Jul 22, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2020-21 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2020-21 [Archived Catalog]

Human Services Major (B.A.H.C.S.)

Major Code BS6326

Patton College of Education  
Department of Counseling and Higher Education  
McCracken Hall 
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.4461

Mona Robinson, contact person


Program Overview

Patton College is committed to offering an outstanding undergraduate curriculum in Human Services. This major is delivered in a flexible online format, requiring no face-to-face meetings.  Students interested in this option should apply using the BS 6326 Code.  The Human Services major leads to a Bachelor of Applied Human and Consumer Sciences.


The Human Services program has the following learning outcomes:


Upon completion of the Online Bachelor’s in Human Services, graduates will be able to:


  1. Evaluate human development, group dynamics, organizational structure, how communities are organized, how national policy is set, and how social systems interact in producing and solving human problems.
  2. Identify and appraise the major conditions which promote or limit optimal functioning and classes of deviation from desired functioning in major human systems.
  3. Conduct a competent problem analysis and to select those strategies, services or interventions that are appropriate to helping clients attain a desired outcome. Interventions may include direct assistance, referral, advocacy, or direct counseling.
  4. Design a plan of action for an identified human problem, implement and evaluate the plan in a systematic way. This requires an understanding of problems analysis, decision-analysis, and design of work plans.
  5. Foster vitality and consistent behavior in selecting interventions which are congruent with the values of one’s self, clients, the employing organization and the ethical practice in the Human Services Profession.
  6. Demonstrate competency in verbal and oral communication, interpersonal relationships and other related personal skills, such as self-discipline and time management. 

Appraise, interpret and translate diverse perspectives to effectively communicate with and advocate for a variety of clients.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements. 

Change of Program Policy

No selective or limited admission requirements.

External Transfer Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

At Patton College we are Educators Called to Lead.  We seek to empower our graduates with skills to create safe and healthy spaces for others to thrive.  Human services profession is the province of people who lead with the heart. It is a field as diverse as humanity itself. if you’re the kind of person that finds the rewards that come with helping people, this is your field.  Few other disciplines offer as much opportunity to positively affect the lives of other people.   Ultimately, the goal of most jobs in human services is to assist the vulnerable in bettering their own lives after coming through trying circumstances.

Career opportunities associated with the Human Services major include, but are not limited to, Job and Family Services, Child and Adult Advocacy, Foster care, Humanitarian and Disaster Relief, Refugee work, Community Youth Agencies, as well as Food Relief Services. Work environments may be home, school, or community based.

Our Human Services Degree holders are also prepared to enter graduate programs such as Counseling, Social Work, and Psychology.  Browse through dozens of Internship opportunities and full-time job postings for Ohio University students and alumni on Handshake, OHIO’s key resource for researching jobs, employers, workshops, and professional development events.


Universitywide Graduation Requirements

To complete this program, students must meet all Universitywide graduation requirements .

Areas of Emphasis

Select six courses from the two areas of emphasis.


Complete three additional general elective courses to reach 120 hours needed for graduation. Potential specialty areas include rehabilitation, health care administration, human services, communication, business and leadership, and organization.