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Associate of Science, Human Services

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OVERVIEW

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.

Program Details

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.

Career Opportunities

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

Transfer Options

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 services or update your knowledge & skills? Join Human Services @ QV for 1-hour topical webinars with current issues & resources on excessive clutter, adverse childhood experiences, gender-affirming care, and policing. They are free and open to the public targeting the QV and northeastern Connecticut human services community.

Fall 2022 Webinars

  • Too Much Stuff? Supporting People with Excessive Clutter Webinar and presentation files available through link below
  • Let’s Talk About Sex, Gender, Orientation & Affirming Care on Friday 10/14 @ Noon on Webex
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences & Coping on Friday 11/4 @ Noon on Webex
  • Policing Mental Health Crisis on Friday 11/18 @ Noon on Webex
  • Topic to Be Selected on Friday 12/9 @ Noon on Webex
Learn more and register for webinars >

 

Program Contact

To learn more about the human services program, contact Program Coordinator Shelley Buchbinder

Career Outlook

The job outlook for Social and Human Service Assistant is expected to grow 17% percent through 2030.

 

Job Salary

Mean Wage for a Social and Human Service Assistant is $18.08 per hour ($37,610 per year) in 2021

Becoming Connecticut State Community College

STUDENTS: The Community Colleges are undergoing a merger with a plan to become Connecticut State Community College in fall 2023; please work closely with your advisor/program coordinator to select your courses accordingly. Click here for more details about this merger.