The Human Services Concentration is designed to prepare students for positions of leadership in human service agencies ranging from governmental agencies, to adolescent care facilities to facilities for the elderly or mentally disabled. Students learn principles of service delivery, assessment of client needs (both practical and emotional), structure of settings where services are provided, principles of staff management, and assessment of available community resources.
Masters level human services professionals provide support and create support structures for individuals in need. Human services professionals working for private foundations and government agencies enhance and protect the well-being of those individuals who may not be able to help themselves. In this manner, human services professionals contribute to a more just and humane society.
The Human Services Concentration includes coursework in human development, counseling and administration. This concentration is a non-licensure program requiring 43 credit hours and may be completed on a full-time or part-time basis.
The objectives of the human services concentration foster the individual growth and professional development of students and prepare students for careers that contribute to social and economic development. Graduates of this program will:
- Have knowledge of the structures and functions of Connecticut’s human service agencies
- Have experience working in a local human service agency, either public or private
- Understand the sociological and psychological principles of human need
- Be able to provide leadership and coordinate services that will support individual and community needs
- Demonstrate the skills of business management necessary to effectively administer a human service agency
Personal characteristics students cultivate in our program include:
- Determination and confidence
- Leadership skills
- Sound decision making skills
- Strong organizational and managerial skills
- Strong interpersonal skills
- Communication and motivational skills
- Familiarity with information technology