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Human Services

Bachelor’s Degree

The UIU Advantage

Looking to join one of the fastest growing career fields in the United States and the world? As people and communities experience increasing need for human services professionals, the demand is great for trained people who can provide assistance to a diverse and ever-changing population. As a graduate of UIU’s Human Services program, you will have knowledge, skills and confidence to assist individuals, families and communities in need.

Why Human Services at UIU?

  • Human Services is one of the fastest growing professions in the world.
  • A degree in human services is your ticket to a wide variety of careers in a large number of locales all over the United States and the world.
  • UIU’s Human Services bachelor’s degree is also excellent preparation for a variety of graduate programs.
  • Learn from faculty who have real-world experience and are experts in the fields they teach; enjoy the support of helpful, caring staff who are there for you from start to finish.
  • 96.3% of Human Services majors are employed one year after graduation.
  • Upper Iowa is also an approved location by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services to offer the Social Work Training Certificate (SWTC).

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Explore Your Program

Human Services Courses

See course descriptions for the classes you need for your Human Services degree, as well as any general education requirements.

Academic Calendar

Keep up with your academic program’s registration deadlines, session dates, holiday breaks and exam schedules.

Careers in Human Services

A degree prepares you for many careers, such as behavioral health aide, chemical dependency counselor, child protection services worker, domestic violence shelter advocate, family support worker, income maintenance worker, juvenile court liaison, nonprofit organization executive director, school support specialist, and youth worker.

Laura Murray, '19

Psychology and Human Services

The psychology and human services programs at Upper Iowa University gave me the opportunity to learn in a small class environment and work one-on-one with professors who are knowledgeable and experienced in their areas of study. The professors are passionate about teaching and want all of their students to be successful. They pushed me to be my best every day and prepared me to continue my education and be successful in graduate school. UIU's psychology and human services programs give students opportunities you can't get anywhere else.

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Convenient, Focused Scheduling

UIU Human Services students have the advantage of focusing on fewer classes at once with the Two-at-a-Time schedule. Plus, convenient evening or online courses ensure your education fits your unique lifestyle.

The Human Services bachelor’s degree program is offered through UIU’s School of Arts and Sciences.


When you’re ready to apply for your bachelor’s degree in Human Services, we’re ready to help you every step of the way.

Go Further with a Master of Science in Counseling (MSC)

Earned your undergraduate degree in Human Services? Consider UIU’s Master of Science in Counseling program to advance your career even further.

Shelby Ka

Faculty Spotlight

Shelby Kaura, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Human Services (2007)

Psychology and Human Services are two of our largest majors across the university. Whether you are planning to go into direct practice helping individuals, families, or communities, or you have plans to further your education by attending graduate school, you will find many opportunities within both the Psychology and Human Services programs. Our graduates have gone on to obtain master’s and doctorate degrees in Social Work, Counseling, Art Therapy, Clinical Psychology, Counseling Psychology, Public Administration, and many other areas of professional practice. Our students learn from top-notch instructors with years of experience working in the field and they bring that experience into the classroom and share it with you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Find the answers to students’ most frequently asked questions about UIU’s bachelor’s degree in Human Services. If you don’t see the answer you need, contact us for help.

Are faculty willing to write me a letter of recommendation?

Yes, though faculty are not obligated to write a letter. Allow faculty at least two weeks to complete this task. Fayette students should complete two electronic documents on myUIU and provide them to that faculty member.

Does this degree prepare me for graduate programs in social work or counseling?

Absolutely.  Your UIU degree will prepare you for these and a variety of other graduate school options that may interest you.

Does the program offer study abroad opportunities?

Yes. The department tries to take students to Ireland every two years. Students can earn course credit in PSY 201 Adjustment or ID 200 Cultures.

What types of organizations/agencies can students use as internship placements if selected as their capstone option?

Students have worked with a wide range of organizations and agencies, including long-term care facilities, hospice facilities, childcare centers, agencies advocating for individuals with disabilities, and youth summer camps.