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Human Services

The Human Services minor is designed to provide you with a practical understanding of the social welfare system and its impact on individuals and families.

The minor is intended to enhance a student’s primary major, especially those that lead to careers in human service fields – for example, pastoral ministry (see Bible and religion), including youth ministry or business – with an eye to working in the nonprofit world. It would provide excellent preparation if you intend to enter voluntary service or a paraprofessional position in a human service organization or agency. While the Human Services minor is not preparation for a specific profession, it provides you with skills and knowledge to serve clients in a variety of public outreach organizations.


An internship is required for this minor. Bethel students have completed internships at a variety of local agencies, including:

  • Offender Victim Ministries, Newton
  • Mirror Inc. (substance abuse treatment and counseling), Newton
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Harvey County
  • United Methodist Youthville, Newton
  • Harbor House (shelter for battered women), Wichita
  • Prairie View Inc. (mental health services), Newton
  • Area elementary schools (Communities in Schools, etc.)
  • Hospice Care of Kansas, Wichita
  • St. Francis Academy Children’s Services, Newton

You will need to complete an internship and demonstrate basic skills for work in a human services setting.

Requirements for a minor in Human Services:
19 hours.

Mission Statement

Bethel College prepares students for meaningful lives of work and service through faith formation, the liberal arts, and practical experience in career pathways.