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.

 Human Services by Degree Requirements


General Education Requirements

24-25 Credits

ENG*101 Composition*  3
English or Communications Elective  3
MAT*104 or higher++  3
Science Elective^  3-4
PSY*111 General Psychology 1  3
SOC*101 Principles of Sociology or SOC*103 Social Problems^  3
Fine Arts Elective  3
Elective  3
Human Services Program Requirements 36 Credits
HSE*101 Introduction to Human Services  3
HSE*202 Introduction to Counseling/Interviewing  3
HSE*288 Developmental Practicum* and HSE*289 Psychiatric Practicum* 6
PSY*201 Life Span Development or PSY*204 Child/Adolescent Development*  3
PSY*245 Abnormal Psychology* 3
Sociology Elective***^  3
SOC*120 Group Dynamics  3
Elective  3
HSE*, SSC*, RLS*, or DAR* Directed Elective**  9
 Total Credits: 60-61



 Human Services (By Semester)

Full-time students should follow the four-semester sequence listed below in order to graduate from this program in two years.


First Semester

15-16 Credits

ENG*101 Composition 3
Science Elective  3-4
PSY*111 General Psychology I  3
SOC*101 Principles of Sociology or SOC*103, Social Problems  3
HSE*101 Introduction to Human Services  3
Second Semester 15 Credits
English or Communications Elective  3
MAT*104 or higher  3
HSE*202 Introduction to Counseling/Interviewing  3
PSY*201 Life Span Development or PSY*204 Child/Adolescent Development  3
Sociology Elective  3
Third Semester 

 15 Credits

Fine Arts Elective  3
Elective  6
HSE*288 Developmental Practicum* or HSE*289 Psychiatric Practicum 3
HSE*, SSC*, RLS*, or DAR*  elective  3
Fourth Semester  15 Credits
HSE*288 Developmental Practicum* or HSE*289 Psychiatric Practicum  3
PSY*245 Abnormal Psychology  3
SOC*120 Group Dynamics  3
HSE*, SSC*, RLS*, or DAR* Directed Elective  6
 Total Credits: 60-61


* This course has a prerequisite
**Human Services Directed Electives include: HSE*116, HSE*191, HSE*167, HSE*224
**RLS Directed Electives include: RLS*121; RLS*221
**Social Science Directed Electives include any course considered a social science
**DAR Directed electives include: DAR*101, DAR*114, DAR*158
***Sociology Electives include: SOC*114, SOC*117, SOC*210 ^, SOC*212, SOC*213, SOC*225, SOC*240, SOC*241
It is strongly recommended that students consider the following for their general and directed electives if they are planning on transferring to a four- year college: courses in philosophy, fine arts, computer literacy, foreign language, history, economics, political science, sociology, psychology, anthropology
^ In addition to the aforementioned, students interested in transferring to an NASW accredited BSW Program should consider taking the following: BIO*110, SOC*103, SOC*210, ANT*101, ECN*102 or ECN*101, POL*111