Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
Human Services (HS) Major
Gain a solid foundation and customize your degree to meet your professional needs.
What is a BPA-HS degree?
The BPA-HS is a degree-completion program that brings together your knowledge from education and work in the human services fields (early childhood, child and youth care, all areas of counselling, services to persons living with disabilities, child care education, rehabilitation, social services, and corrections, to name a few) with the field's theory and research to complete a university degree.
It is designed for recent diploma graduates
- We may recognize the education you bring to this program.
- Your diploma must be an Athabasca University (AU) approved college credential (please go to the University's Transfer Credit Database to view approved diplomas. For assistance in using this tool, please contact an advisor)
- Such recognition gives you transfer credits towards your 120-credit degree.
It is designed for entry-level and mid-career practitioners/professionals
- This degree combines the social sciences with your professional practice
- Prepares you for a wide variety of leadership positions in the Human Services
- This unique combination of skills and knowledge gives you a competitive edge in the job market.
- This degree can help you achieve your personal career goals.
It can recognize equivalencies
If you do not possess an AU approved college diploma, we may still consider your post-secondary education, training, and work experience for degree entry.
The main objective of the BPA-HS program is to provide you with a sound knowledge of the theoretical , historical, economic, political and cultural contexts in which you practice your profession.
This major will enable you to:
- broaden your intellectual and professional understanding of the contexts in which human services are delivered
- build on your knowledge, expertise, and practical experience that you acquired in the workplace and from previous studies
- transfer and integrate knowledge, experience, and values in new settings
- prepare you to assume leadership positions, including performing greater administrative, counselling, supervising, and managing functions within your chosen field
- contribute positively to the development of the human services sector
The BPA-HS responds to the career and educational needs of human services professionals in areas such as (but not limited to):
Graduates find that this degree helps them:
- acquire the knowledge and skills to perform a broader and more responsible range of tasks
- gain a promotion
- make a career change and/or
- gain entry to post-graduate education or further study at the graduate level.
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