Growth Spurt Includes Expansion of Social Service Programs

Continuing with its mission of offering professions-oriented studies, William Woods University has announced the addition of a bachelor of science degree in human services administration, housed in the social work program.

The human services administration major, an interdisciplinary study that spans four departments, will be available for undergraduate students beginning in fall 2004. Plans are to also offer the major through the Graduate and Adult Studies program, starting in the fall in Columbia.

Jerrie Jacobs-Kenner, assistant professor and director of the university’s social work program, believes this to be good addition to William Woods.

“The university strives to offer a diverse, educational environment that enriches both existing students’ learning experiences and attracts new students to WWU,” she said. “Part of meeting this goal is to ensure that students interested in human services administration can complete their desired course of study at WWU.”

The undergraduate program will consist of 48 hours of major-specific courses that include social work, communications, legal studies, business management and finance. The curriculum also includes a six-hour social service internship, which will be completed during the student’s last semester.

Human services administration is an ideal degree for students desiring to enter careers in philanthropic social service management and leadership, which include public, private and not-for-profit organizations. A few potential career opportunities may be found in government or community mental health, domestic violence, child welfare, drug and alcohol, youth services, community action and hospice or nursing home care agencies.

“The skills and knowledge required to manage agencies that address human and social issues are uniquely different than other sectors of business,” explained Jacobs-Kenner. “This degree targets the unique knowledge base and skill set required for human services administrators.”