Social Sciences

Human Services

Bachelor of Science (BS)

Empower people and communities.

You’re the one whose friends come to when they have a problem or want to know where to go for help. People seek your assistance in getting involved, giving back, or advocating for a cause.

Channel your compassion into a career helping people access the programs and services they need. As a human service major, gain a deeper view of human growth, development, and relationships. Build your understanding of how human behavior is impacted by social context and how you can work toward change.

As you grow into your career, you'll blaze a trail in your career as someone who transforms children, families, and communities.

Develop your commitment to improving the quality of life for individuals, families, and communities. At Lesley, you’ll build the skills you need to make a difference in the lives of those who are challenged by life circumstances, societal conditions, or socio-political forces.

Explore systems and policy organizations that serve communities. Examine ways to prevent, as well as remedy, obstacles in areas such as housing, healthcare, mental health, criminal justice, and employment. Guided by faculty-mentors, learn how to navigate current challenges in the field.

Beginning in your second year, bring your studies to life through 450 hours of internship experience in places like the Massachusetts Immigration and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House, Home for Little  Wanderers, and Cambridge Family and Children's Services.   

Specialize in At-Risk Individuals and Families or At-Risk Organizations and Communities, or design your own specialization. Whether you choose to specialize or not, our program gives you the opportunity to explore societal problems and develop approaches and skills that promote change.

“I want to help people be the best version of themselves.”
Olivia Jarvis ’18, Human Services Major
Craft Creative Combinations
As a Human Services major, you can pursue a second major or one of our 45+ minors—in art & design or a liberal arts subject—to expand your career opportunities.

Forge your own path with a creative combination:
Gain Skills and Expertise
Here’s a taste of what you’ll do in our human services program:
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Small College, Big University

Within the dynamic environment of a larger university, you'll receive the personalized education of a small liberal arts college of 1,400 students. You'll learn from our highly-specialized faculty who are passionate experts in the social sciences and beyond—from child homelessness to social work, human services, political science, and more.

$62,090
Average salary for human services professionals in New England.
With a wide range of career options and average salaries of over $60,000 per year, graduates from human services programs enjoy excellent employment opportunities in the Greater Boston area and beyond. From advocacy and support services, to research, policy making, and more, the program will prepare you for important work across a range of industries. (Source: Burning Glass Labor Insight)
Careers
Jobs You Could Have
Job opportunities for human services majors are projected to increase by over nine percent in the next ten years in a wide range of industries, including:
Careers
Where You Could Work
Graduates of global studies programs pursue a wide range of careers across a variety of industries. Top employers of graduates include:
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Cambridge is our campus. Boston is our neighbor.

Whether you're pursuing social work, political science, or another major in the social sciences, you'll take classes on our three beautiful Cambridge campuses. You'll discover the Cambridge and Boston area—a dynamic hub of professional opportunity, service work, culture, and fun few other cities can match. And, you'll build your résumé and make connections through internships as you take advantage of the rich resources in Massachusetts, home to 20,000+ nonprofits.

Faculty

Approximate cost, before financial aid, for 1 year of study in this undergraduate program.
Human Services
Housing Options
Compare the cost of the program for students who live on campus in a residence hall with the cost for commuter students.
  • Tuition
    Fall Tuition
    $14,250
    Spring Tuition
    $14,250
  • Fees
    Activity Fees
    $250
    Materials Fees
    $150
    Registration Fees
    $80
    Lab Fees
    $40
  • Room & Board
    Double/Triple/Quad Room
    $9,860
    Housing Deposit
    $300
    Meal Plan
    $6,370
    Health Service Fees (required for resident students)
    $800
  • Total cost before financial aid
Estimated Cost

Merit Scholarships & Financial Aid

It’s our goal at Lesley to break down financial barriers so that students who want to learn here, can learn here. That’s why we offer generous, customized aid packages for students based on their individual needs. In fact, in the fall of 2019, 98% of incoming Lesley students received some level of financial aid. Learn more about Financial Aid & Scholarships.

Tuition & Fees

Other fees may apply. Review all undergraduate tuition and fees, and what they cover.

Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective June 1.

Housing Options
Compare the cost of the program for students who live on campus in a residence hall with the cost for commuter students.
  • Tuition
    Fall Tuition
    $14,250
    Spring Tuition
    $14,250
  • Fees
    Activity Fees
    $250
    Materials Fees
    $150
    Registration Fees
    $80
    Lab Fees
    $40
  • Room & Board
    Double/Triple/Quad Room
    $9,860
    Housing Deposit
    $300
    Meal Plan
    $6,370
    Health Service Fees (required for resident students)
    $800
  • Total cost before financial aid
Estimated Cost

Merit Scholarships & Financial Aid

It’s our goal at Lesley to break down financial barriers so that students who want to learn here, can learn here. That’s why we offer generous, customized aid packages for students based on their individual needs. In fact, in the fall of 2019, 98% of incoming Lesley students received some level of financial aid. Learn more about Financial Aid & Scholarships.

Tuition & Fees

Other fees may apply. Review all undergraduate tuition and fees, and what they cover.

Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective June 1.

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Approximate cost, before financial aid, for 1 year of study in this undergraduate program. Tuition and fees are for the 2019-2020 academic year.
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