Human & Social Services (435)

Southern State Social Services

Offered on: North Campus (Evening) and Brown County Campus (Day)

Nature of Profession

Human services worker is a generic term for someone with various job titles who may play a variety of roles in community service and agency settings. They may assist clients in obtaining benefits and services or assess the needs and establish the eligibility of clients for services. They may organize and lead group activities, assist clients in need of emotional support or crisis intervention or they may monitor and keep case records on clients and report progress to supervisors. Additionally, human services workers may administer programs such as food banks, emergency fuel programs or work with senior centers or charities. Human services workers generally work under the direction of a qualified professional: many times a social worker, professional counselor, program director or psychologist. The amount of responsibility and supervision they are given varies a great deal as do actual work duties. Some are on their own most of the time and have little direct supervision; others work under close supervision.

Related Job Titles

Various job titles in the field of human services include assistant counselor, case extender, case manager, family services worker, gerontology aide, income maintenance worker, intake specialist, job coach, MR/DD adult services worker, outreach worker, residential treatment facility associate, senior center director, social work assistant, social services technician and victim advocate associate.

Program Design

Entry-level courses in the helping professions such as psychology, cultural diversity, sociology, social problems and interviewing techniques will be offered. Specialty classes will include substance abuse, case management, counseling, crisis intervention, mental retardation and gerontology. The program has been designed to meet the course work standards of the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board certification as social work assistant. Individuals will be provided opportunities for personal and professional growth through knowledge-based learning, experiential processes, community involvement and 480 hours of practical experience under direct supervision of professionals in local agencies. Persons pursuing a career in human services should recognize that to be successful, they must be emotionally stable, creative and flexible. Human services professionals must be able to work effectively with diverse groups of people and individuals with a wide variety of ages, racial and cultural backgrounds and life situations.

A minimum grade of "C" is required in all courses for graduation. Any required course in which a grade below a "C" is received must be repeated. Life experience credit may not be used to fulfill graduation requirements in this program.

Transfer Agreements

Southern State has articulation/transfer agreements with many four-year institutions. Find the transfer agreements for Human & Social Services below.


Fall Semester | First Year

Course # Course Title Credits
HSSR 1101 Introduction to Human & Social Services 3
HSSR 1120 Human Service Methods & Ethical Procedures 3
HSSR 1140 Racial & Cultural Diversity in the Helping Professions 3
ENGL 1101 English Composition I 3
PSYC 1110 Principles of Psychology 3
MATH 1115 Math for the Business and Social Science 3

Spring Semester | First Year

Course # Course Title Credits
HSSR 1105 Survey of Substance Abuse 3
HSSR 1135 Affective Education & Group Process 3
HSSR 1150 Case Management & Writing in the Helping Professions 3
ENGL 1102 English Composition II 3
PSYC 2207 Human Growth & Development 3

Fall Semester | Second Year

Course # Course Title Credits
HSSR 2271 Human Services Practicum I 3
PSYC 2275 Abnormal Psychology 3
HSSR 2210 Counseling Theories 3
BIOL 1104 Human Biology I 4
SOCI 1170 Introduction to Sociology 3

Spring Semester | Second Year

Course # Course Title Credits
HSSR 2272 Human Services Practicum II 3
HSSR 2211 Counseling Techniques 3
HSSR 2275 Community Mental Health Issues 3
SOCI 1150 Marriage & Family 3
COMM 1115 Fundamentals of Effective Speech 3
Program Total: 64