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The Associates of Arts in Human Services prepares students for entry-level positions in a variety of human services fields. The curriculum provides an integration of the Christian worldview while equipping students to serve individuals, families, and communities in diverse settings. The AA degree also provides a foundation for students who want to advance to a baccalaureate program in fields such as criminal justice, psychology, social work, and ministry.


On completion of this major, students should be able to:
  • Identify foundational knowledge of theory as well as current trends related to the human services profession.
  • Demonstrate interpersonal skills needed in helping relationships.
  • Explore theory while applying skills to implement client interventions based on various delivery systems within the human services profession.
  • Apply professional and ethical standards of practice while integrating a Christian Worldview within the human services field.

Analyze how social, cultural, physical, and mental health concerns impact an individual and society while applying cultural competency to diverse populations. This major does not prepare students for licensure.

This degree program is available in the following format:

100% Online courses in a 5-week as-you-go flexible format for busy adults featuring forum discussions and weekly assignment deadlines. Serves both undergraduate and graduate students.

Explore the full enrichment of the traditional collegiate experience and make new friends on our lively campus in Circleville Ohio. Serves 17-24 year-old undergraduate students.

MAJOR25 Hours

  • Fundamental concepts of human services, addressing addictions, criminology, family studies, psychology, and sociology with a biblical worldview. Students will develop a personalized view of the helping professions.
  • See SAC1020
  • Skills for communication in the helping professions, including rapport building, interviewing, active listening, and documenting in context with personal awareness, problem solving, diversity, and confidentiality.
    Prerequisite: HSV1000
  • See SAC2050
  • Public and private services and institutions and how these can be best utilized to serve general, at-risk, and vulnerable populations.
    Prerequisite: HSV1000
  • A survey of the field of psychology, including historical and theoretical foundations, with special emphasis on contemporary scientific research and empirical applications within a Christian perspective and a biopsychosocial approach.
  • This course is designed to help students understand how to maximize their career potential. Students will develop an individual program for their short- and long-term career, with application based on students’ areas of emphasis in the major.
  • The scientific study of society, institutions, and group interaction, with focus on the sociological imagination and core theories. Topics include the sociological perspective, the individual in society, stratification and social inequality, social intuitions, human ecology, and social change, with special attention to issues of diversity.
  • Electives in CJU, SAC, MIN, PSY, SOC 3

*May be applied toward Social & Behavioral Sciences requirements in the GenEd core.

Graduation Requirements:

In addition to the courses listed on this page, graduates must meet the requirements listed here, including:

  • A General Education Core
    • Associate degrees – 36 credit hours
    • Bachelor’s degrees – 45 credit hours
  • Minimum credit hours
    • Associate degrees – 60 credit hours
    • Bachelor’s degrees – 120 credit hours
  • Notes:

    1. Some majors require more credit hours than the listed minimums.
    2. Students choose elective courses to complete credit hour requirements.
    3. Electives may apply toward a minor, certificate, associate degree, or second major.
    4. Sometimes a course required in a student’s major can also fulfill a requirement in the GenEd core. (See notes on the individual major pages.)

Find complete information in the OCU Academic Catalog.

Contact the University Registrar's Office if you have graduation questions: 1 (740) 477-7780 or