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Human Services - School of Liberal Arts

Associate in Arts (AA)

About the Program

Learn to help those who most need assistance. The Human Services Program is a career-oriented path that gives you a solid grounding in group counseling, conflict resolution, the psychology of addictive behavior, and the effects of drug abuse and substance abuse in families. Study post-traumatic stress disorder, coping strategies in crisis intervention and counseling ethics. Develop interpersonal skills and multicultural understanding.

All students do an internship, providing work in the community while receiving academic credit. Graduates of this program often choose to pursue a bachelor’s degree in social work, human services, sociology or counseling, among others, in a field where there is always demand for quality professionals. Human Services graduates are employed in behavioral health and social services agencies as case managers, outreach specialists, caseworkers, intake, crisis, and program coordinators, job coaches, and client advocates.


What kinds of educational opportunities will I have with a degree in Human Services?

  • Internships in the human services program provide community work experience for academic credit. They offer students professional skills to become more competitive in the job market. Students have been offered paid internships or jobs after completing their internships.

  • Program concentrations give students an opportunity to specialize in a particular area of human services. Human services graduates often choose to continue their education pursuing a bachelor's degree in social work, human services, counseling, family studies, community services, psychology, and/or sociology. Program concentrations also include traumatic stress studies, and bilingual studies in Spanish and American Sign Language.

  • Certificates

  • Traumatic Stress Aide (CERT)

Is a career in Human Services right for me?

If you are energized by helping people, the human services program may be for you! Human services workers enjoy working with people; they are energetic and compassionate; they care about social justice; they support diversity; and they want to make a difference in the lives of others and their communities.

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Career Opportunities:

SFCC Human Services graduates have completed their internships and/or found jobs at behavioral health and human services agencies such as medical facilities; youth and senior centers; public school mentoring programs; employment and vocational rehabilitation agencies; trauma treatment centers; financial assistance agencies; hospices, immigration assistance programs; Head Start; homeless shelters; Planned Parenthood and disability and disaster assistance organizations.

Program Director:

Dr. Maria Santa-MariaDr. Maria Santa-Maria, LPCC
Professor of Human Services, Psychology and Sociology

Maria Santa-Maria, Ph.D., LPCC, came to SFCC to serve as the lead faculty for the Human Services program after 25 years of experience in the behavioral health field.

Maria advises all Human Services student majors. She is the liaison of SFCC's articulation agreement with NMHU's Social Work program and NMSU's programs in social work and human services. In addition to human services, she teaches psychology and sociology and has developed online courses for all three.

Maria has a master's degree in counseling psychology from the Ohio State University and she received her Ph.D. degree in family relations from the Florida State University. Dr. Santa-Maria is a Continuing Education Provider, through the NM Counseling and Therapy Practice Board. She loves walking her dogs, gardening and traveling, and is a fluent Spanish speaker.



For more information, please contact Dr. Maria Santa-Maria, 505-428-1753,

Santa Fe Community College | 6401 Richards Ave. | Santa Fe, New Mexico 87508 | 505-428-1000
Empower Students, Strengthen Community. | Empoderar a los Estudiantes, Fortalecer a la Comunidad.