Human Services, B.A.

The Human Services, B.A., curriculum at NLU prepares students to advance in organizations that provide support and service to individuals, families and communities in need. These include social service agencies, community health centers and rehabilitation clinics. This major does not provide entry level preparation for Human Services professional practice.

Students who need to gain clinical experience may enter the Human Services/Practicum program with the permission of the Human Services Department.

Program Details:

  • Requires a minimum GPA of 2.0 in all college coursework before beginning the Program Core
  • Requires 180 QH, including 60 quarter hours of General Education, for completion 
  • Requires a minimum grade of “C” in Human Services requirements
  • Requires ECT – English Competency Test OR completing LAE 101 and LAE 102 at NLU with a grade of “C” or better
  • Credit by examination, portfolio and proficiency are accepted for general education and elective credit
  • A maximum of 45 QH of credit by portfolio are accepted

Required Courses


LAE101English Composition I

LAE102English Composition II


LAH120Logic and Effective Thinking

Note: Other Humanities courses may be accepted.

Fine Arts

One Fine Arts course

Quantitative Reasoning/Math

LAM106Basic Statistics


LAM216Statistical Methods


LAM110College Mathematics: Application of Mathematical Ideas

Physical and Life Sciences

LAN110General Biology

Social Sciences

One introductory Social Science course. The courses below are recommended:

LAS105Introduction to Sociology

LAS110Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

LAS115Introduction to Economics

LAS118Introduction to Politics

LAS120Introduction to American Politics

Behavioral Science

LAP100General Psychology


LAP315Lifespan Development

Additional General Education Requirements

Two CommunicationsHumanities or Fine Arts courses

One Mathmatics or Science course

One Social Science or Behavioral Science course

Program Core - 55 QH

HSC101Introduction to Human Services

HSC102Introduction to Applied Group Process

HSC201Principles and Dynamics of Interviewing

HSC202Theory and Techniques of Crisis Intervention

HSC203Principles of Family Intervention

HSC305ASpecial Needs Populations A

HSC305BSpecial Needs Populations B

HSC310Management/Administration of Health and Human Services Organizations

HSC503Counseling and Human Development in a Multicultural Society

INT310Research Methods in the Behavioral Sciences

HSM415Strategies of Community Intervention

HSM406Human Services and the Law

Human Services Electives under Advisement - 50 QH

Choose Human Services electives with advisor approval

Electives - 15 QH

Choose 15 QH of elective courses