The Human Services Associate of Arts degree is an academic transfer program designed to introduce students to the field of human services.
The course of study provides students with the general education courses consistent with those required of freshmen and sophomores in four-year universities and also provides an introduction to the various career fields in human services: social work, crisis intervention, children/youth/family services, and human services/mental health. Maximum transferability to a four-year degree program in Human Services can be assured when students carefully coordinate their Associate of Arts degree work with the general education requirements of the four-year institution to which they plan to transfer.
Program Learning Outcomes
In addition to supporting institutional learning outcomes and building upon the foundational general education outcomes, upon completion of this program students will be able to:
- Understand the nature of human systems including: individual, group, organizations, community and society, and their major interactions.
- Describe the causes and conditions which promote or limit optimal functioning, and the classes of deviations from desired functioning in the major human systems.
- Demonstrate fundamental skills in the establishment of helping relationships, and in the performance of screening, assessment and brief interventions within those relationships.
- Demonstrate fundamental skills in selecting, planning, implementing and evaluating human services interventions in the contexts of individuals, systems and communities.