Human Services

The Human Services program prepares the student for a career in the helping and human services field. The goal of this program is to prepare the student for their future employment as a human services generalist. Students who study human services typically should enjoy working with people. They are passionate about the potential for human growth and change. The students feel a commitment to improve the overall quality of people’s lives. Their interests may also include advocating for social justice.

The Human Services Program provides a core course foundation that expands the student’s basic knowledge and skills. The student will complete additional classes in psychology and sociology that allow them to focus and pursue their own special interests. Additional class work will include studies in substance abuse, victim advocacy, disability services, working with youth, families, and the elderly. Counseling courses develop the students’ abilities to interview and assist clients in making changes in their lives. A field practicum placement allows the students to explore a human services career with a hands-on experience at a community human services agency setting. A Human Services student can complete two years at Iowa Central and begin their professional career.

Students will also have the option to transfer to another institution of higher education as they pursue their four year degree in Human Services or Social Work. The Human Services Program will assist the student in accomplishing the degree of their choice and support the student in their career goals.

Career & Employment Outlook

The demand for human services workers is expected to grow opportunities for qualified applicants are expected to be excellent. Pressure to respond to the homeless and the chronically ill, the expansion of community based programs and the aging of the population contribute to attractive job prospects. The general area of Human Services offers a wide variety of challenging and rewarding career opportunities. The knowledge and skills acquired are readily applicable to related fields such as social work, public administration, and corrections.

  • Admission Counselor
  • Affirmative Action Officer
  • Client Supervisor
  • Community Relations Officer
  • Day Care Worker
  • Employment Counselor
  • Fundraising
  • Group Home Attendant
  • House Manager
  • Human Services Caseworker
  • Mental Health Aide
  • Nursing Home Worker
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Public Administration
  • Public Health Worker
  • Residential Advisor
  • Residential Counselor
  • Social Service Aide
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Victim Advocate
  • Voc Rehab Worker
  • Youth Counselor

Course Schedule

Human Services A.S. Degree

General Education Requirement

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
PSY-111 Intro to Psychology
3.0
ENG-105 Composition I
3.0
ENG-106 Composition II
3.0
SPC-101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication
3.0
POL-111 American National Government
3.0
OR
POL-112 American State & Local Government
3.0
SDV-108 The College Experience
1.0
CSC-110 Intro to Computers
3.0
XXX-XXX Math Elective
3.0
XXX-XXX Science Elective
3.0
XXX-XXX Humanities Elective
6.0
 
Total Hours: 31.0

Human Service Requirements

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
SOC-150 Intro to Human Services
3.0
SOC-140 Human Behavior in the Social Environment
3.0
HSV-220 Intro to Counseling
3.0
SOC-200 Minority Group Relations
3.0
SOC-110 Intro to Sociology
3.0
HSV-180 Ethics for Human Services Professionals
1.0
HSV-850 Field Experience
2.0
 
Total Hours: 18.0

Human Services Electives (choose 15 credit hours from the courses below)

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
HSV-229 Group Facilitation
3.0
SOC-120 Marriage and Family
3.0
HSV-258 Substance Abuse and Society
1.0
HSV-269 Victim Advocacy
1.0
HSV-224 Working with Youth
1.0
PSY-112 Psychology of Human Relations
3.0
SOC-130 Intro to Gerontology
3.0
HSV-162 Intro to Disabilities Services
3.0
PSY-121 Developmental Psychology
3.0
SOC-115 Social Problems
3.0
PSY-251 Social Psychology
3.0
PSY-241 Abnormal Psychology
3.0
 
A.S. Degree Total Hours: 64.0

Instructors

Larry McLuckie 515-574-1233 mcluckie@iowacentral.edu