The Associate Degree in Applied Science with a Major in Human Services targets those individuals who have a strong desire to help others within their community. The Human Services professional is an important link to helping others fulfill their potential. The Associate Degree provides students with the necessary core knowledge to maximize their success in providing a positive impact for clients. The program requires all graduates to complete two semesters of field placement where students will experience on-the-job training in a community facility. Course work includes topics that will prepare graduates for employment opportunities in federal, state, and local service organizations.

The Associate Degree in Applied Science with a Major in Human Services prepares graduates to work in environments that provide assistance to various populations, such as the elderly, people with disabilities or mental illness, victims of domestic violence, the homeless, people with chemical dependencies, and many others. The Associate Degree in Applied Science with a Major in Human Services is accredited by the Council for Standards in Human Services Education.

Prior to HUS 250 and HUS 251 students must submit information and fees for criminal background checks. A criminal record could make you ineligible to complete field placement and graduate from the program. All Human Services (HUS) courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better in order to count toward graduation.

Enrollment Data

HUS Enrollment Fall 2019-2021

Student Achievement Indicators

Human Services AAS Outcomes Assessment (PDF)
Mission Statement and Program Outcomes

Mission – To prepare graduates for employment in numerous helping professions and/or transfer to baccalaureate programs in human services or related fields. Graduates have the skills, knowledge and ethics of the human service discipline in order to provide services in a wide variety of agency programs and community settings.

2018-19 Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate the ability to identify components of the interview/assessment process and applications.
  2. Develop awareness of their own values, personalities, reaction patterns, interpersonal styles and limitations.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of issues related to the ethical standards of the human services profession and the ability to follow ethical guidelines.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of theories and skills in order to assist various human systems: families, small groups, organizations and social systems.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to be productive and effective in a human services delivery system and an understanding of their role, abilities and limitations as an entry-level human services worker.
  6. Basic understanding of crisis intervention skills and applications.
  7. Demonstrate the knowledge of the history of the human services profession and the evolution of its various delivery systems.
  8. Demonstrate knowledge and skills in systematic analysis of service needs; planning appropriate strategies, services, and implementation; and evaluation of outcomes.

Mission Statement and Program Outcomes (PDF)


The program is aligned with the following career cluster: Human Services.

Program Contact:

Lisa Nelligan

Department Chair, Human Services

(803) 778-7823, ext. 423