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Human Services Degrees, AA

Do you want to help people 和 make a difference in your community? Then consider earning an Associate of Arts (AA) degree in Human Services at San Juan College. You can take classes in person, online, or a combination of both! You'll learn how to assist the people around you so they can overcome challenges 和 thrive. Human Services careers include social worker, probation officer, prevention specialist, 和 more.

在SJC, you'll study with expert professors 和 gain real-world knowledge through a community practicum experience. After you earn your degree, you can enter the workforce or transfer to a four-year university to earn your bachelor's degree. Begin a career helping others at SJC!


Why Study Human Services?

Be a part of making our society a healthier, safer, 和 more inclusive space. By earning a Human Services AA, you'll have the knowledge 和 skills to assist 和 empower others. Study social problems, such as alcohol 和 drug abuse, 虐待儿童, 犯罪, domestic violence, 和 homelessness. Underst和 the role race, gender, ethnicity, 和 sexuality play in society. You'll also explore how to help people through human service agencies, including social work. Build skills such as group counseling 和 interviewing.

With an associate degree in human services, you can enter many professions:

  • Family violence counselor
  • 社区 prevention specialist
  • Probation officer
  • 社会工作
  • Substance abuse counselor

If you are interested in social justice issues, looking for a stable career providing services for those in need, 和 want opportunities to improve your community, join the rewarding field of human services.

Why Complete the Human Services Program at San Juan College?

Rigorous In-Person 和 Online Learning

With SJC's program, you can learn in a way that fits your schedule. Our degree programs can be earned online, on campus, or a combination of both. All our faculty have vast experience working in the related human services fields 和 are expert instructors who will connect with you whether you meet in person or online.

Three Degree Options

Get the skills you need for the career path you want at SJC. We offer three Human Services AA degrees so you can specialize in the field that interests you. 你可以赚到:

  • Human Services - Criminal Justice AA: Learn how to help those in the criminal justice system.
  • Human Services - Generalist AA: Get the knowledge 和 skills you need to assist people with various social needs.
  • Human Services - Substance Abuse AA: Discover how to support people with a history of alcohol 和 drug abuse.

Real-World Experience

As part of the human services program, you will gain practical experience working with clients. We will help you connect with local agencies to learn under the direction of skilled human service professionals for h和s-on experiences. You will gain confidence in your abilities, learn applicable skills, 和 network with local human services specialists. Field experiences include:

  • Establishing therapeutic relationships with clients
  • Evaluating client needs 和 making relevant referrals
  • Interviewing 和 documenting client progress
  • Observing clients 和 respective professionals
  • Planning program activities

You can get more firsth和 experiences through 服务学习honors 服务学习.

Affordable Option for an In-Person 和 Online Human Services Degree

因为 SJC's low tuition rates, our Human Services program is a great investment for you. You'll be ready to transfer to a four-year university 和 start your career. You may also qualify to get your degree tuition-free through the NM Opportunity 和 Lottery Scholarships

What You'll Learn in the Human Services AA

Discover what it takes to become an effective human services professional at SJC. Classes in human services, psychology, 和 sociology will aid you in serving clients well. Courses provided in these degree programs include:

  • Interviewing Techniques
  • Introduction to Human Services 和 Social Work
  • 实习
  • Professions 和 Practices

Through your courses, you will develop skills such as:

  • 病例管理
  • 道德
  • Emotional intelligence 和 empathy
  • Interpersonal communication 和 active listening
  • Interviewing techniques 和 group facilitation
  • Multicultural competence
  • Needs assessment
  • Organizational skills 和 time management

The rest of your courses will depend on your specific Human Services degree. 

Learn about the criminal justice system 和 how to help rehabilitate people. You'll take courses such as:

  • Criminal Justice Systems
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Sociology of Deviance
  • Sociology of Race 和 Ethnicity

 

Human Services - Criminal Justice AA Curriculum

Develop knowledge 和 skills to assist people with various needs, from health care access to mental health resources. Choose from courses such as:

  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Contemporary Social Issues in Native American Societies
  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology of Intimate Relationships

 

Human Services - Generalist AA Curriculum

Build the knowledge 和 skills to support people with a history of alcohol 和 drug abuse. Your courses include:

  • Drugs 和 Behavior
  • Contemporary Social Problems
  • 团体动力学
  • Introduction to Alcohol 和 Drugs

 

Human Services - Substance Abuse AA Curriculum

Transfer Options

Be on track to transfer to a four-year university with SJC. The Human Services AA will prepare you to earn a bachelor's degree in just two more years. You will be eligible for human services jobs that require a bachelor's degree, which will result in more opportunities with higher pay.

You can enter as a junior majoring in human services or a related field at the following schools:

  • New Mexico Highl和s University
  • Southwest Minnesota State University
  • Western New Mexico University

Check with your advisor if you wish to transfer to pursue your bachelor's degree in human services. You will need to coordinate your coursework at San Juan College with the transfer institution's requirements.

 

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Careers 和 Outcomes

We are seeing a great dem和 for people working in the human services field. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, community 和 social service occupations are projected to grow 10% from 2021 to 2031. This is faster than average for other occupations. As a human service professional, you can work in a variety of public, 私人, 和 nonprofit agencies. 

In the criminal justice fields, you can work as a:

  • Crisis intervention specialist
  • Gang prevention specialist
  • Halfway house staffer
  • Jail 和 prison case management worker
  • Law enforcement officer
  • Parole, probation, or reentry officer
  • 社会工作者
  • 受害者主张

For generalist graduates, you can work in:

  • 社区 outreach
  • Domestic violence services
  • 首页less shelters
  • 养老院
  • Rehabilitation facilities
  • Sexual assault services
  • 社会工作
  • 受害者的宣传

To help people with substance abuse issues, you can become a:

  • 案例管理器
  • 排毒顾问
  • Mental health counselor
  • Prevention outreach worker
  • Residential treatment counselor
  • 社会工作者
  • Substance abuse counselor

Employers of SJC Human Service AA graduates include:

  • 成人拘留
  • 成人缓刑
  • Bloomfield Police Department
  • Cenikor Residential Treatment Program
  • Cottonwood Clinical Services
  • Farmington Police Department
  • Juvenile Detention
  • Juvenile Probation
  • Overcomers 咨询 Services
  • People Assisting the 首页less (PATH)
  • San Juan County Sheriff's Department

"I absolutely feel better about my preparation for my career ahead with everything I've learned here. With the instructors 和 the internships that I've completed, along with the interaction that I've had with faculty 和 such, it has definitely prepared me for my future."

水晶甘孜
Human Services Graduate

下一个步骤

To enroll in our in-person 和 online Human Services program, you must first apply to San Juan College. It's easy, 和 you can apply online at any time!

马上申请

If you are already a student at San Juan College, talk to your advisor about our in-person 和 online Human Services degree program. You can also discuss your transfer options.

Find Your Advisor

联系

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电话: (505) 566-3320

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