At PennWest, we understand your desire to effect change at all levels of society. This two-year program takes an interdisciplinary approach to help you expand your knowledge of psychology and sociology and prepares you to work as a human service practitioner in various human service agencies.
Our exceptional faculty will serve as your mentors and guides. Because they understand the needs that exist in today’s society, they can work with you to tailor a career that’s best suited to your interests and talents. Over the course of four semesters, you’ll learn problem-solving processes, advocacy skills and how to engage in human service work in a variety of ways.
The program offers both specialized and generalized competencies. It culminates with a supervised internship in a human services agency. Upon completion of this degree, you may continue your studies and earn a bachelor’s degree in Human Services and Rehabilitation, Sociology or another related discipline and receive credit for courses taken while earing your associate degree.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 10% growth in community and social service occupations between now and 2031.
Number of new jobs projected over the next decade.
PennWest’s B.S. in Human Services is accredited by the Council for Standards in Human Services Education (CSHSE) and the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE).
With an associate degree in Human Services and Rehabilitation, you can have a positive impact on your community. You’ll be prepared to work for a variety of for-profit and nonprofit organizations including federal, state and local government agencies; advocacy groups; behavioral health centers; adoption and childcare agencies; public and private nursing homes and addiction treatment facilities.
PennWest’s three campuses, California, Clarion and Edinboro universities, have been delivering award-winning online programs for more than 20 years. You’ll graduate with a degree from Pennsylvania Western University, completely supported by the expertise and community of learners on our brick-and-mortar campuses.