Human Services Career

Degree offered

Associate in Science in Human Services

Credits required 64/65

Dean of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Program contact

Kevin J. Garganta, Coordinator and Professor of Human Services, ext. 2001

Program Goals Statement

The Human Services program prepares students for entry-level positions in social services by combining academics with a practical, 300-hour internship. Developing and practicing using helping relationships are emphasized. The curriculum also prepares students to transfer to four-year degree programs in social work, psychology, counseling, human services, or other related majors.

Student Learning Outcome

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Program Information

  • The Human Services program is fully available at the Fall River, Attleboro, and New Bedford campuses. Many courses are also available at other BCC locations.
  • SER 291/SER 292 includes an agency internship that places special time demands on students and is ideally taken in the last year of study.
  • Students who wish to complete their degree within a two-year period should begin the SER 101/SER 251/SER 290/SER 291/SER 292 sequence of courses in their first fall semester.

Related Programs

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

After BCC

  • The most popular transfer choices include Bachelor of Social Work programs at Bridgewater State College or Rhode Island College, and sociology or psychology at UMass Dartmouth. Work with the program director early to select courses to maximize transfer possibilities.
  • BCC participates in the statewide MassTransfer program and has developed many program-to-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

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 254Psychology of Personality

3 credits

PSY 255Abnormal Psychology

3 credits

PSY 258Introduction to Behavior Modification

3 credits

SOC 101Principles of Sociology

3 credits

SOC 212The Sociology of Social Problems

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:25

Choose one two-course sequence

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

Total Credit Hours:6

Choose one of the following

MTH 119Fundamental Statistics

3 credits

MTH 125Modern College Mathematics

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:3

Elective Courses - Choose electives with the program director or an academic advisor

Elective - Science

3-4 credits

Humanities Elective

3 credits

Lab Science Elective

4 credits

Restricted Elective

3-4 credits

Total Credit Hours:9-10

Restricted elective:  Choose one 3-credit course from PSY, SOC, SER, or DST 110

Program Courses

SER 101Introduction to Social Welfare

3 credits

SER 251Principles of Methods of Interviewing

3 credits

SER 290Pre-Internship Planning Workshop

1 credit

SER 291Field Experience and Seminar I

5 credits

SER 292Field Experience and Seminar II

6 credits

Total Credit Hours:18

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 1

CSS 101, ENG 101, PSY 101, SER 101, SOC 101, History Elective

Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 2

Science Elective, ENG 102, SER 251, SER 290, HST 112 or HST 114, PSY 254 or PSY 255 or PSY 258

Recommended Course Sequence - Summer

SOC 212, PSY 254 or PSY 255 or PSY 258

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 3

Elective (PSY/SOC/SER/DST 110), SER 291, Humanities Elective or Health Elective, MTH 119 or MTH 125


Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 4

SER 292, Humanities Electives or Health Elective, PSY 254 or PSY 255 or PSY 258
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