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Human Service and Community Development 


Are you passionate about human service programming? Can you see yourself managing a nonprofit organization or spearheading a social advocacy group? Perhaps you’re interested in raising and sustaining funding for worthwhile organizations. Edinboro's B.A. in Human Service and Community Development arms you with the tools necessary to affect social change.



A Great Need Exists

The country needs 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 the demand for substance abuse treatment and mental health and health-related services.

Why Edinboro Stands Out.

Built on the strong foundation of Edinboro's Sociology Department, 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.

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

How Edinboro Supports You.

This program 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.

Your Future

With a Bachelor of Arts 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 nonprofit organizations including federal, state, and local government agencies; advocacy groups; behavioral health centers; adoption and childcare 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
  • Demographer
  • Educator
  • Fundraiser
  • Grant writer
  • Human and social service worker
  • Human resource specialist
  • Program manager
  • Volunteer coordinator

Questions About This Program?

Dr. Samuel Claster
Department Chair
281 Dearborn Hall
Phone: 814-732-1551

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