Degree: Associate of Arts and Sciences in General Studies Specialization in Human Services
Length: Four-semester (two-year) program
Purpose: Human Services course work prepares students for entry-level positions in the human services field or transfer to a bachelor degree program. Through courses and a field placement in agencies, students develop skills and knowledge in working with people with physical and psychiatric disabilities, adolescents, the aged, the substance abuser, and the child or adult in crisis.
Program Requirements: In addition to the admission requirements established for the college, completion of the General Studies Human Services Specialization program requires competency in English and Math Essentials MTE 1-5 as demonstrated through the placement and diagnostic tests, or by satisfactorily completing the required MTE units or equivalent.
Articulation Options: The ancillary benefit of this AAS degree in Human Services at WCC are the articulation agreements the college has with senior institutions that award baccalaureate degrees in the Human Services field.
Occupational Objectives: Employment opportunities for graduates in Human Services include staff positions in hospitals, mental health clinics, group homes, training centers and community service agencies. Graduates may transfer to a four-year college or university for bachelor degrees in fields such as social work, psychology, special education, counseling, and human services.
Internship Requirements: Admission to HMS 290 (Coordinated Internship) is selective and must be approved by the internship coordinator. Eligibility is based on the following criteria: minimum GPA of 2.0, completion of course prerequisites (HMS 100 , HMS 121 , HMS 122 ), faculty recommendation, expected graduation date, and any relevant internship site requirements. Arrangements for the internship placement are made the semester prior to the one in which the student actually takes the class.
The following list is a suggested sequence in which students may plan their class schedules to ensure graduation in two years.