The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Community and Human Services represents a multi-disciplinary program for students interested in or already working in human service careers. This degree prepares students for a variety of career opportunities in diverse human and social service agencies, non-profit, for-profit, faith-based, as well as government programs.
Outcomes for Community and Human Services include the development of an interdisciplinary approach to the practice of community service and the skills to access, evaluate and utilize social research and be able to link theory and practice, critical to the effectiveness of this degree. The field of the helping professions is constantly changing with the role of federal and state programs evolving, and Siena Heights is the place where we constantly adapt curriculum content to the needs of the job market today!
The program offers a vibrant overview of the social service field and the role of the professional as an advocate and practitioner in the arena of social change. Students can choose to either complete a general Community and Human Services major or they can enhance the degree with a Family Systems Concentration. Community and Human Services is designed for students with some previous study and/or experience in the social sciences.
The practicum is part of the capstone course and 100 clock hours of experience are required in a social service program. Diverse practicum experiences are offered that include services to families, children and youth, work placement services, probation, environmental projects, work with refugees, and services to families with a child who has a terminal illness. The practicum provides structured learning opportunities that enable students to apply academic knowledge, values, and ethics to practice; it consists of supervised generalist practice in an agency or program approved by Siena Heights University. A number of these placements have resulted in job offers for our graduates.
This program provides a solid framework and lays the groundwork in preparing students to continue with master degree programs in counseling and social work.