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Associate of Arts

The Human Services major is for students who want to equip themselves with an education in human services skills. The inclusion of a core Biblical Worldview classes ensures this education is scripturally and ethically grounded. This program prepares individuals for entry-level positions in a variety of human services professions and provides a foundation for a number of bachelor-level programs such as criminology, counseling, ministry, psychology, and social work.

Program Objectives

Upon completion of this program, a student should be able to:

  1. Integrate Christian principles in critical thinking and decision making.
  2. Demonstrate awareness and improvement of thinking and learning strategies.
  3. Exhibit competency in general education subjects.
  4. Comprehend interpersonal communication skills.
  5. Apply assistance and services as appropriate to human need and situations.

 

60 Semester Credits Core Course List

ENG1000 English Composition I 3 credits 5 weeks

This course is an introductory study of composition, emphasizing the process of research and writing.  Students will gain and refine skills of developing a thesis, organizing content, and  revising drafts to express ideas clearly and correctly. Social media platforms will be explored to enable students to network professionally. 
 

THE1000 Theology of Christian Experience 3 credits 5 weeks

This course is a survey study in theology.  The course is designed to give each learner an introductory framework of the nature of sin, new birth, and the baptism with the Holy Spirit.

ENG2000 English Composition II 3 credits 5 weeks

This course emphasizes persuasive writing and extends creative experiences. Learners will reflect scholarly and professional writing skills, such as principles of logical/critical thinking and reasoning, effective organization, APA research and documentation, and content-rich development of ideas.

HSV1000 Introduction to Human Services 3 credits 5 weeks

This course serves as an overview of fundamental concepts of human services. The perspective will be a biblical worldview at the areas of addictions, criminology, family studies, psychology, and sociology. Students will develop their own personalized view of the helping professions.

BIB1000 Bible Study Methods 3 credits 5 weeks

This course introduces the principles, methods, and practice of Bible study skills. Students will grasp the basic principles and methods of observation, interpretation, and application in the study of the Bible.

PHL1000 Worldviews 3 credits 5 weeks

This course provides an introduction to worldviews through exploring the major worldviews that have impacted 20th and 21st century western culture and history. Attention will be given to how each of these worldviews affect one’s thinking about God, reality, knowledge, moral order and humanity.

COM2000 Oral Communication 3 credits 5 weeks

This course focuses on the principles of speech composition, outlining, and delivery. There is practice in preparing and presenting speeches that can introduce, inform, and persuade.  The student will be encouraged to make immediate application of principles within the current work/ministry environment.

BIB2000 New Testament Survey 3 credits 5 weeks

This course provides a general survey of the New Testament. Special emphasis is placed on the historical background of the New Testament, the beginning of Christianity, and the development of the apostolic church.

MAT1000 Introduction to Math Systems 3 credits 5 weeks

The purpose of this course is to create a deeper understanding and appreciation of mathematical procedures for the student with limited mathematical background.  In this survey course, students will learn numeration systems, number theory, rational numbers, and introduction to algebra, geometry, and statistics.

BIB1200 Old Testament Survey 3 credits 5 weeks

Old Testament Survey is an overview of the background, events, people, and theology of the Old Testament with reflection on connections to the New Testament and application to Christian faith and life.

HSV1100 Applied Skills for Helping Professions 3 credits 5 weeks

This course allows students to gain skills in communication for helping professions, including rapport building, interviewing, active listening, and documenting. The topics of personal awareness, problem solving, diversity, and confidentiality will also be addressed. 

Prerequisite:
HSV1000

HSV1200 Opportunities in Social Issues 3 credits 5 weeks

This course provides a relevant and current review of social issues. A focus on opportunities will allow students to discuss problems in positive terms and determine their role in making a difference in society and in their professions.

Prerequisite:
HSV1000

PSY2000 Introduction to Psychology 3 credits 5 weeks

This course gives an overview study of the fundamental concepts of psychology; including biological processes, development, behavior, learning and memory, personality, psychological disorders, therapy and social psychology. Throughout the course case examples, DVD case demonstrations, group interaction and related self-study exercises help prepare the students to develop their own personalized view of psychology and the workmanship of God. The student will be taught how to examine this subject through a Christian and biblical worldview.

GEO2010 Earth Science 3 credits 5 weeks

This course is a study of Earth Science including physical and historical geology, meteorology, and descriptive astronomy; the economic, social, and philosophic aspects of the subject matter, with a biblical perspective.

HSV2000 Principles of Behavior 3 credits 5 weeks

This course provides a review of current social issues. A focus on opportunities will allow students to discuss problems in positive terms and determine their role in making a difference in society and in their professions.

Prerequisite:
HSV1000

HSV2100 Public and Private Services 3 credits 5 weeks

The course examines the structure of public and private services and institutions. Stu-dents will gain knowledge in how these can be best utilized to serve general, at-risk, and vulnerable populations.

Prerequisite:
HSV1000

HSV2200 Cycles of Addiction 3 credits 5 weeks

This course examines the cycles of addictions and their impact on individuals, families, communities, and societies. A review of initiation, dependence, intervention, recovery, and relapse as well as the concept of addictive thinking.

Prerequisite:
HSV1000

HSV2300 Managing Social Casework 3 credits 5 weeks

This course provides students with the skills to provide case management that is acceptable to private and public services. The emphasis is the process of coordinating services as a direct provider.

Prerequisite:
HSV1000
HSV2000

HSV2800 Servant Leadership in the Helping Professions 3 credits 5 weeks

This course examines issues which will prepare graduates to be servant leaders in a variety of human service areas. It serves as the capstone course in which students demonstrate their achievement of program outcomes through the integration of knowledge and skills.

Prerequisite:
HSV2100
HSV2200
HSV2300

Admission Requirements

  1. Legible copy of the high school transcript, high school diploma, or GED as proof of high school equivalency.
  2. Application form and payment of Application Fee.

Any applicant not meeting the above-stated requirements may petition for consideration.