earn an associate degree in social and human services

Human services professionals work with people from diverse backgrounds to help improve their quality of life. Our A.S. degree in Social and Human Services gives you a well-rounded education to help the meets of a variety of clients.

This academic program prepares you for the following careers. All job data is provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Healthcare Support Workers, All Other

Salary Data

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL MSA Average

Florida Average

Projected employment for Florida

2016 Employment

4,480

2026

5,200

Percent Change

16

Projected Job Openings

660

Social and Human Service Assistants

Salary Data

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL MSA Average

Florida Average

Projected employment for Florida

2016 Employment

12,090

2026

14,090

Percent Change

17

Projected Job Openings

1720

Features of SPC's Social and Human Services A.S. Degree

  • Gets you into the workforce quickly
  • Prepares you for state certifications
  • Faculty have strong experience and expertise in their field.
  • Flexible subplan and embedded certificate options give you options for specialization.

Social and Human Services Associate in Science

HUS-AS

Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Fall 2016 (520)

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2016 (520), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.



Program Leadership Information

Dr. Cheryl Kerr
Program Director
727-341-3736
kerr.cheryl@spcollege.edu


Dr. Joseph Smiley
Dean, Social/Behavioral Science & Human Services
727-712-5851
smiley.joseph@spcollege.edu


Program Summary

Human services professionals are front-line workers in their community. They work in a variety of settings with people from diverse backgrounds to help improve their quality of life, assist and support them through difficult times, or access additional resources and services. They assist other workers, such as counselors, therapists, social workers, or case managers, and they help clients find benefits or community services.

Our programs help students gain the needed skills to enter and succeed in this field. Our programs:
o Prepare students for quick entry-level employment
o Provide the educational/training hours necessary to obtain certain state certifications.
o Offer major core courses taught by instructors with experience and expertise in their field.
o Offer sub plan options for students to specialize in a preferred area of study.
o Reflect an interdisciplinary approach to psychology, mental health, addictions, counseling, social work, sociology, community health and youth development
o Emphasize interviewing/assessing, community outreach, addiction counseling, intervention techniques, knowledge of adaptive and maladaptive behavior patterns, communication skills, professional responsibility, and professional and ethical conduct.

The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
o the recommended order in which to take the program courses
o suggested course when more than one option exists
o which semester each course is typically offered
o if the course has a prerequisite
o courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

If you are starting the program this term, click here to access the recommended Academic Pathway.

If you have already started the program, click here for the archived Academic Pathways.

Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.

Florida CIP Code

1451159901: SOCIAL AND HUMAN SERVICES

Federal CIP Code

51.1599: Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions, Other.

Job Related Opportunities

  • Behavioral Health Technician
  • Case Manager
  • Client Advocate
  • Community Health Worker
  • Community Outreach Worker
  • Eligibility Counselor
  • Family Support Worker
  • Gerontology Aide
  • Group Home Worker
  • Home Health Aid
  • Human Services Assistant
  • Intake Interviewer
  • Juvenile Court Liaison
  • Life Skills Instructor
  • Mental Health Technician
  • Residential Counselor
  • Social Services Specialist
  • Social Services Technician
  • Social Work Assistant
  • Substance Abuse Technician
  • Victim Advocate
  • Youth Worker

Admission Rules

It is highly recommended that before entering the human services program students complete CGS 1070 or Computer/Information Literacy Competency requirement. General education and support courses do not have to be completed in the order listed. Program courses may be taken concurrently with general education and support courses. Please see an Academic Advisor at the St. Petersburg Gibbs campus or the Program Director.

Graduation Rules

Minimum grade of "C" required in all courses.

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Communications - Composition

Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Composition I coursework below. Minimum grade of "C" required. This requirement must be completed within the first 24 credits of coursework toward the AS degree. 3

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Communications - Speech

Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Speech coursework . Minimum grade of "C" required. 3

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Mathematics

Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Mathematics coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required. 3

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Humanities and Fine Arts

Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Humanities and Fine Arts coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required. 3

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Enhanced World View

Complete at least one 3-credit course intended to enhance the student's world view in light of an increasingly globalized economy. Minimum grade of "C" required. In some cases, this course may also be used to satisfy another General Education Requirement.

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Computer/Information Literacy Competency

Competency may be demonstrated by completing the Computer Information and Literacy Exam (CGS 1070T) OR by successful completion of one of the approved Computer/Information Literacy Competency courses. No minimum credits required.

SUPPORT COURSES
Ethics (Select 3 credits)

PHI 1600 Studies in Applied Ethics 3
PHI 1600H Honors Studies in Applied Ethics 3

SUPPORT COURSES
Psychology (Select 3 credits)

PSY 1012 General Psychology 3
PSY 1012H Honors General Psychology 3

MAJOR CORE COURSES
Complete 30 credits

HUS 1111 Introduction to Intra and Inter-Personal Processes 3
SYG 2324 Principles of Substance Abuse 3
HUS 1001 Principles and Strategies for Human Services 3
HUS 1318 Domestic Abuse and Family Violence 1
HUS 2302 Basic Counseling Skills 3
HUS 1320 Theories and Foundations of Crisis Intervention 1
HUS 1450 Dual Diagnosis I 2
HUS 2540 Building Stronger Families and Communities 3
HUS 1445 Practices for Working With Dysfunctional Family Systems 2
HUS 2550 Social Services and the Disenfranchised 3
HUS 2200 Dynamics of Groups and Group Counseling 3
HUS 2949 Co-op Work Experience in Human Services 3

SUBPLAN
Select ONE subplan from below (Complete 12 credits)

SUBPLAN CORE COURSES
Generalist/Social Services (SOC)

HUS 1013 Strategies for Building Self Esteem 3
HUS 1530 Survey Developmental Disabilities 3
HUS 2315 Studies in Behavioral Modification 3
Any HUS prefix course not already completed for this program. 3

SUBPLAN CORE COURSES
Addiction Studies (ADS)

HUS 1431 Issues in Addiction Prevention 2
HUS 1480 HIV/AIDS & Drug Crisis 2
HUS 2420 Evaluation of Treatment Environments 3
OR
HUS 2421 Methods for Identification and Intervention in Substance Abuse 3
HUS 2428 Treatment and Resources in Substance Abuse 3
Any HUS prefix course not already completed for this program. 2

SUBPLAN CORE COURSES
Community Health Worker (CHW)

HUS 1353 Issues in Community Health Services 3
HUS 2542 Working with Families in the Perinatal Period 3
OR
HUS 2541 Working with Families in the Early Childhood Period 3
Any HUS prefix course not already completed for this program. 6

SUBPLAN CORE COURSES
Youth Development Professional (YDP)

HUS 1620 Principles and Best Practices in Afterschool Programs 3
HUS 1640 Foundations of Youth Development 3
HUS 2315 Studies in Behavioral Modification 3
Any HUS prefix course not already completed for this program. 3
Total Credits 60

Certification

The subplans and specific embedded certificates in SPC's A.S. degree in Social and Human Services prepare you for the following state certifications through the Florida Certification Board:

CONTINUE YOUR EDUCATION at SPC

Our Social and Human Services Associate in Science Degree transfers to our bachelor's degree in Health Services Administration.

We also offer continuing education for health professionals.

Addiction Studies Certificate