In addition to a general human services degree pathway, our students can choose more specific studies in victimology, gerontology, youth services and substance abuse.
Victimology is the study of victims and what makes a person a potential victim. Students of victimology services will learn how to help the victim through the physical and emotional impact of the crime. They will learn crisis intervention and how to counsel victims for enrollment into various assistance programs. Particular attention is given to helping the victim understand the criminal justice system.
Gerontology - the study of aging - encompasses a multidisciplinary core of knowledge. It includes physical changes associated with aging, the emotional and intellectual processes of people as they grow older, and how people interact within their family and their community.
Students will learn adolescent psychology, crisis intervention and various aspects of the juvenile justice system and the treatment of alcohol and drug abuse. Training will prepare the student to address the needs of youths in treatment programs, including problem-solving, recording skills, group skills and mediation.
Workers may assist with treatment programs or preventive programs conducted by social or government agencies, community groups, employers and the health care professions. The goals are to help abusers of drugs or alcohol to stop using them, recover from their effects and adopt new lifestyles. Course work at SCC emphasizes that treatment is a continuum of processes from intervention through rehabilitation. The student will learn theories and practices related to defusing crises and the referral of those in crisis.
Yes. An essential component of the human services degree is the practicum. In the third and fourth semesters of the program, you will be required to spend 9-11 hours per week working in a social agency to gain practical experience. You will receive formal training and supervision from the agency while earning three credit hours toward your degree in human services.
The student earning an Associate of Applied Science degree needs to be aware that the courses taken for the degree are specifically designed to help students enter the work force after approximately two years; however, if you wish to transfer to a four-year institution, be aware each accepts the A.A.S. courses according to its own plan. Close advisement is necessary to optimize your choices.
Persons interested in this program should enjoy working with people and have a strong desire to help others, including patience and understanding. They should possess good verbal and written communication skills and have a positive attitude about themselves and others.