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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Human Services Major, B.S. (Child Life Concentration)

Department Information

Department of Counseling & Human Services
PO Box 70701
Phone: (423) 439-7692
Web Address: www.etsu.edu/coe/chs/humanservices/

Coordinator: Dr. Mary Langenbrunner (langenbr@etsu.edu)

All incoming Human Services majors will be advised by the professional advising staff in Clemmer College of Education and Human Development  Office of Student Success.

Counseling and Human Services offers programs that focus on the application of development, learning, and other psychological principles in a wide variety of settings including home, school, and community. Courses in the behavioral sciences are provided both for majors and students in other academic areas. Areas of emphasis include developmental, educational and applied psychology, assessment, human services, counseling, early child development, and special education.

The Department of Counseling and Human Services offers one undergraduate program leading to the Bachelor of Science degree. In addition, minors in human development and learning, family studies, and trauma and resilience are available through our department. The Department also offers programs leading to the Master of Arts degree in School Counseling, and Clinical Mental Health Counseling, a graduate certificate in Nature Based Therapy, and a Master of Science in Individual, Family, and Community Sciences.

Students failing to demonstrate ethical and/or professional behaviors, as required by the appropriate professional associations, upon review and substantiation (with due process), may be denied continuance in departmental programs.

Double Counting Course Restrictions

Human Services Major and Family Studies Minor : One course (3 credits) from the following list can be double counted: HDAL 1110  HDAL 2320  HDAL 3110  HDAL 4011  HDAL 4127  HDAL 4137  or HDAL 4950 .

Human Services Major and Trauma and Resilience Minor   : One course (3 credits) from the following list can be double counted: HDAL 2000  HDAL 3610  HDAL 4127  HDAL 4001  or HDAL 4137  .

Human Services Major and Human Development & Learning Minor: It is advised that Human Services Majors not minor in HDAL.  

Human Services (HSER)

The program in Human Services leads to the Bachelor of Science degree (B.S.) and is designed to provide a human and behavioral science background for persons interested in entering professions such as counseling, case management, teaching, program  administration, and similar endeavors. Human service practitioners work in a variety of settings for a broad range of organizations dedicated to helping others transition through their developmental issues and processes.

Human service professionals compose the largest number and proportion of helping professionals, exceeding psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers combined. All these professions work together in providing the best of care for people as they grow and develop through life. The Bachelor of Science in Human Services program at East Tennessee State University has been accredited by the Council for Standards in Human Service Education (CSHSE).

Many graduates of Human Services continue their education beyond the bachelor’s degree. Students often select the Human Services degree program in order to become licensed counselors, especially in school, marriage and family, community agency, or college/university settings. Students entering graduate programs in audiology and speech-language pathology, counseling, education, psychology, and related health professions regularly take Human Services coursework to prepare for their competencies.

Professional employment in Human Services is applied in treatment centers, hospitals, child and youth care facilities, community mental health centers, colleges/universities, schools, academies, governmental and non-governmental organizations, institutions, group homes, foster and transitional care, in-home counseling, homeless and runaway shelters, community action agencies, wilderness and adventure programming, or similar programs for social and personal development.

Admission and Continuance Policy

  1. Students who have earned admission to ETSU may declare their major as Human Services.  Contact a Clemmer College of Education and Human Development academic advisor or your faculty mentor to declare your major.
  2. Success as a human service major and human service professional requires diligent study, personal maturity, and interpersonal skills.
  3. Reflecting diligent study, human service majors must have a GPA of 2.5 in the major to enroll in HDAL 4710 and HDAL 4720.
  4. The human service profession requires interpersonal skills, ethical and personal maturity, and respect of others.  Students who fall significantly below program expectations in these areas, who receive negative feedback from a field experience supervisor, or violate the ETSU Honor Code or Ethical Standards for Human Service professionalism, may be sanctioned by the program.  An elaboration of “fit for the profession” and the remediation and sanction process is located in the student handbook and is linked from the program homepage.

Graduating with a Degree in Human Services from ETSU requires the following:

  1. Students majoring in HSER are required to complete the university’s general education core.
  2. Students must have a  GPA of 2.50 in the major in order to enroll in HDAL 4710 Practicum and HDAL 4720 Internship.
  3. A cumulative grade point average of 2.50 (or higher) is required in the major at the time of graduation.

Degree Requirements: 120 credits

General Education 41-42 credits
Major Total Requirement 69 credits
     Major Core    (27 credits)
     Concentration    (30 credits)
     Field Experience    (6 credits)
     Advisor Approved Electives    (6 credits)
Free Electives 9-10 credits
TOTAL 120 credits

Suggested Four-Year Program of Study: HSER-BS (CHLF)   

If interested in pursuing the Emergent Inquiry Minor with this program of study here is the link to a Suggested Four-Year Program of Study: HSER-BS (CHLF) (with Emergent Inquiry Minor) .

GPA requirement: A cumulative grade point average of 2.50 (or higher) is required in the major at the time of graduation.

General Education Requirements  

These requirements include earning 41-42 credits in Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavior Sciences, History, Natural Sciences and Mathematics categories.

Major Specific courses listed in General Education Requirements:

HDAL 2340   

MATH 1530   

Total Requirements for Human Services Major: 69 credits

Course grade requirement: Must earn a C- or better in all courses within the major.

Be sure to check with an advisor to determine availability of classes. Not all classes meet every semester.

Human Services Field Experience: 6 credits


For more information on seeking certification post-graduation please speak with your advisor. Certification information can be found at this website https://www.childlife.org/

Free Electives: 9-10 credits

Additional Information

Click here to view Degree and Graduation Requirements  for all ETSU students.

CSCI 1100  or Proficiency exam: Must be completed to meet Bachelor’s Degree Requirements. 

Most minors range from 18-24 credits. Those few minors with more than 24 credits may affect the number of free electives allowed.