Human Services: Disabilities Studies

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

A rewarding career: Provide social, educational and psychological support to persons with disabilities.

Online and evening classes: Keep your full-time job while you study.

Formalize your skill set by earning an AAS degree.


This program focuses on the nature, meaning and consequences of what it is to be defined as disabled. Students learn to identify helping strategies while exploring the various dynamics of disability:

  • Cultural
  • Economic
  • Historical
  • Physiological
  • Sociopolitical

Students learn both theoretical and practical skills, including:

  • Disability rights
  • Legal issues
  • Public policy
  • Literature, Philosophy, the Arts
  • Research in the social sciences
  • Education
  • Health sciences addressing social and experiential aspects of disability.

Practicum: STLCC seeks to offer a variety of workplace learning opportunities to enable students to develop specific skill sets. Possible areas of focus include: children, community engagement, substance abuse, and the elderly.

Missouri Association of County Developmental Disabilities Services

St. Louis Association of Community Organizations

Missouri Association for Social Welfare

Networking: Students are introduced to a wide range of human service organizations and the resources needed to serve their clients with disabilities. Through membership in industry organizations and participation in conferences, students have the opportunity to build important social and professional networks on a local, state and national basis.

Stackable: If you’ve earned a certificate of specialization or a certificate of proficiency in Addictions Study, some of those credits can apply towards your AAS degree.

More than one million studentshave attended STLCC. It’s the largest institute of higher education in the region and the second largest in Missouri.

To find out if STLCC is right for you, we invite you to visit. You can meet with one of our faculty members, tour the campus, and get answers to questions. Click Here


Jobs in this field are often obtained through word-of-mouth. For this reason STLCC faculty members work to provide students with the opportunity to establish relationships within the industry though participation in conferences and membership in key organizations.

  • Assistant to Drug Abuse Counselor
  • Assistant to Alcoholism Abuse Counselor
  • Directors of GED Tutoring Program
  • Case Worker
  • Corrections Officer
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Worker
  • Social Welfare Agencies
  • Mental Health Agencies
  • Geriatrics
  • Vocational Rehab Facilities
  • Education
  • Day Care
  • Supported Living
  • Counseling Facilities
  • Juvenile and Adult Correctional Programs

STLCC Career and Employment Services (CES): On each campus CES offices provide services and resources to assist students and alumni in finding full-time or part-time, on-campus or off-campus, internship or co-op, permanent, seasonal or temporary employment. CES also assists employers who are looking for qualified applicants. CLICK HERE

Job Resources


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Angela Roffle, M.S.W., Program Coordinator
Phone: 314-763-6019


Human Services: Disabilities Studies (AAS)

Associate in Applied Science Degree
Program total 65-66 credits
I. Career General Education 30-31 credits
ENG:101 College Composition I 3
ENG:102 College Composition II (or)
ENG:103 Report Writing 3
SOC:101 Introduction to Sociology 3
PSY:200 General Psychology 3
PSY:205 Human Growth and Development 3
XXX:xxx Humanities Electives 6
XXX:xxx Science/Math Electives (Math 100 or above;
lab science course recommended) 6-7
XXX:xxx Missouri State Requirement 3
II. Physical Education Activity 2 credits
III. Area of Concentration 27 credits
HMS:119 Introduction to the Field of Disabilities 3
HMS:120 Team Building: Working with Care Givers 3
HMS:121 Working with Challenging Behaviors 3
HMS:122 Health Issues and Persons with Disabilities (or)
HMS:118 Aging and Disabilities 3
HMS:123 Inclusion in the Community
HMS:201 Workplace Learning: Human Services I 3
HMS:202 Workplace Learning: Human Services II 3
HMS:203 Human Services Practicum Seminar I 3
HMS:204 Human Services Practicum Seminar II 3
IV. Electives 6 credits
HMS:101 Human Services: Theory and Skills 3
HMS:110 Introduction to Gerontology 3
HMS:205 Crisis Intervention 3
HMS:112 Interviewing in the Helping Relationship 3
IS:103 Information Systems for Business 3
PSY:208 Abnormal Psychology 3
SOC:100 Human Relations 3

We invite you to meet with an STLCC advisor for one-on-one help in planning your pathway to this rewarding career. Click Here

Related Programs
Human Services AAS
Addictions Studies CS


STLCC’s Human Services Advisory Committee brings together top industry professionals. Advisory Board members serve for two year terms, and STLCC’S faculty works hand-in-hand with this elite group to evaluate and update our curriculum, stay up-to-date on the latest innovations, and promote networking.

National Organization for Human Services

Missouri Substance Abuse Counselors’ Certification Board


The Human Services: Disabilities Studies program is offered at our Forest Park campus. In addition students may take general education classes toward this degree at any of our four campuses, our five education centers, and online.


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