Human Services/Pre-Social Work

Associates of Science


A degree in Human Services will enhance your skills and increase your marketability in this growing field. What is Human Services?

Individualize your degree

You may choose from various specialized courses that focus on children, adolescents, the disabled and elders. Specialize Certificates are also available to you focusing on; Gerontology, Disabilities/Mental Health, Child and Family Services and Applied Behavior Analysis.

Our Graduates are Successful!

You will have experiences giving you opportunities to get hired as a youth counselor, paraprofessional, substance abuse counselor, mentor, residential assistant, case aide, employment counselor, social services assistant, and elderly support services.

Program Requirements

Competency or
Program Requirement
Course Number and Title Required
Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communications Choose any Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communications listed 3
Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics Choose any Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics listed 3
Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking/Written Communication ENG*101 Composition 3
Historical Knowledge POL*H111 - American Government 3
Oral Communication Choose any Oral Communication listed 3
Quantitative Reasoning MAT*H135 Topics in Contemporary Math or MAT*H167 Principles of Statistics1 3
Scientific Knowledge◊◊ BIO*H105 – Introduction to Biology or BIO*H115 – Human Biology w/Lab 4
Scientific Reasoning◊◊ Choose any Scientific Reasoning listed 3-4
Social Phenomena PSY*H111 – General Psychology 3
Written Communication ENG*H102 Literature & Composition or
ENG*H200 – Advanced Composition
Program Requirements HSE*H101 - Introduction to Human Services 3
HSE*H202 - Introduction to Counseling & Interviewing 3
Human Services Elective (HSE*H115, 133, 170, or 171) 3
HSE*H281 - Human Services Field Work2 3
SOC*H101 - Principles of Sociology 3
SOC*H210 - Sociology of the Family 3
SOC*H201 - Contemporary Social Issues or SOC*H221 Social Inequality 3
PSY* H258 - Behavior Modification 3
Gen Ed Elective 3
Any Psychology, Sociology, History or Anthropology 3

Total Credits: 61-62

Any given course may only be used to satisfy one of the competency areas even if it is listed under more than one.

1 MAT*H167 has prerequisite of MAT*H137.

2 Placement is required. Students need to contact the program coordinator or the LABSS division office early, prior to the semester they plan to take the course.

MAT*H137 and courses numbered lower than MAT*H137 will not transfer to Connecticut State Universities as Quantitative Reasoning courses.

◊◊ At least one Scientific Knowledge and Understanding OR Scientific Reasoning course must have a lab component.

Program Outcomes (What you will learn)

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Describe how the events of the political, social, and economic climate have shaped the American response to human needs.
  2. Compare and contrast the ecological, functional, and conflict perspectives to understand and analyze social issues such as inequality, alienation, poverty, crime and health.
  3. State the major theories, processes, and research methods important in psychology.
  4. Describe the relationship between politics, research and the establishment of social policy.
  5. Identify the history of treatment, issues and needs of the primary populations that require human services intervention.
  6. Utilize the critical thinking skills necessary to read and analyze current and future trends as presented in literature related to the field of Human Services.
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of how to use the skills of engagement, assessment, case planning, intervention and termination with a diverse population.
  8. Present a well-organized, comprehensive oral report before a group.
  9. Demonstrate behaviors that comply with the ethical standards of the National Organization of Human Services.
  10. Demonstrate an increased awareness of available community resources and the relationships among community systems.
  11. Demonstrate the ability to document information, and present a well-written report that demonstrates critical thinking skills.

Certificate in Gerontology - Requirements and Outcomes

Certificate in Mental Health - Requirements and Outcomes

Course No. Title Credits
HSE*H101 Introduction to Human Services 3
HSE*H133 Disabilities and Mental Health 3
PSY*H111 General Psychology I 3
SOC*H101 Principles of Sociology 3
SOC*H201 Contemporary Social Issues
SOC*H221 Social Inequality 3
Elective Psychology 3
HSE*H202 Introduction to Counseling & Interviewing 3
PSY*H258 Behavior Modification 3
PSY*H245 Abnormal Psychology 3
HSE*H281 Human Services Field Work I 3
Total Credit Hours 30

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a beginning understanding of a wide range of diagnoses that relate to people in need of social work service, and be knowledgeable about the necessity of a collaborative relationship with
    area support.
  2. Identify the diverse challenges facing people with mental illness, and use effective advocacy strategies to address such challenges.
  3. Describe confidentiality guidelines, and Human Services ethical standards of practice, and recognize his or her own personal limitations and professional behavior as a helper.
  4. State the psychological theories that may help the Human Services Provider.
  5. Explain what effects the social conditions in the United States have on the developmental disabilities and how to deal with them.
  6. Understand sociocultural dynamics that underlay social issues in America today.
  7. Be knowledgeable about formal and informal assessment practices that reflect both the needs and strengths of disadvantaged people.
  8. Provide disadvantaged people the support and information necessary to build self-esteem and empowerment skills.
  9. Apply knowledge and skills needed to work with people with mental illness in a variety of agency settings.
  10. Demonstrate the ability to utilize the skills and tasks required for engagement, assessment, case planning, intervention and termination.

Certificate in Child and Family Services - Requirements and Outcomes

Course No. Title Credits
CAD*H150 2D CAD Drafting 3
MFG*H104 Manufacturing Processes 4
ENG*H101 Composition 3
MAT*H137 Intermediate Algebra 3
Elective Directed Elective† 3
Total Credit Hours 16

†Directed Electives:

CAD*H200 3D CAD Modeling

CAD*H220 Parametric Design

MAT*H172 College Algebra (or higher level Mathematics course)

MFG*H106 Computer-Aided Manufacturing I

TCN*H101 Introduction to Engineering Technology

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate basic knowledge and understanding of engineering graphics and conventional 2-dimensional drafting practices such as geometric constructions, orthographic, projection, isometric, section, detail, and auxiliary views.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in the use of CAD software for 2-dimensional applications.
  3. Explain concepts and requirements for drawings used in the manufacturing process.
  4. Create 2D professionally finished drawings from working drawings under the supervision of a senior draftsperson.
  5. Demonstrate the proper setup and procedures for various manufacturing processes.
  6. Apply language arts skills related to the occupation, including but not limited to: critical thinking, reading, and writing.
  7. Apply mathamatics required for basic drafting and manufacturing applications.

Transfer to a four-year college or university

Your coursework at NVCC prepares you for junior status at four-year colleges and universities. Plus,

  • Your Associate's Degree will be very cost effective, giving you more options as you proceed to your Bachelor's Degree if you decide to do so.
  • You have a convenient location at NVCC and a beautiful state of the art campus.
  • You have faculty and staff dedicated to your success who will also be your advisors and guide you through your program of study.
Success Stories

Dexter David Rodriguez

"Upon entering the Human Services/Pre-Social Work program at Naugatuck Valley Community College, my experience and knowledge about this field of study was limited as was my exposure. The Human Services/Pre-Social Work courses that I took not only taught me the fundamentals about the field, but it set the foundation for the course work that came ahead as I entered the Social Work program at Southern Connecticut State University. Having a solid year ahead of some of the other students in the Social Work program allowed me to excel. The Fieldwork and Interviewing courses were especially critical in my educational growth because they allowed me to utilize theory and practice in the field under the supervision of a Human Services professional. I currently hold a full time position at Waterbury Youth Service System, Inc. as a program coordinator for their Making-A-Connection Mentoring Program and I am preparing to attain my Masters Degree in Social Work after I complete my undergraduate degree at Southern Connecticut State University. The Human Services Program at Naugatuck Valley Community College not only prepared me for what came ahead in my educational endeavors but the Professors at this institution were excellent assets as they pushed, not only me, but all of their students to be the best they can be. "

Karen O'Brien, A.S., B.S.W.

"Going to NVCC was one of the best decisions I have ever made. The professors were passionate about the topics they taught and showed a genuine interest in their students’ ability to learn and understand the subject. Many went above and beyond, staying after or before class or emailing when they were not on campus to ensure my successful attainment of the course material. Going to a community college was also a very wise decision financially, as I saved many thousands of dollars. As a student who transferred to a 4-year college after completing an A.S., I cannot understand why anyone would not choose to go to a community college first. Furthermore, for all of the non-traditional students with work and/or family obligations, NVCC offers flexible class schedules as well as many online prerequisite courses. I highly recommend NVCC and I am proud to be an alumni of such a fine college."

Sarah Kelly: A.S., B.S.W.

"The human services faculty at NVCC gave me the guidance I needed to succeed in college. Their passion for the profession inspired me to pursue a bachelor's degree in social work at Western Connecticut State University once I completed my associate degree at NVCC. The transition to a four-year college was scary at first but I found myself well-prepared for their program. Now I have graduated and am about to begin a master's program for social work at Boston University. The roots I developed at NVCC have continued to sustain my growth as a professional and as a person."

Program Coordinator
Kathleen A Leblanc
203-596-8616 (p)
Room: K617