Follow Christ, Lead the Way

OCU’s Bachelor of Arts in Human Services major requires its students to critically explore the practice of social advocacy within a biblical worldview. Human Services majors will be prepared for a variety of professions and for graduate work in criminology, counseling, psychology, and social work. Through broad exposure to readings, extensive composition activity, and oral presentations, OCU’s Human Services major will develop the intellectual and practical skills needed to make a difference in their community.


On completion of this major, students should be able to:
  • Demonstrate an ability to think clearly, logically, critically, and creatively.
  • Analyze best practices in current trends related to human services.
  • Identify, advocate for, and manage the unique expectations and needs of human services within a variety of culturally diverse communities.
  • Integrate a biblically based and Christ-centered approach in the practice of managing human services within a variety of contexts and to a variety of constituencies.
  • Be accepted into a graduate program or be employed in a field related to human services.
This degree program is available in the following format:

100% Online courses in a 5-week as-you-go flexible format for busy adults featuring forum discussions and weekly assignment deadlines. Serves both undergraduate and graduate students.

Explore the full enrichment of the traditional collegiate experience and make new friends on our lively campus in Circleville Ohio. Serves 17-24 year-old undergraduate students.

MAJOR40 Hours

*This program requires 21 hours at the 3000 level or above. *This major does not prepare students for licensure.

  • Fundamental concepts of human services, addressing addictions, criminology, family studies, psychology, and sociology with a biblical worldview. Students will develop a personalized view of the helping professions.
  • Skills for communication in the helping professions, including rapport building, interviewing, active listening, and documenting in context with personal awareness, problem solving, diversity, and confidentiality.
    Prerequisite: HSV1000
  • Public and private services and institutions and how these can be best utilized to serve general, at-risk, and vulnerable populations.
    Prerequisite: HSV1000
  • See SAC2150
  • Human services policies and policy formation in the legislative and private sectors, with attention to how public policy is made, and emphasis on the roles of advocacy campaigns, which are often influenced by policy analysis.
  • Professional ethics in the field of Human Services with primary attention to the Code of Ethical Standards for Human Services Professionals.
  • Principles of leadership and administration in human services, with attention to personal assessment and the development of leadership capabilities.
  • Theoretical and practical application of skills for and techniques that advance the needs of culturally diverse client communities, including a plan of advocacy for services from various agencies and/or institutions. In this capstone course for the BA in Human Services major students identify an issue or problem, develop an action plan, and complete sufficient research to produce a final project demonstrating understanding of the Code of Ethical Standards for Human Services Professionals.
    Prerequisite: Completion of major courses
  • A survey of the field of psychology, including historical and theoretical foundations, with special emphasis on contemporary scientific research and empirical applications within a Christian perspective and a biopsychosocial approach.
  • This course is designed to help students understand how to maximize their career potential. Students will develop an individual program for their short- and long-term career, with application based on students’ areas of emphasis in the major.
  • Fundamental concepts related to substance use disorders in multiple client populations, including assessment and diagnosis of substance use disorders, planning a course of treatment, analyzing effects of substances on the client and others, etiology, and best practices in counseling and treatment through a Christian worldview.
  • This course is a comprehensive exploration of the effects of psychological trauma: the nature of trauma (abuse, combat, natural disasters, etc.) and the effects of trauma (traumatic stress, grief reactions, addiction, etc.). The professional’s response to trauma, such as vicarious traumatization, compassion fatigue, disenfranchised grief, crisis intervention, comorbid disorders, and general treatment issues, will also be addressed. Finally, students will review evidence-based practices. A variety of theoretical frameworks are presented, including cognitive, neurobiological, clinical, and socio-cultural.
    Prerequisites: PSY1020 and SOC1020, or associate dean’s approval
  • The scientific study of society, institutions, and group interaction, with focus on the sociological imagination and core theories. Topics include the sociological perspective, the individual in society, stratification and social inequality, social intuitions, human ecology, and social change, with special attention to issues of diversity.
  • 3/4000 level electives in SAC, PSY, SOC, or CJU3

*May be applied toward Social & Behavioral Sciences requirements in the GenEd core.

Graduation Requirements:

In addition to the courses listed on this page, graduates must meet the requirements listed here, including:

  • A General Education Core
    • Associate degrees – 36 credit hours
    • Bachelor’s degrees – 45 credit hours
  • Minimum credit hours
    • Associate degrees – 60 credit hours
    • Bachelor’s degrees – 120 credit hours
  • Notes:

    1. Some majors require more credit hours than the listed minimums.
    2. Students choose elective courses to complete credit hour requirements.
    3. Electives may apply toward a minor, certificate, associate degree, or second major.
    4. Sometimes a course required in a student’s major can also fulfill a requirement in the GenEd core. (See notes on the individual major pages.)

Find complete information in the OCU Academic Catalog.

Contact the University Registrar's Office if you have graduation questions: 1 (740) 477-7780 or