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Employment projections for the next decade show that job opportunities will be plentiful in the field of Human Services. As a Waynesburg University Human Services Major, we will provide you with the knowledge and the hands-on experience to prepare you for this promising vocational field.
When the faculty gathered to design this academic program, they asked themselves the question, "What do people who manage human service agencies actually do at their agencies?" Faculty concluded that human service managers serve clients with special emotional, physical, and interpersonal needs. In addition, they manage employees; they deal with local, state, and federal governmental agencies; speak to various local and civic groups; write reports and grant proposals; and even design brochures.
The answer to that simple question produced a program that provides both the theoretical knowledge and the practical experience you need to succeed as a human services professional. You will learn theory and skills from a wide variety of academic disciplines including business, digital technology, communication, and English, and of course, the social sciences of psychology, sociology, and political science.
A central feature of the Human Services major is the Human Services Internship. You will have a professionally supervised practical experience in a public or private human services agency. In this internship, you will complete at least 215 hours in the field plus one hour per week consultation with your supervisory professor. Recent students have completed internships at such agencies as Chestnut Ridge Psychiatric Hospital, State Correctional Institution-Greene County, Greene County Children and Youth Services, Mental Health/Mental Retardation Offices and probation offices. Many other quality internship experiences for our majors are arranged by our Career Services Office through the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance. Such a rigorous practical experience has made our graduates "a cut-above" other colleges competing for the jobs in this market.
Upon completion of this program, you may be employed in a variety of settings: social work, mental health, substance abuse, aging/gerontology, domestic violence, youth services, childcare, corrections/criminal justice, education/schools, health care, recreation/fitness, and vocational rehabilitation. Completion of this program is also appropriate preparation for graduate work in human services, social work, counseling, criminal justice, sociology, human resources, and law.
The Waynesburg University Human Services major offers a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary program that provides our graduates with opportunities to compete effectively in a competitive job market. And just as importantly, our program can assist you in discovering your unique gifts and call to serve others in the human services field.
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