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Human Services



If you like working with people and helping them overcome challenges in order to improve their lives, a career in human services could be for you. If you are sensitive to other people's concerns, patient, and non-judgmental, you have qualities essential for a successful human service practitioner. The Human Services associate degree will prepare you for entry-level positions in such fields as mental health, mental retardation, day care, gerontology, family services, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, and community development. Human service technicians generally work under senior staff who provide supervision and direction. Trained to listen, form impressions, and accurately document their findings, they are often indispensable in agencies where large numbers of clients are served. Program graduates gain the skills and knowledge to enter the workforce as beginning professionals or to pursue a bachelor's degree in sociology, psychology, social work, or substance abuse counseling.

Human Services AS Degree 61 credits

Intro to Human Services
Human Service Worker
General Psychology
Principles of Sociology
Sociology of the Family
Contemporary Social Issues
Intro to Cultural Anthropology
American Government
Intro to Criminal Justice
Intro to Corrections
Police Organization and Administration
Conflict Resolution


The job market for human service workers has experienced tremendous growth during the past 20 years, concurrent with the expansion of community based mental health and developmental disabilities programs for the elderly, the disabled and families in crises. Graduates will be able to pursue many career paths. If you choose to enter the workforce directly, you could work in settings such as hospitals, schools, clinics, residential programs, and day treatment programs. Job titles vary, and may include case manager, outreach worker, advocate, mental health worker, or addiction counselor. Some positions may require a bachelor's degree.


Heath Hightower
Assistant Professor of Human Services & Program Coordinator



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