Help others in difficult circumstances.

Share hope and compassion.

People who work in human services not only help individuals with special needs, they also benefit the larger community by doing essential work. Human services assistants serve diverse populations—from children to elderly persons, and those who are developmentally disabled. Their work can range from helping clients manage stress or conflict to locating support services for specific client needs.

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FAQ'S

  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?

    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.

  • Is Baker accredited?

    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org.

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in: 

    • Business Administration
    • Early Childhood Learning
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • School of Nursing

    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages. 

  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?


    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:

    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips

     

  • Is Baker College Online accredited?

    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan.

    As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education.

    All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:

  • How do online classes work?


    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.

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Program Availability

Program availability varies by campus. Please contact the Admissions Department on your campus to learn more.

General Requirements

A general education core is required for all Associate and Bachelor degrees. All graduates must meet the general education requirements established by each academic program.

College Success Strategies (COL111A) or College Success Online (COL112) is required for all first-time freshmen and all online students enrolled in a certificate or degree program. This course will inform students of campus services, policies and procedures, and address learning styles and study strategies.

Many of the courses and programs at Baker College are offered in an online delivery format. See Online Programs. Contact your campus Academic / Administrative Office for details about online courses.

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Human Services Associate Degree from Baker College

Human ServicesAssociate of Applied Science

Help others in difficult circumstances.

Share hope and compassion.

People who work in human services not only help individuals with special needs, they also benefit the larger community by doing essential work. Human services assistants serve diverse populations—from children to elderly persons, and those who are developmentally disabled. Their work can range from helping clients manage stress or conflict to locating support services for specific client needs.

Discover Your Future Human Services Career

Career Facts

$28,850

Median salary for Social and Human Service Assistants

22%

Estimated employment increase by 2022

$46,080

Median salary for Group Home Managers

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Overview

Designed in close collaboration with veteran caseworkers, the Baker College Human Services associate degree program combines in-class coursework with specialized study opportunities and real-world field training essential for preparing for a career in human services. 

Through our broad-based curriculum, you are introduced to all the fundamentals, including psychology, stress management, conflict management, and social problems. You also work closely with social workers, counselors, and psychologists, focusing on meeting the special needs of children, adolescents, families, elderly persons, and individuals who are developmentally disabled. 

As a graduate, you’ll be fully prepared for employment in a wide variety of human service careers.

Course Information
Human Services Major65 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
HUS 101B
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4 Quarter Hours

Serves as an overview of the historical developments in the field of human service and provides an introduction to the philosophical framework, the major theoretical models, and the interdisciplinary nature of human service. Students will explore human service occupations, professional organizations, community resources, and ethical and legal issues. Must complete with a C or better.

Prerequisite(s):
Student background check.
Introduction to Human Services4
HUS 121
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides students with a healthy foundation of knowledge and skills for building strong relationships and families. This course emphasizes family strengths, the benefits that come from diversity, and the fact that families are systems of relationships. These systems interact within themselves and are also influenced by society at large. The concepts and ideas presented are directly applicable to students' lives as well as their future professional work. Must complete with a C or better.

Prerequisite(s):
Student background check.
Family Dynamics4
HUS 131B
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2 Quarter Hours

Acquaints students with available human service resources including those that are governmentally based, private sector based, and community service affiliated. Particular emphasis will be placed on client definition, needs assessment, eligibility requirements, and the referral process. Must complete with a C or better.

Prerequisite(s):
Student background check.
Human Services Resources2
HUS 141
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4 Quarter Hours

Explores the etiology, prevalence, and treatment of different types of neglect and violence in families across the lifespan. This course will explore abusive and neglectful behaviors, evidence of signs and symptoms of neglect and abusive patterns, and identify appropriate reporting procedures. Must complete with a C (73%) or better.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in HUS 101B, student background check.
Abuse and Neglect in the Family4
HUS 201
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4 Quarter Hours

Explores the types of substance abuse prevalent in communities, factors that lead to substance abuse and the impact on families, the workplace, and society in general. This course introduces students to current treatment programs and their various philosophies. Must complete with a C or better.

Prerequisite(s):
Student background check.
Substance Abuse4
HUS 211
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4 Quarter Hours

Teaches students how to conduct a client assessment, including interviewing and appropriate manual- and computer-based recording and reporting of client records in to an organized and comprehensive assessment report. Must complete with a C or better.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in HUS 131B, C or better in HUS 201, student background check.
Assessment, Recording, and Reporting4
HUS 221
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4 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes prevention and intervention strategies for less severe cases in human services. Students will learn parenting skills, listening skills, planning, assessment of community resources, referral procedures, general crisis intervention, and setting appropriate boundaries in his/her role as a case manager. Must complete with a C or better.

Prerequisite(s):
Human Services and Gerontology majors: C or better in HUS 211, Corrections majors: , All majors: student background check.
Case Management I4
HUS 231
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2 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes the assessment of diverse crisis situations with emphasis on the use of short-term intervention and problem-solving techniques to help individuals and families de-escalate crisis situations and develop appropriate coping techniques. This course will address the A-B-C Model of Intervention, brief and short-term interventions, and multicultural issues in crisis intervention situations. Must complete with a C or better.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in HUS 141, student background check.
Crisis Intervention2
HUS 271A
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6 Quarter Hours

Consists of 125 clock hours of paid/unpaid, experience in a social service or mental health agency in the community under supervision of agency and Baker College staff. The students will also be required to complete 20 hours in seminar format, to integrate learning in the field with classroom instruction. This course is the beginning internship required of all human service majors in both the associate's and bachelor's degree programs. The primary focus of this internship is the development and application of knowledge and skills in community resources. Must complete with a C or better.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in HUS 101B, C or better in HUS 131B, minimum GPA 2.50, Program Director/Dean approval, student background check.
Human Services Internship I6
HUS 371A
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6 Quarter Hours

Consists of 125 clock hours of paid/unpaid, experience in a social service or mental health agency in the community under the supervision of agency and Baker College staff. The students will also be required to complete 20 hours in seminar format, to integrate learning in the field with classroom instruction. This course is the second internship required for all Human Service majors in the associate's degree and bachelor's degree programs. The primary focus of this internship is the development of case management plans to treat identified problems. Students will observe agency staff and assist in client assessment, reporting, and recording. Must complete with a C or better.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in HUS 271A, minimum GPA 2.50, Program Director/Dean approval, student background check.
Human Services Internship II6
PSY 111
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a foundation of knowledge in psychology examining key topics related to understanding human thoughts and behavior. Topics include an exploration of factors that influence thoughts and behavior, psychology as a science, sensation/perception, motivation, emotion, memory, cognition, personality, as well as key figures, research, and theories within psychology. Applying concepts to real-life settings is a focus throughout the course.

General Psychology4
PSY 201A
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4 Quarter Hours

Examines the background, theoretical underpinnings, and process of cognitive behavior therapy. Topics include maladaptive thought patterns and cognitive behavior therapy solutions, several expressions of cognitive behavior therapy, and cognitive behavior therapy applications to common problems such as fear, anger, addiction, and depression.

Prerequisite(s):
PSY 111
Cognitive-Behavior Therapy4
PSY 241
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a foundation for understanding the field of counseling. This course examines what counselors do; the qualities of effective counseling; and basic concepts of the most influential theories of modern counseling, considering the strengths and weaknesses of each. It also examines legal, ethical, and cross-cultural issues.

Prerequisite(s):
PSY 111
Theories of Counseling4
PSY 331
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4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on theories and research in human development from conception to puberty. Selected topics include physical, language, intellectual, moral, personality, and socio-emotional development.

Prerequisite(s):
PSY 111.
Human Development I4
PSY 332
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4 Quarter Hours

Examines the theories and research in human development from adolescence to old age and death. Topics covered include physical, cognitive, personality, and socio-emotional development, as well as identity development, relationships, education/careers, and retirement. The concept of stability and change throughout adulthood will be discussed.

Prerequisite(s):
PSY 111.
Human Development II4
SOC 201
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4 Quarter Hours

Examines social organization, culture, and the relationship between society and the individual. The areas studied are social groups, roles and statuses, institutions, social stratification, socialization, social change, and social policy.

Sociology4
WRK 291B
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1 Quarter Hours

Covers all phases of securing employment in a required seminar. Major topics include resume preparation, interview strategy, job application, job search action planning, personal appearance, and coordination of the graduate's employment search activity with the College Career Services Office. Students in degree programs may complete the seminar requirement any time during their final two quarters. Certificate students should attend in their last quarter.

Prerequisite(s):
Sophomore status.
Professional Career Strategies1
General Education Requirements32 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
ELECT 120A
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4 Quarter Hours

See General Education Electives List - Communication Electives (Associate Degree)

Communication Elective4
ELECT 161A
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2 Quarter Hours

See General Information Elective List - Computer Literacy Electives.

Computer Literacy Elective2
ELECT 161B
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2 Quarter Hours

See General Information Elective List - Computer Literacy Electives.

Computer Literacy Elective2
ELECT 161C
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2 Quarter Hours

See General Information Elective List - Computer Literacy Electives.

Computer Literacy Elective2
ENG 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes academic writing by reading and thinking critically to strengthen essential communication skills through the use of the writing process. Various assignments focus on summary and response, analysis, and informative writing. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 091 or satisfies developmental writing or placement exam, or satisfies developmental reading or placement exam.
Composition I4
ENG 102
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4 Quarter Hours

Continues developing students' critical thinking and writing skills through reading and argumentative writing. Emphasizes academic writing to articulate the relationships among language, knowledge, and power. Various assignments focus on position, argument analysis, and argumentative proposal. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in ENG 101 or placement exam and approved writing sample.
Composition II4
INF 161
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2 Quarter Hours

Explores timely social, legal, philosophical, ethical, political, constitutional, and economic implications of computing and technology. Coverage of the issues related to a technological society including social networking, privacy topics such as cameras in cell phones, access to our search queries and all sorts of data we put on the Web, social networking, location tracking, high-tech surveillance systems, intellectual property, professional ethics and responsibilities, and crime.

Technology and Society2
MTH 108
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4 Quarter Hours

Solves contemporary, real-world problems by mathematical reasoning utilizing concepts from algebra, finance, and statistics. Key topics include personal finance, mathematical models, functions and relations, dimensional analysis, statistical reasoning, and Euclidean geometry. This class focuses on quantitative literacy and the application of the above concepts in a variety of professional disciplines.

Prerequisite(s):
or satisfies developmental pre-algebra or placement exam.
College Mathematics I: Reasoning and Application4
PSY 211
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4 Quarter Hours

Equips students with a psychological foundation of theory related to death, dying, and bereavement. Prepares students who are entering a helping profession to work with others to understand and cope with death, dying, and bereavement.

Prerequisite(s):
or PSY 111.
Psychology of Death and Dying4
SPK 201
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4 Quarter Hours

Develops confidence and skill in many facets of oral communication. Students explore diverse topics and formats, using both organization and research to support themselves during oral presentations.

Oral Communication4

Quarter Hours Required for Graduation: 97

Program Description

This program prepares students in the areas of psychology, stress management, conflict management, and social problems to work in entry-level positions in a variety of human service settings. Graduates will work closely with social workers, counselors, and psychologists, focusing on the special needs of children, adolescents, families, developmentally disabled individuals, and the elderly. This program combines general education with training for competency in the field of human service in order for graduates to be prepared in their chosen fields of study and to continually enhance their own personal and professional growth.

Accreditation

Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

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  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?

    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.

  • Is Baker accredited?

    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org.

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in: 

    • Business Administration
    • Early Childhood Learning
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • School of Nursing

    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages. 

  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?


    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:

    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips

     

  • Is Baker College Online accredited?

    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan.

    As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education.

    All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:

  • How do online classes work?


    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.

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I walked away with knowing I was well prepared to hit the workforce running.

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