Human Services

Human Services is the art and science of working with and helping others. The Human Services program is designed to help students develop the skills, knowledge, and attitudes required to work effectively with people in a wide variety of professional settings. Past graduates have worked in nursing homes, mental health and developmental disability settings, day care centers, youth programs, alcohol and drug treatment programs, and in other social service agencies. Because many career paths in the helping professions require degrees beyond the associate degree, over half of the graduates of the Human Services program continue their education at four-year schools.

Supervised Field Experience is an important part of the program. While enrolled in Field Experience, students intern in area social service agencies where they work under direct agency supervision. They also attend weekly on-campus seminars coordinated by the Human Services department. Such Field Experiences allow students to apply newly acquired knowledge and skills to real life situations and to test potential career choices.

The Human Service Program has four basic Objectives:

  1. To prepare students for transfer into Human Services, Social Work, Sociology, Psychology, Education, or other helping-profession programs at Baccalaureate Degree Institutions.
  2. To prepare students for entry-level professional positions in a variety of Human Services areas such as: mental health, developmental disabilities, services to children, youth and families, addictions treatment, social services, and gerontology.
  3. To assist the undecided or under-prepared student with self-development and career-planning, basic skill and knowledge improvement, and professional education.
  4. To assist students who are already working in a variety of Human Service settings to further their educational and professional development and advancement.


Graduates of the Human Service Department’s Transfer  and Career Options will

  1. Develop and maintain effective working relationships with clients, colleagues and supervisors.
  2. Identify, interpret, and adhere to ethical standards for professional behavior.
  3. Work  together with individuals and groups to assess needs, promote strengths, manage problems, set goals, develop or access resources, and implement and assess action plans.
  4. Communicate effectively, orally, and in writing.
  5. Develop and implement activities for personal and professional growth in order to maintain professional competency and currency, manage stress, and enhance satisfaction and job performance.
  6. Evidence civic engagement in their geographical communities or in “communities of affinity” through varied affiliations and activities, (including, but not limited to their placement in community agencies for their field experience course or courses), or via social media experiences.

Graduates will also 

     6a. Successfully transfer to Baccalaureate Degree programs within and beyond Massachusetts.

Career Option Graduates will also 

     6b. Be able to obtain and successfully perform within a variety of entry-level helping positions in areas such as mental health, developmental disabilities, services to children, youth and families, addictions treatment, social services, and gerontology.