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The Human Services Program

The degree prepares students for entry-level positions in the human services – e.g., community mental health, psychological counseling, community social services, criminal justice, and other human welfare agency settings – as well as further, graduate-level study.


The following is a list of careers graduates with a Human Services degree will be qualified for and some employers who have hired them:

  • Case Management
  • Child Advocacy
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Direct Service Provision
  • Mental Health Aide
  • Social Work
  • Community Outreach
  • Parole & Probation
  • Law Enforcement
  • Corrections


Michael Collins, Ph.D.

Social and Behavioral Sciences Division Chair, Professor of Sociology 641-673-1393 Email

Zackery P. Meade, M.A.

Instructor of Psychology | Instructor of Human Services Email

Michael O. Johnston, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Sociology 641-673-1346 Email


William Penn University’s Social and Behavioral Sciences Club is designed for student development within leadership positions, and creating a social environment directed toward generating skills pertaining to social and psychological analysis. The club is open to all Penn students interested in social interaction.

The Human Services major provides students with a combination of knowledge, skills, and experiences required of human services professionals. The program equips students with knowledge of theory and practical experience.

Dr. Michael Johnston, Assistant Professor of Sociology


The following is a list of courses you will take as a student enrolled in the Human Services program:


  • PSYC 108 Life-Span Psychology
  • PSYC 221 Introduction to Counseling
  • PSYC 331 Human Services in Contemporary America
  • PSYC 348 Crisis Intervention


  • SOCI 123 Sociology of Contemporary Issues
  • SOCI 217 Ethnic and Race Relations or
  • SOCI 219 Sex and Gender in Society
  • SOCI 220 Social Organization
  • SOCI 335 Social Research Methods


  • KINS 231 Substance Abuse
  • KINS 208 Leadership in Sport, Exercise, and Recreation or
    KINS 210 Camp Management and Outdoor Education or
    KINS 336 Organization and Administration of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (HPER)

Human Services

  • HS 390 Human Services Practicum


Electives (students must take 2 of the following courses)                                                     

  • KINS 334 Tests & Measurements in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (HPER)
  • PSYC 240 Health Psychology
  • PSYC 305 Theories and Systems of Counseling
  • PSYC 322 Multicultural Counseling Approaches
  • PSYC 326 Abnormal Psychology
  • SOCI 211 Introduction to Criminology
  • SOCI 218 Juvenile Delinquency
  • SOCI 311 Marriage and Family

Human Services Minor courses

  • PSYC 102 Introduction to Psychology
  • PSYC 331 Human Services for Contemporary America

*Six hours must be selected from

  • PSYC 108 Life-Span Psychology
  • PSYC 240 Health Psychology
  • PSYC 326 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYC 327 Personality