Human Services, Associate in Applied Science

Human Services, Associate in Applied Science

Florissant Valley, Forest Park, and Meramec

The Associate in Applied Science degree in Human Services provides students with a basic social science framework and perspective for pursuing an entry-level position in the field of human services. The program also provides currently employed human service workers the opportunity to upgrade their skills and abilities. Students are taught a specific body of theoretical knowledge and practice skills to integrate into the helping professions.

Students are introduced to human service organizations and resources designed to meet human needs. Students learn to identify various helping strategies and techniques for working with people. Persons interested in this program should enjoy working with people, should possess good communications and problem solving skills, and have a positive attitude about themselves and others.

Graduates are qualified for positions as alcoholism/drug abuse assistants, house parents, nursing home activity therapy assistants, case workers, corrections officers, vocational rehabilitation workers, teacher’s aides for exceptional children, and personal assistant. These positions are available in the areas of social welfare, mental health, juvenile and adult correctional programs, geriatrics, education, and related fields in business, industry, and health care.

Cost of Attendance.  For more information on cost of attendance visit MoSCORES

Program Career and Salary Information.  Pursuant to Missouri HB 1606 (2018), information regarding the number of credit hours, program length, employment rate, wage data, and graduates employed in careers related to their program of study at St. Louis Community College can be found at the following URL: https://scorecard.mo.gov/scorecard/. Search using School / Program “St. Louis Community College” and choose the degree or credential type of interest. 

The following limitations to the data apply: Information provided is based on the most recent cohorts available. Typically, most recent cohorts for wage and completion data are six years prior to the current academic year. Time to complete a program of study varies depending on the number of credit hours students earn per semester.

Interested in this program? Start the enrollment process by visiting the Apply to STLCC page.   

At the completion of the program, students are expected to:

  1. use theory and evidence based practice to evaluate intervention strategies.
  2. describe the roles of an entry level human service practitioner at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels of client service.
  3. identify the ways that clients may be affected by the student's personal values, beliefs, experiences, and identities.
  4. analyze client information to construct professional notes and reports.
  5. describe intervention strategies and services to address conditions that inhibit human functioning.
  6. analyze the effect of social policy on the delivery of human services.

Missouri Civics Examination.  Students entering college for the very first time in fall 2019 and who intend to complete an associate’s degree must successfully complete a civics examination. Information on who is eligible for a waiver can be found on the STLCC website.

Program of Study

General Education
ENG 101College Composition I (MOTR ENGL 100)3
ENG 102College Composition II (MOTR ENGL 200)3
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology (MOTR SOCI 101)3
XXX xxxSocial & Behavioral Sciences: Civics Requirement3
PSY 200General Psychology (MOTR PSYC 100)3
PSY 205Human Growth and Development (MOTR PSYC 200)3
BIO 111Introductory Biology I (MOTR BIOL 100L)4
MTH 180Introductory Statistics (MOTR MATH 110) 13
or MTH 161 Quantitative Reasoning (MOTR MATH 120)
Program Requirements
HMS 100Introduction to Human Services3
HMS 101Human Services: Theories and Skills3
HMS 102Human Services: Policy and Politics3
HMS 111Group Practice in Human Services3
HMS 201Workplace Learning I: Human Services3
HMS 202Workplace Learning II: Human Services3
HMS 203Human Services Workplace Learning Seminar I3
HMS 204Human Services Workplace Learning Seminar II3
HMS 205Crisis Intervention3
PRD 128Mental Health First Aid1
SOC 126The Spectrum of Drugs and Society3
SOC 211Substance Use, Abuse, and Dependence3
PE 120Community CPR1
Total Credit Hours60
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MTH 161S or MTH 180S will also fulfill this requirement, but only 3 credits will apply toward the degree.

Missouri Civics Examination.  Students entering college for the very first time in fall 2019 and who intend to complete an associate’s degree must successfully complete a civics examination. Information on who is eligible for a waiver can be found on the STLCC website.

PLEASE NOTE:  If you originally enrolled at STLCC prior to Spring 2023, you may need to view an archived catalog for your correct program requirements.  Please speak with an advisor or the program coordinator for more information.

New PlanGrids
First Year
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (MOTR SOCI 101)3Reading Proficiency or concurrent enrollment in RDG 079
ENG 101 College Composition I (MOTR ENGL 100)3Placement score or ENG 030 or ENG 070 with a grade of "C" or better or recommendation of department and Reading Proficiency or concurrent enrollment in RDG 079
HMS 100 Introduction to Human Services3Reading Proficiency
PSY 200 General Psychology (MOTR PSYC 100)3Reading Proficiency or concurrent enrollment in RDG 079
PRD 128 Mental Health First Aid1Reading Proficiency
Credit Hours13
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
SOC 126 The Spectrum of Drugs and Society3Reading Proficiency
SOC 211 Substance Use, Abuse, and Dependence3Reading Proficiency
ENG 102 College Composition II (MOTR ENGL 200)3ENG 101 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading Proficiency
HMS 101 Human Services: Theories and Skills3Reading Proficiency
HMS 111 Group Practice in Human Services3Reading Proficiency
Credit Hours15
Second Year
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
BIO 111 Introductory Biology I (MOTR BIOL 100L)4Reading Proficiency or concurrent enrollment in RDG 079
PSY 205 Human Growth and Development (MOTR PSYC 200)3PSY 200 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading Proficiency
HMS 102 Human Services: Policy and Politics3Reading Proficiency
HMS 205 Crisis Intervention3Reading Proficiency
HMS 203 Human Services Workplace Learning Seminar I3HMS 100 and HMS 101 with grades of "C" or better and Reading Proficiency
HMS 201 Workplace Learning I: Human Services3HMS 100 and HMS 101 with grades of "C" or better and Reading Proficiency
Credit Hours19
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
HMS 204 Human Services Workplace Learning Seminar II3HMS 100, HMS 101, HMS 201 and HMS 203 all with grades of "C" or better and Reading Proficiency
HMS 202 Workplace Learning II: Human Services3HMS 201 and HMS 203 with grades of "C" or better and Reading Proficiency
MTH 161 Quantitative Reasoning (MOTR MATH 120)
or Introductory Statistics (MOTR MATH 110)
3Satisfactory score on placement test and Reading ProficiencyMTH 161S or MTH 180S will also fulfill this requirement, but only 3 credits will apply toward the degree.
PE 120 Community Red Cross CPR1
Social & Behavioral Sciences: Civics Requirement3  
Credit Hours13
Total Credit Hours60

*Click on the hyperlinked course number to view additional information about the course.

**Students completing a course that has been assigned a MOTR number may transfer that course to any public institution in Missouri. Those who complete CORE 42 requirements will have that verification on their transcript.

*** It is your responsibility to verify that the courses listed above will transfer to the four-year institution of your choice.  Maximize your transfer credits/classes by meeting with an academic advisor. 

Missouri Civics Examination.  Students entering college for the very first time in fall 2019 and who intend to complete an associate’s degree must successfully complete a civics examination. Information on who is eligible for a waiver can be found on the STLCC website.

PLEASE NOTE:  If you originally enrolled at STLCC prior to Spring 2023, you may need to view an archived catalog for your correct program requirements.  Please speak with an advisor or the program coordinator for more information.

New PlanGrids
First Year
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
HMS 100 Introduction to Human Services3Reading Proficiency
ENG 101 College Composition I (MOTR ENGL 100)3Placement score or ENG 030 or ENG 070 with a grade of "C" or better or recommendation of department and Reading Proficiency or concurrent enrollment in RDG 079
Credit Hours6
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
HMS 101 Human Services: Theories and Skills3Reading Proficiency
ENG 102 College Composition II (MOTR ENGL 200)3ENG 101 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading Proficiency
Credit Hours6
Summer Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
PE 120 Community Red Cross CPR1
Credit Hours1
Second Year
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
HMS 102 Human Services: Policy and Politics3Reading Proficiency
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (MOTR SOCI 101)3Reading Proficiency or concurrent enrollment in RDG 079
Credit Hours6
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
HMS 205 Crisis Intervention3Reading Proficiency
PSY 200 General Psychology (MOTR PSYC 100)3Reading Proficiency or concurrent enrollment in RDG 079
Credit Hours6
Summer Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
PRD 128 Mental Health First Aid1Reading Proficiency
Credit Hours1
Third Year
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
PSY 205 Human Growth and Development (MOTR PSYC 200)3PSY 200 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading Proficiency
BIO 111 Introductory Biology I (MOTR BIOL 100L)4Reading Proficiency or concurrent enrollment in RDG 079
Credit Hours7
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
SOC 126 The Spectrum of Drugs and Society3Reading Proficiency
SOC 211 Substance Use, Abuse, and Dependence3Reading Proficiency
Credit Hours6
Summer Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
Social & Behavioral Sciences: Civics Requirement3  
Credit Hours3
Fourth Year
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
HMS 111 Group Practice in Human Services3Reading Proficiency
MTH 180 Introductory Statistics (MOTR MATH 110)
or Quantitative Reasoning (MOTR MATH 120)
3Satisfactory scores on placement test, and Reading Proficiency
Credit Hours6
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
HMS 201 Workplace Learning I: Human Services3HMS 100 and HMS 101 with grades of "C" or better and Reading Proficiency
HMS 203 Human Services Workplace Learning Seminar I3HMS 100 and HMS 101 with grades of "C" or better and Reading Proficiency
Credit Hours6
Summer Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
HMS 202 Workplace Learning II: Human Services3HMS 201 and HMS 203 with grades of "C" or better and Reading ProficiencyApply for graduation
HMS 204 Human Services Workplace Learning Seminar II3HMS 100, HMS 101, HMS 201 and HMS 203 all with grades of "C" or better and Reading Proficiency
Credit Hours6
Total Credit Hours60

*Click on the hyperlinked course number to view additional information about the course.

**Students completing a course that has been assigned a MOTR number may transfer that course to any public institution in Missouri. Those who complete CORE 42 requirements will have that verification on their transcript.

*** It is your responsibility to verify that the courses listed above will transfer to the four-year institution of your choice.  Maximize your transfer credits/classes by meeting with an academic advisor.