Human Services Degree

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Prepares students for a variety of mid-level positions within the field of human services, which focuses on helping others gain the skills to help themselves.

Certificate Info at a Glance

Type: AAT and AAS-T

Approx. # of Quarters: 4-6

Estimated Cost: $10,263.40

Admission Dates: Fall and spring quarters.

Prerequisites: Students must attend a mandatory orientation/advising meeting with the instructors. Must be a High School graduate or have a High School Equivalency Exam and consent to a background check to enter the program. Students must consent to and receive a “No Record on File” report related to Crimes Against Persons. Students must have an internship site secured no later than the third day of the quarter for the Internship I, II and III courses. Students are advised, a “No Record on File” report related to Crimes Against Persons is generally required by agencies offering internship or employment. Students who do not meet the internship site requirement will be dropped from the course.

Students will participate in both classroom instruction and a community-based internship experience with a local human services provider. Students who intern at these agencies serve a variety of populations, including the mentally ill, the developmentally disabled, seniors, persons living with HIV/AIDS, homeless, incarcerated adults, at-risk youth, pregnant and parenting teens, foster families, persons with substance abuse issues, and numerous other specialty areas.

Students are responsible for choosing their own internship placement and are primarily eligible for employment in the area in which they choose to complete their internship experience. Internship site choice requires instructor approval.

For an AAT or AAS-T degree, students must complete one of the following specialty options: 1) Human Services Generalist or 2) Human Services Chemical Dependency. The Human Services Generalist option can be completed in four quarters, while the Human Services Chemical Dependency option will require a minimum of six quarters of attendance.

Students will attend courses on the main campus in Lakewood as well as at community-based internship sites throughout the program. Students receiving a C- or below must repeat the class in order to satisfy the Human Services program requirements for graduation.

In addition to the program course requirements, students must also complete the general education requirements for the degree they seek to obtain. The two degree options in this program are the Associate in Applied Technology (AAT) or the Associate of Applied Science–T (AAS-T) the different requirements for each degree are listed below.

AAT Degree General Education Requirements (20 credits)

  • ENGL& 101 English Composition
  • CMST& 220 Public Speaking
  • MAT 107 Business Mathematics
  • PSYC& 100DIV General Psychology

AAS-T Degree general education requirements (25 credits):

All AAS-T degrees must have a minimum of 20 credits of transferable general education. These credits replace the academic courses required for the AAT degree. Required credits include:

  • 5 credits in communication: ENGL& 101
  • 5 credits in quantitative reasoning: MAT 110, MATH& 141, MATH& 142, MATH& 146 or MATH& 151
  • 5 credits in a social science that meets the diversity requirement (PSYC& 100DIV or SOC& 101DIV)
  • 5 credits in social science, humanities, or science (choose one from the following): PSYC& 100DIV, PSYC& 200, PSY 210, PSYC& 220, SOC& 101, ART& 100, MUSC& 105, ASL& 121, BIOL 118, BIOL& 160, BIOL& 175, BIOL& 241, BIOL& 242, CHEM& 121, CHEM& 110, GEOL& 110, PHYS& 114, ECON 101, ECON& 201 or ECON& 202
  • CMST& 220 Public Speaking

Students pursuing an AAT or AAS-T degree must complete all College degree requirements prior to graduation. This includes courses that meet the capstone project, diversity, and computer literacy requirements.

Employability Requirement: A background check will be conducted to screen for prior convictions prior to state certification. Persons with some types of criminal convictions may not be eligible for employment. Program Length: This accelerated associate degree program can be completed in as few as four quarters, but may take up to six quarters, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.

Admission Dates: Fall and spring quarters.

Prerequisites: Prospective students must attend a mandatory orientation/advising meeting with the instructors prior to being admitted. Students must be a high school graduate or have passed a high school equivalency test. Students must have a minimum COMPASS score of 66 for reading and 77 for writing, or have successfully completion of ENG 094. Students must also have a minimum COMPASS score of 37 for pre-algebra, or have successfully completed MAT 060 prior to starting the program. Students must consent to and receive a “No Record on File” report related to Crimes Against Persons. Students must have an internship site secured no later than the third day of the quarter for the Internship I, II and III courses. Students are advised that a “No Record on File” report related to Crimes Against Persons is generally required by agencies offering internship or employment. Students who do not meet the internship site requirement will be dropped from the course.

Program Requirements

Course # Course Name Credits
CMST& 220 Public Speaking 5
HS 110CL Computer Applications for Human Services Professionals 3
HS 115 Therapeutic Communication Skills 5
HS 123 HIV/AIDS & Blood-Borne Pathogens 1
HS 127 Introduction to Human Services 5
HS 151 Internship I 5
HS 220 Theories of Counseling 5
HS 221 Family Systems 3
HS 225 Survey of Community Resources 3
HS 226 Mental Health Assessment & Evaluation 5
HS 227 Behavioral Health & Wellness 5
HS 228 Dynamics of Violence 3
HS 234DIV Culturally Competent Practice 5
HS 237 Law & Ethics for Human Services 3
HS 244 Internship II 5
ENGL& 101 English Composition 5
MAT 107 Math 107 (or higher) 5
PSYC& 100DIV General Psychology 5
  Total Core Credits 76
  Required Option Requirements
(see below)
26-45
  Total Credits for Completion of Human Services Degree 102-121

Program Option Requirements

In addition to the core classes listed above, students in the Human Services program are required to complete one  of the specialty options listed below.

Option 1: Human Services Generalist

Course # Course Name Credits
HS 230 Case Management 5
HS 240 Survey of Addiction 5
HS 246 Group Process 3
HS 258CAP Internship III 5
Electives Select from the list of approved Human Services electives 8
  Subtotal 26

Option 2: Human Services Chemical Dependency

Course # Course Name Credits
HSCD 135 Introduction to Chemical Dependencey 3
HSCD 140 Ethics for CD Professionals 2
HSCD 215 Case Management & Recordkeeping for the CDP 5
HS 258CAP Internship III 5
HSCD 155 CD & Counseling: Indiv. & Grps. 5
HSCD 145 Physiological Actions of Drug & Alcohol Abuse 3
HSCD 226 CD Assessment & Evaluation 2
PSYC& 220 Abnormal Psychology 5
HSCD 249 CD & Counseling II: Adol. & Families 5
HSCD 251 Relapse Prevention 3
HSCD 228 CD & the Law 2
PSYC&200 Lifespan Psychology 5
  Subtotal 45

Approved Human Services Electives

Course # Course Name Credits
SOC& 101DIV Introduction to Sociology 5
PSYC& 220 Abnormal Psychology 5
PSYC& 200 Lifespan Psychology 5
ASL& 121 Sign Language 5
HS 238 Special Projects 3-5
HS 239 Selected Topics 3-5
HSCD 256 Special Projects 3-5
HSCD 259 Selected Topics 3-5
SVL 101 Service Learning 3
LEADR 100 Leadership I 1-6
LEADR 101 Leadership II 1-6
LEADR 102 Leadership III 1-6
LEADR 103 Leadership IV 1-6
Any Biology Course   5
Any HSCD Course   5