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Human and Social Service

Associate Degree Course Sequence

SSC101  Student Success Seminar
SWK121  Introduction to Social Welfare
ENG124  College Composition
SOC123  Dynamics of the Family
COM121  Effective Speaking
ITD122  Computer Applications for Professionals
SWK124  Methods in Practice I
SWK224  Poverty in the U.S.
PSY121  General Psychology
SOC225  Cultural Diversity
BIO127  Human Biology
SWK130  Methods in Practice II
SWK126  Human Behavior and the Social Environment
MTH124  Statistics
SWK125  Substance Abuse
SWK225  Victimization and Crisis Intervention
PSC121  Political Science
BUS122  Basic Economics
SWK231  HSS Social Service Practicum/Seminar
GER121  Introduction to Gerontology
SWK127  Group Processes
Technical Electives

TOTAL CREDITS 68

All students in the HSST program are required to undergo a criminal background check. Criminal background checks may prevent placements, program completion and potential employment in the field.

Be ready to enter the workforce with training related to community resources, human behavior, interviewing skills, cultural sensitivity and ethical awareness. You’ll be eligible to apply to become a registered social work assistant, working under the supervision of a social worker to develop and organize programs related to cases such as substance abuse, rehabilitation or domestic violence situations. Social work assistants interview clients, compile data into reports to be reviewed by the social workers and communicate information about community resources that may benefit clients. You also may choose to continue on to a bachelor's degree program to become a social worker.

The human services field is concerned with those services and occupations that provide for meeting the diverse needs of individuals and/or families for a more satisfying, self-sufficient way of life. Social services personnel must be knowledgeable about and sensitive to the unique needs and cultural diversity of people of all ages and socioeconomic circumstances. Students participate in a supervised practicum as well as classroom instruction to help develop and enhance professional skills.

DEGREE EARNED
Associate of applied science in human and social services

CERTIFICATE OPTIONS
Family Services Career Enhancement Certificate
Chemical Dependency Career Enhancement Certificate
Gerontology Career Enhancement Certificate

TRANSFER AGREEMENTS WITH
Youngstown State University

WORK IN MANY AREAS, INCLUDING
• mental health
• addictions
• family advocacy
• nursing homes
• criminal justice
• crisis intervention
• children’s issues
• gerontology

PREPARE FOR A CAREER AS A 
• case manager
• chemical dependency counselor assistant
• social worker assistant
• crisis intervention assistant
• family support assistant
• group home worker
• mental health technician

ADDITIONAL FEES 
All students are required to undergo a criminal background check.

PROGRAM-RELATED SCHOLARSHIPS 
Katy Hatton Memorial Scholarship

JOIN STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS 
Human and Social Services Student Association
Student Connection Club

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT 
Shari Shiepis
Department Chair, Human and Social Services
330 494-6170, Ext. 4474
sshiepis@starkstate.edu