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Human Services Program

Associate in Science -  Human Services Department

The information below applies to students entering the program in fall 2017 and spring 2018. For the most accurate program requirements for your catalog year, please log in to BHCC Self Service to review your specific program requirements. Any questions? Prospective students should go to bhcc.edu/admissions and contact an admissions counselor. Current students should stop by or contact the LifeMap Commons on the Charlestown Campus - E-Building, Room E-235; Phone 617-228-2230 or email academicadvising@bhcc.mass.edu from your BHCC email.
Course Title Course Number Semester Taken Credits Prerequisites
College Writing I ENG111 3 ENG095 and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
College Writing II ENG112 3 ENG111
Individual and Society PSY101 satisfies Area 2 3 ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
World View From Area 3 3
Quantitative Thought From Area 4 3 MAT097 or placement
Science and Technology From Area 5 4
Humanities From Area 6 3
Intro to Human Services Profession w/ Field Practice HSV101 3 ESL098 or RDG095 and ENG095 or placement
Case Management in Human Services HSV218 3 PSY215 and ESL098 or RDG095 and ENG095 or placement
Child Growth/Development ECE103 3 ESL098 or RDG095 and ENG095 or placement
Adolescent/Adult Development PSY224 3 PSY101
Addiction HSV112 3 PSY101 and ESL098 or RDG095 and ENG095 or placement
Counseling PSY215 3 PSY101
Human Services Practicum I HSV220 Fall 3 HSV216 and Chair approval
Human Services Practicum II HSV221 3 Chair approval and HSV220
Issues in HSV HSV217 3 HSV101 and PSY101 and PSY215 and PSY224
Pre-Practicum Prep w/Field Experience HSV216 Spring 3 see note**
Professional Ethics in Human Services HSV214 3 ENG111 and HSV101 and HSV112
Career Elective see note* 3
Learning community or Elective see note* 3
Total Credits 61
Last Modified Date: April 5, 2017

Additional Information

Division: Behavioral, Social Sciences & Global Learning

Department: Human Services

Degree Type: Associate in Science

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*Note: New degree-seeking students enrolled in nine credits or more must take a Learning Community Seminar or a Learning Community Seminar within their first year.

Career Electives: HSV215, HSV219, PSY233, AHE104, PSY227 or INT123

**Note: A placement experience in a human service agency is required by the course following a C.O.R.I. background check. The prerequisite for Associate degree students is a grade of C or better in College Writing II and a minimum of 27 credits completed toward the A.S. in Human Services including, at a minimum, a grade of C or better in HSV101, HSV112, PSY215, and PSY224.  Also, HSV216 is to be taken the semester before enrolling in HSV220.

Program Overview

Early Childhood Education and Human Services Department’s mission statement and goals state two primary purposes:

  1. To provide knowledge, training and skill development for persons interested in working in the area of social services with specific educational opportunities for those interested in early childhood development, human services, and education, and 
  2. To serve the community as an information and knowledge-base in the area of social service, with specific expertise in early childhood education and development, human services, and education.

This program prepares students as assistants and paraprofessionals in careers that direct the delivery of services to people.

Criminal Offender Record Information and Sex Offender Registry Information Checks

As a prerequisite for a clinical placement in the Human Services Program, all students must undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check and a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check. These checks are required due to potential unsupervised contact with children, the disabled, or the elderly during a clinical experience. Students found to have certain criminal convictions or pending criminal actions will be presumed ineligible for clinical placement. The College is authorized by the Commonwealth’s Department of Criminal Justice Information Services, pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Sections 167-178B, to access CORI records. Sex Offender checks shall be performed pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Sections 178C-178P.

For more information regarding the College’s CORI/SORI check process, please contact the College CORI/SORI Officer at 617-228-2193.

Career Outlook

Graduates of this program qualify for careers in social welfare, mental health, community development, public administration, youth work, work with elderly, family counseling and social service agencies.

Upon Completion of this Concentration Graduates will be able to:

  • Use formal and informal assessment practices to respond to the needs, desires, and interests of participants receiving information and support from a Human Service organization, enhancing the persons’ ability to lead a self determining life. 
  • Communicate effectively and demonstrate skills needed to establish collaborative relationships with participants receiving services. 
  • Demonstrate knowledge about formal and informal supports available, as well as diverse challenges facing participants, using advocacy strategies to overcome these challenges by mobilizing resources to reach participant goals. 
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skill in handling crisis prevention, intervention, and resolution techniques with detailed documentation of the work in a human services agency. 
  • Understand the mission and practices of human services organizations, fully participating in the life of the agency as a professional and be able to identify areas of self improvement and professional development needed for future goal attainment.