Human Services - A.S. Degree

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The Human Services A.S. is designed to transfer into Bachelor of Social Work Programs. Program graduates transfer successfully as junior into Bachelor of Social Work Programs in most nearby colleges, through pre-set Transfer Agreements with those programs. Social Work is a field dedicated to empowering individuals, families and communities, with a particular emphasis on addressing issues of economic and social inequality. Social workers practice in a wide range of settings, including group homes, shelters, hospitals, mental health facilities, schools, nursing homes, and substance abuse rehabilitation programs. They help individuals, families, and groups cope with problems such as homelessness, inadequate housing, serious illness, disabilities, unemployment, lack of job skills, unwanted pregnancy, and family disruptions.

The objectives of this program are to:

  • Analyze the historical context of current social problems.
  • Identify the major casework methodologies used in direct service settings.
  • Apply basic ethical principles in the practice of social work.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the Ecological Systems Theory approach to the dynamic interactions between micro, mezzo and macro systems in the life of the individual.
  • Describe the relationships among socio-cultural factors, economic factors and social problems.

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Courses for this program

This is a recommended program course sequence for students who wish to complete their associate degree in two years. Part-time students and students starting in the spring or summer semesters can meet with an Advisor to customize their plan.

Code Course Name Credits
Fall - First Year
COLL101 Foundations for Success 3
ENGL101 English Composition I 3
PSYC101 Introduction to Psychology 3
COMS110 Computer Concepts & Applications 3
MATH104 Contemporary Mathematics 3
Total Semester Credits
Spring - First Year
ENGL102 English Composition II 3
HUMS101 Introduction to Social Work
and Social Welfare
SOCA101 Introduction to Sociology 3
GHMN000 Humanities Gen Ed Requirement* 3
LSCI000 Science Gen Ed Requirement* 3
Total Semester Credits
Fall - Second Year
HUMS120 Interviewing and Counseling 3
SOCA215 Perspectives on Race, Gender,
Class and Culture
SOCA208 Sociology of the Family 3
GHMN000 Humanities Gen Ed Requirement 3
HUMS000 Free Elective* 3
Total Semester Credits
Spring - Second Year
HUMS203 Human Behavior in the
Social Environment
HUMS205 Social Welfare Policy 3
HUMS220 Field Experience in Human Services 3
POLS105 American Government 3
FREE000 Free Elective* 3
Total Semester Credits

*General Education & Elective courses: Choose from the list of approved General Education courses in the College Catalog.

Students may choose to first take some developmental courses that are designed to prepare students for the college level coursework in their academic plan. This may add to the students’ completion time.

The number of credits students take each semester will determine when the student will complete his/her program of study.