2020-2021 Catalog

Human Services

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Associate in Applied Science in Human Services

61 Credit Hours

Human Services is an umbrella term covering a variety of professional activities that provide critical helping services to vulnerable populations and communities. Within the Human Services field, there is a need for highly skilled professionals to work with families, elders, people with disabilities, the unemployed, veterans and those dealing with substance abuse and others in need of services. Human Services professionals hold jobs in such diverse settings as group homes and halfway houses; correctional and community mental health centers; family, child and youth service agencies; and programs concerned with family violence and aging, and an array of organizations that support vulnerable populations across all communities. Depending on the employment setting and the types of clients served, the job titles and duties vary a great deal. The primary purpose of the human services worker is to assist individuals, families or communities to function as effectively as possible in the major domains of living.


Council for Standards in Human Service Education
3337 Duke St.
Alexandria, VA 22314-5219

General Education Core Requirements

ENG 101 English Composition I 3
IDS 109 First Year Experience Seminar 3
PSY 201 General Psychology 3

REQ HUM Select from Humanities 3
REQ MAT Select from Mathematics/Natural Sciences 3

Total:   15

Major Requirements

HUS 101 Introduction to Human Services 3
HUS 102 Personal and Professional Development in Helping Professions 3
HUS 110 Orientation to Human Services 1
HUS 208 Alcohol and Drug Abuse 3
HUS 209 Case Management 3
HUS 220 Diversity Issues in Human Services Practice 3
HUS 230 Interviewing Techniques 3
HUS 231 Counseling Techniques 3
HUS 235 Group Dynamics 3
HUS 250 Supervised Field Placement I 4
HUS 251 Supervised Field Placement II 4
HUS 270 Personal and Professional Development II 3
PSY 203 Human Growth and Development 3

Total:   39

Social Science Elective

Select one course from the following.

PSY 212 Abnormal Psychology 3
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
SOC 102 Marriage and the Family 3
SOC 205 Social Problems 3
SOC 210 Juvenile Delinquency 3

Total:   3

General Elective

Select from any college-level course in the catalog.  Courses labeled non-degree credit are not eligible.

Total:   3

Other Information

In order to graduate students must complete a 300-hour field placement covering two semesters (150 per semester) during the last half of the program. Assignments for the field placement exist in mental health, youth services, social services, eldercare, corrections, disabilities, rehabilitation, addiction and other human services.

Students must meet the receiving field placement agency screening requirements, such as the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) background check, prior to field placement assignment. Requirements will differ based on specific site policies.

Due to the Human Services program status as a nationally accredited program, students are eligible to sit for the Human Services Board Certified Practitioner Exam in their last semester.

Admission Requirements

Admission into this program requires proof of high school graduation (or GED) and qualifying placement levels.