BS in Interdisciplinary Studies: Human Services Minor


Are you interested in working with underrepresented populations from diverse backgrounds? If so, this minor could be for you. The Human Services minor will help you expand your awareness of the multifaceted roles in Human Services and offer you a strong foundation in the field of social Sciences.

It will also provide you with opportunities to enhance your professional helping skills, increase awareness of multicultural perspectives, and prepare for work in the rewarding career of making a difference in the lives of others.

Also, as part of the Bachelor of Science, Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) program you can complement your minor with another area of study. The IDS program is similar to a General Studies program in that you can customize your learning experience, work toward your individual goals, and excel quickly toward your degree. Learn more about other approved minors in the program.

Note: You can also earn an Associate of Science, IDS with a minor in Human Services.

At a Glance

  • Industry-specific curriculum prepares you for more responsible positions in a variety of occupations.
  • Courses blend content with your professional experience, allowing for immediate application in your work setting.
  • A generous credit-transfer policy is designed to award maximum credit for both traditional and non-traditional learning experience.
  • Faculty with practical experience work one-on-one with you to ensure your success
  • Flexible online format that allows you to study at your own schedule, at your own pace and at your own location. No on-campus residency required.


Bachelor degree students must complete 128 credits, and at least 25% must be completed through Saint Joseph’s College. As part of the IDS program, baccalaureate students will have an opportunity to study across disciplines. Students pursuing an associate’s degree in IDS will complete one approved minor. Students can also pursue the Human Services minor as part of the Associate of Science, Interdisciplinary Studies (AS HS, IDS) degree program.



Lisa Backman
Lisa Backman
MS, University of Southern Maine
BA, University of Southern Maine
Elizabeth Fecto
Elizabeth Fecto
MA, Vermont College
BA, Skidmore College


Amy Landry
Amy LandryRegistered Nurse
“An Interdisciplinary Studies degree will prepare me to become a more effective healthcare team member and problem solver. Most importantly, I will be better able to help patients who rely on nurses daily in various medical settings.”
Meredith Mortimer
Meredith MortimerParaprofessional, elementary school, Guardian ad Litem, children in foster care
“Having an IDS degree with minors in Human Services and Psychology arms me with a valuable toolkit to be an effective teacher and advocate for at risk children.”


Employment and job opportunities within the social and human services fields are expected to grow 22 percent between 2012 and 2022. The human services specialization provides students with opportunities to work in the broad field of human services. This may include work as social workers, sales people, race and community relations, specialists, human resources specialists, teachers, counselors, and psychology and medical professionals. This specialization should also help students more fully develop relationships in their personal lives.