Human Services

Family picnicShasta College offers two options in the Human Services area:

  • Associate in Science Degree - Human Services
  • Certificate - Life Management

Associate Degree - Human Services

This program is designed to provide students with foundational skills in human behavior and interaction. Specifically, students will learn practical knowledge about how to assist individuals and families in the community overcome obstacles and achieve their goals.

Students with an Associate Degree will have the opportunity to enter the Human Services field in a number of paraprofessional positions and/or be prepared, with additional coursework, to transfer to a four-year college or university for a Bachelor of Social Work Degree.

To earn an Associate Degree in Human Services, students must complete all the required courses listed in the current online version of the Shasta College catalog.

Program Topics

  • Child, Adolescent, and Adult Development
  • Family Systems
  • Aging Dynamics
  • Social & Cultural Influences
  • Community Resources
  • Careers in Human Services
  • Professional Standards and Practices
  • Goal Setting
  • Decision-Making
  • Money Management
  • Nutrition and Wellness
  • Stress Management

Opportunities for employment in Northern California could be with:

  • Adult Service Agencies
  • Federal State, and County Agencies
  • Numerous Family Support Agencies
  • Health Services
  • Children's Service Agencies
  • Adult Service Agencies
  • Private Companies
  • Senior Programs
  • Recovery Centers
  • Education Providers

Certificate - Life Management

This certificate is designed to provide students with the information, perceptions, and skills necessary to move toward responsible independence and effective interpersonal relationships. Resources such as time, money, and energy will be stressed along with the study of the physical, mental, emotional, and social needs of all ages. This curriculum is pivotal in preparing individuals to balance personal, family and work responsibilities throughout the life cycle.

Human Services Worksite Learning- HUSV 94

The Human Services work-site learning component allows the student to gain on-the-job experience through employment/volunteerism at an approved job site that is acquired by the student and related to the student's major. A faculty member supervises all work-site learning courses to ensure that the work experience is of educational value. The courses stress good work habits and meeting of competencies through actual on the job performance. A student may earn up to 16 units through repeating this course since course content caries and skills are enhanced by supervised repetition and practice. A maximum of 8 units may be earned in a single semester. In order to complete registration for a Worksite Learning course the student must email the instructor for permission to enroll, as listed in the Shasta College Course Schedule.