Associate of Science in Human Services (Social Work) (AS)

Division: Social Sciences

This degree prepares students for entry-level employment in the field of Human Services (Social Work) through the study of legal and ethical issues, theories of practice and human behavior, history of social welfare and current policies. Students will acquire skills in critical thinking, case planning, crisis intervention, theory-based assessment, working knowledge of community resources, and experience in a human services agency.

Program Outcomes

  • Assessment: Using a case vignette in each course the student will analyze the case and identify problem areas.

  • Legal and ethical: The student will use a case vignette in each course to identify any legal and ethical issues that might arise while providing services to the case.

  • Treatment planning: The student will use a case vignette in each course to assess area in need of intervention and will discuss these interventions.

  • Community resources:  The student will identify community resources that could be used to assist a person or family in a case vignette in each course.

  • Self Care: The student will identify areas of support and self care that are needed for themselves to professionally assist the clients in specific case vignettes, such as supervision, consultation, personal counseling.

Career Opportunities

Upon successful completion of this degree, students will be prepared for careers or employment in the following fields: entry level jobs in Health and Human Services and a variety of non-profit agencies in the community in the area of crisis management, substance abuse, eligibility, and case management.


This degree is not designed for transfer; however, the courses included in this degree may be transferable and apply to other degrees designed for transfer.

Program Requirements 

College of the Sequoias' Associate Degree General Education (COS-GE) *
COMP 005Computer Concepts *4
or COMP 130 Introduction to Personal Computers
ECON 025Introduction to Economics *3
or ECON 040 Principles of Microeconomics
or BUS 297 Personal Finance
HSRV 101Group Design and Leadership4
HSRV 102Drug and Alcohol Treatment3
HSRV 012Introduction to Social Work3
or HSRV 120 Introduction to Social Welfare
HSRV 121Interviewing5
HSRV 122Practices in Human Services/Social Work3
Select three units from the following courses:
WEXP 193HHuman Services Work Experience – First Semester1-4
WEXP 194HHuman Services Work Experience - Second Semester1-4
WEXP 195HWork Experience Human Services - Third Semester1-4
Select six units from the following courses:
ANTH 010Cultural Anthropology *3
ETHN 001Black American Studies *3
ETHN 002American Indian Studies *3
ETHN 003Chicana and Chicano Studies *3
ETHN 004Asian American Studies *3
ETHN 010Introduction to Ethnic Studies and Social Justice Studies *3
HSRV 104Issues in Family Violence3
PSY 001General Psychology *3
PSY 005Social Psychology *3
PSY 010Human Sexuality *3
PSY 034Abnormal Psychology *3
PSY 133Personal and Social Growth *3
SOC 026Marriage and Family Life *3
Select additional degree applicable courses numbered 1-299 to achieve 60 units.

Courses meet General Education requirements and 0-9 units may double count above in COS-GE.

The Associate Degree requirements include completion of the:

  1. Required major courses and restricted elective courses with a "C" or better grade in each course (required and restricted elective courses may be substituted with the approval of the Division Chair),
  2. General Education requirements,
  3. Subject requirements including PE, Health & Wellness, and American Institutions, and
  4. A minimum of 60 units of degree applicable courses numbered 1-299, at least 12 of which must be taken in residence at College of the Sequoias, with a "C" (2.0) average (see Associate Degree Requirements for additional details).