BA Human Services

You’ve raised a family, you volunteer at the food bank, maybe you’ve even served your country at the front lines. Turn your passion for helping others into a fulfilling career in Human Services, and find out what a difference you can really make.

Why choose Human Services at Saint Leo?

You’re at the right place to advance your career in human services. Saint Leo's core values of community, respect and integrity—rooted in the University's 1,500-year-old Benedictine tradition—are a perfect fit with the professional values of the field.

Learn how to become an effective leader in varied settings such as family, child and youth service agencies; group homes and halfway houses; correctional, mental retardation and community mental health centers; and programs concerned with alcoholism, drug abuse, family violence and aging.

Build a foundation in social policy, group skills, psychology, sociology, diversity issues and research methods. Then develop your professional identity through advanced field placements—supervised opportunities to learn roles, skills and administrative processes.

Some amazing classes you can take

  • Introduction to Human Services
  • Interpersonal Helping Skills
  • Group Skills for the Human Services
  • Field Placement
  • Senior Seminar

Professional development opportunities

  • Field placements & internships: Our students gain real-world experience at hospitals, schools, homeless shelters, food banks, residential group homes and mental health, child welfare, counseling and United Way agencies.
  • Certification: Sit for the Human Services Board Certification Examination, and become a Board Certified Human Services Professional upon graduation.
  • Professional membership: Attend conferences and present workshops as a member of the Southern Organization for Human Services and National Organization for Human Services.
  • Job-ready prep: Develop interviewing skills through role-playing, and conduct client assessments and treatment plans.
  • Volunteer: As the first Catholic college in Florida, Saint Leo is committed to creating a community that values and advocates on behalf of the respect, dignity, integrity and personal development of all. Saint Leo is honored to have been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll multiple years since it was started in 2006.

What can you do with a degree in Human Services?

Graduates work with children, adolescents, adults and the elderly, assisting them with individual needs, counseling, case assessment, case management or group facilitation.

  • Caseworker
  • Human Service Worker
  • Social Work Assistant
  • Mental Health Aide
  • Community Outreach Worker
  • Life Skills Counselor
  • Social Services Aide
  • Youth Worker
  • Client Advocate
  • Gerontology Aide

Where are Saint Leo Human Services grads now?

Our graduates find jobs as administrators in schools, hospitals, nursing homes, mental health centers, and drug and alcohol counseling programs. Some of our graduates work in program management, developing new services and specializing in advocacy, administration and grantwriting.