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Human Services program ranked among top 25 in nation

By Luanne Williams

Wingate University’s Human Services program is the only one in North Carolina ranked in the top 25 in the nation in a new report from Best Degrees, clocking in at No. 19.

“To rank the 25 Best Human Services Bachelor’s Programs for 2021, Best Degrees editors researched accredited, trusted programs of all kinds,” the group reports on its website. “From our initial pool, we ranked programs according to price, accreditation, reputation and salary potential, using data from IPEDS and Niche, U.S. News and World Report, and other higher education rating publications.”

Best Degrees notes that Wingate students can earn a bachelor of science or bachelor of arts degree in human services and touts the program’s curriculum, which includes courses in developmental psychology, social stratification, critical thinking and research design, and inferential statistics, as well as a 100-hour practicum. During their internships, students gain experience in settings such as school counseling centers, community shelters, autism support services, and domestic-violence facilities.

Nidia Angeles

Nidia Angeles, a 2020 graduate, made connections through her internship to help her land a job in the North Carolina Court System.

"Being a human services major at Wingate was one of the best decisions of my life. The courses I took allowed me to gain a bigger understanding about the issues people with different socioeconomic status face,” Angeles says. “While at Wingate, I discovered my passion for serving the community through an internship that allowed me to explore human services further. My professors became my mentors and are the reason I learned how much I love doing what I do now – serving children who have been abused or neglected and advocating for them in court.”

Best Degrees describes potential human services professionals as “empathetic and caring, with a desire to help others in a non-clinical setting.”

“Whether you have an interest in crisis prevention, assisting people in improving their quality of life, helping to maintain services in communities and non-profit agencies, an undergraduate degree in human services will be a great beginning,” the organization advises. 

Learn more about studying human services at Wingate.

March 30, 2021