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  Oct 20, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Catalog

Human Services, A.A.S.


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An associate's degree in Human Services offers graduates the opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives and people in their communities. Students will be able to promote awareness and obtain knowledge and specific skills needed to work in the human and social services fields. The program introduces students to services related to human development concepts and trains them to work with at-risk socioeconomic populations, including the elderly, children, persons with mental health or physical handicaps, and those experiencing problems with addictive disorders.  

Potential Career Opportunities for Human Services Graduates:

Case manager

Health department worker

Human services worker

Mental health associate

Rehabilitation counselor

Psychiatric rehabilitation specialist

Social services worker

Social work assistant

Community Outreach worker

Addiction counselor

Victim advocate

 

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

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the historical development and scope of human services.
  • Define the human service systems, which include individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities within the society and their interaction.
  • Apply skills, strategies, and techniques for service delivery.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills in the administrative aspects of service delivery.
  • Analyze service problems, select appropriate strategies, services, or interventions, and evaluate outcomes.
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify and analyze service needs, plan appropriate services and intervention strategies for various populations, implement services, and evaluate outcomes of services.
  • Demonstrate sensitivity and show an understanding of respect for individuals and groups with ethnic, cultural, gender and racial differences.
  • Apply critical thinking skills to problem solve in human service practices.
  • Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills that represent competence and professionalism in the human services field.
  • Exemplify the values, attitudes, and ethical standards of the human services profession and the ability to follow its ethical guidelines.
  • Develop awareness of one's own values, personalities, reaction patterns, interpersonal styles, limitations, and self-care practices.
  • Apply interventions with individual clients and therapeutic groups as it relates to drug and alcohol addictions.

Curriculum for an Associate of Applied Science in Human Services


General Education Core 27
Human Services Core 18
Track 15
Total Credit Hours Required 60

General Education Core


Specialty Tracks:


The tracks within the AAS Human Services degree offers flexibility for you and your advisor to design your own program. You must select ONE of the following specialty tracks:

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