Whether undergraduates choose the major, minor, micro-minor or combined degree option, all students in the Human Services and Social Justice Program enjoy an interactive curriculum that trains them to design and implement programs in service of individuals and communities. The curriculum builds upon students' commitment to social justice, preparing them to maximize these skills for the working world.

Students work closely with faculty on their coursework and research projects. Outside the classroom, HSSJ students have opportunities to pursue awards and scholarships, develop professional skills and connections through internships.

For advising questions please contact Dr. Kelso at [email protected].



"HSSJ helped me find what I am passionate about and understand how policy influences everybody’s lives. I have learned about evaluating programs, designing a budget and writing informative reports — skills I routinely used in my work on Capitol Hill as a legislative correspondent and aide."

Dawn-Marie Sullivan
BA '20

Alumn Dawn-Marie in front of the Washington Monument

Program Outcomes

The HSSJ Program fosters skills and abilities in these key areas:

  • Critical Thinking and Critical Reflection
  • Academic and Professional Writing
  • Program Evaluation
  • Grant Writing
  • Project Management Skills
  • Teamwork and Collaboration

  • Excellent Interpersonal Communication Skills

  • Experience Working with Diverse Communities

  • Fundraising and Development

  • Philanthropy