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Human Services Minor

Are you a servant leader and have a passion for service and public policy? A minor in human services will give you a head start in some of the fastest-growing occupations in the nation. If you want to bring about meaningful social change by better understanding the systems in which humans participate, the human services minor provides a nice complement to understanding the role of social change as it relates to your major. You’ll learn about basic practices and perspectives in the social work professions. 

What is human services?

Human services is about extending a helping hand to those in need. It's a field that thrives on compassion, empathy, and the desire to impact the world in a positive way. It can involve everything from healthcare and counseling services to social assistance programs. With a human services minor, you'll explore how to improve the quality of life for individuals, families, and communities, whether through direct intervention, community development, or crisis management

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

Develop a broad-based understanding of America’s social welfare problems and social policies as you learn practice methods used by social workers. You’ll build on a firm understanding of human relationships and the interactions between people as you take a closer look at topics like aging, family and child welfare, poverty, mental health, developmental disabilities, substance abuse, diversity, race and ethnicity, criminal justice and justice issues for at-risk populations. During your senior practicum, you’ll put your knowledge and skills 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 human services, 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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Experiential learning in human services

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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