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Social Counseling (BS)

Social Counseling

The University of Holy Cross offers a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Social Counseling. The Social Counseling degree consists of 120 credit hours. You will take courses in the following: Advanced Interviewing and Counseling; Crisis Intervention; Human Growth and Development; Human Sexuality; Crisis Intervention; and many other counseling related courses.

Earning a UHC bachelor’s degree in counseling is your first step in becoming a licensed professional counselor, which typically requires a master’s degree and several years of supervised clinical work.

With a bachelor’s in counseling, psychology, and applied behavioral sciences, some of your options could be employment as:

  • Psychological technician in a hospital unit or battered women’s shelter.
  • State probation officer.
  • Case Management Assistant
  • Substance abuse specialist
  • Community services specialist
  • Academic and career advisor
  • Behavioral health specialist

Option to enroll in graduate programs in counseling or psychology!

Curriculum Guide

BS in Social Counseling Curriculum Guide

Early Entry Master's Option Available! 

A student who is enrolled in the undergraduate Social Counseling program may apply for admission to the Early Entry graduate program.

Upon completion of the requirements for the Master of Arts Degree in Counseling, the student will be awarded the Baccalaureate and Master's Degrees concurrently.

Undergraduate students who are senior status, have completed the required undergraduate courses listed in the Early Entry Program, and who intend to apply for admission to the Graduate Counseling Program at the University of Holy Cross may enroll for up to three graduate level courses for graduate credit. Graduate credit for a graduate course completed, with no less than a grade of B, is given when the student has changed his/her status and is formally admitted to the Graduate Counseling Program.

In the first semester the student enrolls for a graduate level counseling course, they are required to submit a completed Graduate Application to the Graduate Counseling Department, and meet all requirements to be admitted into the Graduate Counseling Department.


Eligibility for Early Entry

  • GPA 3.0 in major
  • Completion of first three years of Social Counseling Curriculum
  • All baccalaureate requirements for a degree in Social Counseling met
  • Successful evaluation of field component
  • Proficiency in technology and writing
  • Submission of goal statement - Counseling as a Career
  • Behavioral qualities/characteristics appropriate to the counseling profession
  • Completion of an interest inventory, which is administered at the Thomas E. Chambers Counseling and Training Center
  • Completion of the Graduate Record Examination
  • Interview with program faculty
  • Two recommendations from Social Counseling faculty
  • Recommendation from the Dean of the College of Counseling, Education, & Business

Benefits of Early Entry

Allows students to:

  • begin graduate studies one year earlier
  • begin post Masters supervision one year earlier
  • enter the profession one year earlier
  • be licensed one year earlier

Learn more about the Master of Arts in Counseling program!

Questions? Contact Us!

Department of Counseling and Behavioral Sciences
Carolyn White, PhD
(504) 398-2149