Social Work Vs Human Services Degree

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What is the difference between earning a degree in Human Services and earning a degree in Social Work? Are these two degree programs the same?

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If you are asking about the difference in a bachelors degree, the study of human services and of social work is indeed quite similar. Many of the subjects studied can overlap including sociology, ethics, and psychology would be studied. A human services major is likely to be a little broader and graduates might find entry level jobs in a wide variety of areas including not only social work but childcare and the justice system. Social work graduates seeking jobs in their field will more usually look at social service agencies.
At the masters level, a social work degree (MSW) allows one to become licensed to practice therapy and counseling. This license would also make one reimbursable by insurance. A masters in human services is again a broader degree with many applications but you would not be eligible to do therapy.

In the end, both areas of study are about helping people.

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