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Columbia College Associate in Science in Human Services

Learn about improving the quality of life for individuals and communities with an Associate in Science in Human Services degree from Columbia College.

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
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Dr. Yngve Digernes

"The great thing about teaching here is that our classes are so small, so I get to know the students very well... I know their strengths and weaknesses, and I know what their interests are, so I can kind of play on that."

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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

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