Human Services Associate's Degree

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Human Services Associate's Degree Course List

Major and Core Courses

Lower Division

  • Computer Applications and Business Systems Concepts
  • Case Management: Strategies for Rehabilitation
  • Counseling Clients
  • Drugs and Crime
  • Juvenile Justice: Delinquency, Dependency, and Diversion
  • Communicating in Your Profession
  • Career Development
  • Introduction to Human Services
  • Introductory Strategies to Crisis Intervention
  • Cultural Diversity in Human Services
  • Community Psychology
  • Organization and Leadership in Human Services
  • Human Services Capstone
  • Customer Service

This course is teaches students basic to advanced computer concepts and skills, including creating and modifying Word documents, designing databases, spreadsheet creation and analysis, using the internet and E-Commerce tools, and creating presentations with enhanced features and web tools.


Course ID: CGS 1240
Credits: 3

Students will learn how to manage caseloads of clients, document casework, and use strategies for clients' rehabilitation. They will learn how to write effective court reports, case entries, recommendations and violation summaries. Students will explore client-interview skills and motivation techniques. Examination of special populations of diverse clients, such as substance abusers and the mentally ill are reviewed.

Prerequisite:Introduction to Criminal Justice or Introduction to Human Services

Course ID: CJC 1245
Credits: 4

Students will examine the process and effects of counseling. Assessment tools, methods of evaluation, and case plans are explored. They will consider a variety of counseling settings, including prisons, jails, group homes, in-patient and outpatient treatment centers, and halfway houses, as places of rehabilitation and counseling. Students will explore diverse clients including juveniles and adults, men and women, and people from various cultures.

Prerequisite:Introduction to Corrections or Introduction to Human Services

Course ID: CJC 2400
Credits: 4

The course will focus on the physical, psychological, and sociological aspects of drug and alcohol abuse. Treatment and prevention of abuse will be explored. In addition, policy implications of drug use and the criminal justice system response will be analyzed. An overview of the theories of use, drug business, and drug law enforcement will be explored. Such recent developments as \"\"club drugs,\"\" inhalants, herbal stimulants, and designer drugs will also be discussed.

Prerequisite:Introduction to Criminal Justice or Introduction to Human Services

Course ID: CJE 1233
Credits: 4

An overview of the juvenile justice system including the nature and extent of delinquency, explanatory models and theories, the juvenile justice system, juvenile court practices and procedures. The role of law enforcement and juvenile correctional officer will be explored as well as juvenile training schools, probation and aftercare treatment.

Prerequisite:Introduction to Criminal Justice or Introduction to Human Services

Course ID: CJE 2172
Credits: 4

This course teaches communication theory and skills for developing professional documents and oral presentations for audiences in diverse workplace communities and disciplines. To equip students to communicate effectively, this course emphasizes thinking and writing within global contexts, in collaborative situations, and in various electronic environments.


Course ID: COM 1388
Credits: 4

This course is designed to study the personal and professional characteristics necessary for obtaining and maintaining suitable employment. The student will assemble a complete jobseeking portfolio including his/her resume and references, letters of application and appreciation, documentation of work and educational history, and demonstration of skills through examples of student work. The course includes an indepth study of self-marketing approaches, job interviewing techniques and professionalism as well as participation in a mock interview.


Course ID: E242
Credits: 2

Introduction to Human Services exposes the student to the many facets of human services work. Topics to be explored include programs, policies, history, politics, and how current economics shape programs. Human service intervention strategies utilized in daily practice are examined along with stresses faced in the workplace. Comparisons of human services systems from a variety of countries will also be examined.


Course ID: HUS 1001
Credits: 4

This course sets the foundation for students to develop the morals, ethics, and attitude necessary to strategically help those in crisis situations. The values and ethics intrinsic to the human services profession will be explored, as well as developing interpersonal communication skills. Students will explore how human services professionals function as change agents and must therefore attain and develop a core of intervention knowledge, theory, and skills to effectively deal with people in crisis. The ability to create genuine and empathetic relationships with others is central to those entering the human services field. Intervention strategies are also explored.

Prerequisite:Introduction to Human Services

Course ID: HUS 1320
Credits: 4

This course will examine diversity in many communities and the cross-cultural service delivery available in those communities. Specific client populations will be explored, with an understanding of what cultural, physical, and mental diversity is and why it is important. Special attention will be paid to working with people of both mental and physical disabilities. Those disabilities include, but are not limited to, mental retardation, autism, and Asperger's Syndrome.

Prerequisite:Introduction to Human Services

Course ID: HUS 1551
Credits: 4

Community Psychology focuses on the four systems which function in a community: the mental health system, the educational system, the criminal justice system, and the social service system. As human service professionals, students will analyze problems in these communities and will evaluate individuals functioning in these systems, offering both answers and proactive models of prevention. Community psychology works toward the empowerment of members within a community, while appreciating diversity and understanding human behavior. Social change will be examined as well as understanding that setting or environment is as important as the individual in it.

Prerequisite:General Psychology

Course ID: HUS 2540
Credits: 4

Working and managing within a human services organization takes high morals, standards, and ethics. Through this course, students will consider the complexity of moral and ethical dilemmas in navigating and managing in the human service industry. Students will learn decision-making techniques to include the necessary components for an ethical reasoning process. In order to have a strong foundation of practice, students will learn how to build a strong ethical organization through culture, climate, and structure.

Prerequisites:Case Management: Strategies for Rehabilitation; Counseling Clients

Course ID: HUS 2712
Credits: 4

This course will provide students with an opportunity to integrate learning, skills, and knowledge from the Human Services program in the form of a Capstone Project. Contemporary issues and future trends will also be analyzed.

Prerequisite:Students must be in their last or second-to-last quarter

Course ID: HUS 2955
Credits: 5

This course covers the basic concepts of essential communication skills needed in business to interact/work effectively with individuals and/or groups. Special areas of emphasis include solving problems, developing a customer service strategy, coping with challenging customers, increasing customer retention and surveying customer satisfaction.

Prerequisite:Theoretical Approaches to Service Delivery

Course ID: MNA 1161
Credits: 4

Lower Division

English Composition (Required course)

  • English Composition

The course objective is to learn the core skills of English composition and how to apply those skills to become effective writer and engaged reader; gain proficiency with all of the steps in the writing process while creating original compositions in the narrative, the informative, and the argumentative modes; and learn how to read in an active, inquisitive manner and analyze the rhetorical situation of a text or the student’s own compositions.


Course ID: ENC 1101
Credits: 4

Communication (Select 1 course)

Humanities (Select 2 courses)

Math/Natural Sciences (Select 2 courses)

Social Sciences (Required courses)

  • General Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology

This course will provide students with a general understanding of basic methodologies, concepts, theories, and practices in contemporary psychology. Areas of investigation may include the goals and research methodologies of psychology, the science of the brain, theories of human development and intelligence, concepts of motivation and emotions, the science of sensation and perceptions, and the current practices pertaining to psychological disorders, therapies, and treatments.


Course ID: PSY 1012
Credits: 4

This course teaches students the applied discipline of abnormal psychology. Students will explore abnormal behavior in disparate societies and cultures. Applications include individuals who have difficulty functioning effectively in everyday life, the impact of family dysfunction on the individual, and the influence of mental illness on criminal behavior. Variables which may affect a person's ability to adapt and function in a community will be considered, such as genetic makeup, physical condition, reasoning, and socialization.

Prerequisite:General Psycology

Course ID: PSY 2420
Credits: 4

This course introduces students to basic sociology terms and concepts. Students will understand how to apply sociological concepts and theories and analyze the structure and relationships of social institutions and the process of social change. Students will explore a variety of topics of sociological interest, including socialization, social inequality, social movements, and the impact of technology and social change on society.


Course ID: SYG 1000
Credits: 4

Total Associate's Degree Credits

General Education Credits: 36

Major and Core Credits: 54

Total Associate's Degree Credits: 90

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