Human Services

The Human Development and Family Sciences: Human Services option, Associate of Science degree is designed to prepare students interested in transferring to Oregon State University. Students interested in transferring to Portland State University's School of Social Work or other Oregon universities should work closely with an advisor to complete an Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer (AAOT) degree.


The field of Human Services is broadly defined and approaches the objective of meeting human needs through an interdisciplinary knowledge base. Jobs may focus on prevention, intervention and/or remediation. There is a commitment to improving the overall quality of life for service populations and on social justice.

The Human Services option is ideal for work in public or private human services. Positions include social worker, youth worker, information and referral specialist, family advocate, volunteer coordinator, probation officer, and others. This option also prepares students to attend graduate school in human development and family sciences, social work, counseling, marriage and family therapy, or public policy. This curriculum allows maximum flexibility for students to tailor their elective courses to populations or ages of particular interest.

The Associate of Science degree is designed to be completed in two years, but this assumes that the entering student has basic skills in writing and math.