A.A. Degree, Transfer 
An Option of Arts & Sciences
Catalog year 2015/2016


Introduces the students to a broad range of social and rehabilitation services and human development concepts designed to deal with the problems of specific populations, including the elderly, children and persons with mental or physical handicaps or problems with addiction. Upon completion of the Human Services option, the student will be aware of the demands of the human service field. After completing the first year of academic work, the student has the option to follow one of the following academic paths: addictions or social work transfer.
 

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Natalie Bowers
Program Manager
301.846.2696


Academic Office Manager
301.846.2507
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  • Students must complete their credit English and Mathematics within the first 24 credits.
  • One general education course must meet the cultural competence graduation requirement. 
  • CORE: The General Education CORE is that foundation of the higher education curriculum providing a coherent intellectual experience for all students. Students should check with an advisor or the transfer institution (ARTSYS) before selecting General Education CORE requirements. http://www.acaff.usmh.usmd.edu/artweb/index.html
 
Course Credits
English
 
EN 101–English Composition 3
Mathematics
 
Mathematics Elective  (GenEd course list) (MA 206 recommended) 3/4
Social & Behavioral Sciences
 
PS 101–General Psychology 3
SO 101–Introduction to Sociology 3
Arts & Humanities
 
Arts Elective (GenEd course list) 3
Humanities Elective (GenEd course list) 3
Communications Elective (GenEd course list) (CMSP 103 or CMSP 105 recommended) 3
Biological & Physical Sciences
 
Two courses, one of which must be a lab science (GenEd course list) 7/8
General Education Elective  (Select from GenEd course list) 3
PE/Health Requirement  1
Departmental  Requirements 
 
SO 102–Social Problems 3
HS 102–Human Relations (fulfils cultural competence requirement) 3
HS 103–Introduction to Social Work and the Human Services 4
ED/PS 208–Human Growth and Development 3
Other Requirements (Choose one of the following tracks) 15
Total 60
Addictions Track
 
Departmental Requirements (15 credits)
 
PS 104–Issues of Drug/Alcohol Use 3
HS 203–Introduction to Counseling & Interviewing 3
HS 204–Ethics & Practice Issues in Human Services 1
HS 205–Fundamentals of Addiction 3
PS 206–Abnormal Psychology 3
INTR 102–Internship 2
Social Work Transfer Track
 
Departmental Requirements (15 credits)
 
EC 201–Principles of Economics 3
AN 101–Introduction to Anthropology 3
PS 204–Psychology of Adolescence or
 
PS 206–Abnormal Psychology 3
Electives**  6

*  It is recommended that a science course in human biology be taken for one of the science requirements: BI 107 (lab science) or BI 117 (non-lab science).
**  See your advisor in order to match the elective credits to your specific transfer institution.
 
Career

Prepares those seeking new careers in the field of addictions and for those who wish to advance in their present career by adding professional education in addictions to their credentials.

Gainful Employment Information
 
 
Course  Credits
Departmental Requirements 
 
PS 101–General Psychology 3
PS 104–Issues of Drug/Alcohol Abuse 3
ED/PS 208–Human Growth and Development 3
HS 203–Introduction to Counseling and Interviewing 3
PS 206–Abnormal Psychology 3
HS 205–Fundamentals of Addiction 3
HS 206–Pharmacology of Psychoactive Drugs 3
HS 204–Ethics and Practice Issues in the Human Services 1
Total 22
Career

Prepares those seeking new careers in the gerontology field and those who wish to advance in their current career by adding professional education in gerontology to their credentials.
 
Gainful Employment Information
 
 
Course Credits
Requirements
 
ID 214–Introduction to Gerontology: Issues of Aging and Mature Adulthood 3
PS 101–General Psychology 3
HS 103–Introduction to Social Work and the Human Services 4
ID 224–Physical Aspects of Aging 3
PS 205–Psychology of Aging 3
HS 208–Human Service Work with Older Adults  or
HS 203–Introduction to Counseling and Interviewing  or
HS 102–Human Relations
3
PS 207–Death and Dying 3
INTR 102–Internship 2
Total 24
Career

Introduces students to the core material in the field of gerontology.

 
Course Credits
Requirements
 
ID 214–Introduction to Gerontology: Issues of Aging and Mature Adulthood 3
ID 224–Physical Aspects of Aging 3
PS 205–Psychology of Aging 3
Total 9
The field of gerontology addresses the needs and desires of older adults to promote healthy aging and a positive quality of life in the later years. Today’s older adults want to be as active as possible for as long as possible. As the number of older adults in our community increases, so, too, will the demand for expertise in gerontology.
 
Gerontology studies are helpful to any service industry whose customers include older adults, for example, education, recreation, retirement and financial planning, real estate, health and mental health care fields, and assisted living. Frederick Community College offers specific training opportunities for people who are interested in expanding their knowledge of aging and lifespan development.
 
FCC’s gerontology programs:
  • acquaint students with the field of lifespan development and aging studies with an emphasis on the later years,
  • convey knowledge and understanding applicable to a variety of workplace settings or to further education in the field of gerontology,
  • introduce career opportunities that incorporate gerontology studies, and
  • provide continuing education and professional development for people who work with older adults.
 
FCC offers the following program options for students interested in gerontology. Credits earned in the letter of recognition and certificate programs may be applied to the associate degree.
 

Human Services AA


Students will be able to:
  1. Describe the origins of social work and the other human service professions and discuss the current issues in the field through journal writing.
  2. Use theoretical frameworks supported by empirical research to understand individual behavior across the life span and apply in case examples.
  3. Identify and evaluate the major theories and techniques of social and clinical intervention applied in case examples.
  4. Demonstrate proficiency in basic helping skills by conducting a series of videotapes helping interviews.
  5. Apply critical thinking skills to professional human service practices.
  6. Understand the Codes of Ethics of the major professional organizations that regulate the human services and demonstrate the ability to comply with these standards in volunteer and internship experiences in human service agencies.
  7. Demonstrate the ability to practice multicultural awareness and sensitivity in a human service agency volunteer or internship experience.
  8. Articulate their identity as a human service professional and formulate a plan for on-going professional development in reflective papers.
 
FCC has transfer agreements with the following institutions for students graduating with an A.A. in Human Services and who are looking for transfer opportunities. For more information, contact the Counseling & Advising Office at 301.846.2471.
  • Stevenson University – B.S. Human Services