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 human services 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

2023-24 Curriculum

Course Course Name Credits
AODA-109 Drug Use and Abuse 3
ENG-195 Written Communication ‡
(or) ENG-201 English 1 ‡
HUMSVC-101 Introduction to Human Services ‡ 3
HUMSVC-144 Ethics in the Human Service Professions ‡ 3
ENG-196 Oral/Interpersonal Communication ‡
(or) Any 200-level ENG or SPEECH course
GEOSCI-112 Principles of Sustainability
(or) Any 200-level BIOSCI, CHEM, GEOSCI or PHYS course
HUMSVC-102 Interviewing Skills ‡ 3
HUMSVC-103 Group Work Skills ‡ 3
HUMSVC-113 Documentation and Record Keeping ‡ 3
HUMSVC-118 Introduction to Gerontology 3
SOCSCI-197 Contemporary American Society
(or) SOCSCI-203 Introduction to Sociology
ECON-195 Economics
(or) Any 200-level ECON course
HUMSVC-104 Field Preparation ‡ 1
 HUMSVC-115 Methods of Social Casework ‡ 3
HUMSVC-127 Disabilities and the Helping Profession 3
HUMSVC-142 Multicultural Competence in the
Human Service Profession
ELECTIVES (Three credits) 3
HUMSVC-106 Advanced Field Experience ‡ 4
HUMSVC-107 Field Experience Seminar ‡ 2
HUMSVC-121 Family Issues and Interventions ‡ 3
PSYCH-188 Developmental Psychology
(or) PSYCH-238 Lifespan Psychology
PSYCH-199 Psychology of Human Relations
(or) PSYCH-231 Introductory Psychology



‡ 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.

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2023-24 Program Cards

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Important Dates

Deadlines and important dates can be found on:
Cost & Aid Deadlines

Also, you can find dates and deadlines on the MATC Events 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

Compliance with Wisconsin's Caregiver Law, able to pass caregiver background check.



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Last updated: 08/25/2023