Associate in Arts in Human Services

Human Services is a career-oriented program that prepares students to become professional helpers. It is designed for those who want to bring about change and make a difference in the lives of others and in their communities. Human Services graduates are employed in behavioral health and social services agencies as case managers, outreach specialists, case workers, intake, crisis, and program coordinators, job coaches, and client advocates.

Internships in the Human Services program provide community work experience for academic credit. They offer students the opportunity to develop professional skills to become more competitive in the job market. Students may be offered paid internships or jobs after completing their initial internships. Program concentrations give students maximum flexibility and 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, or higher in social work, human services, counseling, family studies, community services, psychology, and/or sociology. Students must work closely with their transfer institutions and their SFCC advisers to ensure the best transition to four-year schools.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate effective helper communication.
  • Understand and apply helping skills theory
    and competencies.
  • Research and classify human services agencies for case management referrals.
  • Interact professionally in diverse environments and demonstrate ethical behavior.
  • Perform professionally in a human services agency in the community.

Class Requirements

GENERAL STUDIES REQUIREMENTS: (36 HRS.)

Communications (9 hrs.)

ENGL 111         Composition and Rhetoric (3)

ENGL 112         Composition and Literature (3)

[or]

ENGL 216         Technical Writing (3)

Any SPCH course (3)

Mathematics (3 hrs.)

MATH 119        Applications of College Math for Nonscience Majors (3) or higher

Laboratory Science (8 hrs.)

Social /Behavioral Sciences (6 hrs.)

PSYC 111          Psychology I (3)

SOCI 111           Introduction to Sociology (3) þ

Humanities and Fine Arts (9 hrs.)

HIST 260           New Mexico History (3) þ S

[or]

PHIL 258           Environmental Ethics and

Sustainability (3) S

Humanities and Fine Arts courses (6)

The combined total of Social and Behavioral Sciences
and Humanities and Fine Arts areas should equal
15 credit hours.

Health and Wellness (1 hr.)

 

CORE REQUIREMENTS: (16 HRS.)

HUSV 111         Human Services Professions (3)

HUSV 130         Group Process and Counseling (3)

HUSV 270         Case Management (3)

HUSV 298         Human Services Internship (4)

PSYC 125          Communication and Counseling

Skills (3)

 

SUGGESTED CONCENTRATION AREAS (9 HRS. MIN.)

Select one from the following six concentrations:

 

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE OR SPANISH CONCENTRATON: (11 HRS.)

Graduates who can speak Spanish and/or who have American Sign Language skills may be more marketable in diverse population settings. Students may choose a Spanish or American Sign Language course sequence.

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE

AMSL 111         American Sign Language I (4)

AMSL 112         American Sign Language II (4)

AMSL or INTR elective (3)

SPANISH

SPAN 111          Beginning Spanish I (4) þ

[or]

SPAN 113          Beginning Heritage Spanish I (4) þ

SPAN 112          Spanish II (4)

[or]

SPAN 114          Heritage Spanish II (4)

 

COMMUNITY OUTREACH CONCENTRATON: (9 HRS.)

This concentration is designed for graduates who are interested in pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Community Services degree.

HUSV 260        Coalition and Community

Development (3)

Choose two from the following:

HUSV 220        Substance Abuse Prevention (3)

HUSV 255        Introduction to Disability Studies (3)

HUSV 290        Crisis Intervention, Coping Strategies

and Stabilization (3)

INTR 231          The American Deaf Community (3)

NUTR 260        Community Nutrition (3)

SOCI 209          Aging and the Family (3)

SOCI 216          Race, Class and Gender (3)

SOCI 220          Social Problems (3) þ

PSYC 130         Applied Health Psychology (3)

PSYC 225         Positive Psychology (3)

PSYC 271         Social Psychology (3)

 

FAMILY STUDIES CONCENTRATON: (9 HRS.)

This concentration is designed for graduates who are interested in pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Family Studies or Sociology degree.

SOCI 225           Marriage, Family and Intimate

Relationships (3) þ

Choose two from the following:

HUSV 170        Loss, Bereavement, and the Family (3)

HUSV 215        Families and Substance Abuse (3)

HUSV 255        Introduction to Disability Studies (3)

HUSV 285        Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Diagnosis and Treatment (3)

NUTR 200        Nutrition (3) S ♥

PSYC 290         Developmental Psychology (3)

PSYC 225         Positive Psychology (3)

PSYC 231         Psychology of Personality (3)

PSYC 280         Human Sexuality (3)

SOCI 209          Aging and the Family (3)

 

MULTICULTURAL STUDIES CONCENTRATON: (9 HRS.)

This concentration enhances the graduate’s ability to work in diverse and multicultural settings.

ANTH 112        The Nature of Culture (3) þ

Choose two from the following:

ANTH 207        Cultures of the Southwest (3)

ANTH 235        Intercultural Communication (3)

HUSV 260        Community Development (3)

PSYC 210         Cultural Psychology (3) þ

PSYC 220         Psychology of Gender

PSYC 271         Social Psychology (3)

SOCI 216          Race, Class and Gender (3)

SOCI 220          Social Problems (3) þ

 

SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT CONCENTRATON:

(9 HRS. MIN.)

The substance abuse treatment concentration enhances students’ ability to work with clients with substance abuse problems and co-occurring disorders.

Choose from the following

HUSV 200        Psychology of Addictive Behavior (3)

HUSV 205        Effects of Drug Abuse (3)

HUSV 210        Substance Abuse: Assessment, Evaluation and Treatment (3)

HUSV 215        Families and Substance Abuse (3)

HUSV 220        Substance Abuse Prevention (3)

 

LICENSED ALCOHOL AND DRUG ABUSE COUNSELOR CONCENTRATION (LADAC) (12.5 HRS.)

Students who wish to pursue the LADAC license are required to complete HUSV 150 and 12 additional
credit hours from the courses below. Check the New Mexico Counseling and Therapy Practice Board at http://www.rld.state.nm.us/boards/Counseling_and_Therapy_Practice.aspx for additional licensing requirements.

HUSV 150        Counseling Ethics (.5)

(required for LADAC)

[and]

Choose four from the following

HUSV 200        Psychology of Addictive Behavior (3)

HUSV 205        Effects of Drug Abuse (3)

HUSV 210        Substance Abuse: Assessment, Evaluation and Treatment (3)

HUSV 215        Families and Substance Abuse (3)

HUSV 220        Substance Abuse Prevention (3)

 

TRAUMATIC STRESS STUDIES CONCENTRATON: (9 HRS.)

This concentration enhances the graduate’s ability to work in the helping professions, given the growing incidence of traumatic stress in our society.

HUSV 285         Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Diagnosis and Treatment (3)

Choose two from the following:

HUSV 170        Loss, Bereavement, and the Family (3)

HUSV 200        Psychology of Addictive Behavior (3)

HUSV 280         Compassion Fatigue and Secondary Stress Disorder (3)

HUSV 290         Crisis Intervention, Coping Strategies and
Stabilization (3)

PSYC 225          Positive Psychology (3)

PSYC 240          Abnormal Psychology (3)

 

Six credit hours of the A.A. and A.S. must come from an approved list of courses that satisfy the following requirements. These are not meant to be additional hours in the degree but are, instead, existing courses that satisfy the requirement and appear anywhere in the degree.

  • Cultural Perspectives (3 credit hours)
  • Sustainable Living (3 credit hours)

TOTAL 61 CREDITS MIN.