Receive education and training to provide services, advocacy and care to diverse populations through a variety of human service organizations
The major provides graduates with the knowledge, skills and experiences required to successfully serve clients through a variety of public outreach organizations.
You receive training to work one-on-one with individuals as well as small groups and families to help them tackle challenges in their lives, often by connecting them with the appropriate service organizations. You also receive training to work with community organizations to accomplish more structural or systemic goals that may relate to social, economic, political, cultural and/or environmental issues.
The curriculum combines classroom and experiential learning opportunities to prepare students for entry level human services jobs and/or to pursue graduate degrees in the human services field. Students completing the program are prepared to pursue master's degrees in social work, counseling, human services and other related fields.
Take the next step toward completing your B.A. in Human & Community Services degree at Lenoir-Rhyne Uni
Take the next step toward completing your Bachelor of Arts in Human & Community Services degree at Lenoir-Rhyne University.
Outside the Classroom
The Human and Community Services major includes a capstone experience. Through a required internship, you can select from a wide array of organizations and service providers to gain invaluable work experience, learning directly from professionals in the field.
You can choose the population groups that you would like to work with, e.g. children, youth and teens, adults and/or seniors, as well as the service areas you are passionate about such as mental health services, social services, children’s advocacy, women’s services, social welfare, public health and safety and other non-profits organizations.
Previous students in the program have completed internships with the Department of Social Services, Women's Resource Center, Council on Adolescents, Cooperative Christian Ministries, and many others.
The major prepares you for entry or near-entry level professional positions in the fields of human services, law enforcement, child care administration and similar occupations.
The program provides you with the skills and dispositions needed to serve clients in a variety of public and non-profit outreach organizations. Graduates will work alongside social workers, healthcare providers and other specialists supporting persons in need.
The Human and Community Service major provides graduates with knowledge, skills, and experiences to prepare them for working in human service professions. Students are educated to work with individuals, small groups (such as families), individuals needing help in other groups (work organizations, for example), and with community organizations to accomplish more structural or systemic (social, economic, political, recreational, etc.) goals. The Human and Community Service major earns a B.A. degree. Internships require daytime availability.
On occasion, technical and/or program requirements may also meet specific core curriculum requirements. Please confer with your program advisor to determine which courses, if any, may be counted accordingly.
All Bachelors programs at Lenoir-Rhyne require at least 128 credit hours. If, in combination, core, technical, and program requirements do not generate at least 128 hours, additional credits must be completed to achieve 128 hours. These classes may be general electives, or a student may complete a minor or additional major.
Learn more about our other undergraduate majors and minors.
Lenoir-Rhyne University is grieving the loss of one of our student-athletes. Omari Alexander, a 19-year-old sophomore from Concord, North Carolina and member of the LR football team, was killed overnight on November 20 in an off-campus incident in Hickory.