(Effective Fall 2019)

The Human Services and Restorative Justice programs are designed to prepare women and men for careers in a variety of human services fields: services for persons with developmental disabilities or mental illness, services for individuals who have been adjudicated in the criminal justice system, services for individuals and families in crisis, services for older individuals, and services for individuals with a chemical dependency. The major provides students with a solid grounding in the general theories and principles of assessing human needs and responding to those needs in the least restrictive environment. Students may build a curriculum that emphasizes human service theory and practice targeted for specific populations or may emphasize the administration of human services, as opposed to direct care. Students will complete a general core of math, Social and natural science, history, computer science and communications. This liberal arts core and the human services specialization reflect a recognition that strong written and oral communication skills are critical to ethical human service practice and successful tenure in the field, that practical experience is equally as important as theoretical knowledge to serve others competently, and that an understanding of how technology can assist human service recipients often equips providers with useful and marketable tools.

Career Opportunities

Social services caseworker, child protective services worker, drug and alcohol counselor, probation officer, residential services worker, youth development counselor, corrections officer, crisis-line worker, and shelter worker, restorative justice coordinator, among others.

Recommended High School Subjects

Three years of English with emphasis on writing, one year of biology, two years of algebra, and a course in computer science, psychology and health.

Remediation Strategies

Prior to registering for HSJ 115, Introduction to Human Services and Restorative Justice, or any other HSJ course, students must remediate any deficiencies in English. Any math deficiency must be remediated by the end of the first year of the program.

Program Goals

Graduates of the Human Services and Restorative Justice AAS program should be able to:
  • provide generic therapeutic, supportive and preventive services for people with emotional, developmental, social or physical problems in a variety of restorative justice and/or social or human service settings;
  • demonstrate proficiency in using verbal and nonverbal skills to establish empathy, trust, and rapport within an interview setting;
  • demonstrate knowledge of social and human services delivery systems and their role within the local and national community;
  • apply systematic procedures to identify problems;
  • develop a process for identifying community resources that appropriately respond to the needs of persons served;
  • serve as a client advocate, facilitating movement of clients through social service systems, within a variety of agency settings;
  • apply mathematical skills to reports, agency budgets, and statistical interpretations;
  • contribute to effective agency planning, budgeting and management;
  • understand and demonstrate strong ethical behavior and decision making consistent with the ethical guidelines and standards proposed by the National Organization for Human Service Education; and
  • demonstrate cultural sensitivity in both direct and indirect human service and restorative justice practice.

Performance Standards

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.


First Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
FYE101 First Year Experience 1 .50 1.50 S REQ
HSJ115 Introduction to Human Services and Restorative Justice 3 3 M REQ
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3 3 S REQ
ENL111 English Composition I 3 3 S REQ
PSY111 General Psychology 3 3 M REQ
SOC111 Introduction to Sociology 3 3 M REQ
Second Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
HSJ120 Introduction to Interviewing Skills and Intake Processes 3 3 M REQ
HSJ210 Diversity and Inclusive Human Service Practice 3 3 M REQ
HSJ Human Services & Restorative Justice Application Elective 3   M HSJ
SPC101 Fundamentals of Speech 3 3 S REQ
MTH Mathematics Elective 3   S MTH
Third Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
HSJ223 Assessment, Case Management and Crisis Intervention 3 3 M REQ
HSJ263 Criminal Justice 3 3 M REQ
HSJ Human Services & Restorative Justice Application Elective 3   M HSJ
PSY203 Developmental Psychology 3 3 M REQ
SCI Science Elective 3   S SCI
Fourth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
HSJ225 Counseling Theories and Techniques 3 3 M REQ
HSJ255 Internship I 3 1 M REQ
HSJ275 Serving and Surviving in Human Services 3 3 M REQ
PSY201 Abnormal Psychology 3 3 M REQ
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3 3 M REQ