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Human Services Bachelor's Degree

B.A. In Human Services or B.A. In Human Services/Psychology

National Louis University provides students interested in Human Services with two clearly articulated pathways: a Bachelor of Arts in Human Services or a Bachelor of Arts in Human Services/Psychology. The B.A. in Human Services has a strong core of internship experiences and the B.A. in Human Services/Psychology combines coursework in human services with that of behavioral sciences for a stronger theoretical background in understanding human motivation and behavior. Each prepares students to advance in organizations that provide support and service to individuals, families, and communities in need.

Choose NLU's human services bachelor's degree if you:

  • Want to become a human service professional who will help individuals, families, groups, communities, human services organizations, and the society at large
  • Are interested in a program that incorporates case- and project-based applications of analytical and critical thinking skills within a human services context
  • Want to apply human services knowledge, theory, and skills in a professional environment
  • Seek a meaningful student experience that will enable you to successfully enter or advance in the field
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  • How to better understand and effectively deal with the behavior of individuals and groups
  • Common support skills and how to implement them
  • How diverse backgrounds and special needs impact today's workplace and communities
  • Strategies for community intervention and the management of health and human service organizations

NLU recognizes many students are balancing work and family while in school, so courses are scheduled to accommodate those important commitments. Small class sizes provide students with a support network for study and professional development, and NLU's Human Services programs are offered in both a blended format of online and on-campus classes, or as a 100% online option.

The number of jobs for social and human service assistants is expected to grow by nearly 23 percent between 2008 and 2018, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. This is due in large part to the aging population and increased demand for mental health and substance abuse treatment.

Graduates with a Human Services degree hold various positions, such as social service assistants, case management aides, social work assistants, residential counselors, community support workers, child-care workers, community outreach workers, life skills counselors or gerontology aides.

In 1886, NLU was created as a learning institution dedicated to teaching teachers—with the ultimate goal of helping others and supporting communities so they could grow and prosper. Today, NLU continues to carry out its original mission with one of the oldest still active human services programs in the Chicago area. NLU's Human Services degree program educates students so they can work in fields that serve individuals and communities.

The Bachelor of Arts in Human Services and Bachelor of Arts in Human Services/Psychology programs are 180 quarter hours in length and, depending upon your prior college work and experience, may include general education coursework, elective coursework and coursework in the major.

NLU requires 60 credits of general education courses and 50 credits in electives. In addition to NLU coursework, students may complete these requirements through transfer credit, credit by portfolio, credit by examination (CLEP or DANTES), or credit by proficiency. Enrollment in the gateway courses HSM101 and HSM102 requires completion, at a minimum, of LAE102, English Composition II (or equivalent) with a grade of C or higher, as a prerequisite.

All applicants must meet NLU's general admission requirements, as well as additional requirements specific to this program. Refer to the appropriate application checklist available online at

Students enrolled in the Human Services or Human Services/Psychology programs may elect to pursue a minor or concentration in one of the following:


  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Criminal Justice


  • Aging Studies
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Leadership
  • Long Term Care
  • Urban and Policy Studies

Coursework and credit hours completed in minors and concentrations may count toward electives. Students completing a minor in Criminal Justice (30 QH) may also apply up to 15 quarter hours from the following courses of the minor toward major electives in the Human Services major: CSJ106, CSJ107, CSJ205, CSJ206, CSJ210.


    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
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    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
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    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
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    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
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    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
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    Established in 1988 and located in one of Tampa's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to its classrooms, the National Louis University Tampa Regional Center features a computer lab, student lounges, and conference room.

    5110 Sunforest Drive, Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
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