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Human Services A.A.S.

Department: Human Services

Total Credit Hours: 61-62 credits

What Is Human Services?

This degree provides professional preparation for helping careers, understanding human behavior and policy/program development, with intership 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 best practice helping 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 tratment, mental health services and senior services. With this degree students have the educational foundation to succcessfully work in human services positions in both the private and public sectors.

People interested in this program are self-described "people persons". They should possess good verbal and oral communication 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.

10%+
The number of human service professionals is projected to grow 10-15 percent through 2024, 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.

Student Achievement Indicators

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,  patient advocate, 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 many other specific areas of interest to individual students.

Required Courses

SubjectCourseTitleCredits
General Education Requirements (24-25 credits)
Mathematics MAT 105 or higher Applied Math or higher 3-4
Communication ENG 101 English Composition I 3
ENG 125 Business Writing 3
SPE 101 Oral Communication 3
Social Science HIS 101 or U.S. History to 1877 or 3
HIS 102 or U.S. History Since 1877 or
HIS 115 or U.S. History Since 1945 or
HIS 270 or History of Missouri or
POL 101 or American Government or
POL 102 State & Local Government
Natural Science Any BIO or Any Biology Course or 3
Any CHM or Any Chemistry Course or
Any PHY Any Physical Science Course or
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 195 Human Services: Professional Field Skills 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 (6 credits)
(Pick Two) Any CRJ or Any Criminal Justice Course or 6
Any ECO or Any Economics Course or
Any HMS or Any Human Services Course or
Any PSY or Any Psychology Course or
Any SOC Any Sociology Course
Any computer course or business course approved by the HMS program coordinator 3
Total Required Hours: 61-62 credits

Suggested Schedule Planning

CourseTitleCredits
First Semester (15 credits)
HMS 100 Intro to Human Services 3
HIS 101 or US History to 1877 or 3
HIS 102 or US History Since 1877 or
HIS 115 or US History Since 1945 or
HIS 270 or History of Missouri or
POL 101 or American Government or
POL 102 State & Local Government
ENG 101 English Composition I * 3
BTC/CPT 103 Microcomputer Applications 3
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
Second Semester (15-16 credits)
ENG 125 Business Writing 3
MAT 105 Applied Math or higher * 3-4
HMS 101 Theories and Skills ^^ 3
HMS 195 Human Services: Professional Field Skills 3
Elective Any Human Services Course 3
Third Semester (15 credits)
SPE 101 Oral Communication 3
Natural Science Any BIO, CHM or PHY 3
HMS 102 Policy and Politics ^ 3
HMS 201 Human Service Practicum I 3
HMS 202 Human Service Practicum Seminar I 3
Fourth Semester (16 credits)
Electives (Pick Two) Any CRJ, ECO, HMS, PSY or SOC 6
Humanities Any Humanities Course 3
HMS 202 Human Service Practicum II 3
HMS 204 Human Service Practicum Seminar II 3
HMS 298 Human Service Capstone 1
Total Hours Required for Graduation: 61-62 credits

* The Academic Skills Assessment is required before enrolling in a Math or English course. If a student places into lower-level courses that are required for the degree, then the student must first enroll in lower-level courses before enrolling in the courses required for graduation.

^ Fall only

^^ Spring only

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