Human Service and Community Development

Bachelor of Arts | College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Edinboro University

Effect positive social change with a degree in Human Service and Community Development.

Are you passionate about human service programming? Can you see yourself managing a non-profit organization? Or spearheading a social advocacy group? Perhaps you’re interested in raising and sustaining funding for worthwhile organizations. The Human Service and Community Development concentration arms you with the tools necessary to affect social change.

Built on the strong foundation of the Sociology Department at Edinboro University, this new track gives you training in applied and public sociological practice. You will develop skills in strategic social planning, policy analysis, community ethnography, community organization, needs assessment and program evaluation. Under the guidance of expert faculty, you will learn to conduct research, assess and evaluate existing programming and apply your skills in a variety of settings.

You will graduate ready to make a difference, precipitating social change and creating social good.

Expert Faculty

Accomplished faculty instruct, guide, and inspire Edinboro students to achieve and lead. EU faculty are recognized for their commitment to student success and creating a personal and engaging academic environment.

Experiential Learning

The Edinboro experience extends well beyond the classroom. EU students prepare for careers and life through opportunities for hands-on learning, collaborative research with faculty, global travel, and internships.

Modern Facilities

Fighting Scots live, work, and play in state-of-the-art facilities on EU’s picturesque 585-acre campus. Located just 20 miles south of Erie, Pennsylvania’s fourth-largest city, Edinboro is bustling with exciting activities.

Develop skills that transfer to every profession.

A great need exists for social scientists who can add value to their community. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for social and community service managers is projected to grow 18% from now through 2026 - much faster than the average for all occupations - due to increases in the elderly population and increases in demand for substance abuse treatment and mental health and health-related services.

Why choose Edinboro?

The Human Service and Community Development concentration transcends the boundaries of traditional education and prepares you to engage in the challenges of professional employment, civil society and public and private life. As a student, you will:

Acquire valuable research skills that include data collection and analysis, survey methods and interviewing techniques, ethics in research, program evaluation and more.

Gain a deep understanding of social institutions and human services that serve the needs of various publics.

Learn how to evaluate the operation and effectiveness of social programs.

Participate in hands-on, experiential learning that is focused on public engagement and community organization.

What can you do with this degree?

The Department of Sociology envisions a more equitable society built upon vibrant social relations, sustainable communities and inclusive institutions guided by the principles of diversity, participatory democracy, civic engagement, and economic and community development, as well as social and economic justice.

With a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a concentration in Human Services and Community Development, you can have a positive impact on your community. You’ll be prepared to work for a variety of for-profit and non-profit organizations including federal, state, and local government agencies, advocacy groups, behavioral health centers, adoption and child care agencies, public and private nursing homes and addiction treatment facilities. More specifically, you may serve as one of the following:

Advocacy specialist

City planner

Community organizer

Data specialist




Grant writer

Human and social service worker

Human resource specialist

Program manager

Volunteer coordinator

"Our department creates a genuine space to cultivate our majors’ sociological imaginations as well as the research and professional skills necessary to improve social conditions for themselves and others. Whatever fields our graduates go into, they take a bit of the spirit of our department out into the world, and that is our greatest contribution to society."

Dr. Samuel Claster, Chair, Department of Sociology

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Dr. Samuel Claster, Department Chair
Phone: 814.732.1551

Edinboro University

219 Meadville St, Edinboro, PA 16444
Phone: 814.732.2000