College of Social Sciences

Learn about human behavior from those who practice in the field

You want to make a difference in other people’s lives — and your help is needed. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs in the psychology field, human services and counseling are expected to grow an average 29 percent by 2020. Prepare to meet that demand by learning from faculty members who average 18 years of professional experience in those areas.

We work directly with the American Counseling Association (ACA), National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) and National Organization for Human Services (NOHS) to ensure that our programs fill skills gaps in social science professions. These academic alliances mean that when you graduate, you won’t just have a degree — you’ll have the education to lead in this dynamic field.

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StackTrack option

By selecting our StackTrack™ option, you can earn two credentials by the time you graduate. Choose to take career-focused courses earlier in your undergraduate degree program, and earn a certificate as well as your diploma.

Bachelor's StackTrack en route certificates

(Upon successful completion, you’ll receive a certificate as well as your degree.)

Human Services programs

*Maryland residents completing undergraduate degree programs will earn an emphasis rather than a concentration in a particular area of study.

References: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, “Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-2013 Edition, Social and Human Service Assistants:

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, “Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-2013 Edition, Mental Health Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists:

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CACREP Reports

The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) awards programmatic accreditation to the Master of Science in Counseling program at University of Phoenix for meeting specific professional and educational standards.

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Change lives — yours included

Explore the wide range of career opportunities available with a degree from the College of Social Sciences.

UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX – College of Social Sciences: Career Opportunities

Joyce M. White, LMSW
University of Phoenix Human Services Faculty
Founder and Executive Director, Family & Leadership Empowerment Network

People get into the social sciences field because they want to help people. They want to see change in people’s lives in a positive way that is important to the person.


Across the country, there’s an increasing need for people with specialized education in human services, counseling and psychology. The University of Phoenix College of Social Sciences is preparing students for a variety of helping professions.


Human services is a broad foundation for the helping community. A human services worker could be a program coordinator, a case manager. That person could go into education. They can work in the school systems. They can work in a health care facility, a nonprofit — they can even work in government.

Disaster relief is huge and very important. A person with a human services degree can do any number of things in that situation.

A gerontology aide would work with the senior population. They may help with mental health, and there may be issues where the person is suffering dementia.

What we’re finding is because of the economy, more people are needing services in every area, and so that calls for more workers. And that is an opportunity for our students because the demand is growing.


In addition to the variety of career paths available to those interested in human services, there are a growing number of opportunities in counseling.

John W. Johnson, PhD, MSCP, NCC
University of Phoenix Counseling Faculty
Psychologist, Patton State Hospital

I find that the biggest thing with the students at the University of Phoenix program is the excitement, that they are excited about helping people.

University of Phoenix prepares the students incredibly well. We have an excellent counseling center on a couple of our campuses that is a wonderful opportunity to learn in a very structured environment.

The role of a counselor is to first listen to where the client is at, to find the barriers, and then find ways to help remove them.

There’s a number of populations that benefit from counseling. Young children, you know, as early as 4 or 5 years old. Moving completely up through the developmental lifespan, gerontology is a huge field now.

Working with military. It’s estimated that 25 percent of the returning soldiers are going to have some form of PTSD, and we have limited resources to help them.

Counselors can do a great deal of service for people who have addiction problems to make sure that they’re working with outside resources — physicians, sponsors if they’re in a 12-step AA program.

The education that students receive at University of Phoenix helps prepare them to be able to go out and practice in the community. I think we give them way more than many schools in terms of preparation.


Like human services and counseling, there are a range of career opportunities open to people with undergraduate and graduate degrees in psychology, in both the private and public sectors.

Sherrie Segovia, PsyD
University of Phoenix Psychology Faculty
Clinical Manager, Hope Street Family Center, California Hospital Medical Center

Entering the field of psychology — even at the bachelor’s level — there are many opportunities beyond what typically people think of as just psychotherapy or working with clients.

There are intrinsic rewards in both the public and the private sector.

I’ve had students, for instance, that work for the Department of Children and Family Services. And so that’s a really difficult position,. but really highly rewarding.

Another avenue is to work in the classroom as a teacher’s aide, working in research as a research assistant or a psych tech.

In the private sector, human resources, for instance, would be another avenue. Marketing, understanding human behavior, using those skills to impact marketing.

The University of Phoenix College of Social Sciences prepares students for a variety of rewarding careers.


Regardless of which career path a University of Phoenix student chooses — human services, counseling, or psychology — the College of Social Sciences and its faculty are committed to helping prepare every student with the education and skills they need to help them achieve their goals.


The University of Phoenix College of Social Sciences allows me to help people by giving to my students what I have learned, and allowing them to take it to their communities and continue that legacy of helping.