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Human Relations

College of Professional Studies

Location: Lincoln
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The Human Relations major is designed for persons seeking careers in human service professions. It combines studies in the fields of psychology, sociology, human relations, and communication. Coursework focuses on human development, personality theory, interpersonal and group communication, multiculturalism, professional ethics, and developing counseling skills.

Graduates work in positions in the fields of social/community services, criminal justice, corrections, child welfare, gerontology, and a variety of non-profit settings. Coursework in the Human Relations major also prepares graduates to continue beyond a bachelor’s degree to an advanced degree in counseling.


Course availability will vary based on campus location.

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The Doane Difference

Doane Students

Earn Life Credit

Undergraduate students have the opportunity to document their prior learning from work/life experiences through a portfolio option. This gives students the ability to showcase their experiences by connecting their work/life experiences to the outcomes of formal education and curriculum. Portfolios are assessed and evaluated to allow as many as 30 credits to be earned and applied toward a degree program.

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Flexible Classes

Classes are offered to fit an adult learner’s needs! Courses are typically offered in 8-week terms to provide flexibility and to help make an adult student’s already full schedule more manageable and attainable. Online classes are completed fully online while on-campus evening courses meet once per week for each course.

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Professional Advising

We take education and student goals personally. That’s why from the moment our students register for classes to the day they graduate, they are assigned to a professional academic advisor. Our approach to advising makes Doane the university of choice for adult learners. We make it easy to balance work, life, and academics.

Program Information

Social and Community Services Manager
2018 Median Pay: $65,320 per year
Job Outlook: +13% from 2018-2028
Social and community service managers coordinate and supervise social service programs and community organizations. They work for nonprofit organizations, private for-profit social service companies, and government agencies.

Probation Officer and Correctional Treatment Specialist
2018 Median Pay: $53,020 per year
Job Outlook: +3% from 2016-2026
Probations officers and correctional treatment specialists provide social services to assist in rehabilitation of law offenders in custody or on probation or parole. 

Child Welfare Specialist
Median Pay: $48,198 per year
Job Outlook: +11% from 2018-2028
A Child Welfare Specialist ensure a suitable environment, medical care and schooling. They also supervise care through home visits, and make decision for the child such as whether to remove them from their current home. Other aspects of the job include updating client files, preparing court reports, investigating potential neglect cases, and managing volunteers. 

Child and Family Social Worker
Median Pay: $38,420 per year
Job Outlook: +12% from 2018-2028
A Child and Family Social Worker provides services and assistance to improve the social and psychological functioning of children and their families. They maximize the family's well-being, as well as the academic functioning of the children. They may also, assist parents, arrange adoptions, and find foster homes for abandoned and abused children.  

Source:; Chegg Career Match; O*Net Online

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As an adult learner, it’s a good feeling to know you’re with people from different cultures and backgrounds and that we all accept each other.

Lesly Cayetano ’18
Human Relations

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Sisters Christina & Mana Farahani
We've had such a great experience at Doane with the people, the classes, being able to lead and manage in our outside lives, professionally and personally.

Christina & Mana Farahani ’15
Master of Arts in Management, Leading Edge

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