2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
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2023-2024 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Human Services, AAS

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Program Description

Code 242 - 60 Credits

Human Services is a unique education and training program utilizing the integration of other disciplines including social work, counseling and psychology.  The primary purpose of the human services worker is to assist individuals, groups, families, and communities to function as effectively as possible.  The human services worker is a generalist who holds professional and paraprofessional jobs in diverse settings.  Some of the work settings include mental health centers, centers for the developmentally disabled, schools, child and family service centers, correctional facilities, nursing homes and other service facilities for the aging, abuse prevention and treatment centers, recreation centers, centers for people with physical disabilities, crisis intervention units, child- and elder-abuse prevention and treatment centers, group homes, and specialized fund-raising organizations.  This curriculum leads to an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Human Services and is designed for career entry and/or educational advancement.

Service-Learning Requirement

Students who obtain an Associate degree or an Associate of Applied Science degree will be required to complete a service-learning experience. The final grade in the course must qualify for academic credit in order to receive the service-learning endorsement. Please contact an Academic Advisor for courses that offer a service-learning experience, or search in the class schedules.

Prerequisite Requirements

Students should see the individual course descriptions for specific prerequisite information. All students are encouraged to contact the Human Services Program Coordinator with questions. Students registering for Human Services Practicum and Internship courses will need to successfully pass a criminal background check and additional site requirements such as successful completion of a Michigan Department of Human Services Child Abuse and Neglect Registry (CANR), a health physical, and a TB check. Students with criminal histories are encouraged to speak with the Human Services Coordinator before registering for HUSE courses. For more information, contact the Social Science, Human Services, and Physical Education department office at 269-965-3931, extension 2230.


See the following link for program admission information: https://kellogg.edu/admissions/.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain how the profession evolved and various forces that influenced the development of human services.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the interaction of human systems including individuals, interpersonal, group, family, organizational, community and societal.
  3. Identify the range of populations served and demonstrate an understanding of models of the human service delivery systems.
  4. Demonstrate the necessary knowledge and skills of information management for human services.
  5. Demonstrate through application an understanding of different human service interventions.
  6. Apply skills central to the human services profession, demonstrate effective interpersonal communication for establishing rapport with clients.
  7. Identify and differentiate various client-related values, ethics and attitudes intrinsic to the human services profession.
  8. Examine self-awareness and self-efficacy and assess how personal characteristics can affect clients.

Required General Education Courses

All Students who obtain an Associate degree or an Associate of Applied Science degree must complete the FYS 101 - First-Year Seminar   course with a grade of a C or higher. This degree requirement can also be achieved by earning a degree from an accredited institution or transferring 24 or more credits from another accredited institution applicable to their degree. See an Academic Advisor, or connect with the Integrative Learning Department, for course completion and/or any questions pertaining to the FYS course.

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