Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies

Course Information

Program Overview

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The Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies (HSRS) program at Assumption combines fascinating course work and meaningful fieldwork as you pursue a human serves degree or in preparation for a graduate level social work degree. You will learn how to develop the potential, and promote the worth, of individuals, from at-risk youths to children and adults with disabilities.

Experiential Learning

A significant distinction of Assumption’s HSRS curriculum is a required internship that enables students to develop and refine the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for working as a human service professional. Students complete a 400-hour internship in a human service setting where they are supported and supervised by a faculty member as well as other personnel.

Human Services Degree Major

Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies majors are required to complete 10 HSRS courses as well as three courses from related disciplines, providing students with a strong liberal arts foundation.

Human Services Degree Minor

The Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies minor consists of six courses, four of which are required, and a 100-hour field experience. The remaining two electives are yours to choose to explore individual interests and career objectives. Students also have the opportunity to customize a minor based on their interests.

Specialized Programs

Assumption offers students from all majors, including HSRS, an opportunity to concentrate in specialty areas related to the human services. Assumption's curriculum will prepare you for a meaningful career.

Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences (MARS) Laboratory

MARS Laboratory

Assumption College is home to one of the few motion capture laboratories in Central Massachusetts, called the Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences (MARS) Laboratory. Dr. Bob Caron of the Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies department works with student research assistants to conduct research on gait patterns. Students are fully immersed in the research project from conceptualization to gathering data, interpreting data to writing and presenting the research. The MARS Lab provides Assumption’s undergraduate students with the unique opportunity to learn how to use a highly sophisticated motion capture system. Most students using systems like this are studying at the graduate level. Participating in this sort of research can distinguish Assumption students in the application process for Occupational and Physical Therapy graduate programs or other graduate programs in health, exercise or rehabilitation sciences.

6-in-5 Graduate Program in Rehabilitation Counseling

The department of Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies offers an accelerated path that allows exceptional Assumption undergraduates who have completed their general education requirements and the required courses for their HSRS major to begin working toward a master's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling during their senior year. Courses taken during your senior year enable you to complete your master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling in five years instead of six.