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The Human Services applied degree program equips students with the skills required to serve clients in a variety of public and private outreach organizations. Human services graduates work with social workers, law enforcement agencies, emergency responders, care facilities, substance abuse treatment centers, behavioral health centers, advocates, and other specialist organizations involved in social intervention programs. Additionally, the Human Services program provides students with analytical and critical thinking skills, the ability to communicate clearly and effectively, as well as organization and leadership skills. 

While our courses are based in theory, the focus lies on the application of Human Services standards and best practices, in work settings. In the required Internship all students spend a semester working with a local service agency, which allows the application of skills and provides an essential hands-on engagement experience. The Capstone project provides research experience and the development of a professional portfolio. Coursework is offered in hybrid settings, ITV, and online formats for maximum flexibility and accessibility. 

BAS in Human Services graduates use their knowledge of human services agencies, program planning, human development, social issues, and health and wellness, to build long-term careers in the social service field. Many graduates continue onto graduate studies. 

The pedagogical philosophy we use to drive the program and all curricular development incorporates the knowledge, theory, skills, attitude, and values required of a human services professional, recognizing the unique mission of UA South to serve rural, place-bound, and transfer students in Southern Arizona.The main tenets are as follows:

  • Human services professionals function as change agents and must therefore attain and develop a core of knowledge, theory, and skills to provide direct services and interventions to clients and client groups.
  • The human services professional must have an understanding of the structure and dynamics of organizations, communities, and society, as well as the nature of individuals and groups.
  • Values and ethics intrinsic to the human services profession provide governing principles of professional practice. In so doing, human service professionals uphold the integrity and ethics of the profession, promote client and community well-being, and enhance their own professional growth.
  • Human services professionals use their experience and knowledge for understanding and helping clients. This requires awareness of one’s own values, cultural bias, philosophies, personality, and style in the effective use of the professional self. It also requires an understanding of how these personal characteristics affect clients. 


BAS in Human Services

Human Services Curriculum Credits
Applied Science Core (15 credits)  
ENGV 308 Technical Writing 3
FSHV 384 Leadership, Ethics & Professional Practices 3
BASV 314 Mathematics For Applied Sciences 3
HUSV 326 Research Methods for Social Sciences 3
AEDV 310 Transitional Resiliency (Critical Thinking) 3
Human Services Core (15 credits)  
HUSV 301 Introduction to Human Services  3
HUSV 310 Identity, Positionality, Cultural Humility 3
FSHV 408 Program Planning and Evaluation 3
HUSV 493 Internship 3
HUSV 498 Senior Captstone 3
Human Services Electives (9 credits)  
HUSV 347 Interpersonal Relationships in Human Services 3
HUSV 357 Death and Loss in Human Services 3
HUSV 367 Transpersonal Perspectives in Human Services 3
HUSV 371 Parent, Family, Community 3
HUSV 373 Early Childhood Environments 3
HUSV 403 Integrative Health and Human Services Advocacy 3
HUSV 404 Health & Human Services 3
HUSV 410 Introduction to Group Procedures and Theory 3
HUSV 420 Introduction to Crisis Intervention 3
HUSV 430 Substance Abuse Theory and Counseling 3
HUSV 440 Introduction to Psychopathology 3
HUSV 450 Human Services: Multicultural Perspectives 3
FSHV 401 Basic Skills of Counseling 3



Human Services Minor - Core classes
(12 credits)

HUSV 301 Introduction to Human Services  3
HUSV 310  Identity, Positionality, Cultural Humility 3
HUSV 347 Interpersonal Relationships in Human Services 3
FSHV 401 Basic Skills of Counseling 3
Electives (6 credits)  
HUSV 357 Death and Loss in Human Services 3
HUSV 367 Transpersonal Perspectives in Human Services 3
HUSV 371 Parent, Family, Community 3
HUSV 373 Early Childhood Environments 3
HUSV 403 Integrative Health and Human Services Advocacy 3
HUSV 404 Health & Human Services 3
HUSV 410 Introduction to Group Procedures and Theory 3
HUSV 420 Introduction to Crisis Intervention 3
HUSV 430 Substance Abuse Theory and Counseling 3
HUSV 440 Introduction to Psychopathology 3
HUSV 450 Human Services: Multicultural Perspectives 3


Expected Learning Outcomes: 

UA South College Level Learning Outcomes
The college has adopted three college-wide learning outcomes in addition to discipline specific outcomes:

1. Practice effective communication (Apply)

2. Integrate critical thinking (Synthesize)

3. Develop Cultural competency (Apply)

Human Services Program Expected Learning Outcomes. 

Goal 1: Knowledge Base in Human Services
Students will demonstrate fundamental knowledge and comprehension of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, principles of application, as well as current and historical trends related to human services. 

1.1 Demonstrate knowledge of human systems, group dynamics, organizational structure of communities and how these interactions affect human problems. 
1.2 Evaluate how policy and social conditions affect human systems
1.3 Apply concepts, theories, and principles that promote healthy functioning in medical, social, psychological/behavioral and educational models. 
Goal 2: Critical Thinking
Students will demonstrate problem solving skills, critical thinking, and effective research methods in human services setting. 
2.1 Demonstrate knowledge in identifying interventions that promote goal attainment. 
2.2 Develop, implement, and evaluate intervention programs and services. 
2.3 Analyze programs and interventions to match client’s needs, values, lifestyle, and goals. 
Goal 3: Ethical and Social Responsibility 
Students will develop skills to ensure responsible and professional behaviors that optimize well-being, and support acquisition of service needs of a diverse population.
3.1 Apply ethical and professional standards in all human services settings.
3.2 Enhance interpersonal skills to achieve interactional effectiveness, and responsive client engagement
3.3 Adopt values that build community at local, national, and global levels. 
3.4 Demonstrated ability to engage and respond respectfully and effectively to people of all cultures, in a manner that affirms the worth and preserves the dignity of individuals, families and communities
Goal 4: Communication 
Students will demonstrate mastery in written and oral communication, and effective interpersonal communication skills with colleagues, stakeholders and clients.
4.1 Demonstrate professional report writing, program evaluation, and/or case documentation 
4.2 Demonstrate professional oral presentation skills, for colleagues, stakeholders and clients
4.3 Communicate and interact respectfully with colleagues, stakeholders and clients of diverse cultures, backgrounds, and belief systems
Goal 5: Professional Development 
Students will demonstrate mastery of professional skills including content knowledge, self-reflection skills, project-management skills, and teamwork skills in professional settings. 
5.1 Demonstrate mastery of Human Services content in professional settings, and in achieving career goals.
5.2 Exhibit self-efficacy, self-regulation, self-reflection
5.3 Execute project-management skills
5.4 Enhance and support teamwork 
5.5 Develop a professional plan for life after graduation 


Assessment Activities: 

The Human Services program will begin implementing their new assessment plan activities in fall 2017.  

1. HUSV 301 - Introduction to Human Services is the gateway course for the BAS in Human Services. From fall 2017, students will complete an entry survey to rate prior knowledge of Program Student Learning Outcomes (1.1 - 5.5), to inform initial preparedness of students for the Human Services program and provide baseline data from which to assess successful completion of Program Student Learning Outcomes.

2. Data collected from an exit survey conducted in the senior capstone class (HUSV 498), will be compared to the baseline data collected in the entry survey (HUSV 301). Program Student Learning Outcomes data will be analyzed.

3. HUSV 498 - Senior Capstone. Key assignments from HUSV core classes (as indicated on syllabi by class instructors) will be submitted as a portfolio in the senior capstone. These assignments will demonstrate competency of the Human Services program Student Learning Outcomes. Student mastery of these outcomes will be further assessed through an evaluation of community engagement and internship experience (HUSV 493).

Curriculum Map
A curriculum map is available to show what assignments in which courses map onto our core competencies. Common rubrics (implemented in Fall 2017 which are referred to as Performance Appraisals) allow for comparison of similar assignments and competencies across courses.
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Updated date: Mon, 07/02/2018 - 17:08