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Online Bachelor of Arts in Human Services

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Online Bachelor of Arts in Human Services

Increase your impact on families in need

As one of the nation’s top 15 online B.A. in Human Services programs, National Louis University prepares you for leadership positions in social service agencies, community health centers, rehabilitation clinics, and other settings that remedy and prevent individual and social issues.*

Taught by experienced online instructors, this four-year online program helps you gain practical skills in case management, crisis and trauma response, advocacy, and community collaboration.

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Add in-demand skills to your résumé so you can:

  • Interpret and effectively manage individual and group behavior
  • Develop strategies for community intervention and the management of health and human service organizations
  • Deconstruct marginalization and social stratification for diverse communities in support of social change initiatives
  • Advocate for client needs across a variety of social domains
  • Specialize your learning with an optional concentration and/or a minor to strengthen your marketability
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Why choose NLU for your Online bachelor’s degree in human services?

100% Online

NLU knows you’re balancing work and family while in school. With that in mind, we offer courses in human services completely online to help you keep those important commitments.

Transferable skills

This program teaches you skills to advance in organizations that provide support and service to individuals, families, and communities in need — regardless of industry.

Graduate sooner

You may be able to complete requirements faster through transfer credit, credit by portfolio, credit by examination (CLEP or DANTES), or credit by proficiency.

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Get to know NLU:

We continue to carry out our original mission of supporting communities by offering one of the oldest, still-active human services programs in the Chicago area.

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A bachelor’s in human services can improve your career outlook

Potential human services careers

  • Case management aide
  • Child care worker
  • Community support worker
  • Life skills counselor
  • Social service assistant
  • Social work assistant

National average salary

Community and Social Service Occupations
$46,090
Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019

Projected job growth

Community and Social Service Occupations
11%
Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019

Meet your instructor:
Rubén Gerena, M.S.

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Rubén earned a bachelor’s degree in Human Services from University of Phoenix and his master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from Spertus College. He has spent 20+ years working with youth in Chicago’s Alternative School System, helping to manage and create a large array of youth-focused programs across the city. Rubén is also a master drum maker, teaching hundreds of youth and adults to make their own drums to reaffirm their cultural identity.


Courses include:

Customize your degree without increasing cost or program length

Add an optional concentration in:


Control your schedule

Control your schedule

Get the flexibility you need as a working professional. View your online classes at any time during the week — you set the pace. NLU offers seven start dates per year so you can begin coursework (and graduate) faster.

Expand your professional network

Expand your professional network

Learning online does not mean learning alone. NLU helps you build a professional network with instructors and fellow online students through active discussion forums as well as project-based work (both group and individual).

Take engaging coursework

Take engaging coursework

You may be online, but you’re still part of the class. NLU’s online learning portal allows you to take a course live, or watch a recording whenever you’re ready. Coursework is delivered in multiple formats including written papers, video and slideshows with audio.


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Your success coach gives you one-on-one support

Every online student at NLU is paired with a dedicated success coach who helps in areas ranging from class projects to time management. As your biggest fan at NLU, your success coach can connect you with the resources and people you need to be successful.

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