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Human Services (Bachelor of Science) Sample Online Curriculum

The sample course of study below is based on the 2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog. This is not an official advising document. It can serve as a guide for how your existing college credits may transfer to ODU. All efforts have been made to provide accurate program information. However, this information is subject to change by the department.

This human services degree program is available completely online at ODU, which means you can start as a freshman. If you already have college credits, you may be able to transfer them to ODU and satisfy many of the lower division course requirements.

Our online enrollment coordinators can provide a free unofficial transfer evaluation before you apply to ODU. Official review of your student records happens when you apply to and are admitted to ODU.

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Lower Division General Education and Departmental Requirements

Old Dominion University CourseCreditsNotes
GEN ED. Written Communication3ENGL 110C English Composition
GEN ED. (DEPT) Written Communication II3
GEN ED. Literature3
GEN. ED. Mathematical Skills 3STAT 130M preferred
GEN ED. Language and Culture0-6
GEN ED. Information Literacy/Research Skills3
GEN ED. Human Creativity3
GEN ED. Interpreting the Past3
GEN ED. Philosophy and Ethics3
GEN ED. The Nature of Science4
GEN ED. The Nature of Science4
GEN ED. Impact of Technology3Any ODU "T" course
GEN. ED. (DEPT) Human Behavior3SOC 201S

Major Courses

Course sequencing, co-requisites, and pre-requisites are strictly enforced.

Old Dominion University CourseCreditsNotes
HMSV 339 Interpersonal Relations3Satisfies GEN. ED. Oral Communication requirement
HMSV 341 Introduction to Human Services3
HMSV 343W Human Services Methods3
HMSV 344 Career Development and Appraisal3
HMSV 346 Diversity Issues in Human Services3
HMSV 368 Field Observation in Human Services3
HMSV 440W Program Dev., Implement., and Funding3
HMSV 444 Psycho-educational Groups3
HMSV 447 Introduction to Substance Abuse or 448 Interventions and Advocacy with Children3
HMSV 449 Crisis Intervention, Prevention, and Ethics3
HMSV 452 or 4943
HMSV 491 Family Guidance3
HMSV 468 Internship in Human Services12Completed after all other HMSV coursework is completed with a grade of C or better.

Substance Abuse Course Sequence
For students pursuing credentialing as a CSAC or CADC following graduation, HMSV 447 and 452 must be taken as HMSV electives. Additionally, HMSV 468 (Internship) is recommended to be in a substance abuse treatment setting.


Upper-Division General Education Requirements

  • Option A. An approved minor, second degree or second major (12 credit hours minimum)
  • Option B. Interdisciplinary Minor (12 credit hours. Three credit hours may be in the major area of study.)
  • Option C. International business and regional courses or an approved certification program, such as teaching licensure.
  • Option D. Two upper-division courses from outside the College of Education. These courses must not required by the major. (6 credit hours)


View All Human Services Course Descriptions in ODU's Undergraduate Catalog


This bachelor's degree requires a minimum of 120 credit hours total.

To complete this degree at ODU as a transfer, a minimum of 30 credit hours must be earned at ODU.


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