Dec 11, 2023
Please note that as of July 1, 2023, all program information should be accessed through the CT State Community College Catalog. The program information on this page may no longer be accurate beyond this date.
Degree Code: B37
Associate in Science
Program Coordinator: Joyce Martin - 860-215-9451
This program is designed to respond to the need to both prepare students for entry-level positions in human services, and to prepare students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university for a baccalaureate degree in social work (BSW) or some other related field of study. The curriculum is designed to help students acquire knowledge, skills and competency in the methods of casework, group work, case management and community organization, with a focus on individuals, families, small groups, organizations and communities.
Note to students who plan to continue their education beyond the associate degree:
Students who intend to transfer are urged to investigate and select the institution to which they will transfer as early as possible since each transfer situation must be planned to meet specific baccalaureate requirements.
In general, the following choices will satisfy more of the requirements of the baccalaureate granting institutions:
- completing BIO* K121 with lab or BIO* K115 with lab instead of HLT* K155 .
- completing MAT* K137 or higher.
- completing two semesters of Spanish or French instead of Human Services electives or Sign Language.
- completing ANT* K105 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology ° as satisfaction of one of the open elective requirements.
Human Services Curriculum Requirements
Please select one of the following three courses:
Human Services Elective or Foreign Language or Sign Language: 6-8 CREDIT HOURS
(In addition to human services courses, other courses in social sciences will satisfy the requirement if they are approved by the Program Coordinator of the Human Services Program)
Fine Arts Elective: 3 CREDIT HOURS
Open Electives: 3 CREDIT HOURS +++
° Course has a prerequisite. Students should check course description.
++ Practicum - Requires the consent of instructor.
+++ See program coordinator for recommendations
* Indicates common course numbering within Connecticut Community College system.
Students should consult with their academic advisor regarding the minimum number of credits to be taken at TRCC and limits on non-traditional credits. 25% of TRCC degree requirements must be completed with TRCC coursework. Up to 50% of degree requirements can be fulfilled with non-traditional credit. Non-traditional credit includes CLEP/DSST exams, Credit by Exam, APL credit, and Military credit.
Human Services, Associate in Science Degree Program Outcomes
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:
- explain fundamental concepts of human services, especially case management, group work, community organization and supervision
- explain the ethical principles and values governing the human service/social work profession.
- explain the historical, social and political context within which the human services and social welfare services operate plan effective interventions with vulnerable population groups.
- identify and index community resources.
- integrate knowledge and abilities in a field placement situation.
- identify entry level career opportunities in social service settings.
- plan for career advancement and further educations.