Human Services

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Associate in Science
Program Coordinator: Joyce Martin - 860-215-9451

The Human Services Associate of Science program responds both to the need to prepare students for entry-level positions in human services, and to prepare students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university for a baccalaureate degree in social work (BSW) or some other related field of study. The curriculum is designed to help students acquire knowledge, skills and competency in the methods of casework, group work, case management and community organization, with a focus on individuals, families, small groups, organizations and communities.

Note to students who plan to continue their education beyond the associate degree:
Students who intend to transfer are urged to investigate and select the institution to which they will transfer as early as possible since each transfer situation must be planned to meet specific baccalaureate requirements.

In general, the following choices will satisfy more of the requirements of the baccalaureate granting institutions:
1) completing BIO* K121 with lab or BIO* K115 with lab instead of HLT* K155.
2) completing MAT* K137 or higher.
3) completing two semesters of Spanish or French instead of Human Services electives or Sign Language.
4) completing ANT* K105 (Introduction to Cultural Anthropology) as satisfaction of one of the open elective requirements.



Course ID Title of Course Credits
CSA* K105° Introduction to Software Applications 3
ENG* K101° Composition 3
ENG* K10 Literature and Composition 3
Please select one of the following three courses: 3-4
HLT* K155° Personal Health  
or or  
BIO* K115 Human Biology  
or or  
BIO* K121° General Biology I  
HSE* K101° Introduction to Human Services 3
HSE* K210° Group and Interpersonal Relations 3
HSE* K241° Human Services Agencies and Organizations 3
HSE* K251° Work with Individuals and Families 3
HSE* K281° ++ Human Services Fieldwork I 3
IDS K105 First Year Experience 3
MAT* K135°+++ Topics in Contemporary Math or higher 3
POL* K111° American Government 3
PSY* K111° General Psychology I 3
PSY* K201° Life Span Development 3
SOC* K101° Principles of Sociology 3
SOC* K103° Social Problems 3
Human Services Elective or Foreign Language or Sign Language: (In addition to human services courses, other courses in social sciences will satisfy the requirement if they are approved by the Program Coordinator of the Human Services Program) 6-8
__________ ______________________________  
__________ ______________________________  
__________ Fine Arts Elective (Any art, music, theater, creative writing; also ARC* K102  Architecture of the World) 3
Open Electives +++   3
__________ ______________________________  

° Course has a prerequisite. Students should check course description. 
++ Practicum - Requires the consent of instructor.
+++ See program coordinator for recommendations


Human Services, Associate in Science Degree
Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. explain fundamental concepts of human services, especially case management, group work, community organization and supervision

  2. explain the ethical principles and values governing the human service/social work profession.

  3. explain the historical, social and political context within which the human services and social welfare services operate

  4. plan effective interventions with vulnerable population groups.

  5. identify and index community resources.

  6. integrate knowledge and abilities in a field placement situation.

  7. identify entry level career opportunities in social service settings.

  8. plan for career advancement and further educations.