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Human Services, Associate of Arts Degree Major

Financial Aid Eligible
Banner Code: 3_AA_HUSV
Control Number: 18220

This major prepares students to work in the expanding field of human services, a growing profession in response to the human needs and problems in the 21st century. It provides a general background for work with families, children, and adults and offers the student a pathway to pursue an associate or bachelor level degree. Individuals with a major in Human Services can enhance their professional helping skills, offering them greater work opportunities as social-service technicians, case management aides, mental health technicians, gerontology aides, special-education teacher aides, and residential managers. Additionally, police officers, firefighters, military counselors, and others dealing with the public will benefit from the program training. The major exposes the student to the most current thinking in the field, hands-on experience, and community networking.

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Utilize human services helping skills and resources to enhance career prospects.
  2. Demonstrate intervention skills within fields of human services.

Associate Degree Requirements

Unit Requirement

Complete at least 60 units of acceptable college work with a minimum of 12 units completed in residence at Coastline. Earn an overall grade point average of 2.0 or higher from all colleges attended and a 2.0 or higher grade point average at Coastline.

*Students must be in good academic standing (not on probation and/or disqualification) during the semester graduation is petitioned.

Program of Study

Complete the required courses in one of the programs as detailed In the Requirements for the Major section of this catalog. All coursework must be completed with a grade of C or higher.

General Education

Complete one of the three General Education options below (visit the General Education page for details):

Option 1 — Coastline General Education: designed for students pursuing an Associate degree and who may or may not be planning to transfer to a four-year university. The degree is transferable to many colleges and universities.

Option 2—CSU GE Breadth: designed for students who are planning to transfer to a university in the CSU system. It may also be appropriate for transfer to some independent colleges and universities.

Option 3—IGETC: designed for students who are planning to transfer to a university in the CSU or UC system. It also may be appropriate for transfer to some independent colleges and universities.

Global and Multicultural Studies Requirement

Complete at least 2.5 units from any Global and Multicultural Studies courses. See what courses fulfill the Global and Multicultural Studies Requirement.

Requirements for the Major

Course Title Units
Required Core
Students will complete all of the following:
HSVC C100Introduction to Human Services3
HSVC C101Helping Theories and Intervention Strategies3
HSVC C102Introduction to Crisis Intervention3
HSVC C104Treatment Issues in Substance Abuse3
HSVC C273Human Services Practicum3
Program Electives
Select one of the following:3
Cultural Anthropology
Controversies and Ethical Issues in Aging
Care of Frail Elderly
Introduction to Case Management
Cultural Diversity in Human Services
Introduction to Psychology
Child Growth and Development
Psychology of Aging
Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Marriage and Family
Introduction to Gerontology
Subtotal for Major18
Requirement Units
Total Units for Major Preparation 18
Degree Option 1, 2, or 3 Varies
Electives to satisfy unit requirement Varies
Total Degree Units 60