MS, NCC, LPC (Program Coordinator)
Thomas Dugan, MSS, LCSW
Rebecca Gullan, PhD
Wade Luquet, PhD
Janice Nuss, MSW, LCSW
Brigid O’Brien, MEd
Mary Reilly, MS
Increase the value of your BA in Human Services 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.