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Associate of Science in Human Services

You have the passion to fulfill your calling. With a degree in human services, you can fuel your unwavering purpose as you bring light to those in need. Discover foundational concepts in engaging and understanding those you are called to serve in areas like sociology, counseling and intercultural relations. And as each course is anchored in a Christ-centered foundation, you’ll launch your next step as an influencer for Christ in the world.

Format

  • CUAnytime
  • CULive
  • CUOn-Site

Location

  • Grand Rapids

Program Length

  • 28 months

Credit Hours

  • 62

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Estimated total cost is $26,195. Explore the full breakdown for more information.

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Admission Requirements

  • High school diploma or G.E.D.
  • Official college and/or military transcripts
  • Minimum of two years full-time work experience since high school (does not apply to online format)
  • International Students: TOEFL or IELTS score
  • Application ($25 fee)

Careers

Fulfill your calling to serve others. Through practical courses and insightful discussions with peers and faculty, you’ll be prepared to enter entry-level career opportunities in a variety of areas with confidence and conviction.

Opportunities

  • Counseling
  • Ministry
  • Customer service
  • Career services
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • K-12 paraprofessional
  • Youth worker services

Next Program Start

Take the next step in your career on your own schedule. Take one course at a time either 100% online through CUAnytime or one night a week either on campus through CUOn-Site or via livestream through CULive. You can also engage in your program through a blended option. This allows you to take your core courses through either CUAnytime or CUOn-Site and move into your concentration courses with CUAnytime.

CUAnytime / Nov. 9, 2020

CULive/CUOn-Site: Grand Rapids / Jan. 13, 2021

Course Schedule

Prepare to engage in meeting the needs of others and driving lasting transformation through a range of interdisciplinary courses. Deepen your understanding of societal needs and solutions as you enter your next opportunity to make a difference.

Step I | Core Courses

IDS-100 Foundations of Inquiry

An introductory course emphasizing the knowledge and skills necessary for academic and personal success in a Christian framework. Topics include goal setting, decision making, time management, computer and information retrieval skills, learning skills, relationships and personal health.

IDS-131 Digital Literacy

A competency-based course designed to ensure that students have basic technology skills that will enable them to be successful in their academic and professional lives. Foundational principles of computing and digital literacy are covered. This course also challenges those with existing competency in technology to further develop their knowledge and skills, preparing them to make use of emerging technologies and to be responsible citizens in our increasingly connected world.

ENG-118 Introduction to Writing and Research

A course designed to develop critical thinking, reading and writing skills with an emphasis on APA documentation style and research writing.

COM-111 Foundations of Speech Communication

An introduction to the philosophy, theory and practice of speech communication. Students develop confidence as communicators with particular emphasis on intrapersonal, interpersonal, small group and public communication.

PSY-111 General Psychology

An introduction to psychology dealing with the important people, terms and theories in the fields of personality, learning, maladjustment and psychotherapy.

REL-231 Mosaic Literature

A study of the history of redemption from Adam to Moses as set forth in the Pentateuch. Special attention is given to God’s purposes in the call of Abraham and the establishment of the Mosaic economy.

PHI-211 Philosophy in Culture

An introduction and development of worldview from a Christian philosophical perspective with special attention given to hermeneutical issues surrounding worldview and the important role philosophy has played in western culture.

Step I | Concentration Courses

SOC-101 Introduction to Human Services

An introduction to the field of human services and the conditions in modern society that impact the health of individuals, families and communities. Topics include identification of populations served by human service workers, principles of human services and essential helping skills. Special emphasis is given to Christian involvement in human services and the role of faith-based social service agencies in American society.

SOC-111 Introduction to Sociology

An introduction to the field of sociology including an overview of several subfields. Basic theoretical perspectives of sociology are used to provide an explanation of institutions and social processes.

MGT-233 Leadership Studies

An overview of the fundamentals of leadership. Using a combination of both theory and practical applications from case studies, students explore issues involved with solving business problems, group interactions and techniques of group presentations.

Step II | Core Courses

IDS-204 Personal Wellness

A study of an individual’s personal psychological, physical, emotional, social and spiritual well-being. Students will find ways to help enhance their ability to live a balanced life within areas such as family, work, church and school.

ENG-223 Introduction to Literature

The study and application of various methods of literary interpretation and evaluation to develop critical and analytical skills in the various genres of imaginative literature.

REL-232 Gospel Literature

A study of the four Gospels including their backgrounds, themes, outlines and distinguishing features, distinctive portrayals of Christ and His life and ministry as set forth in the Gospel of Mark.

MAT-120 Contemporary Math

An introductory math course designed to develop skills that have practical usage in a business setting and daily life experience. The course reviews basic mathematical concepts, develops skills with algebraic expressions and expands to several topical applications including number properties, equations and inequalities, percentages, finance, interest, geometric figures, probability, graphs and statistics.

FAR-211 Introduction to Fine Arts

Introduction, survey and development of an appreciation for the fine arts including music, painting, sculpture and architecture. The course includes an introduction to the field of aesthetics, a study of components and techniques of the fine arts and a broad historical survey of artistic trends. Emphasis is placed upon the development of value judgment skills within the context of a Christ-centered worldview.

HIS-115 American Studies

A study of American culture using a thematic approach and including topics such as Puritanism, colonization, the Native American experience, industrialization, religious trends, technology, reform movements, the role of women, the impact of war on American life, economic development and contemporary issues.

SOC-211 Current Social Issues

An examination of current social issues in light of classical and contemporary theories. Emphasis is placed on the implications of these issues for American society.

SCI-119 Contemporary Issues in Science and Technology

An exploration of current issues in physics, science, biology, health and medicine. The course provides an understanding of the scientific method and how to critically evaluate current issues from a scientific perspective.

Step II | Concentration Courses

SOC-201 Intercultural Relations

An examination of minority and ethnic groups’ social issues, cultural beliefs, values, communication styles, learning styles and cultural influences and contributions. The course explores roles within families and society, surveys, demographics and their impact on individuals and society and introduces concepts of gender diversity and women’s issues.

PSY-221 Interviewing and Counseling

An introduction to theoretical concepts, primary principles, strategies and interventions implemented in the practice and delivery of human services to individuals and families using the human services interview techniques.

SOC-229 Field Experience/Applied Project

A capstone course requiring students to gain field experience through interviews (10) and a supervised work experience (20 hours) with an appropriate agency that is related to the student’s area of interest. Prerequisites: SOC-101, SOC-111, SOC-201 and PSY-221.

Program Learning Outcomes

Developed through discussion and collaboration with human service leaders, this program equips you to gain a greater sense of your purpose as you meet the needs of others. Discover foundational terminology, theories and principles as you navigate effective decision-making and applications to address real-world human services needs.

My degree helps me understand the human condition and help others find their way. God led me out of darkness, and now I am equipped to help others through the same process.

Alicia Macklin (A.S. ’17, B.S. ’20)

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FRI: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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Undergraduate

At Cornerstone University, you’ll get the full college experience with a Christ-centered worldview. Learn more about the undergraduate experience below.

Adult

Persevere in what you know you’re capable of. Our programs for adults provide a creative approach to learning anchored in Christ-centered virtues as you follow your unwavering purpose.

Graduate

Go further as an influencer in your work and community. Our graduate programs prepare you to open new doors as you reach your God-given potential.

Seminary

At Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, we’re dedicated to learning, serving and leading through rigorous scholarship and a humble approach to Scripture.