A bachelor’s degree in human services and addictions prepares you to be a helping professional who can serve a diverse group of clients in a wide range of settings and in various roles. In addition to developing skills to help clients individually and in small groups, you will learn about case management, human services administration, ethical issues in human services, and cultural competence. You will also select two elective courses from a variety of topics such as Death, Dying and Grief, Behavior Problems of Children, and Family Systems. Courses are offered online and in hybrid format to accommodate the schedules of busy students.
The Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services and Addictions at NKU also provides unique opportunities to learn about substance abuse and addictions. Students will complete coursework and field experiences to help them work effectively in this field. In addition, completion of the major will also help to prepare individuals interested in obtaining licensure as a chemical dependency counselor.
The Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services and Addictions is a flexible degree that leads to entry-level positions in settings such as governmental agencies, non-profit organizations, schools, hospitals, drug treatment programs and residential facilities. Graduates of this program are also well prepared to enter master’s programs in related fields such as counseling or social work.
In addition to required coursework, you will complete two different field practicums (180 hours each) for a total of 360 hours of field experience. These opportunities will allow you to apply your knowledge in a professional setting and gain real world experience. Typically, students do their practicums at human service agencies in Cincinnati or Northern Kentucky, but students may also work at an approved site in their local community.
HSR 100 Society and Human Services
HSR 105 Helping Skills and Techniques for the Human Services Professional
HSR 205 Case Management Skills for the Human Services Professional
HSR 300 Ethics and Issues for the Human Services Professional
HSR 303 Multicultural Issues in Human Services
HSR 305 Principles of Assessment in Human Services
HSR 312 Crisis Intervention
HSR 340 Introduction to Substance Use in Human Services
HSR 400 At-Risk Populations in Human Services
HSR 412 Leadership Skills for Small Groups
HSR 416 Intervention, Theories and Skills for Human Services
HSR 430 Human Services Administration
HSR 420 Process Addictions
HSR 450 Diagnosis and Treatment of Substance Use Disorders
HSR 304 Field Experience and Seminar
HSR 404 Advanced Field Experience and Seminar
HSR 314 Death, Dying and Grief
HSR 326 Behavior Problems of Children
HSR 330 Introduction to Disability Studies
HSR 428 Family Systems
HSR 522 The Mindful Helping Professional
HSR 574 Grief and Loss Across the Lifespan
PSY 100; STA 113, STA 205 or STA205R; EDU 300 (note: BIO 125 and SOC100 recommended but no longer required)
Special Graduation Requirements: Students must successfully complete all required human service and addictions courses and all program-required supportive courses with a grade of C- or better and have a minimum GPA of 2.5 to graduate with a bachelor of science in Human Services and Addictions.
The purpose of the field placement experience will provide unique opportunities to explore roles and positions within the field of human services. A variety of settings work settings are available to those with a degree in Human Services and Addictions.
Students enrolled in HSR 304: Field Experience Seminar and HSR 404: Advanced Field Experience Seminar will be required to complete 180 hours of experience within an agency setting. The HSR 304 Checklist can be viewed here.
Information can be found in the B.S. Human Services and Addictions Field Experience and Seminar Manual.
All classes offered in a flexible online format, including asynchronous and virtual live classroom experiences.
Ability to apply for the Opioid Impacted Family Support (OIFSP) Grant. All Human Services and Addictions Majors are eligible to apply, and must have an interest in working with children and families impacted by substance use disorders. Students accepted into the program have the opportunity to receive $3,000 in scholarship funds and up to $5,000 in your field experience. To apply: https://nku.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_40LDIUocte1jBae
To schedule an advising appointment, please contact the appropriate advisor according to the number of credit hours you have earned. The advising website can be reached at the following link:
Academic Advisor for Human Services and Addictions:
Prospective and Transfer Students: