Human Services: AS Degree

The Human Services Program is designed to teach students entry level helping skills to work in the high demand field of Human Services. Students will gain knowledge of human service delivery systems; communication skills for working with individuals, groups and diverse populations; case management techniques; and will have field experiences in one or more human service agencies.

Career Opportunities

Case Aides; Community Organization Workers; Developmental Disability Assistants; Eligibility Workers; Employment Interviewers; Interviewing Clerks; Human Services Assistants; Senior Citizen Aides; Social Services Aides; Social Work Assistants; Welfare Eligibility Workers; Workforce Development Workers.

Program Learning Outcomes
  1. Utilize effective communication styles to assess and assist clients from diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds in becoming self-sufficient.
  2. Advocate and use case management strategies that assist clients in overcoming challenges and identifying support systems throughout the community.
  3. Engage in ethical and legal practices including adherence to agency, state, and federal policies and procedures.
  4. Identify areas for self-improvement, and pursue necessary education and/or training resources for professional development.
Degree Requirements
Required Courses
HSRV-120Introduction to Human Services3
HSRV-122Helping Skills in Human Services3
HSRV-124Working With Diverse Populations3
HSRV-126Case Management in Human Services3
HSRV-130Crisis Intervention in Human Services3
HSRV-190Field Studies 13
Total Units18


  1. The following courses are recommended electives for the degree; ADS-100, ADS-120, ADS-125, ADS-132, ADS-134, ADS-193, ADS-194, ANTH-120, HELH-106, HEOC-100, HEOC-172, HSRV-131, HUMA-112, HUMA-113, HUMA-160, HUMA-174, LGBT-120, PSYC-120, PSYC-123, PSYC-124, PSYC-125, PSYC-126, PSYC-128, PSYC-135, PSYC-175, SPAN-110, SPAN-111, SPAN-120, SPCOM-120, SPCOM-124, SPCOM-126, SPCOM-130.
  2. ADS-100, ADS-120 and HSRV-131 are highly recommended courses for the degree.

To receive an Associate Degree, students must complete 60 degree applicable semester units with a grade point average of at least 2.0. Students must also complete the NVC General Education pattern to earn an Associate degree. Consultation with a Counselor is highly encouraged to ensure all requirements are met.  

The following is a suggested course sequence and does not replace an educational plan created with you and your counselor.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
HSRV-120 Introduction to Human Services 3
HSRV-124 Working With Diverse Populations 3
ENGL-120 College Compositon and Research 4
Recommended Electives 1 3
HELH-106 Personal & Community Health (May substitute with 3 units of PHYE or DANS) 3
HSRV-122 Helping Skills in Human Services 3
HSRV-126 Case Management in Human Services 3
NVC GE Area D2: Mathematics 2 3-5
Recommended Electives 1 3
Second Year
HSRV-130 Crisis Intervention in Human Services 3
Field Studies 1
or Supervised Practicum for Addiction Studies 1
Recommended Electives 1 9
Recommended Electives 1 9
NVC GE Area A: Natural Science 3 3-5
NVC GE Area B: Social & Behavioral Science 4 3-5
NVC GE Area C: Humanities 5 3
 Total Units61-67