College of Education

Human Services Minor

Human services is one of the fastest growing fields in the country. The Human Services minor at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs emphasizes personal growth, theory-based practices, and experiential learning through fieldwork placement. The Human Services minor provides both the academic and experiential background for the student seeking a career working with diverse populations in the varied and expanding field of Human Services.

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What is Human Services?

The field of Human Services is broadly defined, uniquely approaching the objective of meeting human needs through an interdisciplinary knowledge base, focusing on prevention as well as remediation of problems, and maintaining a commitment to improving the overall quality of life of service populations. The Human Services profession is one which promotes improved service delivery systems by addressing not only the quality of direct services, but also by seeking to improve accessibility, accountability, and coordination among professionals and agencies in service delivery.

Human Service Workers

"Human services worker" is a generic term for people who hold professional and paraprofessional jobs in such diverse settings as group homes, transitional housing, correctional facilities, community mental health centers, family, child, and youth service agencies, and programs concerned with alcoholism, drug abuse, family violence, and aging. Depending on the employment setting and the kinds of clients served there, job titles and duties vary a great deal. The primary purpose of the human service worker is to assist individuals and communities to function as effectively as possible in the major domains of living. A strong desire to help others is an important consideration for a job as a human services worker. Individuals who show patience, understanding, and caring in their dealings with others are highly valued by employers. Other important personal traits include communication skills, a strong sense of responsibility, and the ability to manage time effectively.


Examples of Occupational Titles of Human Service Workers

Case Workers Case Monitor Parole Officer
Family Support Worker Child Advocate
Youth Worker Gerontology Aide
Social Service Liaison Juvenile Court Liaison
Residential Counselor Home Health Aide
Behavioral Management Aide Group Home Worker
Case Management Aide Child Abuse Worker
Eligibility Counselor Crisis Intervention Counselor
Alcohol Counselor Mental Health Aide
Drug Abuse Counselor Intake Interviewer
Life Skills Instructor Community Outreach Worker
Client Advocate Social Work Assistant
Neighborhood Worker Community Action Worker
Social Service Aide Psychological Aide
Group Activities Aide Halfway House Counselor
Social Service Technician Assistant Case Manager
Therapeutic Assistant Rehabilitation Case Worker
Probation Officer Residential Manager

Application Process

  • Schedule an admissions and information interview with a Department of Counseling and Human Services faculty member early in the process. The goal of this appointment is to answer questions you have about the program, clarify the procedures for admission to the program, and to determine your level of interest in and preparation for the program. Call 719-255-4996 or to set up the appointment.

Program Required Credit Hours-24

Required Core (18 credits)

Course # &  TitleSemester Credits
COUN 2000 - Introduction to Human Services 3
COUN 3000 - Intracultural Socialization Patterns 3
COUN 3400 - Ethics and Case Management 3
COUN 3500 - Group Dynamics and Group Process 3
COUN 3110 - Interpersonal Communication, Interviewing & Mediation Skills 3
COUN 4950 - Practicum in Human Services 3

Elective Choices (6 credits)

Course # &  TitleSemester Credits
COUN 2500 - Introduction to Addictions 3
COUN 4000 - Introduction to the Counseling Profession 3
COUN 3100 - Career Planning 3
COUN 4070 - Adventure Education & Experiential Learning 3
COUN 4500 - Wellness, Resiliency, and Emotional Intelligence 3
Total Credits Core (18) and Electives (6) 24

Internship & Practicum Opportunities