Social Sciences Majors

Human Services

The Human Services major provides you the training you'll need to land a job in a variety of areas. You may end up working with youth in an at-risk program or at a hospital such as Blank Children's Hospital or Broadlawns Medical Center.  The major focuses on working to enhance and increase the well being of our society and individuals in society in need of assistance. You may also move on to an advanced academic program after acquiring your degree at Grand View.

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Courses and Requirements

 Prerequisite courses:

  • General Psychology 
  • Intro to Sociology

Departmental Courses Required of All Majors:

  • Human Development 
  • Addictive Behaviors, Causes, Treatment and Prevention 
  • Psychology of Exceptional Children 
  • Abnormal Psychology 
  • Counseling Theories 
  • Techniques of Individual and Group Counseling 
  • Internship 
  • Senior Seminar 
  • Introduction to Human Services 
  • Social Psychology
  • Social Problems
  • Family Law OR
  • Forensic Psychology 

6 credits from 2 of 3 options:


  • Marriage and Family
  • Psychology and Health 
  • Human Sexuality
  • Aging in Contemporary America


  • Evidence-Based MP/DD Services
  • Evidence-Based MH Services
  • Case Management in the Human Services


  • Statistics for Social Sciences
  • Scientific Research Writing
  • Grant Application Writing
  • Presentation of Program Result
  • Introduction to Public Administration
  • Program Evaluation

 For detailed course descriptions, please go to the current catalog HERE.

Career Options

Many Grand View graduates in the area of Human Services have found jobs within their major. Listed below are some of the agencies that have hired GVC Human Services graduates.

• Broadlawns Medical Center
• Children’s Habiliation Center
• Day Care for Exceptional Children
• Des Moines Public Schools
• Easter Seal Society
• Family and Children’s Services
• Hughes Recovery Center
• Iowa Department of Human Services
• Polk County ARP
• United Way of Central Iowa
• YMCA Youth Homes of Iowa
• Youth Emergency Shelter Services

Advanced academic programs that have accepted GV Human Services graduates include:
• College of Family and Consumer Science, Iowa State University
• Counseling Psychology, Drake University
• College of Law, Drake University
• Vocational Rehabilitation, Drake University
• Master’s Degree in Social Work, University of Iowa
• Physical Therapy, University of Osteopathic Medicine


Two internships represent an excellent capstone experience which integrates the strong theoretical base from such courses as Human Development, Abnormal Psychology, Social Psychology, Social Problems, and Theories of Counseling, with the practical courses in Case Management and Techniques of Counseling.

These internships have proved invaluable to students in agencies such as Children’s Habilitation Center, Family and Children’s Services, Lutheran Social Service, Human Services Center in West Des Moines, and the Iowa Department of Human Services. There is a large number of Human Services agencies that value the Grand View Human Services Internship Program and who are more than willing to provide internships.

Reference Documents

2014-15 Requirements

Human Services Major

2013-14 Requirements

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2012-13 Requirements

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2010-12 Requirements

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2008-10 Requirements

Human Services Major