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Applied Studies: Human Services

North Central University’s Applied Studies: Human Services program provides the necessary training to pursue a career in serving the community.

This degree will equip you to help advocate for those with social, emotion, physical, or developmental challenges. The Human Services major provides an integrated approach to understand theory and practicing skills needed to make a difference in people’s lives.

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The Applied Studies: Human Services program, in partnership with Minneapolis College, helps you gain skills needed for employment serving people.

By earning a liberal arts bachelor’s degree from North Central University and a career specific associate’s degree from Minneapolis College, you’ll be a well-rounded, highly-skilled, marketable employee when you graduate. The broad worldview and critical thinking skills you’ll gain at North Central, along with the training and experience you’ll get at Minneapolis College, will help you land that first job right out of college and will give you opportunities to pursue a calling that’s professionally and personally rewarding.

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One of the best things about being a North Central University student is joining our spirit-filled, faithful, vibrant urban community. In the Applied Studies program, you’ll be a full NCU student, meaning you’ll live on campus, attend daily chapel with your friends and classmates, find mentors in NCU professors, and participate in student organizations and events.

Plus, you’ll get all the benefits of a well-rounded Christian liberal arts education. You’ll take the Christian Studies Core (and graduate with a Christian Studies minor) just like all North Central students. You’ll also take general education courses and electives at North Central. The Christian liberal arts education that North Central provides will prepare you with a firmly rooted faith, a broad and informed worldview, cultural and global awareness, and the critical thinking skills you need for any career field.

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Our Minneapolis College partnership gives you access to courses, resources, and expert faculty

By partnering with Minneapolis College, we can offer you access to career specific courses and training, opportunities to gain real-world experience, and expert faculty.

Minneapolis College is a public two-year college located in downtown Minneapolis. As a part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, Minneapolis College offers a wide range of learning opportunities and has access to many unique resources.

These resources will prepare you with the skills and knowledge you need to find your first job out of college, succeed in your career, and pursue a calling that is fulfilling, meaningful, and rewarding.

In the Applied Studies: Human Services program, you’ll take career-specific courses at Minneapolis College, accounting for 30-50% of the credits towards your bachelor’s degree.

  • Skills you’ll gain

    When you graduate from the Human Services, you’ll be prepared with skills and knowledge in:

    • Serving as an advocate in the community for people who face social, emotional, or developmental challenges
    • Human services, social policy, multicultural factors, system change
  • Potential careers

    Our graduates succeed in a variety of jobs and careers. Here are some possibilities:

    • Human or Social Services Assistant
    • Social Services Technician
    • Addictions Counselor Assistant
    • Casework Assistant
    • Casework Specialist

    You could work in a variety of settings, including:

    • Family outreach and advocacy programs
    • Youth service organizations
    • Nonprofit and government social service agencies
    • Schools and educational settings
    • Group homes and residential care programs
    • Job training programs
    • Community centers
    • Culturally-focused service agencies
    • Housing resource programs

Requirements

All students must complete the General Education Core and Christian Studies Core. General electives may be added or an optional minor may be selected. You need 124 total credit hours to complete an Applied Studies: Human Services degree.

Meet one of your professors

Dr. Renea Brathwaite

Dean of Graduate and Professional Education

Administrative Faculty, Associate Professor

Department: College of Graduate and Professional Education

Education:

  • Ph.D., Theology, Regent University, 2013
  • M.A.T.S., Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, 2004

Professional Experience:

  • Professor, Evangel University, Regent University, and Hosanna Bible Training Center
  • Dean, Ohio School of Ministry
  • Leader Development Taskforce member
  • Member, Committee on Gender and Racial Equality, Ohio Ministry Network
  • Published on topics included Pentecostal theology, black theology, and social justice