Human Services, Associate of Applied Science

The purpose of this program is to provide education and internship to prepare students for entry-level employment in the human services field. Human service workers provide a wide range of emotional and practical support services aimed at addressing the needs of people facing a variety of challenges. Embedded within the AAS degree is a Career Pathway Certificate in Addiction Studies which prepares students for state certification in addiction counseling through Mental Health and Addiction Certification Board (MHACBO). For information on the certification process visit the MHACBO website:

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  • Practice professional and ethical standards inherent in the human services field
  • Utilize skills of attending behavior, active listening, effective questioning techniques that align with theoretical orientations in the helping fields, while working with both individuals and groups
  • Exhibit competence in working with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Conduct various assessments with regard to eligibility, service needs and problem resolution, commonly used in the human services field
  • Develop a plan of action for clients using a strengths-based approach to link people with community resources
  • Utilize technology and digital resources for educational and career purposes
  • Communicate effectively with others, both verbally and in writing
  • Describe current best practices in the field of human services and demonstrate the ability to implement these practices at the entry level

Math and writing placement are unique to each student and are determined during the admissions and intake advising process.  Additional math or writing courses may be required prior to taking the math or writing program requirements in this degree. 

Program Guide

Plan of Study Grid
Placement into MTH105Z or completion of MTH98 or MTH95
Placement into WR121Z or completion of WR90R
First Year
WR121Z Composition I 4
HS150 Personal Effectiveness 3
HS155 Interviewing Theory and Techniques 3
HS228 Infectious Diseases 2
HS201 Introduction To Human Services 3
HS224 Group Counseling Skills 3
HS226 Ethics And Law 3
HS231 Advanced Interviewing & Counseling 3
HS267 Cultural Competencies Human Services 3
WR122Z Composition II 4
COMM218Z Interpersonal Communication 1 4
HS232 Cognitive Behavioral Strategies 3
HS221 Co-Occurring Disorders 3
PSY243 Drugs and Behavior 3
Specific Elective 5 3
Second Year
HS265 Casework Interviewing 3
HS266 Case Management 3
HS158 Trauma: Theory To Practice 2
MTH105Z Math in Society 2 4
PSY216 Social Psychology 3
PSY237 Life Span Development 3
HS209 Crisis Intervention And Prevention 3
HS280 Cooperative Work Experience- Human Services 3 9
HE250 Personal Health 4 3
PSY239 Introduction to Abnormal Psychology 3
HS280 Cooperative Work Experience- Human Services 3 9
 Total Credits92

SP219 or COMM219 may be used as a solution.


MTH111Z or higher may be used as a substitution, excluding MTH211 Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics I.


Call 541-888-7405 to schedule with internship Coordinator one month prior to term.


PE231 Wellness for Life may be used as a substitution. 


Specific Elective: Any ANTH, HS, PSY, or SOC class not already required for the degree.