Human Services A.A.S.
Explore the human services associate degree program at the University of Alaska Anchorage
Emphasizing competency and community, UAA’s accredited A.A.S. degree in human services
lays the framework for using multidisciplinary theories, concepts and skills to meet
Scholarships and financial aid
You may qualify for private, university or departmental scholarships, such as the Molly Redman-Ahren Scholarship. Learn more about financial aid opportunities at UAA.
An accredited degree program
Accredited by the CSHSE, UAA’s associate degree program in human services prepares you to work in a demanding field while following the highest level of standards in higher education.
Options to attend classes closer to home
- Get an introduction to the field from Kenai Peninsula College, which offers several distance education classes to help you decide if the degree program is right for you. If it is, you complete the A.A.S. in Anchorage.
- Earn your associate degree entirely at Mat-Su’s campus. The satellite program in UAA’s associate degree program prepares you to easily transition into UAA’s B.H.S. program at the Anchorage campus.
Both degree pathways are encompassed by the department’s CSHSE program accreditation.
Did you know..
Easily transition into the accredited Bachelor of Human Services degree program at UAA. Take up to six upper-division courses after you complete your A.A.S., then decide if the bachelor’s degree program is right for you.
What can you do with a human services degree from UAA?
Well-prepared with knowledge and the skills necessary to provide direct service in
prevention, remediation and intervention, UAA human services alumni choose diverse
pathways to success.
Human services advanced program options
- Bachelor of Human Services
Human services degree jobs
From case managers and program coordinators to policymakers and educators, UAA alumni have found impactful roles in urban and rural settings such as these:
- Group homes, halfway houses and other residential care facilities
- Correctional and community mental health and development disability centers
- Family, child and youth service agencies
- Government and nonprofit programs for drug abuse, alcoholism, family violence and aging
By the numbers..
Human services associate degree program highlights
The University of Alaska Anchorage’s multidisciplinary associate degree program in human services blends classroom instruction with experiential learning to prepare you for entry-level employment as a human services generalist.
- Gain hands-on training through a practicum placement. Undergraduate students work in 60 agencies throughout Anchorage every semester. Many receive job offers after completing their practicum.
- Find support through student advising. UAA’s accredited human services program offers a variety of resources to help you earn your degree, including a College of Health academic advisor and an A.A.S. program coordinator. You will also be assigned a faculty academic advisor who helps you find a practicum placement that fits your goals and interests. Advisors can guide you in choosing electives that fulfill degree program requirements, such as Children’s Behavioral Health coursework.
- Learn from experienced faculty who have worked in academia and agencies across a variety of disciplines. Their specialties include psychology, social work, counseling and justice. The diverse, talented program faculty include clinically licensed professionals and published researchers and authors.
Amazing stories from human services majors
Each professor has their own style of teaching, but all of them are very dedicated and passionate about what they teach you. They share stories to help you understand what it is like to be a human services professional and are always there to help you and guide you through your classes.
Human services associate degree program curriculum
The University of Alaska Anchorage’s accredited A.A.S. degree program follows the
National Organization for Human Services Standards for Ethical Behavior.
Along with technical job skills, such as counseling, assessing human service needs and developing care plans, you will develop valuable soft skills, such as interpersonal communication, active listening, time management, patience, understanding and caring. Courses in related disciplines, such as counseling psychology, anthropology and education, prepare you to collaborate with other social services professionals such as social workers and psychologists.
Top classes for human services majors
- History of Human Services
- Public Education and Prevention in Substance Abuse
- Intervention Continuum in Substance Abuse Counseling