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.


The counseling and human services program prepares students for success and leadership in the human services.

Through Scranton's curriculum and experiential learning program, you'll develop the knowledge, practical skills and self-awareness to work with a diverse clientele across the lifespan. 

Why Counseling and Human Services is in Demand:

  • According the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and O*net Online, opportunities for social and human service professionals are expected to be excellent and to grow faster than average through 2029 – ranking these occupations among the most rapidly growing and with a "bright outlook."
  • 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?

Do you want to make a difference?

  • Are you passionate about helping others?
  • Do you value compassion, caring and connection?
  • Are you interested in social justice?
  • Did someone make a difference in your life? Do you want to do the same for someone else?

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 human service careers in community, state and federal programs.
Expert mentorship.   Faculty members are experts with extensive clinical and research 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 your heart and hands, you’ll grow, both personally and professionally, while making an impact towards the greater good.
Community-based learning.   Students complete 80 community-based learning hours while pursuing their academic degree. You'll also take classroom lessons and apply them in real-world settings through internship placements and volunteer opportunities.
Strong foundations.   Accredited by the Council for Standards of Human Service Education (CSHSE), our program is one very few four-year programs with this national accreditation in the Northeast.

Our internship supervisors appreciate the high degree of knowledge, skill and compassion that our CHS students bring to their community experiences.

-Lori. A. Bruch, Ed.D., CRC, LPC
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 evidence-based interventions
    • 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 community-based 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.

    I had the privilege of interning at AseraCare Hospice and West Scranton Intermediate School (WSIS) during my time in the CHS undergraduate program. My internships allowed me to work with vastly different populations, thus introducing me to many potential career paths. Being the indecisive person that I am, thoughts about what to do after graduation seemed a bit unsettling to me. But this [WSIS] internship showed me what I was born to do...become a School Counselor.

    Zachary T. Richard
    CHS, Class of 2020

  • 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 minors in subjects such as Spanish, psychology or criminal justice. Students also have the opportunity to study abroad. 

    Due to the high demand for bachelor’s trained and educated rehabilitation professionals, we offer a number of disability, substance abuse and veterans related courses to help tailor your degrere. 

    Click here to see the curriculum.

    I have learned so much about other people, which has allowed me to gain a better understanding of the world. I have enriched this knowledge with immersive experiences through domestic outreach, community-based learning and my internship. I feel that my experiences at The University of Scranton have prepared me to be not only a competent and successful human service professional, but also a better person.

    Meghan Pratt
    Class of 2020

  • 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. 

    The Counseling and Human Services Department does an incredible job of shaping their students to be impactful in their personal and professional lives. This is accomplished through the teachings of the knowledgeable and authentic professors, as well as the experience students get in the field. My time serving in the community and my internship at Marley’s Mission gave me skills and perspectives that take what we learn in the classroom one step further.

    Grace F. Dickson
    CHS, Class of 2020


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, human resources, child life cases speciality and law school. About one-third of these students continue their educational experience at The University of Scranton, while others 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
  • Outreach Specialist
  • Child Abuse Worker
  • Human Services Program Specialist
  • Mental Health Technician
  • Residential Counselor
  • Probation Officer
  • Social Services Assistant
  • Child Advocate
  • Social Work Associate
  • 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. 

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For More Information

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

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