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Human Services

Bachelor of Arts

OCU’s Bachelor of Arts in Human Services program requires its majors to critically explore the practice of social advocacy within a Biblical worldview. Human Services majors will be prepared for a variety of professions and for graduate work in criminology, counseling, psychology, and social work. Through exposure to a broad set of readings, extensive composition activity, and oral presentations, OCU’s Human Services majors will develop the intellectual and practical skills needed to make a difference in their community.

Program Objectives  

Upon completion of the program, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an ability to think clearly, logically, critically, and creativity.
  2. Analyze current trends related to human services.
  3. Identify, advocate for, and manage the unique expectations and needs of human services within a variety of culturally diverse communities.
  4. Integrate a Biblically based and Christ-centered approach in the practice of managing human services within a variety of contexts and to a variety of constituencies.
  5. Be accepted into a graduate program or be employed in a field related to human services.

Required Courses

120 Semester Credits

  • 36 General Education, Introduction to Sociology (3) required
  • 30 Electives
  • 18 Faith and Religion Courses
  • 36 Human Services Major Courses, 21 credit hours at the 3000-level or above


Program Core Requirements

  • Criminal Justice (6)
  • Human Resources (3)
  • Psychology (9)
  • Substance Abuse Counseling (6)
  • Human Services (12)
    • HSV4000 Advocacy and Public Policy (3)
    • HSV4100 Ethics and Human Services (3)
    • HSV4200 Leadership and Administration (3)
    • HSV4800 Human Services Capstone Course (3)

Admission Requirements

  • A minimum of 50 semester credits from an institution of higher learning accredited regionally or by ABHE.
  • Official transcript directly from all institutions previously attended.
  • GPA of 2.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale) on all prior work.
  • Application form and payment of Application Fee.

Any applicant not meeting the above-stated requirements may petition for consideration.

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