Human Services (A2B MassTransfer)

Degree offered

Associate in Science in Human Services

Credits required 62

Dean of Behavioral & Social Sciences and Education

Kathleen Pearle, Dean, kathleen.pearle@bristolcc.edu

Program contact

Nicole Heaney, Coordinator of Human Services and Associate Professor of Human ServicesNicole.Heaney@bristolcc.edu

Program Code: HS

Program Goals Statement

The Human Services program attracts a diverse student population who share a common desire to work with and help people. The Human Services program provides the academic coursework and field experience for successful, entry-level careers in human services, as well as a strong foundation for transfer to colleges and universities with bachelor's programs in social work, human services or other related majors.  Combining coursework in general education, natural sciences, social sciences and humanities with human services courses, students gain a multidisciplinary knowledge base to work with clients in their environment. Students engage in a field experience and learn professional skills which help them develop as culturally competent and ethical practitioners. Graduates are trained as generalists, with a commitment to social justice, to work with communities, families, seniors, adults, adolescents and children in a variety of settings. This program has been developed to align with the Mass Transfer Human Services Pathway.

Program Information

  • The Human Services program is fully available at the Attleboro, Fall River, New Bedford and Taunton campuses. Many courses are also available online.
  • SER 291 includes a 150 hour supervised agency internship that places special time demands on students and is ideally taken in the last year of study.
  • A criminal background check (CORI and/or SORI) and/or drug test may be required by and at the discretion of the field experience host location prior to participation in the field experience. Faculty will work individually with students to select the best field experience for each student's background, but please know placement sites may be limited.
  • Recommend BIO 110 or BIO 117 for Science elective

Related Programs

  • A certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling and/or Deaf Studies will enrich career preparation. Students should consult with the program director to select appropriate electives.

After Bristol

  • The most popular transfer choices include Bachelor of Social Work programs at Bridgewater State University, Rhode Island College, or Fitchburg State University and sociology or psychology at UMass Dartmouth.
  • Work with the program coordinator early to select courses to maximize transfer possibilities.
  • Bristol participates in the statewide MassTransfer https://www.mass.edu/masstransfer/a2b/programsearch-maps.asp program transfer articulation agreements which guarantee admission and credit transfer. For a complete listing of eligible MassTransfer programs and current BCC articulation agreements, visit the Transfer Affairs website at BristolCC.edu/transfer

Infused General Education Competencies

Oral Communication, Technical Literacy

Degree Requirements

General Courses

CSS 101College Success Seminar

1 credit

ENG 101Composition I: College Writing

3 credits

ENG 102Composition II: Writing about Literature

3 credits

PSY 101General Psychology

3 credits

PSY 255Abnormal Psychology

3 credits

SOC 101Principles of Sociology

3 credits

BIO 111General Biology I

4 credits

Science Elective

3-4 credits

COM 101Fundamentals of Public Speaking

3 credits

PHL 111Introduction to Logic

3 credits

MTH 119Fundamental Statistics

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:29-33

Choose one

HST 111The West and the World I

3 credits

HST 112The West and the World II

3 credits

HST 113United States History to 1877

3 credits

HST 114United States History from 1877

3 credits

HST 265Immigration and Ethnicity in American History

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:6

Elective Courses - Choose 3 elective courses

Restricted Elective

3-4 credits

Restricted Elective

3-4 credits

Restricted Elective

3-4 credits

Total Credit Hours:9

Restricted Elective Courses include any PSY, SOC, SAC, DST, SER, CRJ, and/or SOC 212, GVT 111, GVT 251, ECN 111, or a World Language.

Work with the program coordinator, advisor, or Human Services faculty to select courses to maximize transfer possibilities.

Program Courses

SER 101Introduction to Social Welfare

3 credits

SER 225Social Work Issues: Diversity and Oppression

3 credits

SER 251Principles of Methods of Interviewing

3 credits

PSY 281The Effects of Drugs on the Body and Mind

3 credits

SER 290Pre-Internship Planning Workshop

1 credit

SER 291Field Experience and Seminar I

5 credits

Total Credit Hours:18

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 1

CSS 101College Success Seminar

1 credit

ENG 101Composition I: College Writing

3 credits

PSY 101General Psychology

3 credits

SER 101Introduction to Social Welfare

3 credits

History Elective

3 credits

COM 101Fundamentals of Public Speaking

3 credits

Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 2

Science Elective

3-4 credits

ENG 102Composition II: Writing about Literature

3 credits

PSY 255Abnormal Psychology

3 credits

SOC 101Principles of Sociology

3 credits

SER 225Social Work Issues: Diversity and Oppression

3 credits

Recommended Course Sequence - Summer

MTH 119Fundamental Statistics

3 credits

Or

BIO 111General Biology I

4 credits

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 3

PHL 111Introduction to Logic

3 credits

Or

Restricted Elective

3-4 credits

SER 251Principles of Methods of Interviewing

3 credits

PSY 281The Effects of Drugs on the Body and Mind

3 credits

SER 290Pre-Internship Planning Workshop

1 credit

BIO 111General Biology I

4 credits

Or

MTH 119Fundamental Statistics

3 credits

Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 4

SER 291Field Experience and Seminar I

5 credits

PHL 111Introduction to Logic

3 credits

Or

Restricted Elective

3-4 credits

Restricted Elective

3-4 credits

Restricted Elective

3-4 credits

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