Human Services (HUMS)

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Differentiate the major areas of professional practice that are contained within the field of human services.
  • Describe core theoretical perspectives for a give major area of emphasis within the field of human services.
  • Explain who the practice of human services contribute to community health and well-being.
  • Describe how the practice of human services addresses cultural diversity.



95 Public Assistance and Benefits Program - 1 hour lecture, 1 unit (Grade Only)

Advisory: English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Level R5 and W5.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for HUMS 100.
This course is a practical study of current public assistance and benefits programs at the local, state and federal levels. Emphasis is placed on assistance program structures, eligibility requirements and scope and duration of benefits. This course is designed for Human Services students and anyone interested in public assistance and benefits programs. (FT) AA/AS.

101 Introduction to Human Aging - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and W5.
This course is an introduction to the field of social gerontology. A multidisciplinary approach is utilized to examine the basic biological, psychological and social theories of aging. Emphasis is placed on the special needs and problems impacting the aged population. Historical, social and cross-cultural issues in aging are examined. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

103 Introduction to Community Health Work - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and W5; Personal Growth 120 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.
This course is an introduction to Community Health Work (CHW). Emphasis is placed on the role of the Community Health Worker as a promoter of health and healthy living within the health care and public health systems. Topics include the fundamentals of public and preventive health in global and community perspective, community health challenges, and the role of education and advocacy in creating and maintaining healthy communities. This course is designed for Human Services students and anyone interested in Community and Public Health. (FT) AA/AS.

105 Family Support Model - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and W5.
This course is a practical study of the family support model as it applies to mental health challenges. Emphasis is placed on the various support programs available to individuals and families, how to access those resources, how to advocate for care and how to implement care to promote health and wellbeing. This course is designed for human services students and individuals currently working in the mental health field or interested in entry-level positions in the field. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

106 Introduction to Youth Development Work - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Grade Only)

This course is a theoretical and practical study of youth development work. Emphasis is placed on preparing youth workers to assist and mentor young people through youth development and workforce readiness programs. This course is designed for students interested in the field of youth development and is required for students pursuing the Certificate Program in Youth Development. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

110 Social Work Fields of Service - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and W5.
This course is an introduction to the major fields of social work practice in institutions, public and private agencies and other community settings. Students examine and differentiate between the predominant settings in which social work is practiced and the role of social work in contemporary society in relation to social injustice, diversity, cross-cultural issues and economic factors. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

112 Community Service Practicum - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Grade Only)

Prerequisite: Human Services 103 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Human Services 106 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Human Services 113 or Human Services 116.
This course is a practical application of the skills and tools required to work in the community. Emphasis is placed on creating needs assessments and focus groups in order to define an issue to be addressed through a community organization project. Students may develop and execute an individual project, take part in a group project or complete an internship at a community organization. This course is designed for Human Services students and anyone interested in community organizing. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

118 Diversity and Cultural Competency - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and W5.
This course is a practical study of the concepts of diversity, cultural competency and inclusion as they relate to human services organizations and delivery systems. Emphasis is placed on the identification of institutional racism and the application of the principles of organizational inclusion to facilitate increased organizational effectiveness in serving diverse communities. This course is for students majoring in human services and those working in the field. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

120 Introduction to Social Work - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and W5.
This course is an introduction to the field of social work. It covers the historical development of social work as a profession. The core knowledge base, including theoretical perspectives underpinning the profession are introduced. Emphasis is placed on social work roles, training, and methods on intervention and core social work values and ethics. Human Services 120 requires students to complete 40 hours of volunteer work with a social services agency. AA/AS; CSU.

125 Health Services Fields of Practice - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and W5.
This course is an introduction to and overview of private, public and clinical community health settings and the health services field. Students gain a working knowledge of public and private community health care systems and delivery, with emphasis on services provided by public and social agencies. Issues relating to access to health care, vulnerable populations, ethical issues and policy development are examined. This course helps prepare for beginning positions and/or retraining in public and private agencies and for community volunteer work in health and human service settings. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

270 Work Experience - Hours by Arrangement (One unit of credit is earned for each 75 hours of paid employment or 60 hours of volunteer work.), 1-4 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and W5; and Human Services 110 and 120, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
A program of on-the-job learning experiences for students employed in a job related to their major or their educational goals. The combined maximum credit for all work experience courses from all disciplines may not exceed 16 units. AA/AS; CSU.