Human Services: Generalist Transfer Major, A.A.

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Program Information

It takes a special personality to serve as a human services professional, and if you’re that kind of person, consider improving your chances in the field by enrolling in Iowa Western’s Human Services Generalist program. You’ll be trained in such areas as domestic violence, crisis intervention, child welfare, and assisting the elderly as you work toward an Associates of Arts degree.

The job market in this field is wide open, and you can start immediately after picking up valuable knowledge in addictive studies. Service learning projects give you access to community resources and provide opportunities to become familiar with several different agencies. Those hands-on experiences, combined with classroom instruction, will best prepare you for this field.

While students are able to enter the job force immediately after graduating, many are encouraged to transfer to a four-year institution to improve professional advancement chances. Some classes in this program are offered at night and online.

Job Outlook

This program is designed for students intending to transfer to a four-year institution upon completion. 

What will you do

This program is designed for students with the option of transferring to a four-year institution or entering the workforce in an entry-level position. This program will give students the opportunity to explore several career areas including youth care, addictive studies, case management, and social work. Career opportunities include employment in a number of fields such as mental health, substance abuse counseling, crisis intervention, youth worker, child/spousal abuse counseling, and working with the elderly.


  •  This program is designed for students intending to transfer to a four-year institution upon completion. 

Career Examples

  • Social and Human Service Assistants
  • Child, Family, and School Assistants
  • Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors
  • Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors
  • Healthcare Social Workers
  • Social and Community Service Managers
  • Rehabilitation Counselors
  • Community Health Workers

First Semester

ENG 105 - Composition I 3.0 Credit(s)
PSY 111 - Introduction to Psychology 3.0 Credit(s)
HSV 259 - Introduction to Chemical Dependency 1 3.0 Credit(s)
HSV 109 - Introduction to Human Services 1 3.0 Credit(s)
MAT 157 - Statistics 4.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 16.0 Credits

Second Semester

ENG 106 - Composition II 3.0 Credit(s)
SOC 110 - Introduction to Sociology 3.0 Credit(s)
HSV 225 - Counseling Techniques 1 3.0 Credit(s)
HSV 132 - Fundamentals of Case Management 1 3.0 Credit(s)
  • Lab Science Requirement 4.0 Credit(s)
  • Semester Total: 16.0 Credits


    • Philosophy Elective 3.0 Credit(s)

    Semester Total: 3.0 Credits

    Third Semester

    SPC 112 - Public Speaking 3.0 Credit(s)
    PSY 121 - Developmental Psychology 3.0 Credit(s)
    HUM 287 - Leadership Development Studies 1 3.0 Credit(s)
    HSV 115 - Agency and Community Resources 3.0 Credit(s)
    SOC 261 - Human Sexuality 3.0 Credit(s)

    Semester Total: 15.0 Credits

    Fourth Semester

    HSV 180 - Ethics for Human Service Professionals 1 1.0 Credit(s)
    HSV 802 - Internship 2.0 - 6.0 Credit(s)
  • Mathematics/Science Elective 3.0 Credit(s)
  • Human Services Elective 3.0 Credit(s) 1, 3
  • Humanities Elective 3.0 Credit(s) 2
  • SOC 120 - Marriage and Family 3.0 Credit(s)

    Semester Total: 12.0 Credits

    Total Semester Hours Required: 62.0


    One elective must also satisfy the diversity requirement.

    1 Required courses for the program

    2 Recommended Humanities Electives

    3 Human Services Electives must be selected from the following:

    Humanities Electives

    FLS 141 - Elementary Spanish I 4.0 Credit(s)
    LIT 134 - Multicultural Literature 3.0 Credit(s)
    REL 101 - Survey of World Religions 3.0 Credit(s)

    Human Services Electives

    HSV 190 - Youth Care Issues 3.0 Credit(s)
    HSV 226 - Fundamentals of Family Counseling 3.0 Credit(s)
    HSV 228 - Group Counseling Techniques 3.0 Credit(s)

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    Program Outcomes

    Upon the successful completion of the program students will:

    • Recognize the professional characteristics of a human services worker.
    • Demonstrate effective interviewing and counseling skills when engaging clients.
    • Compose the written documentation required of a human services case manager.
    • Assemble a comprehensive service plan.
    • Recognize the dynamics of vulnerable persons and special populations.
    • Evaluate community and agency resources.

    Program Disclaimers

    • Because career opportunities associated with this degree are so varied, salaries vary considerably as well. To explore careers and gather specific salary information, we encourage you to visit the following website: IHaveaPlanIowa