Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies

Combine fascinating coursework and meaningful fieldwork as you pursue a human serves degree or in preparation for a graduate-level social work degree.

Contact Information

Cinzia Pica, Ed.D., Chair, Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies



Switzer Building - Room 109

Assumption University’s Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies (HSRS) program provides a strong foundation for work in a variety of health, disability and human service-related fields such as organizations providing services to children, adolescents, adults and older adults. A distinctive aspect of the curriculum is its unique full-time, semester-long internship program.

If you would like to pursue a career to make a meaningful difference in people’s lives, the bachelor's degree in human services and rehabilitation studies is an excellent choice. Assumption’s program is unique in that it combines a strong liberal arts education with professional skills training that will enable you to serve a wide range of client populations with various behavioral, emotional, physical, rehabilitation and social needs. Our faculty will work closely with you to help you navigate your academic and career goals.

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.

Benefits and Features of a Bachelor’s Degree in HSRS

  • Complete a required 400-hour internship in a human services setting, positioning you for employment immediately upon graduation.
  • Assist with or participate in research studies.
  • Benefit from our location in Worcester, where we are surrounded by dozens of health and human services agencies and one of the largest school systems in Massachusetts.
  • Work towards a master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling during your senior year by completing a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in just five years.
  • Prepare for graduate school in programs like counseling psychology, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, rehabilitation counseling, school counseling, school psychology, child life, special education, social work and speech-language pathology.

Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies Faculty

Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies Staff

Kolawole Akindele

Adjunct Faculty HSRS

Mary Ann Bedick

Adjunct Faculty HSRS

Robert Benoit

Adjunct Faculty HSRS

Jari Buck

Adjunct Faculty Hsrs Graduate

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