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. Students who have completed dual credit courses must complete this examination. Students who participated in Early College or other dual enrollment programs, transfer students, and previously enrolled students are exempt from this requirement.

Program of Study

Career 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)4
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 126Pharmacology of Addictive Drugs3
SOC 211Substance Use, Abuse and Dependence3
PE 120Community Red Cross CPR1
Total Credit Hours61

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. Students who have completed dual credit courses must complete this examination. Students who participated in Early College or other dual enrollment programs, transfer students, and previously enrolled students are exempt from this requirement.

New PlanGrids
First Year
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (MOTR SOCI 101)3Reading Proficiency.
ENG 101 College Composition I (MOTR ENGL 100)3 Placement 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.
PRD 128 Mental Health First Aid1Reading Proficiency.
Credit Hours13
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
SOC 126 Study of Psychodynamic Substances3Reading Proficiency.
SOC 211 Alcoholism and Drug Abuse3Reading Proficiency.
ENG 102 College Composition II (MOTR ENGL 200)3ENG 100 or ENG 101 with a grade of "C" or better or department approval 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.
PSY 205 Human Growth and Development (MOTR PSYC 200)3PSY 200 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)
4MTH 050 with a minimum grade of "C" or satisfactory scores on placement test, and Reading Proficiency.
PE 120 Community Red Cross CPR1
Social & Behavioral Sciences: Civics Requirement3  
Credit Hours14
Total Credit Hours61