Human Services Degree


Human Services Degree

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The Human Services program prepares students to work effectively and knowledgeably with consumers of community-based human service delivery systems. As America's sensitivity to the needs of all its citizens matures, skilled human service workers are in demand, with jobs in human services projected to be among the fastest growing occupations. 

The Human Services program offers two different tracks of study. The Certificate program is an option for learners seeking short-term specialty courses. The program may be completed in four semesters on a part-time basis.The Human Services program is a member of the National Organization for Human Services Council for Standards in Human Service Education.

The Associate Degree is a two-year program emphasizing theory and clinical practice. Students participate in supervised internships where they will gain practical experience working with a specific client population.

Graduates are skilled in the areas of case management, client assessment, developing treatment plans and behavioral intervention techniques, and supportive communication skills. Graduates are prepared for professional positions that may include case manager, outreach worker, advocate, job coach, vocational instructor, residential counselor, teacher aide, specialized home care provider, and activities director. This degree is easily transferred to most four-year colleges and universities.

An Articulation agreement is in place with Springfield College in Human Services.

Health Considerations

The College must ensure that clients/patients are not placed in jeopardy by students during learning experiences. Therefore, students in field or clinical experiences must demonstrate sufficient emotional stability to withstand the stresses, uncertainties, and changing circumstances that characterize client/patient responsibilities. Furthermore, the student is expected to have the emotional stability required to exercise sound judgment, accept direction and guidance from a supervisor or faculty member, and establish rapport and maintain sensitive interpersonal relationships with employers, and clients/patients and their families.

Additional Requirements

Students must also be aware that the college requires national criminal background checks for admission into the Human Service Program. The cost of the background check is the responsibility of the student. Applicants, who have been in difficulty with the law, depending upon the nature of their experience, may not be eligible for Field and Internship placement.

First Year

Fall Semester Lec Lab Cr
ENGL120W College Composition 4 0 4
HSV111W Intro to Human Services 3 0 3
HSV114W Case Management 3 0 3
PSYC111W Psychology 3 0 3
  Mathematics Elective 4 0 4
  Semester Total  17 0 17
Spring Semester Lec Lab Cr
HSV112W Learning and Behavior 3 0 3
PSYC200W Educational Psychology  3 0 3
HSV115W Field Experience Internship 1 4 3
HSV116W Social & Political Issues in Human Services 3 0 3
SOCI111W Sociology 3 0 3
  English Elective 3 0 3
  Semester Total  13 4 15
  First Year Total      32

Second Year

Fall Semester Lec Lab Cr
HUMA212W Legal and Ethical Issues 3 0 3
HSV212W Supportive Communication Skills 3 0 3
HSV216W Internship in Human Services I 1 9 4
MGMT214W Management 3 0 3
PSYC112W Human Growth and Development 3 0 3
  and one of the following:      
HSV213W Issues in Developmental Disabilities 3 0 3
HSV214W Issues of Children and Families 3 0 3
HSV217W Chemical Dependence 3 0 3
  Semester Total  16 9 19
Spring Semester Lec Lab Cr
HSV221W Internship in Human Services II 1 9 4
PSYC205W Abnormal Psychology 3 0 3
  Science Elective 3 0 3
  Human Services Elective 3 0 3
  Elective 3 0 3
  Semester Total  13 9 16
  Second Year Total      35
  Total for A.S. Degree      67


Human Services Electives
BECE121 Understanding Children with Autism & Pervasive Developmental Disorders
BHUS117 Crisis Intervention
BHUS130 Introduction to Gerontology
BHUS213 Issues in Developmental Disabilities
BHUS214 Issues in Children and Families
BHUS217 Chemical Dependence
BHUS219 Human Sexuality
BHUS222 Spirituality in the Helping Professions
BHUS223 Introduction to Counseling

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