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Explore human services at Columbia College
The Associate in Science in Human Services from Columbia College helps you develop knowledge and skills fundamental to the field. Learn to work with individuals, groups and families, as well as within communities. You'll also study social policies and minority cultures and relations.
Opportunities to study:
- Counseling theories and methods
- Case management
- Family therapy
- Social psychology
- Minority cultures and relations
- Military case work
- Social gerontology
- Mental health
Bachelor's vs. Associate: What's the difference?
Associate degree programs focus primarily on general education and can typically be completed in two years. Graduates are prepared to either enter the workforce or transition into a bachelor's program. Bachelor's degree programs provide advanced study in a specific subject area and can increase career opportunities.
Prepare for a human services career
The human services associate degree from Columbia College prepares graduates to work in residential care facilities, rehabilitation, government and non-profit organizations. Students may enter the workforce in supporting roles. Or, continue your studies with a bachelor's degree in human services or other related field.
Some possible paths include:
- Human Service Assistant
- Eligibility Specialist
- Community Health Worker
- Community Manager
- Social Services Assistant
- Contact Tracer
- Care Coordinator
- Recovery Support Specialist
- Case Management Assistant
Columbia College Global offers traditional classroom instruction for many courses at nationwide locations. Students at nationwide locations are expected to engage with multiple learning methods, including online and virtual while completing their degree. Columbia College offers on-campus programs with traditional classroom instruction at the Residential Campus in Columbia, Missouri.
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Available program formats
- General education requirements 21 credit hours
- Core requirements 18 credit hours
- Electives 21 credit hours
- Total degree requirements 60 credit hours
Some courses you may take
Counseling theories and methods for working with individuals. This course is a practice class, and there is much role-play in the classroom to practice new skills. Prerequisites: HUMS 105, sophomore standing
Theoretical foundations, knowledge, values, and skills of human service practice as they apply to working with groups. Prerequisites: HUMS 105 or PSYC 101.
Survey of historical and contemporary minority-majority relations among various racial, ethnic and gender groups. Focus on the social construction of race and ethnicity. G.E. Course meets Multicultural graduation Requirement.
Examination of family function and assessment using the major models, theories and perspectives of family and family therapy. Students learn how to apply those theories and perspectives to assess families in conjunction with other assessment tools such as eco-maps and genograms. Prerequisite: HUMS 105 or PSYC 101 (courses may be taken as co-requisite).
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