Human Services

A.A. Degree, Transfer 
An Option of Arts & Sciences

Introduces the student to a broad range of social and rehabilitation services and human development concepts designed to deal with the problem 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 four academic paths: addictions, developmental problems, gerontology, 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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Courses 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
ED/PS 208–Human Growth & Development 3
HS 103–Introduction to Social Work and the Human Services 4
HS 102–Human Relations ‡ 3
SO 102–Social Problems ‡ 3
Arts & Humanities  
Arts Elective (GenEd course list) ‡ 3
Humanities Elective (GenEd course list) ‡ 3
CMSP 103–Speech Fundamentals  or  
CMSP 105–Group Discussion ‡ 3
Biological & Physical Sciences  
Biological & Physical Sciences Elective (Lab course) (GenEd course list)* 4
Biological & Physical Sciences Elective (GenEd course list)* 3/4
Interdisciplinary & Emerging Issues  
Wellness Elective (GenEd course list) 3
ID 214–Introduction to Gerontology: Issues of Aging
     and Mature Adulthood
3
Other Requirements (Choose one of the
     following tracks)
15
Total 62/64
 
Addictions Track  
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
  15
 
Developmental Problems Track  
ED 203–Foundations of Special Education 3
HS 203–Introduction to Counseling & Interviewing 3
HS 204–Ethics & Practice Issues in Human Services 1
PS 202–Social Psychology or  
PS 204–Psychology of Adolescence 3
PS 206–Abnormal Psychology 3
INTR 102–Internship 2
  15
 
Gerontology Track  
PS 205–Psychology of Aging 3
ID 224–Physical Aspects of Aging 3
HS 208–Human Service Work with Older Adults  or  
HS 203–Introduction to Counseling & Interviewing 3
PS 207–Death and Dying 3
INTR 102–Internship 2
HS 204–Ethics & Practice Issues in Human Services 1
  15
 
Social Work Transfer Track  
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
  15
 
*  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.

‡ All degree-seeking students must complete a Cultural Competency course in order to graduate. HS 102 fulfills this requirement.
 
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
 
Courses Credits
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
Totals 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
 
Courses Credits
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.
 
Courses Credits
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.
 
For students who complete the A.A. degree in Human Services/Gerontology concentration, FCC has an articulation (transfer) agreement with:
  • Stevenson University – B.S. Human Services 
For more information, visit the Counseling & Advising Office, Enrollment Services Building, J201, or call 301.846.2471.