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Your desire to serve others is a big part of your life. Maybe you’ve seen the need for one-on-one discussion with someone who is hurting, or you’ve had a positive experience with a counselor yourself. Whatever the reason is you’ve decided to enter the counseling field, you’ve chosen a worthy path. At Wayne State, you’ll develop your human interaction skills and a broad foundation rooted in psychology and sociology. With your degree in human service counseling, you’ll be prepared to do your best in helping others cope with certain situations and even help them better understand what is happening in their lives.

Sample Program of Study


99.8% of WSC grads are employed or in grad school

Percent of recent WSC graduates employed or in graduate school
based on the most recent graduate survey

Fast Facts

Degrees offered: B.A., B.S.


Hours required:
For major: 55
General education: 41
To graduate from WSC: 120


Popular minors: Criminal Justice, Psychology, Sociology, Public Health, Family Life Studies


School: Education and Counseling


Department: Counseling


Accreditation: Council for Standards in Human Service Education

Counseling Scholarships and Aid

In addition to having the region’s most affordable tuition, we offer thousands of dollars in scholarships every year.  Learn more about scholarships and financial aid for your degree in human service counseling.
 

Our Focus is Results

Wayne State has the keys to your success and offers just what you need to become well prepared for the real world.

Skills

Skills Learned

  • Interviewing and interpersonal communication
  • Self-awareness and empathy
  • Problem assessment and intervention
  • Ethical issues in counseling
  • Understanding social problems and human behavior
  • Substance abuse and addictive disorder counseling
  • Human sexuality counseling
  • Administration and evaluation of service programs
  • Abnormal and social psychology
  • Understanding social welfare and service programs
  • Listening and communication
  • Critical thinking and problem solving

 

Careers

Possible Careers

  • Mental health counselor
  • Substance abuse counselor
  • Child and family counselor
  • Case worker
  • Family services worker
  • Social worker
  • School counselor
  • Rehabilitation counselor
  • Career counselor
  • Program director

Employers

Employers

  • Counseling centers
  • Community outreach centers
  • Boys and girls homes
  • Schools, colleges, and universities
  • Hospitals and medical clinics
  • Wellness centers
  • Social and family services
  • Correctional facilities
  • Behavioral health facilities
  • Rehabilitation clinics
  • Government /federal agencies
  • Non-Profit organizations

 

Learn from the Best

Our faculty are accomplished, with 85% of our full-time faculty having the highest degree in their field. Several are highly regarded as experts and have been recognized with notable honors and awards. And with a low student-to-faculty ratio, you'll be sure to receive an excellent education in a personalized setting with a friendly atmosphere.

Outside the Classroom

At Wayne State College, you’ll have opportunities to enhance your education by participating in clubs, organizations, art shows, internships, and more.

Student clubs and organizations

Clubs and Organizations

  • Active Minds – a student club that promotes mental health awareness and positive mental health, and educates peers
  • Counseling Club – a student club that organizes community activities and promotes awareness within the counseling professions
  • Tau Upsilon Alpha – a national honor society for human service counseling
  • Chi Sigma Iota – an international honor society for graduate students in counseling

 

WSC Service Learning

Service-Learning

Make a difference in the community while learning skills you can apply toward your future career. Wayne State’s Service-Learning program has received national awards in recognition of outstanding community service, with more than 400 students participating in Service-Learning projects each semester.

 

 

Activities for Psychology, Sociology and Social Sciences Majors

Opportunities

  • Conferences and trips – Conduct ongoing research projects and present your findings at the American Counseling Association conference in Montreal and the Nebraska Counseling Association conference. Advocate for a variety of issues when you attend the annual Legislative Day on the Hill and spend time with hundreds of counseling professionals while networking and opening the doors for future opportunities. 
  • Peer tutoring and mentoring programs – Help fellow students master their courses and improve their skills, or be part of a support system for new students, all while gaining valuable experience for your resume.
  • Study Abroad - Earn credit toward your degree while experiencing exciting global adventures overseas.
Student Teaching and Clinical Practice for Education Majors

Internships

Before graduating with a degree in counseling from Wayne State College, you’ll complete an internship at a local agency to gain field experience and earn credit toward your degree. Career Services is available to help students find internship opportunities.

 

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