Human Services Major, B.S.
Serving people. This is at the heart of the MSU Denver Human Services major.
Human Services is the art and science of helping people. And as such, MSU Denver combines extensive hands-on experience with challenging academics so you develop into a competent and compassionate professional.
At MSU Denver, you can choose from five Human Services concentrations, offering clear career pathways in these areas:
- Addiction Studies
- High Risk Youth Studies
- Mental Health Counseling
- Nonprofit Studies
Learning in small classes from professors who have worked in the field, you will receive countless opportunities to learn by doing that include field trips, service-learning, 750 hours of skill-building practicums and an internship, research and even study abroad experiences.
By the time you graduate, you will have the academic credentials, resume and professional connections to begin a career or pursue graduate studies.
MSU Denver offers the following Human Services programs:
The Department of Human Services also offers a second major:
M.S. in Behavioral Health with an Emphasis in Addictions (launching fall 2018; offers pathway to LPC and LAC licensure)
Benefits of Earning Your Degree at MSU Denver
As a Human Services major you will complete a hundreds of hours of fieldwork, giving you both professional skills and experience to put on your resume.
Your fieldwork includes the following:
A one-credit Pre-Field Seminar
An eight-credit Practicum (Addiction Studies students complete two practicums in order to qualify for addiction counselor certification, CAC I).
12-credit Professional Internship
MSU Denver has affiliation agreements with a number of organizations for fieldwork placements including:
- First Judicial District (probation)
- Colorado AIDS Project
- Colorado Mental Wellness Network
- Counseling Center of the Rockies
- National Stroke Association
- Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence
Career Opportunities for Our Graduates
The Human Services bachelor’s degree program offers an enormous range of career choices.
Addiction professionals, youth counselors, mental health counselors, nonprofit administrators and emergency responders, these are just a smattering of the professions you can enter as an MSU Denver Human Services graduate.
Students who complete the Addiction Studies concentration can apply to the Department of Regulatory Agencies to become a Certified Addictions Counselor after graduation.
Salaries in these fields range dramatically depending on whether or not you have a master’s degree from $30,000 to $70,000 a year and above.
Hear from our students:
"I've only been at my job for two days, and I can tell you that everything they are teaching their new employees, MSU Denver has already covered in depth. I have sat there thinking, 'Wow, I already know this and I had a whole semester on each topic you're covering.'"
Associate Professor Lynann Butler is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Addictions Counselor Level III. She founded Professional Counseling Services, Inc., providing a six-week intervention program for students facing suspension from high schools in five different school districts. She is also the author of "Walking with Tigers: One Refugees Incredible Story of Survival."
Assistant Professor and Director of the Center for Addiction Studies Tricia Hudson-Matthew is a certified play therapist and works in private practice with children aged five years and above. She also works with substance abuse individuals and couples, assisting them in their relational journeys.
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Alumni at Work
More than 50 percent of MSU Denver Human Services students are offered a job before the end of their internships. Plus 97 percent report that they plan to pursue graduate school.
MSU Denver Human Services alumni are working at these organizations:
- Arapahoe House
- Turning Point Mental Health Services
- Family Tree
- The Haven
- Servicios de La Raza
- Denver Children’s Advocacy Center
- City and County of Denver
Human Services graduates have been accepted for post-graduate study at:
- Regis University
- University of Colorado Denver
- Colorado State University
- University of Northern Colorado
- University of Denver
- Metropolitan State University of Denver
- Pharmacology of Drugs and Alcohol
- Addictions, Immunity and Infectious Diseases
- Counseling the Substance Abuser
High Risk Youth Studies
- High Risk and Offender Youth
- Child Abuse and Neglect
- Addictive Experiences: Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll
- Youth, Drugs and Gangs
Mental Health Counseling
- Psychopathology and the Mental Health Clinician
- Theory and Practice of Counseling
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Grant Writing
- Financial Accountability and Organizational Controls
- Fundraising Strategies for Nonprofit Organizations
- Human Resources Development in Nonprofit Organizations
If you are selecting this concentration, you must have completed or be enrolled in the Paramedic School at the Denver Health Medical Center and obtain a valid and current paramedic certificate from the State of Colorado. You can apply your credits from Denver Health toward a Human Services degree. In addition, if you are currently certified as a Paramedic by the State of Colorado and completed your Paramedic program at a different location, MSU Denver will work with you to pursue a Human Services degree.
- Ethical and Legal Issues in the Helping Professions
- Professional Internship
- Multicultural Issues in Human Services
- Small Group Dynamics: Theory and Experience
Facilities and Resources
Located adjacent to the heart of downtown Denver, the Auraria Campus is situated in close proximity to government agencies, nonprofit offices, hospitals and other settings where you might complete research, a practicum or internship.
MSU Denver’s Human Services program is accredited through the Council for Standards in Human Services Education and the National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission.
MSU Denver’s Fire and Emergency courses meet the U.S. Fire Administration’s Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education recognition program standards.