Health and Human Services (HHS) is one of six major areas in the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary major. It studies the systems delivering human services to individuals and communities in need, the problems affecting those individuals and communities, and the professions and professionals providing services.
Within SSC/Health and Human Services students focus their upper level coursework in a specific concentration: social gerontology (HHS/GER), community mental health (HHS/CMH) or early childhood studies (HHS/ECH).
For more information on the early childhood studies or community mental health concentration area of the SSC/Health and Human Services majors please see their individual pages.
The field of aging is rewarding and expanding rapidly. The HHS/Social Gerontology major explores the physical, social and psychological aspects of aging. It highlights issues and problems that impact the elderly such as substance abuse, family violence and grief and loss. During two semesters of fieldwork, students do internships in nursing homes, senior centers, human services agencies, hospitals, and government agencies.