Human Services & Restorative Justice

Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)
Human Services students

About this program

You want a career that really matters, one that enriches the lives of others and strengthens your community. When you work in the growing field of human services and restorative justice, you’ll have a chance to make that happen. Study theories and methods then apply them through extensive hands-on experiences. From direct care to the administrative side of human services, the options are diverse and far-reaching. Select courses that focus on specific areas of interest such as mental health, criminal justice, or administrative positions. For those who want to keep the momentum going, this program can seamlessly transfer into the bachelor's program


Hours of Field Exposure


Overall Placement

Seamless Associate-to-Bachelor Degree Pathway


  • Entry-level positions in youth & aging programs
  • Drug & alcohol counseling programs
  • Child care development agencies
  • Correctional facilities

At Penn College, we believe your educational experience should go beyond specialized skills. Real-world ready means taking a broader approach that builds communication skills, inspires collaboration, and encourages exploration of arts, history, and science.

​​Specialization requires in-depth knowledge and high-level proficiency. Students learn and apply major-specific concepts, skills, and methods.

  • Introduction to Human Services and Restorative Justice (HSJ115)
  • General Psychology (PSY111)
  • Introduction to Sociology (SOC111)
  • Introduction to Interviewing Skills and Intake Processes (HSJ120)
  • Diversity and Inclusive Human Service Practice (HSJ210)
  • Human Services & Restorative Justice Application Elective (HSJ)
  • Assessment, Case Management and Crisis Intervention (HSJ223)
  • Criminal Justice (HSJ263)
  • Developmental Psychology (PSY203)
  • Counseling Theories and Techniques (HSJ225)
  • Internship I (HSJ255)
  • Serving and Surviving in Human Services (HSJ275)
  • Abnormal Psychology (PSY201)
  • Technical and Professional Communication (ENL201)

​Perspectives are points of view, offering a variety of ways of understanding, interacting, and influencing the world. Students identify, explain, and utilize the approaches used by academics and professionals to study, analyze, or understand problems, and offer solutions.

  • Mathematics Elective (MTH)
  • Science Elective (SCI)

​​Foundations are the practical, intellectual, and social skills: communication, collaboration, critical and ethical thinking, quantitative thinking, and technological literacy that are crucial to every student at every stage of education and at every stage of life.

  • First Year Experience (FYE101)
  • Information, Technology, and Society (CSC124)
  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • Fundamentals of Speech (SPC101)

Mentoring Lab

Reserved for Human Services and Restorative Justice students, this lab is the premier location for our mentoring program. All incoming students are paired with current students. Together they design a study plan for their time at Penn College. The lab can also be used for study sessions and peer-to-peer advising.


Counseling Lab

Also reserved for Human Services and Restorative Justice students, this applied learning space is used for mock one-on-one and group counseling sessions—all of which are captured for the future review and can be used as part of a resume. Upper division students play the role of the clients while students taking lower level courses act as counselors.

Industry Partners

Work with experts to become an expert

Penn College's strong corporate partnerships impact every step of your journey – from your first day in the classroom and labs, to career placement (oftentimes before graduation) and beyond.

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AIDS Resource
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Student Life

Lead and put your skills to the test

National Human Services Organization

The National Human Services Organization has established a code of ethics, which is designed to protect the rights and dignity of human service professionals and their clients. Students are introduced to this early in their coursework and it is reinforced through the internship experience.

Student Organizations at Penn College

Your college experience is about more than the classroom. Join one of 65+ clubs and organizations, or create your own.


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Study Abroad

Gain global experience

See the world via Williamsport. Take your education abroad and get hands-on experience learning about your industry on a global scale.

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Your knowledge in practice

Internships are key for career preparation. As part of this curriculum, you’ll participate in two in-depth practical learning internships including 30 hours of observation in the community and a 250-hour internship.

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Student Experience

The community as their classroom

Human service students see firsthand example of civic impact

At Penn College, learning often goes beyond textbooks and into the real world.

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More Information

Requirements for Satisfactory Academic Progress Admission to the major does not guarantee permission to take the internship courses and to graduate from the program. Continuation in the program to graduation and permission to take internship courses are predicated not only upon satisfactory academic performance, but also upon satisfactory demonstration of professional and ethical responsibility, personal responsibility, and satisfactory demonstration of skills and abilities prerequisite to the ethical delivery of services in the field. (For more specific information about the criteria used to evaluate students' progress, a copy of the program manual can be obtained from the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications.)
Students must complete all courses in the major (those courses with the alpha-designator HSJ) with a grade of 'C' or above. Failure to achieve a grade of 'C' or above in a course after the maximum attempts allowed by College policy, results in withdrawal from the major. Students should work closely with their advisers and with the program faculty to ensure that they are meeting all criteria for satisfactory progress in the program.

Alternative Credit refers to academic credits earned through means other than traditional college course completion, including: credit by exam, articulation, proof of competency gained in high school, work/life experience, and advanced placement.

Visit the Alternative Credit Options page in our Course Catalog for general requirements and procedures and for information on credit through Advanced Placement.

  • Ms. Susan Alberti, Executive Director, Clear Vision Residential, Inc.
  • Ms. Mandy Ball, Reentry Affairs Coordinator, Bureau of Prisons
  • Ms. Yvonne R Bennage, Reentry Affairs Coordinator, FCC Allenwood/NE Region Office
  • Dr. Nancy L Butts, President Judge of the Court of Common Pleas, Lycoming County Government
  • Ms. Robin Dadzie, Case Management Supervisor, AIDS Resource Alliance
  • The Honorable Marc Lovecchio, Judge, Commonwealth of PA, Lycoming County
  • Ms. Kathleen Martinez Collier, Prevention Director, County of Chester
  • Ms. Jennifer Reigel, Reentry Affairs Coordinator, FCC Allenwood/NE Region Office
  • Ms. Penny L Sines, Social Worker II, DOC SCI-Muncy
  • Ms. Susan R Swartz, District Administrator, Dept. of Labor & Industry, OVR
  • Mr. Robert J Thompson, '99, '03, Adult Probation/Parole Officer, Lycoming County Adult Probation Office
  • Mr. Stephen G Wagner, Associate Warden, Federal Correctional Institution
  • Mr. Joseph J Weber, Permanency Services, Unit Supervisor, Lycoming Children & Youth Services

Coordinator of Admissions Events & Communications

Jen Cullin-Hetrick

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800.367.9222 ext. 7273