General Option A.A.S.

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General Option A.A.S.

Department: Human Services

Total Credit Hours: 61-62 credits

This program provides a basic social science framework and perspective for a career in human services and upgrading current skills.

What Is Human Services?

This degree provides practical information for professional helping techniques, understanding human behavior and policy/program development, with internship opportunities that provide real work experience. Through this program individuals learn how to help people overcome obstacles in their lives by developing interpersonal and intercultural communication skills.

Students acquire knowledge of current strategies to serve individuals, groups and communities experiencing problems related to poverty, abuse, mental and physical illness, disability, crime, unemployment, discrimination, aging and family dysfunction. Students will learn to link people with services such as education or training, financial assistance, child care, shelter, addictions treatment, mental health services and senior services. With this degree students havethe educational foundation to successfully work in human services positions in both the private and public sectors.

Human Service professionals with an A.A.S. degree help clients to identify and obtain benefits and services. In addition to initially connecting clients with benefits or services they often follow up with clients to ensure that they are receiving the services and that the services are meeting their needs.

People interested in this program should enjoy working with people. They should possess good verbal and oral communications and problem-solving skills and have a positive attitude about themselves and others.

Occupational Outlook

Because of the multitude of careers in this field, the outlook is varied. Positions that have a bright outlook include child support services worker, family caseworker, patient advocate and youth services specialist. These positions are projected to experience rapid increases in employment with large numbers of job openings over the next several years or are new and emerging occupations in high-growth industries.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the number of human service professionals will grow by nearly 22 percent through 2022, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.

Source: Occupational Outlook Handbook

Salary Outlook

In the state of Missouri, employees working in community and social service occupations earn an average of $39,080 per year, depending on emphasis, education, experience and employer.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, earnings increase significantly as a worker’s degree of education rises.

Human Services Careers

SCC graduates with an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in human services are employed in a broad range of careers including, but not limited to: administrative service manager, camp director, child support services worker, family caseworker, community welfare worker, missionary worker, patient advocate, Peace Corps worker, social and human service assistant and youth services specialist.

Career options range from working with children and families, people with physical, emotional or intellectual challenges, military veterans, homeless people, struggling communities, law enforcement, as well as the specialization options of this degree.

Required Courses

Subject Course Title Credits
General Education Requirements (24-25 credits)
Mathematics MAT 105 or higher Applied Math or higher 3-4
Communication ENG 101
ENG 125
SPE 101
English Composition I
Business Writing
Oral Communication
Social Science HIS 101 or
HIS 102 or
HIS 115 or
HIS 270 or
POL 101 or
POL 102
U.S. History to 1877
U.S. History Since 1877
U.S. History Since 1945
History of Missouri
American Government
State & Local Government
Natural Science Any BIO, CHM, or PHY 3
Humanities Any Humanities 3
Elective BTC/CPT 103 Microcomputer Applications 3
Core Course Requirements (28 credits)
HMS 100 Introduction to Human Services 3
HMS 101 Theories and Skills 3
HMS 102 Policy and Politics 3
HMS 111 Group Practice in Human Services 3
HMS 201 Human Services Practicum I* 3
HMS 202 Human Services Practicum II* 3
HMS 203 Human Services Practicum Seminar I 3
HMS 204 Human Services Practicum Seminar II 3
HMS 298 Human Services Capstone 1
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
Electives (9 credits) - Pick three
Any CRJ 3
Any HMS 3
Any PSY 3
Any SOC 3
Any computer course or business course approved by the HMS program coordinator 3
Total Required Hours: 61-62 credits

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Abby Jackson

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Contact Information

Margaret O'Dea,
Office Coordinator
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Sylvia Malta,
Program Chair
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Office Location
SSB 1104
Office Hours

7:45 a.m.-4:15 p.m.

4601 Mid Rivers Mall Drive
Cottleville, MO 63376


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