Human Services: Generalist FAQ's
Just the Facts
Program Start Term: Fall, Spring, Summer
Program Length: 4 Semesters, 1 Summer
Number of Majors: 45
Average Class Size: 20
Part-Time or Full-Time: Both
Program Courses Offered: Day & Evening
Program Locations: Council Bluffs Campus
Which classes should I take in high school to prepare for this program?
You should take as many English, Speech, Psychology, and Sociology courses as you can at your high school. Once in this program, our students must be prepared to complete hand-written reports and write charts. Good communication skills, especially writing skills, are necessary.
What makes this program unique compared to other Human Services programs?
We offer four different Human Services degree options for students, including Addictive Studies, Generalist, Pre-Social Work, and Youth Worker. We also offer several different course options, including day and evening offerings, as well as face-to-face, online, and hybrid courses. With our many course offerings and option to attend part-time, our students are able to balance work and family life with their education.
Are Iowa Western credits transferrable?
Yes. In fact, this program is specifically designed to transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Because the majority of Iowa Western students intend to transfer, we offer a variety of resources for our transfer students. To begin your transfer planning early, visit Iowa Western's Transfer Planning web site.
Do I have to follow the recommended course sequence?
All program required courses, those with an asterisk, need to be taken in sequence. General education courses can be taken in any order you like, and you can enroll part-time or full-time. However, the program chair recommends that students follow this sequence as closely as possible. The program is designed to allow students to graduate in two years while completing the credits required for most Bachelor degree programs at four-year colleges and universities.
Are scholarships available?
Iowa Western awards more than $1.5 million in scholarships each year. Visit our Scholarship Page for more information.