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Degree: 
Associate of Arts and Sciences in General Studies Specialization in Human Services
Length: 
Four-semester (two-year) program
Purpose: 

Human Services course work prepares students for entry-level positions in the human services field or transfer to a bachelor degree program. Through courses and a field placement in agencies, students develop skills and knowledge in working with people with physical and psychiatric disabilities, adolescents, the aged, the substance abuser, and the child or adult in crisis.

In addition to the admission requirements established for the college, completion of the General Studies Human Services Specialization program requires competency in English and Math Essentials MTE 1-5 as demonstrated through the placement and diagnostic tests, or by satisfactorily completing the required MTE units or equivalent.

Articulation Options: The ancillary benefit of this AAS degree in Human Services at WCC are the articulation agreements the college has with senior institutions that award baccalaureate degrees in the Human Services field.

Occupational Objectives: Employment opportunities for graduates in Human Services include staff positions in hospitals, mental health clinics, group homes, training centers and community service agencies. Graduates may transfer to a four-year college or university for bachelor degrees in fields such as social work, psychology, special education, counseling, and human services.

Internship Requirements: Admission to HMS 290 (Coordinated Internship) is selective and must be approved by the internship coordinator. Eligibility is based on the following criteria: minimum GPA of 2.0, completion of course prerequisites (HMS 100, HMS 121, HMS 122), faculty recommendation, expected graduation date, and any relevant internship site requirements. Arrangements for the internship placement are made the semester prior to the one in which the student actually takes the class.

The following list is a suggested sequence in which students may plan their class schedules to ensure graduation in two years.

Other Information: 

 

First Year
First Semester
Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
ENG 111 College Composition I 3 0 3
HMS 100 Introduction to Human Services 3 0 3
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1 0 1
BIO 1012
2

Or Science Elective: BIO 101, BIO 102, CHM 111, CHM 112, GOL 105, GOL 106, PHY 241, PHY 242

General Biology I 3 3 4
PSY 2003
3

Or Social Science Elective:  HIS 101, HIS 102, HIS 121, HIS 122, PLS 211, PLS 212, PSY 120, PSY 200, PSY 215, PSY 216, PSY 230, PSY 235, PSY 270, SOC 200, SOC 215

Principles of Psychology 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 10 3 14
Second Semester
Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
HMS 228 Productive Problem-Solving 3 0 3
MTH 155 Statistical Reasoning 3 0 3
BIO 1022 General Biology II 3 3 4
SOC 2003 Principles of Sociology 3 0 3
ENG 112 College Composition II 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 15 3 16
Second Year
Third Semester
Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
CST 110 Introduction to Communication 3 0 3
HMS 121 Basic Counseling Skills I 3 0 3
ITE 115 Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts 3 0 3
HLT/PED4
4

Students may choose a health, physical education, or recreation course that promotes physical & emotional well-being

Health or Physical Education 1 0 1
SOC 2153 Sociology of the Family 3
PSY 2153 Abnormal Psychology 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 10 0 16
Fourth Semester
Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
HMS 122 Basic Counseling Skills II 3 0 3
HLT/PED4 Health and Physical Education 1 0 1
HMS 290 Coordinated Internship in Human Services 3 0 3
HUM 1001
1

Or Transfer Humanities Elective:  ART 101, CST 151, ENG 241, ENG 242, ENG 243, ENG 244, HUM 100, MUS 121, PHI 101, PHI 220, REL 200, REL 210

Survey of the Humanities 3 0 3
PSY 2303 Developmental Psychology 3 0 3
Elective3 PHI 101 or REL 200 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 16 0 16
Notes:

 

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