Social and Human Services

Do you have a strong desire to help others improve
their quality of life?
If so, Human Services may be for you.

The Associate of Science degree in Social and Human Services prepares beginning Human Services Workers for careers in a wide variety of human services settings including children’s service agencies, state attorneys’ offices, substance abuse facilities, domestic abuse shelters, juvenile intervention programs, social service agencies, and mental health facilities. Students learn techniques and strategies to assist clients in identifying problematic behavior and promoting positive personal growth and will acquire both theoretical as well as practical expertise in the Human Services field. Classroom skill-building exercises further facilitate the development of skills, and a Human Services Internship provides actual real-world work experience. 

This program is designed to prepare students to demonstrate the following program outcomes:
  1. Communicate knowledge of basic human services skills and theories through written or oral form.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of causes and methods of treatment for problematic behaviors.
  3. Identify the ethical roles and professional responsibilities of human services workers.
  4. Apply appropriate helping skills and techniques in simulated or internship related scenarios.​
Many different career paths exist within the human services field. An A.S. in Social and Human Services not only provides a strong educational foundation but also expands your options when selecting your future career.
A few of the possible career options are:
Career Opportunity General Salary Range*
Preschool Teacher $18,848-$41,673
Home Health Aide $18,107-$30,009
Psychiatric Aide $21,221-$34,568
*Salary ranges represent typical starting salaries to highly experienced workers. These ranges can differ depending on city, county, and state.
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Further your education and career options with a
Bachelor of Science degree
Our Associate in Social and Human Services provides a strong foundation for the following B.S. degree program.
After graduation, obtaining a certificate and/or joining an association can be one of the most important steps that you can make in your career development. These steps can provide everything from career advancement to industry recognition.
Below are an industry-specific certification and association that can help you develop your career.
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Dr. Gale Cohen
Department Chair