Associate of Science in Human Services

Associate of Science

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Begin or advance your educational career in the Health or Social Services industry.

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This introductory-level academic program is designed for working adults who understand that a solid Christian liberal arts education will help them accomplish more in their professional and personal lives. 


The regionally-accredited curriculum dives into varied, core subjects which give you with a strong foundation to knowledgeably navigate service industries while also offering courses specific to human services. Coursework is divided into individual and group projects through which you'll learn how to effectively manage in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment while developing your leadership and communication skills. 

Convenience and Flexibility

With course offerings online and in-class, you will maximize your educational experience while still maintaining your work and family life. Classes meet one night per week in one of our three campus locations and online. Upon starting a degree, you will continue through the program with your classmates as a cohort. With an average of 15 students in each cohort, students receive one-on-one attention from faculty while gleaning insights from other students' personal and professional experience.


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Program Details

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The associate degree programs offered by Professional & Graduate Studies are designed for working adults who may have acquired learning through college or university courses, career experiences, professional or military schools and in-service training. 

Program Outcomes

This degree program offered by the Professional & Graduate Studies program provides the knowledge and skills required for leadership in one’s profession as well as personal skills needed for effective performance. Upon graduation, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the basic helping skills necessary in human services
  • Demonstrate communication and problem-solving skills needed to function as an effective leader and facilitator
  • Apply leadership principles and practices and ethical decision-making from a Christian worldview
  • Demonstrate sensitivity and the ability to work effectively with diverse needs and populations
  • Integrate core knowledge and practical experience in order to analyze and resolve human service needed by a diverse and global population

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete at least 60 credit hours including all general education requirements and core courses in the program with at least 24 credit hours completed at Cornerstone University including 12 credit hours of human service courses
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher in all work
  • A grade of C- or higher in ENG-118 and COM-111
  • Payment of all tuition and fees
  • Graduation application filed

Admission Requirements

  • Submit application with $40 fee
  • Official transcripts
  • Graduation from High School
  • Minimum of two years full-time work experience since high school
  • Students whose primary language is not English must achieve a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), 79-80 (internet-based) or a minimum IELTS score of 6.5

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Program Courses

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The courses for the Associate of Science in Human Services are separated into two steps. Students can expect to begin the Step II courses at the completion of Step I.

Step I: Courses

Foundations of Inquiry | 2 credits; 5 weeks

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.  

Introduction to Writing and Research | 4 credits; 8 weeks

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

Foundations of Speech Communication | 3 credits; 5 weeks

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.  

Introduction to Human Services | 3 credits; 5 weeks

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 the 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.  

Christian Foundations | 3 credits; 5 weeks

A study of the biblical concepts of creation, fall, redemption, consummation, stewardship and humanity as divine image bearers. These concepts provide a basis for all knowledge, insisting that “all truth is God’s truth,” and for the absolutes of biblical truth and morality.  

Introduction to Sociology | 3 credits; 5 weeks

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.  

General Psychology | 3 credits; 5 weeks

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

American Studies | 3 credits; 5 weeks

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.  

Foundations of Wellness | 2 credits; 4 weeks

A study in personal wellness as a responsibility of biblical stewardship. This course addresses total person wellness in the context of biblical principles. Topics include attitude, exercise, fitness, nutrition and stress management.  

Philosophy in Culture | 3 credits; 5 weeks

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 II: Courses

Leadership Studies | 3 credits; 6 weeks

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.  

Introduction to Literature | 3 credits; 5 weeks

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.  

Intercultural Relations | 3 credits; 5 weeks

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.  

Gospel Literature | 3 credits; 5 weeks

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.  

Contemporary Math | 3 credits; 7 weeks

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.  

Interviewing and Counseling | 3 credits; 5 weeks

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.  

Introduction to Fine Arts | 3 credits; 5 weeks

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 Christian worldview.  

Mosaic Literature | 3 credits; 5 weeks

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. 

Current Social Issues | 3 credits; 5 weeks

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.  

Contemporary Issues in Science and Technology | 3 credits; 6 weeks

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.  

Field Experience | 2 credits; 4 weeks

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

Career Paths

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An Associate of Science in Human Services can lead to an array of career paths:

  • Nursing
  • Counseling
  • Teaching
  • Career Services
  • Customer Service
  • and more!

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