Counseling and Human Services

Counseling and Human Services

Are you driven to make a difference in the lives of others? Prepare to contribute something meaningful to the world with a degree in 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

Career outcomes.   Students in the counseling and human services program have a broad range of successful outcomes—from graduate school to social service careers and non-profit work.
Expert mentorship.   Faculty members are experts with extensive clinical experience in their respective fields. They serve as mentors who are invested in your personal growth, professional development and academic success.
Jesuit education.   The counseling and human services program focuses on Jesuit traditions like Magis and Cura Personalis. By giving of your heart and hands, you’ll grow, both personally and professionally, while making an impact towards the greater good.
Service learning.   Students complete 80 service-learning hours while pursuing their academic degree. You'll take classroom lessons and apply them in real-world settings through internship placement and volunteer opportunities.
Strong foundations.   Accredited by the Council for Standards of Human Service Education (CSHSE), our program is one of only five programs in the Northeast with national accreditation.

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

  • Preparing You For Personal & Professional Successplus or minus

    You'll learn to:

    • Enhance human development across the lifespan
    • Maximize human adjustment and development with tactful intervention
    • Provide thoughtful counsel and compassionate care
    • Gain hands-on experience through internships and service
    • Apply classroom lessons to provide real solutions
    • Develop strong written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills


    As a student in the counseling and human services program, you’ll have the opportunity to pursue two internship placements (150 and 200 hours) as well as a variety of service-learning and extracurricular activities. You’ll explore your internship options and determine the best fit for your goals and ambitions during your Career Seminar course. The Panuska College of Professional Studies also has a placement coordinator to assist with local internship placements.

  • What You'll Learnplus or minus


    The counseling and human services undergraduate program trains field-ready professionals. You’ll take classes like Theories of Counseling, Case Management and Interviewing and Crisis Intervention to develop the knowledge needed to excel in your career.

    There’s a strong focus on theory to practice and an emphasis on skill development.

    Students tell us they appreciate the flexibility of the program and the opportunity to pursue a minor in subjects such as Spanish or psychology.

    Due to the high demand for bachelor’s trained and educated rehabilitation professionals, we offer a rehabilitation concentration to focus your coursework. 

    Click here to see the curriculum.
  • Pursue Your Passion and Make a Differenceplus or minus

    You’re making a career out of giving back – what could be more important than that? While you’re on campus, you’ll discover all the ways to get involved through our Counseling and Human Services Association (CHSA) student club and undergraduate honor society, TUA. 

    Dylan Lang, Class of 2015, is just one example of a student at The University of Scranton who is not waiting until after graduation to make a difference. Dylan recently returned from South Africa where he volunteered at area schools. Read more in his blog.

    Julia Dolan, a senior counseling and human services major from Clark, New Jersey, traveled to Mexico with seven other female students. They spent two weeks living with girls of the Yolia Project, a home for at-risk children and teens. They divided their time between the home and a day care center for younger children, also run by the Yolia Project. Read more about her experience here.

    Each day at the Girls’ Home we helped as much as we could with cleaning, chores, preparing lunch, taking the younger kids to school, and of course fun stuff too like bracelet-making and dancing. Something that really opened my eyes was that, even though I had such a different childhood than these girls do, our common interests weren’t that different from one another.

    -Julia Dolan
    Student in Counseling and Human Services


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. 

Graduate Schools

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.

Employment Opportunities:

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

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. 

Take the Next Step

For More Information

Office of Admissions
The Estate
Scranton, PA 18510
Tel: 1-888-SCRANTON or (570) 941-7540
Fax: 570-941-7572

Counseling and Human Services Department
Paul Datti, Ph.D., CRC, HS-BCP
Counseling and Human Services Program Director
(570) 941-4127