The HSDA program primes students with the knowledge and skills necessary to serve individuals, families, groups, and communities, and to support human services functions.
This degree includes emphases in Administration and Evaluation, Gerontology, and an additional specialty track for Sign Language Interpreters, within the context of public health and social services agencies.
Human Services are generally classified into four service categories:
- Information or advising services such as libraries, museums and hotlines;
- Maintenance services such as civil service and public welfare programs;
- Personal services such as counseling;
- Protection services such as public health, criminal justice, and social services.
The Georgia Department of Labor Workforce Trends: Employment Projections to 2014 reports that six of the industries projected to grow the fastest are in the healthcare, human services, and social assistance sector; Human Services management is included on the list of Georgia’s “HOT” jobs of the future requiring Bachelor’s degrees. Nationally, the number of social and human service positions is projected to grow by nearly 34 percent between 2006 and 2016, much faster than the average for all occupations, and job prospects are expected to be excellent, particularly for applicants with appropriate postsecondary education.
Administration of the Human Services Delivery and Administration program:
The Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services Delivery and Administration is offered by the School of Social Sciences at Gainesville State College.
Admissions criteria for the Human Services Delivery and Administration program:
Upon admission to Gainesville State College, students may declare the Human Services Delivery and Administration Major at any time.
Students must achieve a grade of C or higher in all pre-co-requisite courses, and achieve a C or higher in all BA level courses.
Students must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours of major courses in residency at GSC and meet all other graduation requirements of the College.
Human Services Delivery and Administration program Student Learning Outcomes
At the conclusion of the program, students will:
- Understand and be conversant with the historical development and scope of human services
- Possess knowledge and theory of human systems, including individual, interpersonal, group, family, organizational, community, and societal and their interactions
- Understand conditions that promote or limit human functioning, and be able to address limitations through accommodations for those conditions that limit human functioning
- Be able to use knowledge and skill training in systematic analysis of services needs; selection of appropriate strategies, services, or interventions; and evaluation of outcomes
- Possess knowledge and skills in information management and be able to use them appropriately
- Possess knowledge and skills in human services interventions that are appropriate to the level of education
- Possess knowledge, theory, and skills in the administrative aspects of the services delivery system and be able to utilize them appropriately
- Be conversant with human services values and attitudes and their application in practice
- Developed his or her interpersonal skills to a Human Services Professional level
- Be aware of their own values, personalities, reaction patterns, interpersonal styles, and limitations and how this effects their professional interactions
- Feel confident as Human Services professionals as quality Supervised Field experiences have enabled them to experience the work environment and understand professional work and expectations
The HSDA Program graduated 14 students in May 2012. As of September 2012, 8 students were employed in the field and 1 student is enrolled in a graduate program:
Area Agency on Aging, Legacy Link - Senior Community Service Program Director
Chik-Fil-A - Human Resources Director
Counseling and Recovery Service of Tulsa, Oklahoma - Case Manager
Forsyth County - Meter Services Supervisor
Forsyth County Senior Services - Senior Services Specialist
Gateway Domestic Violence Center - Legal Advocate and Weekend Manager
Pathways Community Health, Clinton, Missouri - Community Support Specialist
Peace Place Inc. - Financial and Personnel Coordinator
University of Georgia MSW Program
Standards and Criteria of the Human Services Delivery and Administration program:
The Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services Delivery and Administration was developed using both the Council for Standards in Human Service Education Standards and the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education Program of Merit Guidelines. The program is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.