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. To that end we offer a 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. 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. A practicum and internship are added for field experiences leading directly to professional training and employment. The remaining degree requirements are met by choosing from an array of courses with specializations commonly encountered in human services. The Human Development
group offers an intensive focus on development sciences leading to advanced studies and generalist professions. The Social Services group adds the application
of professional care to family and community realms. The Offender Services group promotes careers in prevention and treatment of juvenile delinquency, substance abuse, and criminally maladaptive behavior. The Health Service group acknowledges the contribution of community health and positions in communicative disorders, health education, and related professions. Our most recent group, Child Life Specialists, focuses on assisting children and their families to encourage optimum development of children facing challenging experiences particularly related to healthcare and hospitalization.