Human services professionals seek to meet the needs of people through valuing the capacity for human growth and change; advocating for social justice; designing interdisciplinary approaches to human needs; and recognizing people’s strengths and abilities. Students are exposed to both educational and experiential learning methods in assessment, social policy, individual and group treatment, rules and regulations pertaining to the profession, and personal and professional self-awareness. Graduates are prepared for potential employment in non-profit organizations, government agencies, hospitals and healthcare facilities, community social service agencies, and advocacy groups. The former family violence counseling certificate curriculum has been incorporated into the Human Services - Generalist Program.

Accreditation

The Human Services Generalist Program is accredited by the Council for Standards in Human Services Education (CSHSE). 

Entrance Requirements

None

Program Requirements

Students must provide their own transportation to and from field experience sites.

Transferability

The Associate of Applied Science in human services transfers to many four-year institutions. See a list of these institutions at elgin.edu/humanservices.

  • Demonstrate knowledge and theory of the interaction of human systems including: individual, interpersonal, group, family, organizational, community, and societal.
  • Develop knowledge and skill development in systematic analysis of service needs; planning appropriate strategies, services, and implementation; and evaluation of outcomes.
  • Incorporate human service values and attitudes and promote understanding of human services ethics and their application in practice.
  • Develop awareness of the students’ own values, personalities, reaction patterns, interpersonal styles, and limitations.

Human Services Generalist Option - Associate of Applied Science

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
PSY 100 Intro to Psychology 3
HUS 110 Issues in Human Services 3
HUS 151 Rules and Regulations 3
HSG 210 Working With Families 3
Required Communications Course 3
 Total15
Second Semester
CMS 101 Fundamentals of Speech 3
HUS 200 Pre-Field Experience 3
HUS 102 Principles & Prac. of Human Services 3
HUS 205 Introduction to Group Processes 3
Required Communications Course 3
Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective 3
 Total18
Third Semester
HSG 201 Field Experience I & Seminar 3
HUS 212 Behavior Problems 3
HUS 214 Crisis Intervention 3
HUS 223 Behavior Management 3
Required Liberal Education Course 3
 Total15
Fourth Semester
HSG 202 Field Experience II & Seminar 3
Required Math/Science Course 3
Human Services Electives 6
 Total12
 Program Total60

Human Services Electives

Course Title Credits
HSG 106Experiential Learning in Human Svcs1-3
HSG 125Special Populations3
HSG 150Violence Against Women3
HSG 253Topics in Human Services1-3
HSG 215Basic Substance Abuse & Treatment3
SOC 215Social Psychology3
SOC 225Human Sexuality3
ACC 100Introductory Accounting3
CRJ 101Introduction to Criminal Justice3
CRJ 110Introduction to Corrections3
CRJ 120Introduction to Probation and Parole3

Social/Behavioral Sciences Electives

Course Title Credits
Any 200 level PSY Course3
Any SOC Course3

Human Services Generalist - Vocational Specialist

Course Title Credits
HUS 102Principles & Prac. of Human Services3
HUS 110Issues in Human Services3
HUS 151Rules and Regulations3
HUS 200Pre-Field Experience3
HUS 205Introduction to Group Processes3
HUS 212Behavior Problems3
HUS 214Crisis Intervention3
HUS 223Behavior Management3
HSG 201Field Experience I & Seminar3
HSG 210Working With Families3
PSY 100Intro to Psychology3
Total Credit Hours33

Human Services - Core Courses

The Human Services Generalist and Substance Abuse Counseling programs of study require students to complete each of the following core courses in order to earn a certificate or degree in these areas.

HUS 102 Principles & Prac. of Human Services (3)(3,0)

This course introduces students to the human service professions. Students analyze how the integration of information is used to provide services to people as well as begin exploring assessments and service planning. The impact of structures and dynamics of organizations, communities, and society on human services delivery is emphasized. (1.2) Proficiency Credit Not Available Pass/No Credit Not Available NOTE: This course is one of four core courses (HUS 102, HUS 110, HUS 200, HUS 205) students must complete for the Human Services Generalist, and Substance Abuse Counseling programs of study.

In-District Tuition/Fees: $396 (effective 2022/23 academic year)

In-district tuition rates are subject to change based on Board approval.

Prerequisite: None

Semester(s) Offered: Fall and Spring

HUS 110 Issues in Human Services (3)(3,0)

Students are introduced to a range of challenges, dilemmas, and issues in the human services field. Examples include welfare, domestic violence, racism/diversity, health/wellness, poverty, etc. Historical and current legislation affecting the delivery of human services is examined. Approaches used to provide services are explored. Students also study the changing family structure as well as organizational structures and communities. (1.2) NOTE: This course is one of four core courses (HUS 102, HUS 110, HUS 200, HUS 205) students must complete for the Human Services Generalist, and Substance Abuse Counseling programs of study. Proficiency Credit Not Available Pass/No Credit Not Available.

In-District Tuition/Fees: $396 (effective 2022/23 academic year)

In-district tuition rates are subject to change based on Board approval.

Prerequisite: None

Semester(s) Offered: Fall and Spring

HUS 151 Rules and Regulations (3)(3,0)

This course will review the regulations and ethics across a spectrum of human service endeavors. This will include the relevant laws and regulations regarding human services, mental health, substance abuse, and partner violence. This course will also review and discuss the ethical issues pertinent to all human services practitioners, and specifically to those working in the above specialties. (1.2) Proficiency Credit Not Available Pass/No Credit Not Available.

In-District Tuition/Fees: $396 (effective 2022/23 academic year)

In-district tuition rates are subject to change based on Board approval.

Prerequisite: None

Semester(s) Offered: Fall and Spring

HUS 200 Pre-Field Experience (3)(3,0)

This course will prepare the student for a successful field experience class. A successful field experience includes three significant aspects of student's development: personal, professional, and civic. Students will develop skills to prepare them for the field experience courses required as part of their program of study. (1.2) Proficiency Credit Available (2 EI) Pass/No Credit Not Available NOTE: This course is one of four core courses (HUS 102, HUS 110, HUS 200, HUS 205) students must complete for the Human Services Generalist and Substance Abuse Counseling programs of study.

In-District Tuition/Fees: $396 (effective 2022/23 academic year)

In-district tuition rates are subject to change based on Board approval.

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor (Student must successfully complete at least one Disposition and Personal Conduct form with their program instructor)

Semester(s) Offered: Fall and Spring

HUS 205 Introduction to Group Processes (3)(3,0)

A course designed to introduce the student to the history of groups. A study of how small groups are used in human services settings, theories of group dynamics, and a strong emphasis on group facilitation skills. The course also covers the importance of diversity in managing small groups. The course provides students with the understanding of confidentiality, and the appropriate use of client data. Also, students have the opportunity to practice managing conflict, and establishing rapport with clients. (1.1) Proficiency Credit Not Available Pass/No Credit Not Available NOTE: This course is one of four core courses (HUS 102, HUS 110, HUS 200, HUS 205) students must complete for the Human Services Generalist and Substance Abuse Counseling programs of study.

In-District Tuition/Fees: $396 (effective 2022/23 academic year)

In-district tuition rates are subject to change based on Board approval.

Prerequisite: None

Semester(s) Offered: Fall and Spring

HUS 212 Behavior Problems (3)(3,0)

This course surveys the biological, psychological, and sociological causes of differences in behavior. Classification and diagnostic categories will be discussed. (1.2) Proficiency Credit Not Available Pass/No Credit Not Available.

In-District Tuition/Fees: $396 (effective 2022/23 academic year)

In-district tuition rates are subject to change based on Board approval.

Prerequisite: None

Semester(s) Offered: Fall and Spring

HUS 214 Crisis Intervention (3)(3,0)

The purpose of this course is to give students a working knowledge of how to deal with persons in crisis. Special application of the concepts will be stressed. (1.2) Proficiency Credit Not Available Pass/No Credit Not Available.

In-District Tuition/Fees: $396 (effective 2022/23 academic year)

In-district tuition rates are subject to change based on Board approval.

Prerequisite: None

Semester(s) Offered: Fall and Spring

HUS 223 Behavior Management (3)(3,0)

This course will introduce students basic techniques of behavioral management used in the Human Services field. Emphasis will be placed on applying the strategies as well as ethical and legal considerations. (1.2) Proficiency Credit Not Available Pass/No Credit Not Available.

In-District Tuition/Fees: $396 (effective 2022/23 academic year)

In-district tuition rates are subject to change based on Board approval.

Prerequisite: None

Semester(s) Offered: Fall and Spring

Human Services - Generalist Courses

HSG 106 Experiential Learning in Human Svcs (1-3)(1,0)

(1-3, 0) This course is designed to promote growth and development as a professional in the area of Human Services that the student is studying. The student will participate in a variety of workshops, conferences, meetings, and/or service-learning opportunities as agreed upon by the instructor and the student. Verification and reflection of learning will be assessed by the instructor. This course will be taught as an independent study. This course is repeatable three times up to 3 credits. (1.2) Proficiency Credit Not Available Pass/No Credit Not Available NOTE: This course is offered concurrently as SUB 106. The student must decide whether to earn credits for Human Services Generalist (HSG) or Substance Abuse (SUB) prior to enrolling.

In-District Tuition/Fees: $396 (effective 2022/23 academic year)

In-district tuition rates are subject to change based on Board approval.

Prerequisite: Effective Summer 2018: Consent of instructor Prerequisite through Spring 2018: None

Semester(s) Offered: Fall and Spring

HSG 125 Special Populations (3)(3,0)

This course will address special populations in substance abuse and mental health treatment. Special populations will be identified and issues regarding addiction and mental health; engagement strategies; treatment planning; and client and community education strategies will be discussed. Methods to gain cultural competence and to become a lifelong learner will be addressed. (1.2) Proficiency Credit Not Available Pass/No Credit Available NOTE: This course is offered concurrently as HSG 125 and SUB 125. The student must decide whether to earn credits in Human Services Generalist (HSG) or Substance Abuse Counseling (SUB) prior to enrolling.

In-District Tuition/Fees: $396 (effective 2022/23 academic year)

In-district tuition rates are subject to change based on Board approval.

Prerequisite: None

Semester(s) Offered: Fall and Spring

HSG 150 Violence Against Women (3)(3,0)

This course overviews of the problem of domestic violence toward women. The student will look at the history of the problem, current statistics, and societal attitudes. The course will examine the roles of men and women as well as the impact on children. The cycle of violence and power and control issues will be explored. The course will also explore sexual assault dynamics, treatment, and response as well as advocacy for the victim. (1.2) Proficiency Credit Not Available Pass/No Credit Not Available.

In-District Tuition/Fees: $396 (effective 2022/23 academic year)

In-district tuition rates are subject to change based on Board approval.

Prerequisite: None

Semester(s) Offered: Fall

HSG 201 Field Experience I & Seminar (3)(0,10)

Training is a supervised opportunity for the student to have first-hand experience in an institutional setting that meets his/her area of interest. In this setting, it is expected that the student will develop proficiency and display the skills required to perform adequately on-the-job. (1.2) NOTE: One hundred fifty (150) hours of field work is required for this first experience, as well as weekly class sessions with instructor. Proficiency Credit Available (2 EI) Pass/No Credit Not Available.

In-District Tuition/Fees: $396 (effective 2022/23 academic year)

In-district tuition rates are subject to change based on Board approval.

Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in HUS 102, HUS 110, HUS 200, HUS 205 or consent of instructor

Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Spring and Summer

HSG 202 Field Experience II & Seminar (3)(0,10)

Training is a supervised opportunity for the student to have firsthand experience in an institutional setting that meets his/her area of interest. In this setting, it is expected that the student will develop proficiency and display the skills required to perform adequately on the job. (1.2) NOTE: One hundred fifty (150) hours of field work is required for this second experience, as well as weekly class sessions with the instructor. Proficiency Credit Available (2 EIS) Pass/No Credit Not Available.

In-District Tuition/Fees: $396 (effective 2022/23 academic year)

In-district tuition rates are subject to change based on Board approval.

Prerequisite: C or better in HSG 201

Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Spring and Summer

HSG 210 Working With Families (3)(3,0)

This course is a course for human service students interested in learning theories of family functioning, and intervention approaches. Emphasis is placed on the integration of theory and practice. The course is designed so that students understand capacities, limitations, and strengths of clients, and families. The course provides the student with an understanding of human service delivery systems. The course also focuses on effective communication skills, client and professional relationship, and ethical practice. (1.2) Proficiency Credit Not Available Pass/No Credit Not Available.

In-District Tuition/Fees: $396 (effective 2022/23 academic year)

In-district tuition rates are subject to change based on Board approval.

Prerequisite: None

Semester(s) Offered: Fall and Spring

HSG 215 Basic Substance Abuse & Treatment (3)(3,0)

This course will introduce the student to the nature and extent of substance abuse. Clinical manifestations and methods of treatment will be discussed. Concepts and resources in helping the substance abuser and his/her social environment will be included. (1.2) Proficiency Credit Not Available Pass/No Credit Not Available NOTE: This course is offered concurrently as SUB 215. The student must decide whether to earn credits in Human Services Generalist (HSG) or Substance Abuse Counseling (SUB) prior to enrolling.

In-District Tuition/Fees: $396 (effective 2022/23 academic year)

In-district tuition rates are subject to change based on Board approval.

Prerequisite: None

Semester(s) Offered: Fall and Spring

HSG 253 Topics in Human Services (1-3)(1,0)

(1-3, 0) This course is designed to meet the demands of a rapidly changing Human Services field. Repeatable to a total of twelve credits. (1.2) Proficiency Credit Available (2 IE) Pass/No Credit Not Available.

In-District Tuition/Fees: $396 (effective 2022/23 academic year)

In-district tuition rates are subject to change based on Board approval.

Prerequisite: None

Semester(s) Offered: Varies

Human Services - Generalist Courses