Human Services

  • Overview

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.

    Please note that transfer to many four-year colleges and universities may require the completion of four sequential semesters of World Languages. Transfer specialists recommend using electives to start language requirements at the community college prior to transfer.

    Curriculum documents

    To plan degree completion, see the course descriptions in the academic catalog which specify the planned semester(s) in which required classes are to be scheduled.

  • 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

    HSV 107
    HSV 115
    HSV 168
    HSV 172
    PSY 101

    HSV 241
    HSV 215
    HSV 272
    SOC 210
    ENG Comp. I

    ENG Comp. II
    SOC 101
    History course
    Science course
    Math course

    PCS 101 or PCS 141
    ENG 200 level course
    Humanities elective
    Science course
    PSY 217

    Sample 4 Year Sequence of Courses
    Fall 1Spring 1Fall 2Spring 2

    HSV 107
    PSY 101
    ENG Comp. I

    HSV 241
    SOC 210

    HSV 115
    HSV 171
    HSV 205

    HSV 215
    HSV 271

    Fall 3Spring 3Fall 4Spring 4

    ENG Comp. II
    SOC 101
    Math course

    History course
    Science lab course

    Science lab course
    PCS 101 or PCS 141
    PSY 217

    Humanities elective
    ENG 200 level course

Student learning outcomes

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

Appreciate diverse cultural and individual perspectives

  • Develop awareness of personal values, personalities, interpersonal styles and limitations: Promote awareness of diversity.
  • Understand HS ethical standards and their application: Explain and value the concept of “least restrictive environment”; Promote client worth and dignity; Integrate ethical standards outlined by the HOHS/Council for Standards in HS Education.
  • Identify the scope of conditions that promote or inhibit human functioning. b. Study the range of populations served and needs addressed by human services.
  • Explain the knowledge and theory of human systems interactions on macro and micro levels with emphasis on context and role of diversity in determining the meeting human needs.

Solve problems collaboratively

  • Demonstrate understanding of group dynamics including how groups are used in human services, theory of group dynamics, group facilitation skills.
  • Apply practice theories, methods and interpersonal skills learned in academic setting under supervision.
  • Develop understanding of human service ethical standards and their application: Develop collaborative skills for problem-solving.

Reason and act ethically Develop understanding of human service ethical standards and their application:

  • Understand and value the concept of “least restrictive environment”;
  • Promote client self-determination;
  • Adhere to confidentiality standards;
  • Promote client worth and dignity;
  • Promote and believe in ability for clients and systems to change;
  • Develop collaborative skills for problem-solving;
  • Abide by professional boundaries;
  • Integrate ethical standards outlined by NOHS/Council for Standards in HS Education.

Demonstrate civic knowledge and engagement Attain and develop a core knowledge, theory and skill to provide direct services and interventions to clients:

  • Develop understanding of theory base for prevention, intervention and maintenance for clients to achieve maximum autonomy and functioning;
  • Facilitate direct services and interventions related to specific client or group;
  •  Develop knowledge and skill in case management, intake interviewing, individual counseling, group facilitation and counseling, location of resources and referral, use of consultation.

Communicate in various modes and media “Clarify expectations, deal effectively with conflict, establish rapport with clients , develop and sustain behaviors that are congruent with the values and ethics of the profession”

Develop knowledge and skills in information management:

  • Obtain information through interviewing, active listening, consultation, library, or other research and observation of clients and systems;
  • Record, organize and assess the relevance, adequacy, accuracy and validity of information provided by others;
  • Compile, synthesize and categorize information;
  • Disseminate routine and critical information to clients, colleagues of related services system in both written and oral form;
  • Understand how to maintain client confidentiality and appropriate use of client data;
  • Use technology for word processing, email and locating and evaluation of information.

Use quantitative concepts and processes Engage in knowledge and skill development in systematic analysis of service needs, planning strategies, services and implementation, evaluation of outcomes:

  • Develop skills to analyze and assess client needs;
  • Develop goals, design and implement plan of action;
  •  Evaluate outcomes and impact on client or group.

Locate Evaluate and use various sources of information  Develop knowledge and skills in information management:

  • Obtain information through interviewing, active listening, consultation, library, or other research and observation of clients and systems;
  • Record, organize and assess the relevance, adequacy, accuracy and validity of information provided by others;
  • Compile, synthesize and categorize information;
  • Disseminate routine and critical information to clients, colleagues of related services system in both written and oral form;
  • Understand how to maintain client confidentiality and appropriate use of client data;
  • Use technology for word processing, email and locating and evaluation of information.

Explore the natural and physical world 

Understand the historical development of HS field:

  • Learn historical roots of HS and creation of HS profession;
  • Understand how public and private attitudes influence legislation and interpretation of policies related to HS.

Understand scope of conditions that promote or inhibit human functioning:

  • Study the range and characteristics of HS delivery systems and organization;
  • Study the range of populations served and needs addressed by HS;
  • Learn major models used to conceptualize and integrate prevention, maintenance, intervention, rehabilitation and healthy functioning.

Think critically and creatively   Develop knowledge and skill development in systematic analysis of service needs, planning strategies, services and implementation, evaluation of outcomes:

  • Develop skills to analyze and assess client needs;
  • Develop goals, design and implement plan of action;
  • Evaluate outcomes and impact on client or group.

Apply integrate and synthesize learning 

  • Apply theories, methods and interpersonal skills learned in academic setting.

These program level learning outcomes were adapted from the National Standards for the Associate in Arts degree in Human Services of the Council for Standards in Human Service Education.

Spring 2014

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 want to do work in counseling, human services, social work, or addictions.
  • 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.