Human Services

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Provides a broad range of studies in the core curriculum and human services offerings.

You’ll acquire a fundamental knowledge of human psychology and development that will help prepare you for study in the field, which covers many kinds of counseling, therapy, and other social work. Specialized classes in Human Services frame the work in this field and help you acquire some of the basic skills you might use in your future career. Several electives let you focus on various subfields of psychology, while a practicum provides you with real work experience at a human service agency.

Curriculum documents

This is just one way you might complete the Human Services program in 4 semesters over 2 years of full-time study, or 8 semesters over 4 years of part-time study. (Sample course sequences assume that all pre-requisites have been satisfied and the student is prepared for college-level work.) For a detailed list of required courses, optional electives and program information, download the Human Services program description from our official academic catalog.

Course descriptions are also available in the catalog. Find courses

Sample 2 Year Sequence of Courses
Fall 1Spring 1Fall 2Spring 2
ENG Comp. I
PCS course
HSV 101
HSV 115
PSY 101
ENG Comp. II
HSV 215
HIS course
SOC 101
Humanities elective
ENG 200 level course
HSV 205
MAT 117
Science course
HSV elective
HSV 271
Science course
General elective
HSV elective
PSY 217
Sample 4 Year Sequence of Courses
Fall 1Spring 1Fall 2Spring 2
ENG Comp. I
HSV 101
HSV 115
PCS course
HIS course
SOC 101
ENG Comp. II
PSY 101
HSV 215
Science course
Humanities elective
Fall 3Spring 3Fall 4Spring 4
ENG 200 level course
HSV 205
PSY 217
HSV 271
HSV elective
HSV elective
Science course
General elective
MAT 117

Student learning outcomes

Students completing a course of study in this program will be able to:

What’s next

Transfer to a Baccalaureate program.

Consider this program if

  • You want a broad as well as deep understanding of human services.
  • You who want to do work in counseling, human services, or social work.
  • You want to pursue higher academic study in the field of human services.

By taking classes in a Liberal Arts option, students complete courses that help develop 100 and 200 course level knowledge and skills in a particular field. If you don’t satisfy the requirements of a specific Liberal Arts option, you may still be able to fulfill the requirements of another option, or fulfill the requirements of the Liberal Arts General degree. Students are advised to work closely with their GCC advisor to select the specific courses that will help meet their career or transfer goals. Note: Students who complete a Liberal Arts option will graduate with the degree “Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts.” Your area of concentration is reflected only in your transcript, not your diploma.

The Human Services program has associated certificates that can “stack” into the degree. Depending on course selection, if you’re enrolled in this program you can earn one of the following certificates halfway through completing your degree:

These programs are a great way to increase your earning power and job potential with a marketable career certificate while you’re still working toward your degree. Work closely with your advisor to make sure you choose the right classes!

Learn more about our degree and certificate and degree pathways »