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A bachelor’s degree in human services and addictions prepares you to be a helping professional who can serve a diverse group of clients in a wide range of settings and in various roles. In addition to developing skills to help clients individually and in small groups, you will learn about case management, human services administration, ethical issues in human services, and cultural competence.  You will also select two elective courses from a variety of topics such as Death, Dying and Grief, Behavior Problems of Children, and Family Systems. Courses are offered online and in hybrid format to accommodate the schedules of busy students.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services and Addictions at NKU also provides unique opportunities to learn about substance abuse and addictions.  Students will complete coursework and field experiences to help them work effectively in this field.  In addition, completion of the major will also help to prepare individuals interested in obtaining licensure as a chemical dependency counselor.


Where You Can Work

The Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services and Addictions is a flexible degree that leads to entry-level positions in settings such as governmental agencies, non-profit organizations, schools, hospitals, drug treatment programs and residential facilities.  Graduates of this program are also well prepared to enter master’s programs in related fields such as counseling or social work.


In addition to required coursework, you will complete two different field practicums (180 hours each) for a total of 360 hours of field experience.  These opportunities will allow you to apply your knowledge in a professional setting and gain real world experience. Typically, students do their practicums at human service agencies in Cincinnati or Northern Kentucky, but students may also work at an approved site in their local community.

B.S. Human Services and Addictions Field Experience and Seminar Manual


Program Director
Dr. Ashley Nicole De La Torre-Brooks
Dr. Ashley Nicole De La Torre-Brooks


To schedule an advising appointment, please contact the appropriate advisor according to the number of credit hours you have earned. The advising website can be reached at the following link:

Academic Advisor for Human Services and Addictions:
Hannah Ledford
FH 455|859-572-5572

Prospective and Transfer Students: