Human Services

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)


The Human Services program is designed so students learn basic information about the human services industry. For persons already in the field, the Human Services program offers classes to upgrade current skills and abilities. Students can expect to learn both theoretical and practical skills in their classes.

Graduates are qualified for a variety of positions such as alcoholism/drug abuse assistant to counselors, directors of GED (General Education Development) tutoring programs, house parents, nursing home activity therapy assistants, caseworkers, corrections officers, vocational rehabilitation workers, teacher’s aides for exceptional children and personal assistants. These positions are available in the diverse areas like social welfare, mental health, juvenile and adult correctional programs, geriatrics, education, counseling and related fields in business, industry, and healthcare. Students may work after completion of their associate’s degree or transfer to a four-year college or university for continued study in a specialized area of human services.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of social and human service personnel is projected to grow by 28 percent from 2010 to 2020. Many of the job opportunities will arise from an increasing number of people retiring from the field. In addition, there will be keen competition in urban areas, but persons that have a post-secondary education will get the best opportunities.

Associate in Applied Science Degree in Human Services is a 64-credit-hour program designed for persons who would like a broad understanding of the human services field.

Certificate of Specialization

  • Human Services: Addictions Study

Persons interested in human services should possess:

  • Good communication skills
  • Good problem-solving skills
  • Positive attitude about themselves and others
  • Interest in working with others
  • Work with a high degree of accuracy
  • Supervisory and leadership skills
  • A desire to teach


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Florissant Valley
Howard Rosenthal
Program Coordinator, Professor
Phone: 314-513-4709
Forest Park & Meramec
Angela Roffle
Program Coordinator
Phone: 314-644-9289


Human Services (AAS)

Program total 64 credits
I. Career General Education 30 credits
ENG:101 College Composition I 3
ENG:102 College Composition II (or)
ENG:103 Report Writing 3
SOC:101 Introduction to Sociology 3
XXX:xxx Missouri State Requirement 3
XXX:xxx Humanities Requirements 6
XXX:xxx Science/Mathematics Requirements (MTH:100 or above; laboratory science course recommended 6
PSY:200 General Psychology 3
PSY:205 Human Growth and Development 3
II. Physical Education Activity 2 credits
III. Area of Concentration 24 credits
HMS:100 Introduction to Human Services 3
HMS:101 Human Services: Theories and Skills 3
HMS:102 Human Services: Policy and Politics 3
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
Select one course from 3
HMS:111 Group Practice in Human Services
SOC:100 Human Relations
SOC:103 Human Behavior at Work and in Business
IV. Electives 8 credits
Recommended electives include courses with prefixes HMS, SOC, PSY, ECE, CRJ as well as computer, business and personal development courses related to the human services field.

Course offerings depend on adequate enrollment.

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Career and Employment Services

National Organization for Human Services

Missouri Substance Abuse Counselors’ Certification Board


The Human Services program is based at our Florissant Valley, Forest Park and Meramec campuses. 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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