Human Service Associate

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Program Information

  • Location: Downtown Milwaukee Campus
  • Pathway: Community & Human Services
  • Program Code: 10-520-3
  • Offering: In-class
  • Degree Type: 2-Year Degree (Associate)
  • Start Dates: August/January

About the Human Service Associate Degree


Real-world experience will be part of your studies as you prepare for employment as a social service worker. Students can pursue special-interest areas such as working with youths, the elderly or people with disabilities or addictions.

Human service associates find careers with a range of agencies and programs that help people. Graduates work in community outreach programs, social agencies, counseling centers, educational institutions or correctional facilities.

Additional program details: This program requires an early field experience, as well as the completion of an advanced field placement experience in the final semester of the program. Also, the program is endorsed for substance abuse training. Students who complete the associate degree with specific elective choices also complete all the education hours needed for certification as a substance abuse counselor. Additional work experience and testing are required for certification.

This program is endorsed for substance abuse training.

This program features exploratory courses that count toward a credential. Contact an MATC advisor for information.

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Detailed Program Information

2020-21 Curriculum

Semester Course Course Name Credits
(1) AODA-109 Drug Use and Abuse 3
(1) ENG-195 Written Communication 
(or) ENG-201 English 1 ‡
(1) HUMSVC-101 Introduction to Human Services ‡ 3
(1) HUMSVC-144 Ethics in the Human Service Professions ‡ 3
(2) ENG-196 Oral/Interpersonal Communication 
(or) Any 200-level ENG or SPEECH course
(2) HUMSVC-102 Interviewing Skills ‡ 3
(2) HUMSVC-103 Group Work Skills ‡ 3
(2) HUMSVC-113 Documentation and Record Keeping ‡ 3
(2) HUMSVC-118 Introduction to Gerontology 3
(2) NATSCI-172 Basic Nutritional Science
(or) Any 200-level NATSCI course
(2) SOCSCI-197 Contemporary American Society
(or) SOCSCI-203 Introduction to Sociology
(3) ECON-195 Economics
(or) Any 200-level ECON course
(3) HUMSVC-104 Field Preparation ‡ 1
(3)  HUMSVC-115 Methods of Social Casework ‡ 3
(3) HUMSVC-127 Disabilities and the Helping Profession 3
(3) HUMSVC-142 Multicultural Competence in the
Human Service Profession
(4) ELECTIVES (Three credits needed) 3
(4) HUMSVC-106 Advanced Field Experience ‡ 4
(4) HUMSVC-107 Field Experience Seminar ‡ 2
(4) HUMSVC-121 Family Issues and Interventions ‡ 3
(4) PSYCH-188 Developmental Psychology
(or) PSYCH-238 Lifespan Psychology
(4) PSYCH-199 Psychology of Human Relations
(or) PSYCH-231 Introductory Psychology



( ) Semester order for full-time students.
‡ Prerequisite required.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

This Associate in Applied Science program will transfer to one or more four-year institutions.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.

To see course descriptions, class times, locations or to register online:
Students already enrolled in an MATC program can visit Self Service Student Planning.
All others can access this information through INFOnline.

2020-2021 Program Card

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Deadlines and important dates can be found on:
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Also, you can find dates and deadlines on the MATC Calendar

Program Outcomes

  • Model a commitment to cultural competence
  • Uphold the Ethical Standards and Values for Human Service Professionals
  • Demonstrate professionalism
  • Utilize community resources
  • Apply human services interventions and best practices
  • Cultivate professional relationships

Career Outlook

The employment outlook for human service associates is favorable. Graduates work in community outreach programs, social agencies, counseling centers, education institutions and correctional facilities.

Possible Careers

Case Manager
Community Outreach Worker
Corrections Counselor
Substance Abuse Counselor
Youth Care Specialist

Admission Requirements

Documentation of compliance with Wisconsin's Caregiver Law.


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Community & Human Services Academic & Career Pathway

Downtown Milwaukee Campus, T Building, Room T200
Mequon Campus, Room A108-110
Oak Creek Campus, Room A121
West Allis Campus, Room 103

Last updated: 08/21/2020