Human Services (AAHUST)

Associate in Arts Degree

This associate degree program prepares students for a job in settings such as:

  • schools,
  • rehabilitation centers,
  • mental health clinics, or
  • community/neighborhood centers.

Students will gain the necessary skills to work on a 1-to-1 basis or in groups to help people cope with problems. Students who complete the associate's degree curriculum will:

  • understand the basic concepts, guiding principles and realities of contemporary human services;
  • comprehend the principles of a variety of helping theories; develop basic helping skills;
  • develop competence in basic helping skills through supervised service-learning experiences in community agencies;
  • be able to write clear, objective reports;
  • achieve a greater awareness of their values and their reactions to those whom they would be helping; and
  • learn the ethical standards of persons in the helping professions.

Upon completion, students will be prepared to transfer to a bachelor's degree program where they will continue developing skills for a career in the field of social work.

This is a high demand, high skill and high wage program as defined by the Michigan Community College Network.

2018-19 | 2019-20 | 2020-21

2020-2021 Academic Requirements

This program prepares students for a job as a substance abuse, hospice, case, psychiatric, or social services aide in settings such as schools, rehabilitation centers, and mental health clinics or as a staff member in a community/neighborhood center. The program provides skills students will need to work on a one-to-one basis or in groups to help people cope with problems. The program also prepares students to transfer to a bachelor's degree program where they will continue developing skills for a career in the field of social work. The program transfers to Eastern Michigan University and Madonna University.

Concordia University - Ann Arbor, BSW degree;
Eastern Michigan University, BSW degree*;
Madonna University, BSW degree.

*Students should meet with an EMU Department of Social Work advisor before applying for admission to EMU's program.

Copies can be obtained from the Counseling Office, a program advisor, or from the Curriculum and Assessment Office Web site: Articulation Agreements.


Applicants must have the following:
-Academic Math Level of 2
-Academic Reading and Writing Levels of 6

Applicants must enroll in HSW 100 and complete the course with a grade of "C" or better.

Applicants must meet the following suitability criteria:
- Has a cumulative GPA of 2.0 in all WCC courses
- Demonstrates honesty in dealings with other students and faculty
- Demonstrates behavior conforming to the National Organization for Human Service Education's "Ethical Standards of Human Service Professionals" (printed in the program handbook)
- Presents in an appropriate and professional manner in the interview
- Demonstrates evidence of being able to relate to clients in a helpful manner
- Applicants must submit a letter of recommendation from a non-family member who knows them well such as a minister, employer, or teacher.

The faculty and administration reserve the right to admit and retain only those students who, in their judgment, possess academic and personal suitability for the Human Services Program. Suitability criteria are listed below and also can be found in the Human Services Student Handbook.

Applications to the program must be made during the semester that students are enrolled in HSW 100 (Introduction to Human Services). Interested students who are enrolled in the course will be invited to submit a written request for an admission interview.

Faculty will review students' eligibility for the program on an ongoing basis.

1. Students must maintain satisfactory academic class performance, as evidenced by a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.
2. Students must earn a "C" or better in all HSW courses.
3. To enroll in the Human Services field internships, students must have completed prerequisite courses with a "C" or better.
4. Students must maintain at least an 80% rate of attendance in class and in an internship placement.
5. Students must honor any agreement entered into with an agency serving as an internship site.
6. Students must maintain ethical behavior as defined in the National Organization for Human Service Education's "Ethical Standards of Human Services Professionals."
7. Students should be aware that internship sites might conduct background checks on applicants to determine if they have been convicted of a crime or are addicted to drugs or alcohol.

Humanities, Social & Behav Sci
Behavioral Sciences Department
Kristy Norris


(Items marked with an icon online icon are available online.)
First Semester
Class   Title Minimum Credits
ENG 111   Composition I 4
HSW 100   Introduction to Human Services 3
SOC 100   Principles of Sociology 3
    Any science course with a lab. # 4
Total 14
Second Semester
Class   Title Minimum Credits
    Restricted Math Elective(s) * 4
HSW 200   Interviewing and Assessment 3
PSY 100   Introduction to Psychology 3
SOC 205   Race and Ethnic Relations 3
SOC 220   Group Dynamics and Counseling 3
Total 16
Third Semester
Class   Title Minimum Credits
Elective(s)   Arts and Humanities 1** 3
HSW 229   Human Services Success Skills 1
PSY 206   Life Span Developmental Psychology 4
PSY 210   Behavior Modification 3
PSY 257   Abnormal Psychology 3
SOC 225   Family Social Work 3
Total 17
Fourth Semester
Class   Title Minimum Credits
Elective(s)   Arts and Humanities 2*** 3
Elective(s)   Natural Sciences 2 3
COM 101 or Fundamentals of Speaking  
COM 102   Interpersonal Communication 3
HSW 230   Field Internship and Seminar I 3
    Elective(s) to reach a minimum 60 credits 1
Total 13
Total Credits Required


#Consult with a program advisor if transferring to any institution other than EMU.

 *Select one of the following courses: MTH 125, MTH 160, MTH 176, MTH 181 or MTH 191. Transfer students should check with their selected school to confirm the math and/or credit requirements.

**Select one of the following courses: ART 143, ART 150, DAN 180, DRA 180, ENG 181, ENG 213, ENG 214, ENG 224 or ENG 242, HUM 150, HUM 175, HUM 221, MUS 180. 

***Select another course in a different discipline from the Humanities section of the MTA list. Do not choose any courses in bold; they don't meet WCC General Education requirements.

If transferring to Madonna University, follow the curricular guide for that university. See a program advisor for details.