Quick Facts
Degree Associate Degree
Areas of Study Human Services

This program is designed to provide students with foundational skills and concepts about human interaction within the social, cultural, and economic system of individuals and families within our society. Individual and family issues that arise from changing societal patterns have created a vast need for a variety of support services. Students with an A.S. Degree in Human Services will have the opportunity to enter the Human Services field in a number of paraprofessional positions, and with additional coursework would be prepared to transfer to a four-year college/university with lower division preparation for a Bachelor’s of Social Work.

This degree is approved through the California Community College Chancellor’s Office. Upon satisfactory completion of all degree requirements and filing an application for graduation with Admissions and Records, the student’s transcript will reflect completion of this degree.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this degree, the student should be able to:

  • Identify the impact of the context (historical, cultural, societal, and/or familial) on individuals as they develop, as well as the reciprocal influences, and apply this understanding when analyzing human behavior.
  • Integrate the perspectives of continuity and change, multi-directional pathways, and resiliency when evaluating the process of personal and interpersonal development throughout the lifespan.
  • Identify crucial elements of various systems perspectives and apply these concepts in the analysis of specific situations.
  • Reflect a critical awareness of current issues and valid scientific research in the field of Family Studies/Human Services.
  • Create a comprehensive action plan that reflects both personal and interpersonal effectiveness within the physical, mental, financial and psycho-social domains.
  • Differentiate between personal values and professional guidelines/ethics established within the field of Human Services.
  • Complete at least one semester of guided, practical experience in the workplace that integrates classroom experience with professional training.

Degree Requirements

The student must complete the Core Courses listed below, required General Education, and electives to total 60 units to complete the A.S. Degree requirements. Some major courses may be double counted toward the General Education unit requirement. Students planning to transfer to a Social Work Baccalaureate Program should consider utilizing available General Education units and elective units to complete the specific lower division requirements of the transfer school of their choice. It is imperative to consult the catalog of that institution.

Core Courses

  • BUAD 14* Personal Finance 3 OR ECON 1A* Principles of Economics (MICRO) OR ECON 1B* Principles of Economics (MACRO)
  • ECE 1* Human Development 3
  • HUSV 12 Standards and Practices in Human Services 3
  • HUSV 14 Introduction to Case Management 3 
  • HUSV 16* Marriage & Family OR 3
  • HUSV 18* Adulthood and Aging
  • HUSV 60* Life Management 3
  • HUSV 70* Social Welfare 3
  • HUSV 94 Human Services Worksite Learning 1-4
  • PSYC 1A* General Psychology 3
  • SOC 1* Introduction to Sociology 3

*May be used to fulfill General Education requirements. See a counselor.

Associate in Science Degree Requirements

Major: 28-31

Additional General Education: 15

General Electives: 14-17

Degree Total: 60*

*Note: Calculation assumes a student will double-count the Multicultural graduation requirement with either a social science or humanities G.E. requirement and that the student will fulfill computer literacy through a test. If students plan well and see a counselor, they may be able to double count the Multicultural and Computer Literacy units. If these graduation requirements are added, the number of units is increased by 6 units.

For reference only as of 2019/2020

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