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A.S. in Human Services


Spring 2024

Classes start on Mar. 13, 2024

Summer 2024

Classes start on May 6 and July 3, 2024

Fall 2024

Classes start on Aug. 28 and Oct. 23, 2024


  • Online

Credit Hours

  • 61 with up to 30 hours in transfer credits possible

Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Pursue a Rewarding Influential Career with an A.S in Human Services Online Degree

A career in human services offers great rewards for those with a passion to positively influence families and communities in practical ways. Earning your Associate of Science in human services degree can propel your career forward in your existing role or open new opportunities in supporting roles. Graduates go on to serve communities in social services, rehabilitation centers, mental health and substance abuse assistance, and other youth services or ministry entry-level roles. 

At Cornerstone University, gain foundational knowledge in human services essentials that agencies and service organizations need, integrated with a Christian worldview that offers valuable insights into healing and hope. Pursue this affordable degree 100% online to enhance your marketability or to build credits toward a future bachelor’s degree at Cornerstone. What is the value to your career?:

  • Associates degree holders earn $8000 more annually than high school diploma holders only according to the 2021 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report.
  • Discover practical knowledge in human services foundations, psychology, sociology, wellness, interviewing, counseling, leadership, and intercultural relationships.
  • Gain field and supervised work experience in the area of your interest.
  • Develop in-demand communication skills including critical thinking, writing, public, small group and interpersonal proficiencies every organization values.
  • Learn from experienced human services experts with real-world application and a passion to inspire your professional and spiritual growth. 
  • Acquire an accredited human services associates degree 100% online on your time
  • No SAT or ACT is required. Course credits build toward a future bachelor’s degree.
  • One of the most affordable degrees available per credit hour. 7-week courses.

Why Choose An Accredited Online Associate’s in Human Services Degree from Cornerstone University?

A 2-year associates in human services degree vs. a bachelor’s degree allows you to complete a valuable credential sooner which also means it is more affordable with fewer credit hours. Cornerstone University’s A.S. in Human Services is accredited by the respected Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Cornerstone offers over 75 in-demand degrees that can help you achieve an influential career and life. And, the credits can build toward a future bachelor’s degree, offering even greater long-term affordability and marketability to fit your needs.

The Cornerstone University Difference

What sets Cornerstone apart for over 80 years is our mission and commitment to provide you the most excellent academic education, taught from an unwavering Biblical worldview, to prepare bold, Christ-centered, influential leaders. Our commitment extends to creating an outstanding student experience featuring:

  • Leading human services faculty with real-world experience who offer one-on-one student support.
  • 100% online to fit your busy life. 7-week course formats.
  • One of the most affordable associate’s degrees per credit hour in private, nonprofit higher education.
  • Free student support resources, including writing, math, and spiritual formation.
  • Study alongside others who share your career goals and Christian values.

Admission Requirements

  • Application
  • High school diploma or G.E.D.
  • Official college and/or military transcripts

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Of students work full time while pursuing a degree.


Of alumni believe their education prepared them for the demands of their vocational life.


Of faculty members are professing believers of Jesus Christ.

What Degree Courses Will You Study?

Grow as an individual with core courses that provide you with well-rounded knowledge and the opportunity to improve in key writing, speaking and research skills. Prepare yourself for ministry with concentration courses to deepen your theoretical and practical understanding of the Bible.

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.

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.

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-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.

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.

Program Learning Outcomes

Follow your calling to serve through an interdisciplinary program that prepares you for real-world influence. Our associate in human services degree, anchored in faith, equips you to reach your potential to serve a world in need.

Proficiency in Terminology, Theories, Concepts, Practices and Skills

Students will demonstrate proficiency in the terminology, theories, concepts, practices and skills specific to the field of biblical studies. In accomplishing this objective, you will be able to:

      • Describe the core theories and major terminology relevant to the study of biblical studies.
      • Apply principles of biblical interpretation in understanding Scripture.
      • Articulate the current issues related to the field of biblical studies.

Competency in Applying Knowledge to Address Real-Life Problems

Students will exhibit competency in applying your knowledge to address real-life problems through both individual and group effort. At the end of this program, you will be able to:

      • Demonstrate professional skills appropriate to the degree program.
      • Analyze at least one concept from the field of biblical studies in light of a problem outside of the classroom.
      • Provide evidence of the ability to collaborate with others in achieving shared objectives.
      • Exhibit communication skills including written, oral and digital technology forms.

Integration of Traditional and Non-Traditional Cognitive Skills

Students will demonstrate your ability to integrate traditional and non-traditional cognitive skills, including analytical inquiry, information literacy, quantitative fluency and communication fluency.

Intercultural Competence

Students will demonstrate intercultural competence in addressing civic, social, environmental and economic issues with the 21st-century business workplace. This will include issues related to understanding diversity and developing cultural awareness in nonprofit or ministry settings.

Articulation of a Christ-Centered Worldview

Students will articulate a Christ-centered worldview to include its personal, professional and communal embodiment through Christian virtues.

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Cornerstone Will Help You at Every Step!

An enrollment counselor is ready to help you start your degree journey now. Cornerstone offers:

  • Accelerated admissions to get you started sooner.
  • No SAT or ACT is required.
  • Competitive tuition rates—some of the most affordable in the region. 
  • Transfer-friendly—up to 50% of total degree hours in transfer credits possible.
  • Financial aid advisers available to explore funding opportunities for this valuable investment.

Start your A.S in Human Services online degree with Cornerstone University today!

Knowledgeable enrollment counselors are ready to guide you from application to graduation! A high quality, practical associate’s degree is available to support your life goals. Cornerstone offers:

  • Accelerated admissions to get you started sooner.
  • No SAT or ACT is required.
  • Competitive tuition rates—some of the most affordable in the region. 
  • Transfer-friendly—up to 50% of total degree hours in transfer credits possible.
  • Financial aid advisers available to explore funding opportunities for this valuable investment.

Start your application for a bold, influential career with your A.S in Human Services online or on campus degree from Cornerstone University.

Here at Cornerstone, you won’t just get a textbook delivery. For every professor, the subject they teach means something to their heart, which brings a different type of learning style and environment to the classroom.

Mose Stamps (A.S. ’17)

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