Human services programs prepare students to work for organizations that serve people in need. Students taking Human Services classes learn the theories, principles, and practice of providing services. Human services jobs can include substance abuse counselor, youth worker, mental health aide, or probation officer and provide services to schools, prisons, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. Taking classes in the Human Services program is a great opportunity for students interested in becoming counselors/therapists (clinical psychology) or social workers to explore the field early in their educational career.
Statewide General Education Student Learning Outcomes
While this program has no formal entrance requirements, individual courses may have prerequisites which must be met before enrollment.
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Locally, Oregon State University - Cascades offers a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Science, Human Services option. This degree requires careful and accurate planning of the first 90 credits. Working closely with a COCC academic advisor is highly recommended.
Another option is Portland State University's Bachelor Degree in Social Work (BSW) online program. This program has flexibility in transfer course work and prepares students for the local master's in social work program for students interested in continuing their education.
Students pursuing a bachelor of arts (as opposed to a bachelor of science) after transfer should consider completing three terms of a 200-level language course. The 100-level language courses will count as electives. The 200-level language courses will partially fulfill the Arts and Letters requirement.
- Academic Requirements:
- Students must have a 2.0 cumulative GPA to earn a COCC certificate or degree.
- Options for additional standards:
- All courses in the program must be completed with a grade of C or higher.