Human & Social Services

The Human & Social Services program is designed to provide theoretical and practical knowledge important to be a successful professional in human and social services and to apply those concepts in a variety of settings. Students learn the attributes and needs of diverse populations served by human service organizations and the professional and ethical standards to work with people in need. A number of opportunities are available with community agencies and institutions to gain hands-on experience through field placements. Students may concentrate in specialized areas by choosing specific electives related to their interests.

Career Opportunities

    Human service professionals work in a variety of settings, providing client services such as rehabilitation, social work, support for families, food and shelter assistance, addiction and recovery, mental health, community health, and disability services to help clients achieve self-sufficiency.
    Job opportunities may include:

    • Social and Human Services Assistants
    • Community and Social Services Specialists
    • Peer Support Counselors
    • Mental Health Program Assistants
    • Behavioral Support Aides

    The 2015 occupational employment and wage estimates published by the Washington State Employment Security Department for Walla Walla County report the annual median salary for human and social service professionals is $33,750 with most earning $19,620-$46,620. Washington State job growth for Social and Human Service Assistants is projected to increase 24% by 2022 with approximately 1,050 positions needed within a 50 mile radius of the Walla Walla and Clarkston campuses.


Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Human & Social Services program, the graduate will be able to:

  • Demonstrate adequate preparation for career development required to be an effective human services professional.
  • Recognize and apply ethical and professional standards within the human services field.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of human development and how social systems interact in producing human problems.
  • Identify the full spectrum of a diverse community and appropriate techniques for working with diverse individuals.
  • Identify strategies, interventions, and goal attainment that promote healthy functioning and treatment-rehabilitation congruent with organizations in the human service profession.
  • Employ proficient written and verbal communication skills and the appropriate uses of technology.