Human Services, Associate in Science Degree

This curriculum is designed to prepare students to perform effectively in a human service setting and/or to transfer to a baccalaureate program in human services, social work, psychology, counseling, or other fields in the helping profession. Emphasis is on the empirical and theoretical aspects of the disciplines of psychology, sociology, social work, counseling, and group work, with application through practicum experience in community facilities and settings. Students are trained to work with specialists in psychology, social work, community services, anti-poverty programs, mental health, mental retardation, gerontology, juvenile justice, substance abuse, education, and advocacy. Certificates in Juvenile Justice, Therapeutic Recreation, and Substance Abuse Education may be taken concurrently with the Human Services Associate Degree.

Admission to the program requires placement in ENG*101, a written application, and a personal interview. All human services students must be advised by full time faculty from the Human Services Program.

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Explain and compare the theories pertaining to adjustment and development;
  2. Explain and compare the theories of treatment methods and intervention modalities;
  3. Explain and compare the etiological factors in psychopathology, including the biological, sociological, and psychological factors;
  4. Demonstrate attitudes of openness, candor, cooperation, and support through group work and interaction;
  5. Demonstrate the use of methods of research and reporting, using psychological, sociological, and clinical terminology;
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of the personality and behavioral factors, both integrative (adaptive) and disintegrative (maladaptive) which contribute to individuals/clients’ coping skills dealing with stress, conflict, and hardship;
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of the normative developmental patterns that occur in individuals from conception through old age and how this understanding impacts our understanding of abnormal behavior and clinical interventions;
  8. Integrate knowledge and skill in achieving competency in functional and responsive therapeutic abilities;
  9. Demonstrate skill in client needs assessment and in the provision of information and referral for client access to resources, whether the client be an individual, family, group, or community;
  10. Demonstrate an awareness of themselves as change agents through the use of such vehicles as recreational activities, modeling, contracting, client and community intervention, advocacy, and constructive use of confrontation;
  11. Analyze the impact of collaborative social service systems.


Graduation Checklist

Human Services Degree – Graduation Checklist

A Graduation Checklist is a printable list of course requirements you will use when you meet with your academic advisor each semester.  The checklist helps you keep track of your progress from when you first enter MxCC to when you are ready to graduate.