Human Services Associate's Degree

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Human Services Associate's Degree Course List

Major and Core Courses

Lower Division

  • Human Growth and Development
  • Introduction to Human Services
  • Developing Awareness and Understanding
  • Evolving Populations in Human Services
  • Introductory Strategies to Crisis Intervention
  • Perspectives on Human Behavior
  • Working with Clients
  • Micro and Macro Systems in Human Services
  • Principles of Ethical and Legal Practices in Human Services
  • Professional Practices in Human Services
  • Human Services Associate Capstone

This course consists of the study of the development of the individual throughout the life cycle, including child, adolescent and adult patterns of behavior with attention to physical, intellectual, cognitive, personality, and social development.


Course ID: DEP 2004
Credits: 4

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

Discovering the inner workings of oneself is a necessary step to providing the best support to others. This course will guide students through a process of self-discovery that will help them identify how their values, biases, strengths, and weaknesses can impact their personal and professional relationships. Topics covered include methods to recognize and address conflicts, the value in responding with empathy, and the importance of maintaining a work/life balance.


Course ID: HUS 1175
Credits: 4

In this course, students will explore the various situations and human beings with which Human Services professionals may work. Students will also explore the types of positions they can fill in a Human Services organization targeting a specific population of individuals.


Course ID: HUS 1238
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 introduce prospective Human Services professionals to knowledge of behavior at individual, group, and societal levels. This course focuses on theories and knowledge relative to the biological, psychological, sociological, and cultural characteristics evident in many facets of contemporary society.


Course ID: HUS 1461
Credits: 4

This course will introduce students to communication techniques and practical skills used in Human Services. Students will gain insight into the scope of daily work activities performed by a Human Services professional and begin to practice and develop their own communication tools for use in the field.


Course ID: HUS 1632
Credits: 4

This course will cover the different systems that interact to form the client experience. Students will evaluate the different types of personal and social systems that impact clients in a holistic and inclusive manner. Students will also evaluate their own life systems and discuss how they may impact their experiences with the clients.


Course ID: HUS 2409
Credits: 4

In this course, students will look at professional standards of practice and common legal considerations within the Human Services profession. Using applicable laws, the Human Services Code of Ethics, and real-life scenarios, students will learn to identify common mistakes that could lead to serious consequences for them, their clients, the employer, and the community at large.


Course ID: HUS 2627
Credits: 4

This course will cover expectations, responsibilities, and skills that students will need to enter the Human Services field as an entry level professional. Students will learn skills such as basic counseling, active listening, professional communication, and navigating ethical issues. Students will gain a more complete understanding and will have the basic skills to undertake the next level of professional development.


Course ID: HUS 2834
Credits: 4

The Human Services Associate Capstone course is a culmination of all that has been covered in the Human Services Associate's degree. Through an integrated case study assessment, students will have the opportunity to showcase their mastery of the competencies throughout the program. The course is an in-depth, student-centered experience which requires the integration of theory and practical experience. Students will be assessed on their ability to apply all they have learned to a real-life assessment of a Human Services case.


Course ID: HUS 2979
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 (*Required course, select 2 additional courses)

  • Locating and Evaluating Information

This course provides a broad overview of information literacy concepts by introducing skills for locating, evaluating, and ethically using a variety of resources for a specific purpose. The course begins with the information cycle and the production of information, followed by the identification of a topic & research questions, and the selection, evaluation, and integration of sources into an annotated bibliography.


Course ID: COMM 1865*
Credits: 2

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Math/Natural Sciences (Select 2 courses)

Social Sciences (Required courses)

  • General Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Multiculturalism and Diversity
  • 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

We live in a diverse world, and it is important to understand how to work with diverse people. In this course, students will be exposed to multicultural perspectives, unconscious bias, and how to work with diverse populations. Moving beyond cultural competence, this course will expose students to cultural theories that support continuous knowledge of diverse populations and working with various cultures and ethnicities.


Course ID: SSE 1250
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: 46

Major and Core Credits: 44

Total Associate's Degree Credits: 90

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