Transfer Degree: General Studies - Human Services Specialization
The associate of arts and sciences degree program is designed for students who plan to transfer to four-year colleges or universities to complete baccalaureate degree programs. For students interested in four-year human services or special services degrees, the General Studies AA&S degree with a specialization in Human Services provides core courses in the field, while the flexibility of the electives within SVCC’s Transfer Degree allows students to select courses to meet the transfer requirements of the four-year institution to which they plan to transfer. The curriculum in human services is designed to prepare individuals for careers in a para-professional capacity in a variety of helping agencies: educational settings, nursing homes, mental health facilities, halfway houses, institutions for the mentally challenged, sheltered workshops, drug facilities, institutions for senior citizens, and correctional and rehabilitative institutions.
Successful completion of academic courses does not guarantee coordinated internship placement. Agency requirements will be used in making internship placement decisions.
If the student is preparing for employment in the field of Human Services, they should be aware of the following requirements and plan accordingly:
- Students must meet with a faculty advisor and determine the suitability of the program.
- The applicant must be free of any mental or physical condition which might adversely effect his/her performance in the field of Human Services.
- The applicant must be of excellent moral character and must not have been convicted of any serious misdemeanor involving moral turpitude or any felony. Background checks may be conducted.
The associate of arts and sciences degree program is designed for students who plan to transfer to four-year colleges or universities to complete baccalaureate degree programs. Whether students are undecided about their majors or plan to enter some specialized program, the flexibility of the electives within SVCC’s Transfer Degree allows them to select courses to meet the transfer requirements of the four-year institutions. For example, students interested in the following areas of study can spend their first two years of study at SVCC qualifying for an associate degree and generally transfer to a four-year institution with junior class standing:
agribusiness, business, education, English, humanities, mathematics, medical related fields, natural science and social sciences.
The associate of arts and sciences curriculum requires courses in English, humanities, laboratory sciences, mathematics, social science and health and physical education usually required in the first two years of a baccalaureate curriculum. Each student is urged to become acquainted with the requirements of the major department in the college or university to which transfer is being considered and also to consult with a counselor at that institution.
Students enrolled in the associate of arts and sciences curriculum plan their programs to meet their particular needs with the guidance and approval of an advisor at SVCC.