Counseling and Human Services
Counseling and human services prepares students for success and leadership in the “helping professions.”
Our unique, experiential learning program is the first step towards an exceptional career in the human services. As a counseling and human services major, you’ll develop the knowledge, practical skills and self-awareness to work with a diverse clientele in a variety of situations.
Why Counseling and Human Services is in Demand:
- According the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, a 20-30% growth in counseling and human services employment is projected through 2022. (Source: Occupational Outlook Handbook)
- The aging of the baby boom generation will provide a greater need for compassionate and experienced human services professionals, thus a greater need for trained and educated rehabilitation professionals who hold a bachelor's degree.
- Strong written and verbal communication and leadership skills are valuable in any career field, as are characteristics such as patience and intuitiveness.
Is it for me?
- Are you a naturally patient and giving person?
- Is problem-solving second nature for you?
- Do you find human behavior fascinating?
Five Reasons to Choose Scranton for Counseling and Human Services
Our students discover how rewarding it is to help people. They grow in confidence and that confidence enables them to reach out to people in the most profound ways.
-LeeAnn Eschbach, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Department Chair
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Where will Counseling and Human Services take me?
Through the counseling and human services program at The University of Scranton, you’ll build connections and network with human service organizations in the community. You’ll also develop practical skills and a high level of professionalism to translate seamlessly into real-world practice, wherever life takes you.
Typically, one-half to two-thirds of our graduates continue into graduate programs for counseling or social work. Some students pursue graduate studies in higher education with special interest in student affairs. One-third of these students continue their educational experience at The University of Scranton.
Besides the University of Scranton, students typically attend graduate school in the tri-state area: New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
You’ll find counseling and human services graduates working a variety of jobs, including:
- Case Worker
- Family Support Case Worker
- Child Abuse Worker
- Social Service Liaison
- Mental Health Aide
- Residential Counselor
- Probation Officer
- Group Activities Aide
- Child Advocate
- Community Action Worker
- Parole Officer
- Rehabilitation Case Worker
How Scranton Gives You a Competitive Edge
Very few institutions offer an undergraduate program in counseling and human services. Through our internship placements and service-learning programs, you’ll have the opportunity to make a difference before you even graduate. Exceptional students even have the opportunity to jumpstart graduate studies through our accelerated program.