Transfer Programs


Associate of Arts and Sciences in General Studies Specialization in Human Services


Four-semester (two-year) program


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.

Program Requirements: 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.

First Year

First Semester

Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
BIO 101 General Biology I 3 3 4
ENG 111 College Composition I 3 0 3
HMS 100 Introduction to Human Services 3 0 3
PSY 200 Principles of Psychology 3 0 3
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1 0 1
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 13 3 14

Second Semester

Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
BIO 102 General Biology II 3 3 4
ENG 112 College Composition II 3 0 3
HMS 228 Productive Problem-Solving 3 0 3
MTH 155 Statistical Reasoning 3 0 3
SOC 200 Principles of Sociology 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 100 Principles of Public Speaking 3 0 3

Health or Physical Education Elective:  HLT 116, PED 107, PED 109, PED 111, PED 147.

Health or Physical Education 1 0 1
HMS 121 Basic Counseling Skills I 3 0 3
ITE 115 Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts 3 0 3
PSY 215 Abnormal Psychology 3
SOC 215 Sociology of the Family 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 10 0 16

Fourth Semester

Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
ELE1 Elective/ PHI 101 or REL 200 3 0 3
HMS 122 Basic Counseling Skills II 3 0 3
HMS 290 Coordinated Internship in Human Services 3 0 3
HUM 1001

Humanities Elective:  HUM 100, PHI 101, ART 101, REL 200, PHI 220

Survey of the Humanities 3 0 3
PSY 230 Developmental Psychology 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 15 0 15


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