Degree Programs - Requirements

Students are encouraged to meet with a Human Services academic advisor to select the appropriate elective courses based on their career and transfer goals.

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 Statistics 3
Scientific Knowledge♢♢ BIO*H105 – Introduction to Biology
or BIO*H115 – Human Biology w/Lab
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†† 3
HSE*H281 - Human Services Field Work††† 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.

MAT*H167 has prerequisite of MAT*H137.

††Child and Family focus, HSE*H115.

Disability and Mental Health focus, HSE*H133.

Gerontology focus, HSE*H170 or HSE*H171.

†††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.

Degree Programs - Outcomes

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 Program - Mental Health

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

Contemporary Social Issues
Social Inequality
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:

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

Program Certificate - Gerontology
Certificate Program - Child and FAmily

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:

  • 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.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of CAD software for 2-dimensional applications.
  • Explain concepts and requirements for drawings used in the manufacturing process.
  • Create 2D professionally finished drawings from working drawings under the supervision of a senior draftsperson.
  • Demonstrate the proper setup and procedures for various manufacturing processes.
  • Apply language arts skills related to the occupation, including but not limited to: critical thinking, reading, and writing.
  • Apply mathamatics required for basic drafting and manufacturing applications.