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B.S. Human Services

“We want [the Human Services degree] to be personal, professional and innovative.”

- David Stefan

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About the Program

The Bachelor of Science in Human Services educates students from a biblical understanding of advocacy, to enhance service delivery, management, and social change through their work in human service organizations. The undergraduate major will be a 45 credit program as described herein.

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to: 
  • Integrate biblical perspectives on providing care to oppressed or disadvantaged people
  • Assess services to identified constituencies in social service agencies 
  • Advocate for positive social change at the micro and macro levels 
  • Evaluate the effectiveness and need for services rendered by social service agencies 
  • Articulate a management plan for resources of the social service agency for the benefit of the community
 This program is designed to help you: 
  • Apply critical thinking to real-world situations 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the theoretical bases, best practices, and historical and current trends related to the human services profession 
  • Identify, plan, and utilize resources to improve client situations 
  • Utilize information and systems to appropriately manage and deliver human services 
  • Understand the importance of culture, gender, diversity, and global perspective when working with clients 

Relevant and Convenient

  • Complete your degree in approximately 18-20 months 
  • Cohort groups provide mutual support 
  • One-time registration, no more waiting in line 
  • Classes meet one night per week or online 
  • Instructors combine academic credentials with professional expertise

Indiana Wesleyan University

Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) is a Christian comprehensive university of The Wesleyan Church that is committed to global liberal arts and professional education. The university system includes IWU—Marion, where about 3,000 students are enrolled in traditional programs on the main campus in Marion, Ind.; IWU-National & Global, which includes more than 9,000 adult learners throughout the world who study online or onsite at 14 education centers in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio; and Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University, which offers a practical and student-centered approach for busy, working ministers. IWU’s DeVoe School of Business, the School of Nursing, the School of Health Sciences, the School of Educational Leadership, the School of Service and Leadership, and the Division of Liberal Arts are all housed within the National and Global campus. More information is available at www.indwes.edu.

Not all programs are offered at all Education Centers. Some programs may only be offered online.

Accreditation

Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, www.ncahlc.org, 312-263-0456. IWU is also a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, www.cccu.org, 202-546-8713.

Off-Campus Library Services (OCLS)

Library instruction is provided to students at the start of their program at IWU. Reference and document delivery services give students access to all collections of the Jackson Library on the IWU residential campus, as well as Instructional Resource Center services, Interlibrary Loan services, and many e-books and online journals. For more information, see indwes.edu/ocls. 

Tuition & Financial Aid

Credit Hours Online Tuition
51 Total $392 / credit hour

*Effective July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021.

The total cost of the program, including tuition, books, eBooks, and fees, will be determined prior to your enrollment. The cost will be divided into several payments spread over the course of the program. Course textbooks will be shipped to you before each course begins. The cost of books increases for shipments outside of the 48 contiguous United States.

The total credit hours and per-credit-hour costs listed above are effective for the core program. For prerequisite or other required courses if applicable, students will need to pay for appropriate tuition, books, and any additional fees. Costs may change if you withdraw from the program and restart in a future program at a later date.

Payment Process

Deposit: Once you are accepted, your program representative will contact you in regards to payment of the required $100.00 deposit. This deposit reserves your place on the class roster. Payment can be made by check, money order, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express. Service fee may apply.

Payment Options: Your program representative will work closely with you to choose a payment option that best fits your needs. Your options may include Federal financial aid, company reimbursement tuition deferral, company direct-bill, self-pay, military benefits, etc.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, veterans benefits, and even employer reimbursement.

For information about financial aid, call 800-621-8667, ext. 2516, visit our Financial Aid Web site, or email IWUfinaid@indwes.edu.

Financial aid is not available for unclassified students.

Courses

Below is the list of courses required to complete the program. Courses are generally taken sequentially, one at a time, until the program is complete. Full course descriptions may be viewed by clicking on the course titles below. For further information, feel free to contact us.

The Bachelor of Science in Human Services is a 45 credit hour degree program. The core program consists of 30 credit hours of required courses and 15 credit hours of electives. Students who have not previously taken a general psychology course or a course in interviewing skills may need to complete the prerequisite courses.

Preview Your Classes

PREREQUISITE COURSES

PSY-150,HMSR-220

REQUIRED COURSES

UNV-181,CRJ-309,SOC-210,PSY-250,ADC-310,ADC-320,PSY-370,PSY-366,CRJ-268,MAT-112,HMSR-340,HMSR-350,HMSR-420,HMSR-430,HMSR-490

Requirements

Below are the lists of requirements for the BS Human Services program. Click on each link to expand the requirements. If you have any questions about the admissions process, feel free to contact one of our admissions representatives at 1-866-498-4968.

Admission Requirements

The admission requirements for this program are as follows:

  1. Proof of standard high school diploma or GED certification.

  2. Original transcript from each undergraduate college or university that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education (DoED) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

  3. Prior completion of at least 60 transferable credit hours is required before the student is eligible to start a bachelor core program.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate with a Bachelor of Science with Major in Human Services baccalaureate degree from the College of Adult and Professional Studies at Indiana Wesleyan University, the following requirements must be met:

  1. Completion of 120 credit hours.
  2. Completion of the required core (major) courses with a GPA of 2.25 or as specified in a program of study and a minimum of 30 hours of the core (major) taken at Indiana Wesleyan University.
  3. Overall cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  4. Included within the total of 120 credit hours, 30 credit hours in Liberal Arts as follows:
    • 3 credit hours in Biblical Studies
    • 3 credit hours in Biblical Studies or Philosophy or Religion
    • 6 credit hours in English Written Communication
    • 3 credit hours in English Oral Communication
    • 6 credit hours in Social or Behavioral Science
    • 3 credit hours in Mathematics
    • 3 credit hours in Natural Science
    • 3 credit hours in Arts and Humanities
  5. Payment of all tuition and fees.

Minimum Computer Requirements

Students are expected to possess a computer throughout the duration of their program. Student computers must be able to run a supported browser and handle additional plug-ins as identified by the Learning Management System (LMS) company. Students should be able to produce, send, and receive documents that are compatible within the two most recent offerings of Microsoft Office to complete most of the assignments. IWU will offer support to students on only these two offerings of office software. Computer and Internet connection may need to be fast enough in some courses to watch streaming videos, participate in live meetings, upload large files, install software, and listen to audio lectures. In addition to these minimum expectations, participation in a CAPS course or program may entail additional computing and/or technology requirements.

Application Procedures

To be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Science with a major in Biblical Studies degree program, complete each of the following steps. For more information, call 866-498-4968 to speak with a Program Representative.

1. Application
Apply online at indwes.edu.

2. Transcripts
High School:
Applicants who have fewer than 12 passing semester hours of regionally accredited college coursework are required to submit a copy of a standard high school diploma or transcript or GED scores for admission.

College: Applicants to the bachelor program are required to submit an official transcript from each undergraduate college or university that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education (DoED) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Indiana Wesleyan University will accept for its permanent file only those transcripts sent directly to IWU by the registrar of the attended institution(s). Official transcripts must exhibit the official seal and signature of the registrar. Transcripts that are stamped “student copy,” “issued to student,” or “unofficial” cannot be accepted as official.

College Transcripts from Non-U.S. Schools: For college transcripts from non-U.S. schools, secure a “Course-by-Course Report” from Educational Credential Evaluators (see www.ece.org). Be sure to request that the report be sent directly to Indiana Wesleyan University. The evaluation must list course-by-course hours and grades. Note: Additional third party evaluators can be considered from an approved list and in some cases and internal international transcript evaluation can be done.


Prior Learning Assessment

Undergraduate students accepted to or enrolled in any of the CAPS associate or baccalaureate degree programs are eligible to complete Prior Learning Assessment (PLA). Credit hours awarded may be counted toward general education, elective, or select core requirements as applicable to the undergraduate degree or as specified for approved graduate programs. Baccalaureate students may earn a maximum of 40 hours of credit through PLA. Associate degree students may earn a maximum of 18 hours through PLA. Undergraduate students may use PLA credit to accrue toward the 60 hours of credit required for admission to the bachelor’s core curriculum and/or to meet degree requirements while in the core and/or after the core has been completed.

Start Dates

Below are the program locations, upcoming dates, and meeting times for the Bachelor of Science with a major in Human Services program. This list is updated regularly as new classes are added.