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2020-2021 Course Catalog 
2020-2021 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Human Services, AS

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Total Credits: 60

Major Number: 5597
CIP Code: 44.0000

Program Description

The Human Services program is designed for students interested in the helping professions. A graduate will acquire an understanding of the concepts, principles, skills, methods, and techniques necessary for paraprofessional positions in social welfare agencies. See a counselor, advisor, or Human Services program director if planning to pursue a four-year degree.

Program Prerequisites


Special Instructions

Prospective students should be aware that a MN Human Services background study with no restrictions may be required for internships and employment. Please contact a program instructor for any questions or concerns about the background study.

Program Requirements

Total Credits: 30

Career/Occupational Elective Requirements


MnTC/General Education Requirements

Goal 1: Communication

Total Credits: 7

Goal 2: Critical Thinking

Fulfilled when all MnTC goals for this degree are complete.

Goal 3 and/or 4: Natural Sciences/Math/Logical Reasoning

Minimum of 6 credits; two courses from either Goal 3 and/or Goal 4.
NOTE: Goal 3 courses do not have to be lab courses. Goal 4 courses must be numbered between MATH 1025  and MATH 1082 , or PHIL 1041  

Total Credits: 6

Goal 5: History/Social/Behavioral Sciences

Minimum of 6 credits. Two courses from two different disciplines.

Total Credits: 6

Goal 6: Humanities/Fine Arts

Minimum of 6 credits. Two courses from two different disciplines.

Total Credits: 6

Goals 7-10: Theme Goals

Three credits in each of two Goal areas selected from Goals 7, 8, 9 or 10 are required. Many courses from Goals 1-6 also meet Goals 7-10. One course may fulfill a maximum of two Goals. Credits count only once.

Goal 7: Human Diversity

Goal 8: Global Perspectives

Goal 9: Ethical and Civic Responsibility

Goal 10: People and the Environment

Total Credits: 25

MnTC Elective Requirements

Total Credits: 5

Additional Elective Requirements


Program Information

General Requirements for Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates

See Century College Policy

Program Note

Grade of C or higher in all Career/Occupational courses is required.
Grade of C or higher in all specifically designated General Education/MnTC courses is required.
Students may take both HSER 2780  and HSER 2781  in the same term yet for many students it may be beneficial to complete their internships in two semesters.

Transfer, Articulation Agreements, and Partnerships

See the Century College website for information regarding transfer.
This degree program is designed for both employment preparation and transfer. Some of the courses may not transfer to a number of four-year colleges. If you are considering the possibility of transfer, you may wish to talk with your advisor, counselor, or program instructor before registering to discuss your goals, look at programs designed for transfer, and develop a plan. Through an articulation agreement, Metropolitan State University accepts the degree towards their Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services.

Program Learning Outcomes

At the end of this program students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the interdependence of cultures and communities and skills and values needed to effectively live and work in a diverse global society.
  • Demonstrate strategies for evaluating personal skills, styles and values in the group process to use group work with special populations.
  • Demonstrate skills such as case management, record keeping, intake procedures, assessment models, and methods, interviewing skills and techniques specific to case management care plans and development, multicultural sensitivity, and population diversity.
  • Demonstrate helper interventions with a focus on client empowerment and advocacy applied through a skills approach.
  • Identify the impact of disability on clients, their families, and the community.

Program Contact Information

Tracey Wyman      651.747.4093 Room 2248 East

Sheila Gunderson 651.773.1784 Room 2246 East

Sample Plan

Please note that this is a sample course sequence. Individual schedules will vary depending upon student needs, goals, and availability. Students are recommended to meet with their advisor, counselor, or faculty program instructors to create an individualized plan that includes prerequisites and application requirements. For detailed program information see the Century College website. This information is subject to change.


This information is subject to change. Changes and updates are posted on century.edu

Century College is a member of the Minnesota State system. We are an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and educator. This document can be available in alternative formats to individuals with disabilities by calling 651.779.3354 or 1.800.228.1978 x 3354.

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