The Human Services major is an academically rigorous program that prepares students for careers in social change. The mission of the Human Services program is to provide students with the theoretical and skill-based background necessary to practice as social professionals in the macro, mezzo, and micro arenas (individuals, communities and policies).

A Human Services student will take courses that are applicable and relevant to the field while honing their skills through our extensive experiential educational opportunities. Through courses, service-learning, co-op and the internship program, students are prepared to work in various capacities including: direct service, counseling, organizational development, political advocacy, community development and nonprofit management.

Learn more about our unique program by watching this video highlighting the dialogue to Zambia.


The power of local philanthropy by Joe O’Connell, news @ Northeastern (April 9, 2014)
Turning water into rice by Joe O’Connell, news @ Northeastern (February 20, 2014)
Providing Truly Strong Support for Teachers and Children by Emily Mann and Deborah Abelman, The Wheelock Blog (February 19, 2014)

New Social Impact Lab calls for charitable causes by Mary Whitfill, The Huntington News (February 6, 2014)

Northeastern launches lab to empower social change, civic engagement by  Matt Rocheleau, Boston.com College & University News (January 23, 2014)

Learning by Giving Foundation Partners with Northeastern University to Offer Free Online Course on Effective Charitable Giving by Business Wire (January 22, 2014)

Northeastern Launches Social Impact Lab to empower global change by Kara Sheminnews@Northeastern (January 22, 2014)

Promoting Success Through Health and Play by Northeastern University Honors Program (January 20, 2014)

Fall 2013 Service-Learning Expo by the Service-Learning Program
Northeastern University Center of Community Service (December 5th, 2013)

Empowerfest celebrates Northeastern’s past, present, and future by Joe O’Connell College of Social Science and Humanities Northeastern University (November 18th, 2013)

Remembering the “Why” by Lori Gardinier, Building a Better World The Pedagogy and Practice of Global Service-Learning (November 12, 2014)

Me and My Bully by Emily Mann and Nick Pierson, Aspire Wire at Wheelock College (November 7, 2013)

Read more about our program.