Mar 20, 2023  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog

Human Services Major (BS)

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Human Services Major- Bachelor of Science (BS)

Please see the UNLV College of Education Human Services  web page at for information about the program, it’s faculty and facilities. Degree worksheets and 4/5 year plan for the major are available at

Please see advising information at the UNLV College of Education Advising and Field Placement Center at


Institution - Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Learning Objectives

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of an array of theoretical and applied counseling theories.
  2. Demonstrate basic counseling skills sufficient to conduct entry - level human services interventions.
  3. Demonstrate an ability to form helping relationships in accordance with principles of sound counseling practice.
  4. Demonstrate an ability to understand, research, and critique professional literature in counseling.
  5. Deliver professional services within the guidelines of ethical and professional practice standards.
  6. Demonstrate an appreciation of multicultural differences and the needs of diverse\clients.
  7. Demonstrate the ability to communicate orally and/or in writing with helping professionals

University Graduation Requirements

Human Services Degree Requirements - Total: 120 Credits

General Education Requirements - Subtotal: 37-40 Credits

First-Year Seminar - Credits: 2-3

English Composition - Credits: 6

Second-Year Seminar - Credits: 3

Constitutions - Credits: 4-6

Mathematics - Credits: 3

Distribution Requirements - Credits: 19

Please see Distribution Requirements  for more information.

  • Humanities and Fine Arts: 9 Credits
    • Two courses 3 credits each from two different humanities areas - 6 credits
    • One course in fine arts- 3 credits
  • Social Science:
    • Automatically satisfied by Major requirements
  • Life and Physical Sciences and Analytical Thinking: 10 Credits
    • Two courses from life and physical sciences category; at least one must have a lab
    • Analytical Thinking 3 credit course 

Multicultural and International

(see note 1 below)

  fulfills the multicultural requirement
International, one 3 credit course required

These courses may overlap with general education and major requirements.  A single course may not meet the multicultural and international requirements simultaneously. For the list of approved multicultural and international courses, go to:​.       

Restrictive Electives - Credits: 15

General Electives - Credits: 23-25

 (see note 3 below)

Total Credits: 120


  1. CED 200 also fulfills the multicultural requirement of the general education core. Courses satisfying the international requirement may simultaneously fulfill another requirement.
  2. A total of 42 credits must be 300/400 level courses.
  3. Hours taken as part of a minor may count toward Human Services electives.

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