Human Services Degree (HS)

This program is for those who wish to build a rewarding career helping people in need by empowering, enabling, and facilitating them to function more effectively in all aspects of living. Opportunities in this field are excellent. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the human services sector is one of the fastest growing fields. The Human Services Degree program will prepare you for entry-level positions in social services or for transfer to four-year colleges or universities to pursue human services, psychology, social work, sociology, or other related majors.

Number Suggested Course Order Cr Semester Grade Prerequisites/Notes
ENG101 English Composition I

3

ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
HST101 Introduction to Human Services

3

ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
PSY105 Introduction to Psychology

3

ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
CIS127 Computer Technologies

3

ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
HST150 Cultural Awareness

3

ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
ENG102 English Composition II

3

ENG101
HST140 Counseling Methods andInterviewing Techniques

3

PSY105 strongly recommended, may be taken concurrently
PER126/130 Health, Fitness, and WellnessElective

2/3

Prerequisites:FYE101, MAT092, RDG098, or placementNote: PER130 is recommended for transfer
PSY101 Psychology of Self

3

ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
PSY110 Human Growth and Development

3

PSY105
MAT126 Topics in Mathematics (or higher)

3

MAT096 or placement
PSY240 Abnormal Psychology

3

PSY105
SPC113 Speech

3

ENG101
SOC103 Introduction to Sociology

3

ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
Professional Elective

3

Electives: ASL101, ASL102, CHC101, CHC105, CHC108, CHC110, CHC220, CJU131, CJU232, CJU250, CJU254,  ECE101, HST142, HST145, HST147, PSY143, PSY244, PSY246, PSY280, PSY290, SOC125, SOC129, SOC206, SOC208, SOC210, SOC212, SPA109, SPA110
BIO103 orLab Science Elective

3/4

BIO103 Prerequisites:ENG098, FYE101, MAT092, RDG098, or placementElectives: BIO, BTC, CHE, EAS, EGM, NRD, PHY

Note: Lab Science recommended for transfer

POL211 Massachusetts and the FederalSystem

3

ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
SOC205 Social Problems

3

SOC103
HST260 Human Services Seminar (capstone)

3

45 credits earned toward the Human Services Degree including: ENG102, HST101, HST140, PSY110, PSY240, SOC103; or permission of division dean
HST250 Human Services InternshipExperience

4

See above HST260 prerequisites; 2.0 QPA, and permission of department chairperson
General Elective

3

Electives: Any course (see page 67 for exceptions)
                                                         Total: 63/65 credits

Campus/format: A majority of this degree can be completed online or during the day or evening at the Gardner or Leominster Campuses.

Helpful hints: Volunteer opportunities, service learning, and civic engagement components are suggested as ways of enhancing classroom learning.

Transfer options: Consult with the transfer advisor early to maximize your transfer options. For a complete list of transfer agreement options visit MWCC’s transfer services website: http://transfer.mwcc.edu and www.mwcc.edu/3plusone.

Special requirements: A Criminal/Sexual Offender Record Information (CORI/SORI) check and liability insurance are required for student interns. Technical standards must be met with or without accommodations.

Career options: Mental health assistant, case manager, intake specialist, community organizer, counselor, domestic violence worker, residential staff and house manager, advocate, substance abuse worker, social service aide, and a wide variety of related careers.

Earning potential: $20,350 to $32,440.

Program Competencies for HS

Upon graduation from this program, students shall have demonstrated the ability to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the historical development of human services as a profession and the implications of social policy.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the major models of causation of normal and abnormal development and the conditions which promote or limit optimal functioning.
  • Develop and demonstrate effective intervention strategies that include counseling and interviewing skills, assessment, advocacy, outreach, and referral.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the formal and informal supports, resources available in the community, and skill in gaining access to them.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of one’s individual strengths, attitudes, values, and belief systems on both a personal and professional level.
  • Develop and demonstrate the oral and written skills required for an effective communicator.
  • Develop an awareness of cultural diversity and a working knowledge of, and respect for, peoples’ history, traditions, values, and social organizations such as family, community, and political structures.
  • Exercise professional ethics in all matters related to the helping relationship and the workplace.

Technical Standards* for HS and HSC

*general information about technical standards and accommodation.

Students entering these programs must be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Comprehend textbook material at the 11th grade level.
  • Communicate information either in spoken, printed, signed, or computer voice format.
  • Gather, analyze, and draw conclusions from data.
  • Comprehend the spoken word.
  • Perceive and differentiate individual behaviors.
  • Maintain cleanliness and personal grooming consistent with close personal contact.
  • Exhibit social skills appropriate to professional interactions.