Human Services

The Human Services Major consists of a Human Services Core plus a concentration in Counseling or Family Studies. This major opens doors to a diverse group of social service fields focused on improving the quality of life for individuals, families, and communities by engaging and meeting the basic physical, emotional, and relational needs of those served. Individuals in this field often work as counselors, social workers, case managers, and other professionals in a variety of settings, such as federal and state agencies, counseling centers, school systems, private nonprofit organizations, and other institutions. This major also prepares students for graduate training in mental health and social service fields, including the Graduate Counseling Program at Johnson University.  

human services program imageStudents will benefit from Johnson’s accreditation, affordable tuition, and an experienced and engaged faculty dedicated to the spiritual formation of each student. Both the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degree coursework integrate a Bible & Theology Core and Arts & Sciences Core, with concentrations available in Family Studies or in Counseling.

Bachelor of Arts degrees usually include 12 or more credits of foreign language study, while Bachelor of Science degrees include additional Natural Science (like Biology and Science Concepts) and Social and Behavioral Science courses (like Psychology and Economics). Students also apply their theoretical knowledge in real-world settings through professional internships.


The Family Studies concentration prepares students for work or advanced training in a variety of human service fields, with emphasis on the practice of family life education, consultation, and utilization of community resources.

The Counseling concentration prepares students for work or advanced training in a variety of human service fields, with particular attention given to the provision of direct services in a counseling setting. 

When students complete this program, they will be able to do the following:

  • Understand the nature of the Human Services and human systems.
  • Integrate awareness of self and others into ethical practice.
  • Provide services consistent with professional practice in the field of Human Services.

For a comprehensive list regarding program goals and objectives, see the catalog.


Professional Area Course Sampling
Human Development
Holistic Sexuality
Interviewing & Counseling Skills
Social Science Research & Writing
Abnormal Psychology
Professional Ethics & Practice

Bible and Theology Course Sampling
Orientation to the Old Testament I
Orientation to the Old Testament II
Orientation to the New Testament
Fundamentals of Christian Faith
Exegetical Methods
Old Testament Poetry/Wisdom or Prophets Selective
New Testament Epistles or Gospels Selective