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Human Services Program

Department of Counseling and Human Services

Human Services

The Human Services Program at East Tennessee State University seeks to educate human service professionals who are self-reflective practitioners, competent care-givers, and community leaders.

Human Services Faculty

The Human Services Program offers:

  • B. S. in Human Services
  • two minors complementary to a variety of majors: Human Development and Learning and Family Studies
  • and general education courses: Understanding Cultural Diversity and Introduction to Service Learning
  • Master's in Human Services


The curriculum is designed to help students develop the self-awareness, knowledge, and culturally relevant skills necessary to work with a diverse clientele in a variety of settings and situations. The Human Services Program curriculum emphasizes the development of human services professionals who will be responsive to contemporary needs.

The faculty that directs the Human Services program has created a program that honors an interdisciplinary focus as well as a grounding in human development and promoting wellness. The core requirements include courses in theories, research, and methods fundamental to helping others including work with diverse populations. Direct experience in the field is offered throughout the program including practicum and internship courses designed to integrate learning with real-world experience. These opportunities lead directly to professional training and employment. The remaining degree requirements are met by choosing from guided electives and a minor that complements the interests of the students and the core curriculum.

Note that with specific elective courses and internship placement, the B. S. in Human Services leads to the academic preparation for Child Life Specialists. The Child Life Specialist focuses on assisting children (toddlers through adolescents) and their families to encourage optimum development of children facing challenging experiences particularly related to healthcare and hospitalization.



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The Bachelor of Science in Human Services Program at East Tennessee University has been accredited by the Council for Standards in Human Service Education (CSHSE) for the period of February, 2016 through February 2021. Read the full letter of accreditation here!cshselogo

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Human Services Online Program Ranked 12th in Nation

East Tennessee State University’s human services online degree program has been ranked 12th in the nation by

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Human Services-Board Certified Practitioner

Are you a HS-BCP at the associate or bachelor's level?

If so, you may be eligible for scholarship to pursue your B.S. degree in Human Services or your Master's degree in Counseling through the National Board of Certified Counselors Foundation. See for more information!



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