Human Services

Program Competencies for HS

Upon graduation from this program, students shall have demonstrated the ability to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the historical development of human services as a profession and the implications of social policy.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the major models of causation of normal and abnormal development and the conditions which promote or limit optimal functioning.
  • Develop and demonstrate effective intervention strategies that include counseling and interviewing skills, assessment, advocacy, outreach, and referral.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the formal and informal supports, resources available in the community, and skill in gaining access to them.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of one’s individual strengths, attitudes, values, and belief systems on both a personal and professional level.
  • Develop and demonstrate the oral and written skills required for an effective communicator.
  • Develop an awareness of cultural diversity and a working knowledge of, and respect for, peoples’ history, traditions, values, and social organizations such as family, community, and political structures.
  • Exercise professional ethics in all matters related to the helping relationship and the workplace.

Technical Standards1 for HS and HSC

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For general information about technical standards and accommodation, see Technical Standards.

Students entering these programs must be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Comprehend textbook material at the 11th grade level.
  • Communicate information either in spoken, printed, signed, or computer voice format.
  • Gather, analyze, and draw conclusions from data.
  • Comprehend the spoken word. Perceive and differentiate individual behaviors.
  • Perceive and differentiate individual behaviors.
  • Maintain cleanliness and personal grooming consistent with close personal contact.
  • Exhibit social skills appropriate to professional interactions.

Human Services Technician Certificate (HSC)

This program is for those who wish to build a rewarding career helping people in need by empowering, enabling, and facilitating them to function more effectively in all aspects of living. Opportunities in this field are excellent. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, human services is one of the fastest growing fields. The Human Services Technician Certificate prepares students for immediate employment in entry-level human services positions. It also provides individuals currently working in entry-level positions an opportunity to enhance their skills.

Year 1
FallCredits
ENG 101English Composition I 3
HST 101Introduction To Human Services 3
PSY 101Psychology Of Self 3
PSY 105Introduction To Psychology 3
Spring
HST 140Counseling Methods And Interviewing Techniques 3
Professional Elective (see list below)  3
HST 150Cultural Awareness 3
PSY 240Abnormal Psychology 3
 Total Credits: 24

Professional Electives

Credits
ASL 101Basic American Sign Language I3
ASL 102Basic American Sign Language II3
CHC 101Complementary Health Care3
CHC 105Introduction To The Chakra System3
CHC 108Transforming Stress3
CHC 110Reiki: Traditional Usui Method3
CHC 220Mind-Body-Spirit Connection3
CJU 131Introduction To Criminal Justice3
CJU 232Introduction To Criminology3
CJU 250Introduction To Corrections3
CJU 254Counseling And Rehabilitation Of The Offender3
ECE 101Introduction To Early Childhood Education3
HST 142Counseling Methods and Interviewing Techniques II3
HST 145Introduction To Gerontology3
HST 147Topics In Mental Health/Mental Retardation3
PSY 143Group Dynamics3
PSY 244Children With Special Needs3
PSY 246Psychology And The Law3
PSY 280Psychology Of Death And Dying3
PSY 290The Psychology Of Aging3
SOC 125Gender Issues3
SOC 129Drug Use And Abuse In American Society3
SOC 206Marriage And The Family3
SOC 208Juvenile Delinquency3
SOC 210Child Abuse And Neglect In American Society3
SPA 109Beginning Spanish I3
SPA 210Intermediate Spanish II3

 See the human services general information for technical standards.

Campus/format

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Helpful hints

Volunteer opportunities, service learning, and civic engagement components are suggested as ways of enhancing classroom learning.

Transfer options

For transfer options, please click here. It is recommended that you also consult with your academic advisor.

Special requirements

Technical standards must be met with or without accommodations.

Career options

For career options, please click here.

Earning potential

$20,350 to $32,440.

Gainful Employment Program Disclosure Information

For gainful employment information, please click here.

Human Services Degree (HS)

This program is for those who wish to build a rewarding career helping people in need by empowering, enabling, and facilitating them to function more effectively in all aspects of living. Opportunities in this field are excellent. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the human services sector is one of the fastest growing fields. The Human Services Degree program will prepare you for entry-level positions in social services or for transfer to four-year colleges or universities to pursue human services, psychology, social work, sociology, or other related majors.

Year 1
FallCredits
ENG 101English Composition I 3
HST 101Introduction To Human Services 3
PSY 105Introduction To Psychology 3
CIS 127Computer Technologies 3
HST 150Cultural Awareness 3
Spring
ENG 102English Composition II 3
HST 140Counseling Methods And Interviewing Techniques 3
PER 126 or 130Fitness And Wellness 12-3
PSY 101Psychology Of Self 3
PSY 110Human Growth And Development 3
MAT 126Topics In Mathematics (or higher) 4
Year 2
Fall
PSY 240Abnormal Psychology 3
SPC 113Speech (formerly THE113) 3
SOC 103Introduction To Sociology 3
Professional Elective (see list below)  3
BIO 103Human Health And Disease (or Lab Science Elective) 23-4
Spring
POL 211Massachusetts And The Federal System 3
SOC 205Social Problems 3
HST 260Human Services Seminar (Capstone) 3
HST 250Human Services Internship Experience 4
General Elective 3 3
 Total Credits: 64-66
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PER 130 Health, Fitness, And Wellness is recommended for transfer

2

Lab Science Electives: BIO, BTC, CHE, EAS, EGM, NRD, PHY
Lab Science recommended for transfer

3

General Electives: See General Electives exceptions.

Professional Electives

Credits
ASL 101Basic American Sign Language I3
ASL 102Basic American Sign Language II3
CHC 101Complementary Health Care3
CHC 105Introduction To The Chakra System3
CHC 108Transforming Stress3
CHC 110Reiki: Traditional Usui Method3
CHC 220Mind-Body-Spirit Connection3
CJU 131Introduction To Criminal Justice3
CJU 232Introduction To Criminology3
CJU 250Introduction To Corrections3
CJU 254Counseling And Rehabilitation Of The Offender3
ECE 101Introduction To Early Childhood Education3
HST 142Counseling Methods and Interviewing Techniques II3
HST 145Introduction To Gerontology3
HST 147Topics In Mental Health/Mental Retardation3
PSY 143Group Dynamics3
PSY 244Children With Special Needs3
PSY 246Psychology And The Law3
PSY 280Psychology Of Death And Dying3
PSY 290The Psychology Of Aging3
SOC 125Gender Issues3
SOC 129Drug Use And Abuse In American Society3
SOC 206Marriage And The Family3
SOC 208Juvenile Delinquency3
SOC 210Child Abuse And Neglect In American Society3
SOC 212Victimology3
SPA 109Beginning Spanish I3
SPA 110Beginning Spanish II3

See the human services general information for program competencies and technical standards.

Campus/format

Please click here for campus/format information.

Helpful hints

Volunteer opportunities, service learning, and civic engagement components are suggested as ways of enhancing classroom learning.

Transfer options

For transfer options, please click here. It is recommended that you also consult with your academic advisor.

Special requirements

A Criminal/Sexual Offender Record Information (CORI/SORI) check and liability insurance are required for student interns. Technical standards must be met with or without accommodations.

Career options

For career options, please click here.

Earning potential

$20,350 to $32,440.