Find Your Purpose Helping Others with Our Human Services Degrees

Human services degrees are ideal for those who love working with others, performing research and providing education. Human services is a field focused on helping others and providing service to society through the study of human needs, with an emphasis on improving quality of life through prevention, remediation, guidance and counseling.

If you are an excellent listener and get along well with people from all walks of life, then explore Grand Canyon University's (GCU) wide variety of human services degrees to see which one is right for you. In addition to the degrees on this page in fields like behavioral health science, sociology and mental health and wellness, we also offer counseling and psychology degrees that allow you to pursue your passion of making a difference in the lives of others.

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Online Counseling Degrees

GCU offers online counseling degrees to help you pursue a career helping clients cope with a variety of issues. Find out about degrees in Christian counseling, addiction counseling and more.

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Counseling and Psychology Degrees

Earn an undergraduate degree in counseling or psychology here at GCU. Explore our offerings, find out the difference between these degrees and more on our counseling and psychology page.

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Our Liberal Arts College

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is pleased to offer human services degrees and liberal arts degrees in a variety of fields to help students find their purpose. Discover our mission.

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Behavioral Health Degree

The Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health Science provides a general perspective on the field of behavioral health from the context of a Christian worldview. Explore a broad range of topics from addiction and substance abuse to psychology and counseling. With this behavior health degree program, you have an opportunity to gain a strong foundation in human services to prepare you for a position as a behavioral health technician. You also have the option of choosing an emphasis to help you gain specialized knowledge within your field.

Child Development Degree

A Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health Science with an Emphasis in Childhood and Adolescence Disorders helps you gain a foundation in understanding childhood and adolescent behavior.

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Family Studies Degree

Gain a strong background in family dynamics, family origins and behavioral health skills with GCU’s Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health Science with an Emphasis in Family Dynamics.

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Bachelors in Trauma

The trauma emphasis of the Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health Science with an Emphasis in Trauma provides courses in areas like trauma-informed care and the impact of trauma.

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Bachelor's Degree in Sociology

GCU's Bachelor of Science in Sociology helps you learn to contemplate and analyze how social structures and society impact human interactions. Explore various issues facing American society today, from globalization to crime and poverty. Discover hierarchies of power and how society plays a role in shaping individuals, and prepare for a dynamic career in a field like social research, data analysis or human resources. If you are hoping to pursue social work, explore the social work emphasis with this bachelor's degree in sociology.

Social Work Degree

If you are passionate about the field of social work and wish to pursue a career in as a non-licensed social worker or community health worker, then consider the Bachelor Science in Sociology with an Emphasis in Social Work.

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Masters in Mental Health

Are you looking to advance your career or add a new dimension to your professional practice? A Master of Science in Mental Health and Wellness prepares you to succeed in a variety of evidence-based mental health and support areas by helping you discover how biological, social, cultural and spiritual factors can have an impact mental wellbeing. Learn how the human mind develops and gain a strong foundation in delivering support to individuals, organizations and communities. If you wish, choose an emphasis in one of the areas below to gain specialized knowledge in a certain area.

Family Dynamics Degree

For those who are passionate about helping families determine and solve problems, the Master of Science in Mental Health and Wellness with an Emphasis in Family Dynamics may be a great fit.

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Grief Counseling Degree

Gain a foundation in mental health and wellness with a focus on grief training and research with the Master of Science in Mental Health and Wellness with Emphasis in Grief and Bereavement.

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Prevention Science Degree

A Master of Science in Mental Health and Wellness with an Emphasis in Prevention can help you gain training in preventative psychological care to make a difference in a field like community health.

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Christian Ministry Degree

If you want to gain biblical knowledge as part of your mental health and wellness program, then consider the Master of Science in Mental Health and Wellness with an Emphasis in Christian Ministry.

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Masters in Community Health

The Master of Science in Mental Health and Wellness with an Emphasis in Community Mental Health Administration is designed for those who are seeking leadership roles in social services settings.

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Graduate Certificates

If you hope to gain specialized education in an area of human services, then you may want to consider one of our graduate certificates of completion. These certificates are designed to help students who already have a degree in a similar area continue their education through advanced courses targeted toward a specific field. If you aspire to advance in your career, a graduate certificate of completion may help you gain the skills and knowledge you need to continue progressing. Explore our offerings to see which one may be right for you.

Life Coaching Certificate

Help others reach their goals and achieve their full potential through motivation, communication and observation with GCU's Graduate Certificate of Completion in Life Coaching.

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Certificate in Community Mental Health

Advance your career in mental healthcare with a Graduate Certificate of Completion in Mental Health and Wellness with an Emphasis in Community Mental Health Administration.

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What Can You Do with a Human Services Degree?

Human services covers a broad range of disciplines, so your career options are nearly endless. Depending on your degree, you may want to explore a career as a:

  • Case worker
  • Social worker
  • Rehabilitation or mental
    health counselor
  • Community health worker
  • Home care aide
  • Therapist

Where Can I Work with a Human Services Degree?

  • Government organizations
  • Public or private organizations
  • Healthcare facilities

The more education you earn, the more opportunities you may have to advance in your field.