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Human Services Minor

Are you a servant leader and a change maker? Do you have a passion for service and for public policy? If you want to bring about meaningful social change by better understanding the systems in which humans participate, the human services minor is your ticket. You’ll learn about organized networks of public and private social services, and basic practices and perspectives in the social work profession—all while preparing for some of the fastest-growing occupations in the nation.

Why study human services in the social welfare program at Gordon?

The Gordon sociology and social welfare program is committed to the value and dignity of every person and to the alleviation of poverty and oppression. Investigating social practice in the context of the Christian liberal arts will help you think about individuals and society holistically. During your senior practicum, you’ll put theory into hands-on practice by interning at a social service organization in the greater Boston area.

What careers can I pursue with a human services minor?

The human services minor prepares students for graduate programs and careers in social work, health, counseling and rehabilitation, including:

  • Adoption and foster care
  • Anti-poverty programs
  • Child welfare
  • Community organizing and development
  • Social worker or counselor
  • Juvenile probation officer
  • Community outreach worker
  • Substance abuse counselor
  • Case manager

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Outside of your human services minor requirements, you may choose to enhance your learning through:

  • Balkans Semester for the Study of War and Peace
  • International seminars
  • Off-campus internships
  • Sustainable development minor
  • Westmont San Francisco


For more information, contact:

Kaye Cook, Ph.D.
Department Chair

P 978 867 4402

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