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The Human and Community Services major of Lenoir-Rhyne University strives to educate and train students to provide services, advocacy and care to diverse populations through a variety of human service organizations. Students who pursue careers in this field display a dedication to the vocation of service to others in their communities and the world.

The Human and Community Service major provides graduates with the knowledge, skills, and experiences required to successfully serve clients through a variety of public outreach organizations. Students receive training to work with one-on-one with individuals as well as small groups (such as families) to help them tackle challenges in their lives, often by connecting them with the appropriate service organizations. They 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.

Qualified Human and Community Services students interested in continuing their education through graduate study can easily matriculate into several of Lenoir-Rhyne’s graduate programs, such as its Master's program in Human Services. Through LR’s innovative Bridges to Dreams and Alumni Advantage programs, students who complete their undergraduate degrees at Lenoir-Rhyne University are able to complete their graduate degrees in shorter time and at significantly less expense.


The Human and Community Service major includes a capstone experience. Through a required internship, students can select from a wide array of organizations and service providers to gain invaluable work experience, learning directly from professionals in the field. Students can choose the population groups that they would like to work with (e.g. children, youth and teens, adults, and/or seniors) as well as the service areas they 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. 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 Human and Community Services major prepares students for entry or near-entry level professional positions in the fields of human services, law enforcement, child care administration, and similar occupations. The major furnishes students 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.

It also serves as an excellent preparation for graduate education in a wide array of human services, social work, and counseling professions.


The Human and Community Services major earns a BA degree. Students may also complete a minor in Human and Community Services.

Human and Community Services Major Requirements

Program Contact

Charlotte Williams

Assistant Professor of Human Services, Associate Dean of Engaged and Global Learning
Hickory Campus