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Student at the HSEO Bridging Bash

Department of Human Services

Make a difference in the lives of others and the world

Do you dream of helping high-risk youth thrive and succeed? Do you want to help nonprofit organizations provide much-needed services in the
community? Have you personally benefited from counseling and hope to become a mental health counselor yourself? Or maybe you see yourself
as a first responder in the fire and rescue industry. If you have a passion for helping others, the Human Services profession could be the place for you.  


The Department of Human Services at Metropolitan State University of Denver is dedicated to helping students like you become competent, motivated and dedicated practitioners in the delivery of human services. With a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services, you benefit from experiential learning both in the classroom and through intensive field experience. You’ll develop high ethical standards and cultural sensitivity. Plus, you’ll become an agent for positive change in the lives of individuals, and in your community.

What You’ll Want to Know

  • Small classes make it easy to learn and connect with faculty.
  • You’ll enjoy classroom lectures, hands-on experience and individual attention from a dedicated and talented faculty with diverse backgrounds and extensive clinical knowledge and experience.
  • You’ll spend 750 hours working in a human services and/or nonprofit agency for an intensive/immersion field experience.
  • You’ll have opportunities to connect with influential community leaders through class projects, field experience, site projects and guest speakers.
  • You’ll gain valuable counseling theory and skills practice in the classroom, including opportunities to be videotaped during mock counseling sessions.
  • You’ll learn resume development, cover letter writing and interviewing skills so you’ll be prepared to apply for that perfect job.


The professor’s room – Annie Butler

HSP Department Chair Annie Butler takes fun seriously. And she knows the most enlightening connections are forged when people have meaningful interactions with one another.

That’s why the Human Services Department chair has an office filled with fun items that help everyone take work seriously – but not themselves.

See the office tour here.

Master's Degree coming in 2018!

The Department of Human Services will add a Master of Science in Clinical Behavioral Health - Addiction Counseling Concentration in 2018.

We will begin accepting applications for the program in January 2018.

The Master of Science in Clinical Behavioral Health with a concentration in Addiction Counseling integrates research, skill development, education in treatment and recovery, evidence-based practices and field work to prepare you for a career in the treatment of substance abuse and addictive behavior disorders in a variety of settings.

Click here for more information.

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