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2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Human Services and Counseling

The Department of Human Services and Counseling at Metropolitan State University of Denver prepares students for careers in the human services profession: assisting individuals, couples, and families in meeting the challenges of living throughout the life cycle. The core curriculum offers introductory courses in human services, ethics, multicultural issues and at least 600 hours of field experience. The Department of Human Services and Counseling offers two majors; Human Services, and Fire and Emergency Response Administration. In the Human Services major, there are concentrations focused on specific counseling and service disciplines, including mental health, addictions, high risk youth, trauma and nonprofit studies. A paramedic concentration toward a degree is available to currently Certified Paramedics through Denver Health. Human Services students are not required to complete a minor, although students majoring in other areas may minor in human services areas.

Academic Programs

This nationally recognized curriculum is approved by the Council for Standards in Human Service Education. The Department is also recognized in Colorado by the Office of Behavioral Health (a combination of the Mental Health and Addiction treatment service divisions) of  the Colorado Department of  Human Services and provides course work that leads to all three levels of  Colorado Certified Addiction Counselor [CAC]. Other specialized programs provide certificates in High Risk Youth Studies and Nonprofit Studies. Multicultural issues in the delivery of human services are addressed throughout the curriculum. Field instruction and experiences at community agencies further classroom learning and provide networking and career development opportunities for students.

Employment Outlook and Further Study

Graduates with degrees in human services are qualified to work in a variety of settings, including community mental health centers, addiction treatment centers, nonprofit organizations, and social service agencies. The program has historically generated a high employment rate for our graduates in careers directly related to the major. Many Human Services graduates go on to complete graduate degrees and licensure in marriage and family counseling, psychology, pastoral counseling, social work, addiction studies, public administration, or other areas, including business and law. If graduate study is part of your career plans, please talk with an advisor about options and necessary course work for entry into such programs.


The department is nationally accredited by the Council for Standards in Human Service Education. Graduates can apply to become a Human Services Board Certified Practitioner. Certain classes in the curriculum are required to qualify for licensure. Please see an advisor. The Department of  Human Services and Counseling offers four concentrations: Addiction Studies, High Risk Youth, Mental Health Counseling, and Nonprofit Studies. The department also accepts credits from the Denver Health Paramedic Program to support a Paramedic Concentration. All FERA curriculum meets national standards for the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education criteria.



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