Human Services

Associate in Science

An overview of the social service field, this degree presents the theoretical approaches to the development of human services and helps students explore careers in the social welfare system. Beginning skills are taught in some courses. Social work education can begin at the Associate in Science level and may advance through a baccalaureate program, a master's degree and a doctorate in Social Work and/or a related fields. Rewarding career possibilities exist at all levels. Jobs are available in family services, aging, health and mental health, addictions, disabilities and numerous other areas. This degree may be earned part-time.

For information, contact area coordinator, Heather Boone, at (609) 343-4934 or hboone@atlantic.edu.

Upon Completion of this program students will be able to:

  • Describe the social and historical factors that have led to the development of the social welfare system in the United States;
  • Explain the history and social position of the social work and human services fields;
  • Apply basic intervention skills and strategies used in working with human service clients. Among these are the following: interviewing and counseling skills, data collection and assessment skills, problem-solving skills, referral skills, documentation skills and system change skills;
  • Identify and explain public and private agencies, their services as well as how these services are organized and implemented;
  • Explain key behavioral theories and rationales that guide intervention strategies;
  • Communicate professionally and effectively concerning agencies, their work and clients.
Courses Credits
GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES - 32 credits
When a General Education course is not specified, refer to the list of approved General Education courses.
Communication (6 credits)  
    ENGL101-Composition I
3
    ENGL102-Composition II
3
Mathematics-Science-Technology (11 credits)  
    CISM125-Introduction to Computers
3
    MATH220-Statistical Methods
4

    BIOL103-Biology of our World or BIOL118-The Human Body

    (BIOL118 is recommended for students transferring to BSW programs.)

4
Social Science (9 credits)  
    ECON110-Macroeconomics
3
    PSYC101-General Psychology
3
    SOCL101-Principles of Sociology
3
Humanities (6 credits)  
    Choose ARTS103, ARTS108, ARTS109, ARTS115, DANC170, MUSC100 or THEA110
3
    General Education Humanities course
3
TOTAL GENERAL EDUCATION CREDITS REQUIRED
32
PROGRAM COURSES - 32 credits  
    HPED150-Concepts of Physical Fitness
1
    HSRV115-Introduction to Social Work and Human Services
3
    HSRV116-Social Agency Skills and Processes
3
    HSRV215-Field Work in Human Services
4
    PSYC135-Child Psychology
3
    PSYC230-Psychology of Adulthood
3
    SOCL110-Minority Groups and Intergroup Relations
3
    Choose GOVT101 or GOVT110
3

Program Electives

Choose three: ANTH103, GEOG102, HSRV130, HSRV141, HSRV142, HSRV143, HSRV144, HSRV145, PSYC212, PSYC214, SOCL102, SOCL202, PSYC204, SOCL206, SOCL207, SOCL221 or SPCH130

9
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS
32
TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED FOR DEGREE
64
(HUSV) EFFECTIVE FALL 2008  
RECOMMENDED SEQUENCE OF COURSES
First Semester
CISM125 Introduction to Computers 3
ENGL101 Composition I 3
HSRV115 Introduction to Social Work and Human Services 3
MATH220 Statistical Methods 4
SOCL101 Principles of Sociology 3
Second Semester
ECON110 Macroeconomics 3
ENGL102 Composition II 3
HSRV116 Social Agency Skills and Processes 3
PSYC101 General Psychology 3
Choose BIOL103 or BIOL118 4
Third Semester
Choose ARTS103, ARTS108, ARTS109, ARTS115, DANC170, MUSC100 or THEA110 3
HSRV215 Field Work in Human Services 3
PSYC135 Child Psychology 3
SOCL110 Minority Groups and Intergroup Relations 3
Choose Program course 3
Fourth Semester
Choose GOVT101 or GOVT110 3
HPED150 Concepts of Physical Fitness 1
PSYC230 Psychology of Adulthood 3
Gen Ed Humanities course 3
Choose Two program courses 6