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Human Services AAS: General Human Services Track

The Human Services AAS degree offered at LSC-Montgomery and has two tracks: General Human Services Track (AAS_HSGN) and Substance Abuse Counseling Track (AAS_HSSA). For more information, please contact the Human Services Department.

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Program Description

The human services program provides the skills and competencies required for a variety of positions in the helping professions field. Human service professionals work with those experiencing a wide range of issues, struggles or problems, including those with developmental disabilities, individuals with mental health problems or disorders, people with substance abuse problems, clients with work- or educational related issues, or those needing assistance with basic life need issues such as housing, food, and clothing. Human service professionals work with children, adults, groups, families and the elderly.

Human service professionals are motivated by helping others. Effective professionals are patient, have empathy and compassion for others, and enjoy giving of themselves and working with others.

Human service professionals should also be able to manage their time well and possess effective communication skills. Because of the nature of the work in this field, professionals should be mature, stable and dependable.

Students with a degree in human services often work in any number of capacities and jobs, including case managers or case workers, counselors, advocates, and prevention or education specialists. Many graduates work one-on-one with clients in direct care positions, while others work behind the scenes or in administrative or management positions. Human service professionals work in government- or state-funded agencies, in non-profit agencies, in residential treatment programs and hospitals, and in private offices or agencies.

All course work required for licensing as a chemical dependency counselor, as well as the supervised practicum training, is provided. Students pursuing the associate's degree in human services may select from one of two concentrated areas of study: substance abuse counseling or general human services.

At some placement sites, students may be required to successfully pass a background check and drug screen.

The general education core will transfer to a variety of colleges and universities. Contact a counselor or faculty member at any of the colleges for specific information and to obtain the recommended sequencing of courses.

Program Plan

First Year Credits

Course Number Title Credits
SCWK 1321 Orientation to Social Services 3
DAAC 1317 Basic Counseling Skills 3
ENGL 1301 Composition and Rhetoric I 3
ITSC 1401 Introduction to Computers 4
PSYC 2301 General Psychology 3
SCWK 2331 Abnormal Behavior 3
CMSW 1353 Family Intervention Strategies 3
DAAC 1311 Counseling Theories 3
Elective1   Humanities/Fine Arts 3
SOCI2 1301 Principles of Sociology 3
KINE   Any physical activity course 1

TOTAL Credits for First Year:


Second Year Credits

Course Number Title Credits
GOVT 2305 Federal Government OR 3
GOVT 2306 Texas Government  
Elective1   General Human Services Track Elective 3
Elective1   General Human Services Track Elective 3
DAAC 2354 Dynamics of Group Counseling 3
Elective1   Academic 3
DAAC3,4 2360 Clinical OR 3
SCWK3,5 2386 Internship  
Elective1   General Human Services Track Elective 3
Elective1   General Human Services Track Elective 3
Elective6   Math/Natural Science 3-4
SPCH6,7   Elective 3

TOTAL Credits for Second Year:


Total Credits

TOTAL Credits for Human Services AAS Degree
(General Human Services Track):


  1. Students pursuing the General Human Services Track (AAS_HSGN) must select four electives chosen from DAAC, CMSW, or GERS.
  2. Refer to the catalog for associate of applied science degree requirements and a list of approved courses.
  3. Meets multicultural requirement
  4. Capstone course
  5. Students pursuing Track A must complete the DAAC clinical requirement. Students may also take DAAC 2160 and DAAC 2260 to fulfill this field placement requirement, as long as 3 credit hours are obtained in total.
  6. Students pursuing Track B must complete the SCWK internship requirement or the DAAC clinical requirement. Students may take SCWK 2386 OR SCWK 2186 AND SCWK 2286 (3 credit hours total) to meet the internship requirement. Students may also choose to take DAAC 2360 OR DAAC 2160 AND DAAC 2260 (3 credit hours total) to meet the clinical requirement
  7. Students should consult their prospective senior institutionís catalog for science, math, and speech requirements.
  8. Choose from SPCH 1311, 1315, 1318 or 1321.

Note: Students must meet TSI requirements. See for details.

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