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Human Services―Associate in Science

The human services field focuses on improving the lives of others. Under the supervision of social workers, psychologists, sociologists and other professionals, human service providers work to ease and prevent problems caused by poverty, inadequate housing, unemployment and illness. These professionals work with people in family settings, group settings and as individuals, primarily providing counseling and life skill lessons.

Human service workers are caring professionals and sensitive to the needs of clients. They often serve as problem solvers and resource guides to other community services. Good candidates must be patient and empathetic. Confidentiality, a strong sense of responsibility and effective time management skills are important traits in this profession.

Purpose

The purpose of this program is to prepare students to be generalist human service workers who will serve in a variety of positions in community, social and behavioral agencies. Articulation agreements provide students who complete this degree the option of transferring to St. Leo University to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Human Services or a Bachelor of Social Work degree. Articulation agreements with other public and private universities and colleges are being developed. Students who are interested in transferring to these programs should consult an advisor or the human services program coordinator.

Length

This program can be completed in approximately two years if students attend classes on a full-time basis.

Location

This program can be completed on the East Campus in Dade City, North Campus in Brooksville, Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch in Wesley Chapel, Spring Hill Campus and West Campus in New Port Richey. 

Format

Courses and clinical components are part of the program curriculum. Students will gain experience with local community agencies.