Human Relations

College of Professional Studies

Location: Grand Island, 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.


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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: +18% from 2016-2026
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. 

Training and Development Managers
2018 Median Pay: $111,340 per year
Job Outlook: +11% from 2016-2026
Training and development managers oversee staff and plan, direct, and coordinate programs to enhance the knowledge and skills of an organization's employees. 

Human Resources Specialist
2018 Median Pay: $60,880 per year
Job Outlook: +7% from 2016-2026
Human resources specialists recruit, screen, interview, and place workers. They often handle other human resources work, such as those related to employee relations, compensation and benefits, and training. 

Human Resources Manager
2018 Media Pay: $113,300 per year
Job Outlook: +9% from 2016-2026
Human resources managers plan, direct, and coordinate the administrative functions of an organization. They oversee the recruiting, interviewing, and hiring of new staff; consult with top executives on strategic planning; and serve a link between an organization's management and its employees. 

Probation Officer and Correctional Treatment Specialist
2018 Median Pay: $53,020 per year
Job Outlook: +6% 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. 

Social Worker
2018 Median Pay: $49,470 per year
Job Outlook: +16% from 2016-2026
Social workers help people solve and cope with problems in their everyday lives. Clinical social workers also diagnose and treat mental, behavioral, and emotional issues. Social workers work in a variety of settings, including mental health clinics, school, child welfare, and human service agencies, hospitals, settlement houses, community development corporations, and private practices. 


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Success Story

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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Success Story

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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