Human Services

Program Description

With a Human Services Diploma or A.S. degree, you can help and advocate for those with social, emotional, physical or developmental challenges. The program integrates theory and skills practice and emphasizes peer interaction and group learning projects. Throughout the program, you will gain the skills you need to make a difference people’s lives.


  • You’ll learn by doing in the Human Services program, gaining the confidence and skills you need to succeed in today’s job market.
  • You’ll build a solid career foundation with community service and extensive fieldwork assignments.
  • Performance-based evaluations provide valuable feedback for your personal and professional development.
  • As part of Minneapolis College’s diverse student body, you’ll gain the cross-cultural perspective that today’s human services employers are looking for.
  • Achieve your career goals: Minneapolis College has a history of consistently high job-placement rates.
  • Minneapolis College’s strong network of relationships with community employers opens the door to valuable internship and employment opportunities.
  • Human Services students develop strong peer groups as they learn to support each other through group projects, self-exploration and role-playing.

Program Details

Occupational Outlook

The demand for human services professionals is increasing. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that the field is expected to grow by nearly 23 percent by 2018, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. Factors behind the growth: More trained assistants are needed to care for our aging population, and for people who are homeless, have mental and physical disabilities or are in treatment for substance abuse.

Potential Job Titles

  • Human or Social Services Assistant
  • Social Services Technician
  • Addictions Counselor Assistant
  • Casework Assistant
  • Casework Specialist

Where You Could Work

  • Family outreach and advocacy programs
  • Youth service organizations
  • Nonprofit and government social service agencies
  • Schools and educational settings
  • Group homes and residential care programs
  • Job training programs
  • Community centers
  • Culturally-focused service agencies
  • Housing resource programs