Human Services

If you are interested in working with people to help improve their life circumstances, the Human Services major may be an excellent choice for you. Students in this major are concerned about today's individuals and families and want to help them find solutions to challenging circumstances. The Human Services curriculum is designed to provide students with knowledge and theory in human development and family studies, skills for working with children, adults, and families, and program evaluation skills. The culminating capstone experience in this major is a full semester internship with a human service agency.

The home of the Human Services major is the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, located in Hanley Hall and Fowler House.  In HDFS, all undergraduate students experience great academics, personal attention, and real-world experience. Get a taste of what we have to offer here.

Human Services majors are eligible to pursue the accelerated 5-year Master of Public Health (MPH) degree; the MPH offers an excellent concentration in family and community health.

Human Services Website

Plan of Study

Human Services, BS

Related Career Interests

Careers in Human Services

The need for professionals in the human services field is constant, and our graduates are sought after. They have a variety of entry level opportunities available to them, and often quickly move into leadership roles. The employment rate of Human Services graduates typically exceeds 97%.

Graduates assume a variety of roles in human service settings, including:

  • autism specialists
  • child and family case managers
  • residential counselors
  • program coordinators
  • youth workers

This degree also offers excellent preparation for graduate programs, such as:

  • social work
  • marriage and family therapy
  • school counseling
  • human development and family studies
  • youth development and agricultural education

Transfer to Human Services

Purdue admits to individual majors. In addition to meeting overall Purdue transfer criteria, such as minimum high school course requirements, applicants must also meet major-specific requirements. The major-specific criteria for this program are listed below. Students who meet or exceed these are the most competitive candidates for admission. Before applying, review the closed programs page to confirm your desired major is open to transfer students for your desired entry term.

Minimum GPA: 2.5

Contact Information
HHS Undergraduate Student Services
(765) 494-8533

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