Undergraduate

Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies

Assumption College’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.

Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies Program

Program Tracks Available

Major, Minor, Accelerated Master's


Admission Deadline

Early Decision: November 1
Early Action: November 1
Early Action II: December 15
Regular Decision: February 15


Degrees Offered

B.A., M.A.


Department

Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies

Program Contact

Carl Robert Keyes, Ph.D.

Department Chair, Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies, Associate Professor of History, Director of Women's Studies, Pre-Law Advisor
508-767-7324 Founders Hall - Room 114

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Experiential Learning

Learn the Skills Employers Seek

Faculty/Student Research

The Assumption curriculum encourages scholarly and real-world experience. With hands-on research conducted alongside faculty mentors, students gain a depth of knowledge and skills that lead to professional success and personal fulfillment.

Study Abroad

At Assumption College, the world is your classroom. Students can study and explore abroad in over 50 places from Vienna to England, South Africa, and even our own campus in historic, yet modern, Rome, Italy. Assumption’s study abroad program offers culture, history, and a living classroom for all.

Internships

Assumption starts planning for your future the day you arrive on campus. Our Career Development and Internship Center helps students secure exciting and fulfilling internships where you’ll apply knowledge obtained in the classroom in a professional setting, preparing for a future career or additional study. Assumption connects students to internship opportunities in corporations, government agencies, research hospitals, non-profit organizations, and more.

Assumption's Rome Campus

At Assumption's campus in Rome, Italy, the city and the country become your classroom through daily and weekend-long excursions throughout "the eternal city" and the Italian countryside. This unique study abroad experience will enrich your academic and cultural pursuits as you walk in the footsteps of emperors and gladiators then enjoy delectable Italian cuisine or perhaps a cappuccino after class in a local cafe. (Did you know that your financial aid follows you to Rome?)

Explore the Rome Campus

Career Paths

American Red Cross

Brigham and Women’s Hospital-Boston

Catholic Social Services

Cascade Disability Management

Department of Youth Services

Devereux School

Genesis Club

Jewish Family Services

Jewish Health Care

Massachusetts Department of Social Services

Mercy Centre for Developmental Disabilities

New England Center for Children (NECC)

Public Schools of Massachusetts

Rainbow Child Development Center

UMASS-Early Intervention Programs

Youth Opportunities Upheld, INC.

Alexander Richardson

Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies 2019
Intern, Pawtucket Red Sox

I want to give back to the community and give back to the youth since they are the next generation.

I want to help youths ideally through sports. Whatever I can do to help people is what I want to pursue for a career. Through Assumption’s partnership with the Red Sox minor league baseball team, I’ve been given this opportunity.
Leah Cayer

Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies 2019
School Counseling Intern, St. Peter-Marian High School

As an HSRS major, I participated in a 400 hour internship.

My interviewing techniques class helped me get the interview at St. Peter-Marian High School in addition to Professor Sabelli who advocated for me. Take advantage of all the opportunities and resources that are available to you!
Isaac Brobbey

Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies 2019
Youth Futures International - Internship in Ghana

Assumption offers all the resources to make one’s dreams become reality.

Students reach their highest potential here. I want to build and improve healthcare systems in developing countries, so I was able to complete my internship in my home country, Ghana, where l left six years ago. This is undoubtedly a dream I have always hoped for.
Madison Shropshire

Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies 2017
Intern, Assumption College Sports Medicine

The small class sizes provided me with individual attention and an engaging learning experience.

Through my internship, I learned how to apply treatment therapies and physical rehabilitation with student-athletes. This experience gave me essential hands-on learning under professional athletic trainer supervision.
Maya Ahluwalia

Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies 2017
Pursuing a Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of New England

My professors provided me with a phenomenal education.

The Assumption faculty taught me how to serve people with disabilities and ailments. In my final semester, I was able to apply these skills and broaden my clinical experience at my internship for Central Mass Physical Therapy and Wellness.
Christina Benoit

Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies 2017
Case Manager, Elder Services of Worcester

The human services coursework was extremely valuable and set me up to be successful.

I learned how to communicate effectively and use the skills I learned in the classroom. I feel Assumption fully prepared me to enter into my career as a Case Manager for the Elder Services of Worcester.
Claire Keating

Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies 2017
Social Worker, Department of Children and Families

I was able to confidently walk into a full-time position as a social worker right after I graduated.

My full-time internship at Worcester's Department of Children and Families guided my career goals. This opportunity wouldn't have been possible without Assumption College and the Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies internship program.
Anthony Manzi

Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies 2017
Assistant Area Coordinator, Brandeis University

Assumption has given me the opportunity to become passionate about something I never expected.

Through enriching courses, challenging leadership positions, and supportive faculty and staff, I found a passion in higher education and I found success in the classroom. Faculty and staff became my mentors and my inspiration, and they stood behind me every step of the way.
Danielle Driscoll

Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies BA 2014 / MBA 2015
AmeriCorps National Member Construction Crew Leader, Habitat for Humanity / Pursuing a Master of Business Administration, Assumption College

I strongly value my education and how it opened my eyes to the joy of helping others.

The service opportunity trips I was involved in showed me the value of service and are the reason I chose my course of study. All students should be involved and take advantage of every opportunity the College offers.
Erin Jovan

Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies 2018
Pursuing a Doctorate of Physical Therapy, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Assumption is a place where great growth happens and where you will be part of a community.

I’ve learned really important life skills that can be transferable to not only my personal life, but to my professional career as well. Some of the best years of a student's life will be spent here, so get involved!
Bryanna Veroneau

Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies 2018
Pursuing a Doctorate of Physical Therapy, Elon University

I received a very well rounded education at Assumption College and have become a better person.

My experiences at the College have helped me with my success because it gave me the tools I needed to enter the workforce. I learned great communication skills and was provided with a thorough knowledge of the human anatomy.
Lily Dolyak

Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies 2018
Obtaining a Master’s Degree in Social Work, Simmons College

Assumption gave me confidence and taught me to take initiative, which is what College is all about.

As a result, I was able to take on a bigger leadership role in my internship. The people you meet here will be your biggest supporters. The professors are readily available and classmates share the same types of passion, so everyone builds each other up.
Tyron Thompson

Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies 2018
Pursuing a Doctorate of Chiropractic, University of Bridgeport

I thrived at Assumption because I got involved and there are so many opportunities to do just that!

At my internship, I learned how to effectively interact with athletes from all backgrounds as well as various rehabilitation techniques and methods. I was successful because of Assumption being a very social community. I carried that social aspect over to my internship.
Katelin Riley

Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies 2018
Residential Counselor, The Bridge of Central Massachusetts

The classes I took and the professors I had greatly prepared me to be successful at my internship.

Professor Pica-Smith was one of my most influential professors- she taught me so much. I was able to jump right in at The Bridge of Central Massachusetts and felt like I really understood what was going on around me.
Chantal Jordan

Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies 2018
Pursuing a Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology, Boston University

The close-knit community, small classes, and caring professors foster a great learning environment.

The courses I took at Assumption helped me to integrate knowledge from class with skills I learned in my internship. The theoretical and the practical were brought together to create a real and profound learning experience.
Abigail Gogdon

Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies 2018
ABA Therapist, Behavior Concepts Inc. / Pursuing a Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis

Assumption taught me to build connections and to apply theoretical frameworks to meaningful practice

I am so grateful to the HSRS department, and especially to Dr. Pica-Smith. She has been an inspiration for myself and others, as she cultivates an inclusive learning environment that reaches beyond campus, and puts principle into action.
Madeline Burton

Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies 2018
SCO Case Manager, BayPath Elder Services

The material I learned in the Human Services courses greatly prepared me for my internship.

I applied what Assumption taught me and was able to learn more about the administrative and advocacy side of human services. Getting involved in various programs on campus and completing my internship were definitely highlights of my Assumption experience.
Ahlajuwon Spencer

Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies 2018
Vocational Counselor, The New England Center for Children

My internship at The New England Center for Children was a wonderful experience.

I gained knowledge in specific areas of applied behavior analysis (ABA) throughout my internship. I learned how to efficiently run task analysis as well as preference assessments with students. I also enjoyed learning about the clinical aspect of ABA.

Shining Their Light

Alexander Richardson

Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies 2019
Intern, Pawtucket Red Sox

I want to give back to the community and give back to the youth since they are the next generation.

I want to help youths ideally through sports. Whatever I can do to help people is what I want to pursue for a career. Through Assumption’s partnership with the Red Sox minor league baseball team, I’ve been given this opportunity.
Leah Cayer

Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies 2019
School Counseling Intern, St. Peter-Marian High School

As an HSRS major, I participated in a 400 hour internship.

My interviewing techniques class helped me get the interview at St. Peter-Marian High School in addition to Professor Sabelli who advocated for me. Take advantage of all the opportunities and resources that are available to you!
Isaac Brobbey

Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies 2019
Youth Futures International - Internship in Ghana

Assumption offers all the resources to make one’s dreams become reality.

Students reach their highest potential here. I want to build and improve healthcare systems in developing countries, so I was able to complete my internship in my home country, Ghana, where l left six years ago. This is undoubtedly a dream I have always hoped for.
Madison Shropshire

Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies 2017
Intern, Assumption College Sports Medicine

The small class sizes provided me with individual attention and an engaging learning experience.

Through my internship, I learned how to apply treatment therapies and physical rehabilitation with student-athletes. This experience gave me essential hands-on learning under professional athletic trainer supervision.
Maya Ahluwalia

Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies 2017
Pursuing a Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of New England

My professors provided me with a phenomenal education.

The Assumption faculty taught me how to serve people with disabilities and ailments. In my final semester, I was able to apply these skills and broaden my clinical experience at my internship for Central Mass Physical Therapy and Wellness.
Christina Benoit

Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies 2017
Case Manager, Elder Services of Worcester

The human services coursework was extremely valuable and set me up to be successful.

I learned how to communicate effectively and use the skills I learned in the classroom. I feel Assumption fully prepared me to enter into my career as a Case Manager for the Elder Services of Worcester.
Claire Keating

Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies 2017
Social Worker, Department of Children and Families

I was able to confidently walk into a full-time position as a social worker right after I graduated.

My full-time internship at Worcester's Department of Children and Families guided my career goals. This opportunity wouldn't have been possible without Assumption College and the Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies internship program.
Anthony Manzi

Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies 2017
Assistant Area Coordinator, Brandeis University

Assumption has given me the opportunity to become passionate about something I never expected.

Through enriching courses, challenging leadership positions, and supportive faculty and staff, I found a passion in higher education and I found success in the classroom. Faculty and staff became my mentors and my inspiration, and they stood behind me every step of the way.
Danielle Driscoll

Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies BA 2014 / MBA 2015
AmeriCorps National Member Construction Crew Leader, Habitat for Humanity / Pursuing a Master of Business Administration, Assumption College

I strongly value my education and how it opened my eyes to the joy of helping others.

The service opportunity trips I was involved in showed me the value of service and are the reason I chose my course of study. All students should be involved and take advantage of every opportunity the College offers.
Erin Jovan

Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies 2018
Pursuing a Doctorate of Physical Therapy, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Assumption is a place where great growth happens and where you will be part of a community.

I’ve learned really important life skills that can be transferable to not only my personal life, but to my professional career as well. Some of the best years of a student's life will be spent here, so get involved!
Bryanna Veroneau

Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies 2018
Pursuing a Doctorate of Physical Therapy, Elon University

I received a very well rounded education at Assumption College and have become a better person.

My experiences at the College have helped me with my success because it gave me the tools I needed to enter the workforce. I learned great communication skills and was provided with a thorough knowledge of the human anatomy.
Lily Dolyak

Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies 2018
Obtaining a Master’s Degree in Social Work, Simmons College

Assumption gave me confidence and taught me to take initiative, which is what College is all about.

As a result, I was able to take on a bigger leadership role in my internship. The people you meet here will be your biggest supporters. The professors are readily available and classmates share the same types of passion, so everyone builds each other up.
Tyron Thompson

Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies 2018
Pursuing a Doctorate of Chiropractic, University of Bridgeport

I thrived at Assumption because I got involved and there are so many opportunities to do just that!

At my internship, I learned how to effectively interact with athletes from all backgrounds as well as various rehabilitation techniques and methods. I was successful because of Assumption being a very social community. I carried that social aspect over to my internship.
Katelin Riley

Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies 2018
Residential Counselor, The Bridge of Central Massachusetts

The classes I took and the professors I had greatly prepared me to be successful at my internship.

Professor Pica-Smith was one of my most influential professors- she taught me so much. I was able to jump right in at The Bridge of Central Massachusetts and felt like I really understood what was going on around me.
Chantal Jordan

Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies 2018
Pursuing a Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology, Boston University

The close-knit community, small classes, and caring professors foster a great learning environment.

The courses I took at Assumption helped me to integrate knowledge from class with skills I learned in my internship. The theoretical and the practical were brought together to create a real and profound learning experience.
Abigail Gogdon

Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies 2018
ABA Therapist, Behavior Concepts Inc. / Pursuing a Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis

Assumption taught me to build connections and to apply theoretical frameworks to meaningful practice

I am so grateful to the HSRS department, and especially to Dr. Pica-Smith. She has been an inspiration for myself and others, as she cultivates an inclusive learning environment that reaches beyond campus, and puts principle into action.
Madeline Burton

Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies 2018
SCO Case Manager, BayPath Elder Services

The material I learned in the Human Services courses greatly prepared me for my internship.

I applied what Assumption taught me and was able to learn more about the administrative and advocacy side of human services. Getting involved in various programs on campus and completing my internship were definitely highlights of my Assumption experience.
Ahlajuwon Spencer

Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies 2018
Vocational Counselor, The New England Center for Children

My internship at The New England Center for Children was a wonderful experience.

I gained knowledge in specific areas of applied behavior analysis (ABA) throughout my internship. I learned how to efficiently run task analysis as well as preference assessments with students. I also enjoyed learning about the clinical aspect of ABA.
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Nov. 15, 2019
10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
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