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Human Services (A.S.)

The Human Services program is designed to provide education and training for individuals seeking employment in various social service and educational settings.The program is also designed to provide a basis for those who choose to continue their education in social work, early intervention, gerontology, mental health counseling, addictions counseling and other related fields.

The program offers an opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills which will enable individuals to work in a variety of areas. There are specialization courses from which students may select, depending on their areas of interest.

Opportunities in human services are available in social service agencies, community action programs, day care centers, educational settings, in work with the elderly, and those individuals who may have emotional or physical problems.

GPA 2.0 required

Download the Human Services Requirement Degree Worksheet.

Human Services:
Number Title Credits
HSE* 101 Introduction to Human Services 3
+HSE* 241 Human Services Agencies and Organizations 3
+HSE* 281 Human Services Field Work I 3
+PSY* 212 Health Psychology 3
HSE* 236 Legal Issues in Human Services  
     General Education Requirements:
Number Title Credits
+ENG* 101 Composition 3
  Any English course 102 or higher 3
COM* 173 Public Speaking 3
  Fine Arts (Choose one):  ART*, COM* 166, DAN*, DGA* 111, 128, ENG* 206, 207, 213, 263, 264, 281, 282, 285, 289, MUS*, THR* 3-4
POL* 111 American Government 3
POL* 112 State and Local Government  
PSY* 111 General Psychology I 3
+PSY* 143 Counseling Skills  
+PSY* 201 Life Span Development 3
+PSY* 245 Abnormal Psychology 3
SOC* 101 Principles of Sociology 3
SOC* 190 Self and Others: Dynamics of Diversity 3
  MAT* 104 or higher (++ See Note Below) 3-4
  Science Elective (Choose one): AST*, BIO*, CHE*, EVS*, OCE*, PHY*
For transfer students, a lab science is recommended.
  Open Electives: Choose any additional three (3) credit courses numbered 100 or above. 9-12
                            TotalTotal Credits Required: 60

+ Prerequisite required
++ Transfer students should consult transfer institutions for course recommendations.

Program Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates should be able to:

  • Understand the past, present and future of human services;
  • Describe and evaluate ways in which data are collected, applied, and presented in the field of human services;
  • Recognize and respond to cultural diversity and the diverse challenges facing certain populations served by human services;
  • Analyze the effectiveness of human service agencies’ implementation of programs to meet social needs;
  • Read professional journals and relevant literature in the field of Human Services;
  • Develop critical thinking skills within the context of professional human services practice to solve problems, apply learning and reasoning strategies, and to acquire and utilize information;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to life-long learning for themselves and those whom they serve.

Transfer Opportunities:

Elms College Bachelor’s of Social Work program at Asnuntuck Community College; Eastern Connecticut State University – School of Continuing Education –Bachelor’s Degree in General Studies (Human Services Concentration); Eastern Connecticut State University – Social Work Degree Program; Springfield College – School of Human Services; University of Connecticut – Bachelors in General Studies (Human Services Concentration); University of Hartford – Human Services Degree Program; Western New England University – Social Work Degree Program; Westfield State University – Social Work Degree Program

Employment Information:

It is not uncommon for Human Services students to be offered a position in the agency where they do their Field Work. Students have been successfully hired at area social service agencies in both Massachusetts and Connecticut.

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Program Coordinator

Carol LaLiberte