Human Services (A.A.S.)

The Human Services major is ideal for students considering a career in human services or social work as well as for students who already have experience in these fields. 

Students new to the field will gain an excellent foundation in theory and practice related to human services and will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience through practicums and field-based learning options. Students already experienced in human services can use and build upon their work experiences while acquiring new knowledge, skills and the direction needed to move into new or more advanced positions in the field.

The program prepares students to work in diverse settings such as group homes; correctional, mental retardation and mental health settings; family, child and youth service agencies; and programs concerned with alcoholism, drug abuse, family violence and aging. Near the end of the degree program, students will complete two supervised field placements.

These placements are designed to give students an opportunity for practical applications of theories and concepts they are learning in the classroom. Students are required to have an acceptable background check. A criminal record could make you ineligible for enrollment or participation in a cooperative work experience, creating an inability to graduate from the program.

Scheduling Options: Day or Evening

Required Courses

Courses   Credit Hours
ENG 101 English Composition I 3.0
MAT 155 Contemporary Mathematics 3.0
PSY 201 General Psychology 3.0
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3.0
  Humanities Elective 3.0
Choose twelve (12) credits from:  
HUS 134 Activity Therapy 3.0
HUS 201 Family Systems Dynamics 3.0
HUS 204 Introduction to Social Work 3.0
HUS 206 Death and Dying 3.0
HUS 217 Addictions Counseling 3.0
HUS 220 Diversity Issues in Human Service Practice 3.0
Subtotal   27.0
HUS 101 Introduction to Human Services 3.0
HUS 102 Personal and Professional Development in the Helping Profession 3.0
HUS 110 Orientation to Human Services 1.0
HUS 203 Human Behavior and Social Environment 3.0
HUS 208 Alcohol and Drug Abuse 3.0
HUS 209 Case Management 3.0
HUS 221 Professional Ethics in Human Services Practice 3.0
HUS 224 Behaviorally-Based Interventions 3.0
HUS 230 Interviewing Techniques 3.0
HUS 235 Group Dynamics 3.0
HUS 237 Crisis Interventions 3.0
HUS 250* Supervised Field Placement I 4.0
HUS 251* Supervised Field Placement II 4.0
Subtotal   39.0
Total Credit Hours 66.0

*These courses require a minimum grade of “C” for this program.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Purpose Statement

The Human Services program provides learning opportunities which broadens perspectives, builds self-awareness, and develops professional skills for effective human service work.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate written and verbal communication skills necessary to successfully complete client assessments, conduct interviews, and/or provide case management services.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to collaborate with agencies, institutions, and the community in creating appropriate treatment plans, making referrals, and utilizing community resources
  3. Identify societal forces and cultural differences that impact the functional behaviors of individuals, families, and/or groups.
  4. Create programs for behavioral change through the application of appropriate psychological and behavioral methodology.
  5. Utilize sound ethical principles and exhibit the professional competence consistent of a Human Services entry level professional as evidenced by self-assessments and/or cooperative work experiences.
  6. Utilize appropriate Mathematical skills when submitting reports, accessing and/or interpreting statistical, graphical, and/or pictorial data
  7. Demonstrate the necessary technological skills to function successfully in the Human Services Profession
Advisement Information

Program notes

The best time to start this program in Fall. Advise for general education or developmental courses if students start any other semester.

The math required for this program is MAT 155. Students will follow this progression, with their starting point being determined by their placement test scores:  MAT 032/012 > MAT 155. A student who plans to transfer to a four-year college can take MAT 120 instead of MAT 155.  Transferring students will follow this progression, with their starting point being determined by their placement test scores:  MAT 032/012 > MAT 152 or MAT 101 > MAT 120.

HUS 110 is a prerequisite for students that are ready to take field placement courses (HUS 250 and HUS 251).  This course is not recommended for new students.

Notes about individual classes

The first English required for this program is ENG 101. Students will follow this progression, with their starting point being determined by their placement test scores:  ENG 032/012 and/or RDG 032/012 (or RWR 032/012) > ENG 100 and/or RDG 100 (or RWR 100) > ENG 101. Approved electives are HUS courses that are in the student's career path. (For example, if a student is interested in working with Addiction, the addictions electives would be appropriate.)  Students choose from the following courses:  HUS 201 - Family Systems Dynamics, HUS 204 - Introduction to Social Work, HUS 206 - Death and Dying, HUS 217 - Addictions Counseling, and HUS 220 - Diversity Issues in Human Service Practice.

Students will need to complete 270 hours of internship in local agencies during their second year in the program. If student is in developmental courses and has to choose only one program course, it should be HUS 101.

Graduation Plans

2018-2019, 2019-2020 Semester-by-Semester Graduation Plans

Human Services (HUS3) - Fall Start
Human Services (HUS3) - Spring Start
Human Services (HUS3) - Summer Start

2020-2021 Semester-by-Semester Graduation Plans

Human Services (HUS3) - Fall Start
Human Services (HUS3) - Spring Start
Human Services (HUS3) - Summer Start



You can find the name of your assigned academic advisor by reviewing Degree Works or your Class Schedule. To learn more about advising visit the Advising webpage.

You may contact Kristi Byrd for more information on this program.

Please e-mail to submit advising information updates or corrections.

Advisement Information updated/reviewed 5/2020