Jan 27, 2021  
College Catalog 2019-2020 
College Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Human Services, A.S.


Donna Rowe, 413.552.2029, drowe@hcc.edu


The Human Services program provides the academic work and field experience for successful careers in human services, as well as a strong foundation for transfer to four-year colleges and universities for programs in social work, human services, or other related majors. This program has been developed to align with the Mass Transfer Pathways Human Services to Social Work pathway.

The program combines course work in the social sciences, primarily psychology and sociology, with human services courses. Students gain knowledge of the field and develop professional skills such as: communication, observation, listening, report writing, behavior modification, and human relations. Students are provided with learning opportunities to help them develop as multiculturally competent and ethical practitioners. Students are encouraged to build upon their unique abilities to work collaboratively with individuals, families, and communities. The program fosters the development of the skills necessary for practitioners in human services through active learning strategies, clinical field placements, community research projects, and case studies. Students have the opportunity to explore career options working with children, elders, people with physical and intellectual disabilities, minority and refugee populations, homeless individuals and families, and other groups in need.

Upon graduation students are qualified for entry level positions such as: residential case manager, outreach worker, gerontology assistant, crisis intervention worker, family advocate, job developer, and community organizer. Graduates are also prepared to transfer to 4-year degree programs in Social Work or Human Services, in accordance with the agreement of the Mass Transfer A2B Pathway.



1Students interested in transferrring to a Massachusetts State College/University or UMASS campus are advised to enroll in MTH 142  

CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) and SORI (Sexual Offender Registry Information) background checks may be required prior to field work and practicum placement and will be conducted by specific agencies in accordance with state regulations. CORI and SORI results are confidential.

This program qualifies for MassTransfer, which guarantees credit transfer to Massachusetts state colleges universities. MassTransfer also will grant students automatic acceptance to certain state colleges and universities by achieving the minimum grade point average and the HCC degree.

Depending on course selection, 80% of this program can be completed online.  Go to Online Learning  for more information.