Associate of Applied Science in Human Services
For questions or advising needs, contact:
Lynn Paterna, Associate Degree Coordinator
Students graduating with an Associate of Applied Science in Human Services will be able to:
- Apply the skills necessary to assess client's needs and develop a care plan.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the National Organization for Human Services (NOHS) Standards for Ethical Behavior to their professional work.
- Demonstrate active listening paraprofessional counseling skills.
- Apply knowledge to develop community-based human services organizations.
A. General University Requirements
Complete the General University Requirements for Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degrees (described in the UAA Course Catalog)
B. General Education Requirements
Complete the General Course Requirements for AAS Degrees (GCRs) (described in the UAA Course Catalog)
C. Major Requirements
- Complete the following required core courses (30 credits):
|ANTH A200 or
|Natives of Alaska or
|PSY A111 or
|General Psychology or
|HUMS A101||Introduction to Human Services||3|
|HUMS A107||History and Systems of Human Services||3|
|HUMS A185||Introduction to Field Work||3|
|HUMS A223||Introduction to Paraprofessional Counseling I||3|
|HUMS A256||Groups and Organizations||3|
|HUMS A295A||Human Services Practicum I||3|
|HUMS A295B||Human Services Practicum II||3|
|HUMS A324||Introduction to Paraprofessional Counseling II||3|
2. Complete 9 credits from the following selectives:
|HUMS A106||Introduction to Social Welfare||3|
|HUMS A122||Substance Abuse as a Contemporary Problem||3|
|HUMS A123||Public Education and Prevention in Substance Abuse||3|
|HUMS A124||Introduction to the Physiology and Pharmacology of Substance Abuse||3|
|HUMS A155||Human Relations in the Workplace||3|
|HUMS A224||Conflict and Collaborative Systems||3|
|HUMS A226||Intervention Continuum in Substance Abuse Counseling||3|
3. Choose 12 credits of electives. Consultation with faculty advisor is recommended.
4. A total of 60 credits is required for the degree
Emphasis areas are only required for AAS students accepted before the 2013/14 catalog.
It is highly recommended you consult your Human Services faculty advisor for acceptable
courses to fit the emphasis areas:
General Human Services, Substance Abuse, Family and Youth, Disabilities, and Diversity Issues.
Suggested Course Sequence
A.A.S. Degree (All courses must be at the 100 level or above)
| HUMS A223
| HUMS A185
Intro to Field Work
|COMM A111 or
COMM A235 or
COMM A237 or
|English Placement or
History and Systems
of Human Services
| PSY A111 or
|Selective|| HUMS A256
| ENGL A111
| HUMS A324
|Selective|| ANTH A200 or
| HUMS A295B
12 credits of electives are required. For students intending to pursue their Bachelor's Degree after completing the Associate, we recommend taking electives that will meet GER requirements for the BHS, BA or BS degree you have chosen. See UAA Catalog for approved GER list.
A TOTAL OF 60 CREDITS IS REQUIRED FOR THE A.A.S. DEGREE IN HUMAN SERVICES
Practicum I & II are required for the AAS in Human Services.
The Department follows strict guidelines dictated by the accrediting body for Human
Services Programs (CSHSE).
Students must meet ALL prerequisites to be admitted.
Practicum I - HUMS A295A Prerequisites:
Admission to Human Services AAS Degree Program
The following courses must be completed with a grade of C or better:
- HUMS A101 Introduction to Human Services
- HUMS A185 Introduction to Field Work
- HUMS A223 Introduction to Paraprofessional Counseling I
- ENGL A111 Methods of Written Communication (completed or concurrently enrolled)
Practicum II - HUMS A295B Prerequisites:
HUMS A295A Human Services Practicum I (with grade C or better)
For more information about practicum, including notices, dates, and deadlines, visit:Human Services Practicum Page