Major: Human Services
Related Major and Minor: Psychology
Program Director: Brooke Bennett-Day Assistant Professor of Psychology
The human services major equips students with the skills required to serve clients in a variety of public and private outreach organizations. Human services professionals work alongside social workers, detectives, doctors, and other specialists who help individuals tackle major challenges in their lives. Many human services professionals provide intervention for citizens with substance abuse problems or victims of crime or violence, but also perform a variety of other roles such as counselor to those who need support, broker to help people use community resources, teacher of daily living skills, advocate for those who are unable to advocate for themselves, mediator between clients and between clients and agencies, and caregiver to children and elderly or disabled adults.
Wesleyan's human services program provides an interdisciplinary curriculum from which a student may gain a combination of theoretical and practical knowledge relevant to human service careers in public, private, for-profit, and not-for-profit agencies that serve children, youth, adults, and families. The major requires core courses in human services, psychology, communication, business, and ethics; students may concentrate their studies in family services or management. The major program requires a total of 53 hours of course work and is coordinated by the Department of Psychology.
The human services major prepares women to demonstrate socially responsive leadership in various human service settings, apply theories of development to human services delivery, communicate well (in oral and written form) with colleagues and clients, advance the delivery of human services based on sound principles of management, make ethical judgments and decisions as human service professionals, and develop advanced skills in either family services or management. For information about specific courses offered, please see our Academic Catalogue.
Three hours of internship are required of all human services majors for graduation, but students may do more. Internships are available in numerous agencies in the Macon area, including private and public health care agencies, children's homes, and retirement facilities. Students have many opportunities to develop leadership experience through Wesleyan's Lane Center for Community Engagement and Service.
Career Opportunities & Outcomes
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in the human services field is projected to grow faster than in most other fields over the next decade. The economic outlook for job opportunities in this field is excellent, especially for applicants holding degrees in human services. Government researchers anticipate growing demand for human services professionals who specialize in elder care as the United States prepares for the largest population of retirees in history.
The majority of professionals employed in the human services field work in the health care and social assistance industries; more than one third of human service professionals work in state and local government, primarily in welfare agencies and in agencies offering aid to mentally and physically challenged individuals. Depending on their specialties, human services professionals may require specific state licensure to gain employment after graduation.
Philip Davis Taylor Professor of Economics, Business and Economics Department Chair, and Director of Graduate Business Programs. B.A. (Economics) University of North Carolina 1971; M.B.A. (Finance) University of North Carolina 1973; M.A., Ph.D. (Economics) Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 1989. My primary interests include the valuation of stocks and bonds and their derivative instruments and the impact of globalization on the financial institutions that trade these securities. Taylor 217. firstname.lastname@example.org
Brooke Bennett-Day Assistant Professor of Psychology. B.S. (Psychology) Valdosta State University; M.S. (Psychology) Florida State University; Ph.D. (Psychology) Florida State University. My primary interests involve the effect that race may have on an individual's face recognition ability, as well as the developmental differences in child and adult memory for faces. Additional interests include interracial attitudes and stereotype formation, juror interpretations of legal proceedings, and best teaching practices. My general teaching interests include social psychology, research methods, and psychology in the legal system. Taylor 131. email@example.com
Besangie Sellars White White Assistant Professor of Psychology. B.A. (Psychology) Hampton University, 2003: M.A. (Developmental Psychology) University of Michigan, 2005. My areas of interest include lifespan development and aging, how social support is related to healthy aging, health disparities within the U.S., and older African American men's perception of manhood. Taylor firstname.lastname@example.org.
David A. Bobbitt Associate Professor of Communication and Communication Department Chair. B.S. (Economics) University of Tennessee 1976; M.A. (Media and Film Studies) Memphis State University 1986; M.A. (Cultural Studies ) University of Iowa 1988; Ph.D. (Rhetorical Theory and Criticism) Louisiana State University 1992. My primary interests include media/film theory and criticism, cultural studies, rhetorical theory and criticism, American public discourse, and philosophy of communication. Tate 225B. email@example.com
Glenna Dod Meyer D. Abbott Turner Professor of Free Enterprise and Professional Studies Division Chair. B.S. (Business Education) Eastern Kentucky University 1965; M.A. (Business Education) Eastern Kentucky University 1968; Ed.D. (Business Education/Management) University of Southern Mississippi 1975. My primary research focuses on international business in Eastern Europe, gender issues in business communication, and marketing strategies for small businesses. Taylor 232. firstname.lastname@example.org