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Human Services A.A.S.

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Total Credit Hours: 61-62 credits

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Subject Course Title Credits
General Education Requirements (22 credits)
Mathematics MAT 105 or higher Applied Math 3
Communication ENG 101 or English Composition I 3
COM 101 or Oral Communication 3
COM 104 or Small Group Communication
COM 106 or Public Speaking
COM 110 Interpersonal Communication
Social Science HIS 101 or U.S. History to 1877  3
HIS 102 or U.S. History Since 1877 
POL 101  American Government 
Natural Science *Highly recommended for OTA students only CHM 101  Introduction to Chemistry 3
BIO 105  Essentials in Biology
BIO 108  Trends in Science
BIO 110  Human Biology
BIO 122  Environmental Sciences
PHE 240  Nutrition for Weight Management
PHY 105  Environmental Geology
PHY 111  Introduction to Physical Science
PHY 125  Introduction to Physical Geology
PHY 130  Astronomy
Humanities Any Humanities Course 3
Elective COL 101  College Success Seminar 1
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
ENG 102* or English Composition II 3
ENG 115 Technical Writing
Electives (9 credits)
Choose 3 from the following Any CRJ or Any Criminal Justice Course  9
Any ECO or Any Economics Course 
Any HMS or Any Human Services Course 
Any PSY or Any Psychology Course 
Any SOC Any Sociology Course
Total Required Hours: 61-62 credits

*ENG 102 and ENG 115 has ENG 101 as a prerequisite

The Human Services program is not accepting new students beginning fall 2023. Please visit with an advisor to plan your pathway.

What Is Human Services?

The AAS in Human Services degree provides best-practice skill training for helping careers, understanding human behavior and policy/program development, with internship opportunities that provide real work experience. Through this program you will also 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 treatment, mental health services and senior services. With this degree students have the educational foundation to successfully work in human services positions in both the private and public sectors.

People interested in this program are self-described "people persons". This degree will assist you to develop good verbal and written communication and problem-solving skills and develop a more positive attitude about your ability to help people resolve the problems they face in life.

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 number of human service professionals is projected to grow 13-15 percent through 2028, 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.

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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.

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