Associate in Science - Human Services

The Associate in Science in Human Services program prepares students for entry-level positions in the human services field or to pursue a baccalaureate degree. It is also an excellent program for people who are working in the human services field without a degree who seek advancement opportunities in their chosen career that require an associate degree.

The program is designed to help students develop the core competencies required for professionals in many human services organizations including conducting intakes, performing assessments, interviewing, counseling and case management. These and other courses, including electives, provide a foundation for students to be successful in a wide array of human service professions.

The culminating course for students in the Associate in Science in Human Services program is a 180-hour internship where they will apply their learning at a local human service organization. This is an in-depth experience that is based on specific learning objectives developed in collaboration with the student, faculty and the cooperating human service organization. With our extensive connections to the regional human service community, we seek to help students obtain internship experiences with organizations that offer the services that they would ultimately like to provide during their careers.

Students completing an Associate in Science in Human Services may choose to continue their studies in a range of baccalaureate programs including Human Services, Social Work, Psychology, Rehabilitation, Counseling, Youth Development, Gerontology, Criminal Justice, Recreation Therapy and Education among many others.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Discuss the history and scope of human services;
  2. Understand various human systems, including individual, interpersonal, group, family, organizational, community and societal and apply appropriate skills when working with those systems;
  3. Demonstrate effective communication and critical thinking skills;
  4. Plan services, facilitate interventions and evaluate the outcome of services for those served;
  5. Perform professional responsibilities in accordance with the values, ethical and legal standards of the human services profession; and
  6. Successfully apply the knowledge, skills and competencies of entry-level human services professionals.

Additionally, graduates of the Associate in Science will complete the comprehensive learning outcomes of the General Education components.

Graduation Requirements

Graduates must complete all of the general Associate Degree graduation requirements as stated in the catalog. In addition, students must complete the following programmatic graduation requirements:

1. Complete all Human Services core courses and PHIL 105 with a minimum grade of "C" in each course and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.3.

Curriculum

Associate in Human Services

General Education Core Requirements - 24-25 Credits

ENG 101

English Composition

3

ENG 1XX

Writing Competency (WR)

3

COM 1XX

Communications Competency (COM)

3

CAP 1XX

Computer Literacy Competency (CL)

3

MATH 1XX

Math Competency (MATH)

3

 

Science Competency (SCI)

3-4

PSY 112

Introduction to Psychology (SS)

3

PHIL 105

Ethics, Values, and Cultural Competency in

Human Services (E/P)

3

Non-Major Core Requirements - 9 Credits

ASD 120

The College Experience OR

 

 

Open Elective

3

SOC 101

Introduction to Sociology

3

PSY 212

Lifespan Development

3

Human Services Major Core Requirements - 19 Credits

Freshman Year

HSR 101

Introduction to Human Services

3

HSR 105

Community Organization and Advocacy

3

Sophomore Year

HSR 225

Interviewing, Intake and Information Management

3

HSR 230

Introduction to Counseling

3

HSR 325

Case Management: Principles and Practices

3

HSR 299

Human Service Internship

4

Human Services Electives - 9 Credits

DIRECTED

Electives

9

Total Credits in the Program

61-62