Sep 19, 2019  
2013-2014 APU Catalog 
    
2013-2014 APU Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Human Services, A.A.


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The Human Services (HS) program is designed to meet the educational needs of those working in the human services field.  The curriculum is competency based and designed to use active learning to enhance the experiences and understandings that students bring to the classroom, to provide culturally appropriate models and concepts that can be applied to students’ work environments, to enhance personal growth and well-being, and to develop a professionalism that allows students to become leaders in the human services community.

Graduates of the program are expected to :

  1. Understand the scope and history of the human services field, especially in the context of the Alaskan experience. 
  2. Acquire competencies required of human services professionals in interviewing skills, care coordination, crisis intervention, group facilitation, cultural competence, management, and service documentation.
  3. Understand and apply ethical principles of the profession.
  4. Develop professional writing skills, including the ability to write in APA format.
  5. Understand and apply research principles to current professional reading, evaluation and other applied research needs of an agency.

The Associate of Arts degree provides a basic understanding of human service principles and prepares the student for entry level positions in human services.

As well, as a graduate, you will earn a degree with demonstrated achievement in APU’s Essential Competencies:  Effective Communication; Critical Thinking; Cultural & Historical Perspective; Scientific Inquiry; and Ethical Engagement.

Associate of Arts degree courses can be applied toward a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Foundational Studies (32-36 credits)


  • EC Written Communication** (WRIT 10100) (4)
  • EC Presentation & Media Literacy (from 10000-20000 level COMM) (3-4)
  • CT Critical Thinking (from 10000-20000 level CRIT) (3-4)
  • CT Computation** (MT 10100, BAM 10500, or higher placement) (3-4)
  • CH Intercultural & Spiritual Understandings (from 10000-20000 level RS/CS) (3-4)
  • One of the following: CH Intellectual Traditions -or- CH Creative Endeavors (from 10000-20000 PH, HI, HUM) (4)
  • SI Biological/Physical Scientific Inquiry (from 10000-20000 level SC w/ lab) (4)
  • SI Social/Behavioral Scientific Inquiry (various) (3-4)
  • EE Social Responsibility (LS 10200) (2)
  • EE Personal Responsibility (from OS/PE or BAM 20400) (1-2)

             [†  Foundational Studies requirement satisfied in the Major Studies]

             [ **  Minimum grade of ‘C’ (defined as C+, C, C-) must be earned]

Major Studies (28-32 credits)


Minimum Graduation Credit Hour Requirement: 64


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