Wayne State College

About the Human Services Degree Program

Your desire to serve others is a big part of your life. Maybe you’ve seen the need for helping someone, or you’ve had a positive experience with a human services professional yourself. Whatever the reason is you’ve decided to pursue a human services degree, you’ve chosen a worthy path. At Wayne State, you’ll develop your human interaction skills and a broad educational foundation rooted in psychology and sociology. With your human services degree, you’ll be prepared to do your best in helping others work through certain situations and even help them better understand what is happening in their lives.

Sample Program of Study

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

Fast Facts

Degrees offered: Bachelor's in Human Service (B.A. or B.S.)

Hours required:
For major: 36
General studies: 30
To graduate from WSC: 120

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

School: Education and Behavioral Sciences

Department: Counseling

Program Admission: Admission to WSC does not constitute admission to the human service program. Learn the requirements for counseling program admission.

Nationally Ranked Program

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No. 1 in Nebraska

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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 human service degree.

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 in the human service degree program.

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Skills Learned

  • Interviewing techniques
  • Problem assessment and intervention
  • Ethical issues in human services
  • Substance abuse and addictive disorders
  • Understanding social welfare
  • Interpersonal communication


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Possible Careers

  • Mental health aide
  • Substance abuse professional
  • Child and family support worker
  • Case worker
  • Family services worker
  • School aide
  • Rehabilitation support staff
  • Career coordinator
  • Program coordinator

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  • 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. Several are highly regarded as experts and have been recognized with notable honors and awards. And with small class sizes and personal attention, you'll be sure to receive an excellent education in the human service degree program.

Outside the Classroom

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

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Clubs and Organizations

  • Active Minds – a student club that promotes mental health awareness and positive mental health, and educates peers


WSC 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.



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  • Conferences and trips – Conduct ongoing research projects and present your findings at the American Counseling Association conference, the National Organization for Human Services (NOHS) conference, 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 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.
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Before graduating with human service degree 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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