The Human Services Associates of Science degree includes a 31 credit core of liberal arts competency courses with a psychology and sociology emphasis. Additionally, this degree includes 30 credits of foundational human services knowledge bases and skills courses designed to prepare students for entry level careers in residential, nursing home, educational, social service, criminal justice, and hospital settings.
This is a 61 credit terminal degree that can also prepare students for transfer to a four-year institution. Human Services Associates of Science degree holders often go on to a bachelor’s degree in social work, psychology, sociology, and/or criminology. A program coordinator will work with you to determine the best course electives to achieve your educational, professional, and/or personal objectives.
What is Human Services?
Recent economic and public health crises have highlighted and contributed to mounting pressures on individuals, families, and communities, including struggles to access reliable transportation, affordable housing, and a living wage. While there are human services safety net programs, there are many unmet basic needs of vulnerable people and communities. Human services programs and workers are vital to support individuals, families, and communities to meet challenges and build resiliency through preventative, intervention, and advocacy services.
Students with a human services degree may apply their skills to a number of professional roles such as:
- Residence Counselor
- Social Work Aide
- Nursing Home Assistant
- Job Coach
- Educational Support Specialist
- Youth Counselor
Students considering transfer to any of the CSCUs are strongly encouraged to earn the Social Work Studies T.A.P. degree.
Human Services Webinar Series
Want to learn more about human series, social welfare and update your knowledge & skills? Join Human Services @ QV for 1-hour topical webinars. They are free and open to the public targeting the QV and northeastern Connecticut human services community. Webinar registration and access to previous webinar presentations & recordings available through the link below.
Spring 2023 Webinars
- Food Insecurity and Unequal Environments on Monday 2/20 @ noon
- Reproductive Health and Rights on Monday 3/20 @ noon
- Why is Rent So High? Housing Shortage & Resources on Monday 4/17 @ noon
To learn more about the human services program, contact Program Coordinator Shelley Buchbinder
The job outlook for Social and Human Service Assistant is expected to grow 17% percent through 2030.
Mean Wage for a Social and Human Service Assistant is $18.08 per hour ($37,610 per year) in 2021