Human Services

The field of human services includes a variety of positions that primarily provide support to others going through difficulties, either by working directly with a client or by assessing the need and determining the resources that would provide the most benefit.

The Human Services program at Greenville Technical College provides training and education to develop entry-level professionals that can provide client services in the human services arena. Course instruction is provided by professionals with years of professional experience as well as years of teaching experience. In addition to classroom instruction, field placements at area agencies are an integral part of the educational experience to help you practice your skills and obtain real-life experience.

A career you can count on

The field of human services is one that is expected to grow. With an associate degree in human services, students can enter a variety of fields, including

  • Case management
  • Social work
  • Mental health
  • Community outreach
  • Gerontology
  • Alcohol and drug abuse

Additional information about a variety of positions within the human services profession is available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and is a good national overview of the profession.

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What you’ll learn in the program

The subject matter covered in this program includes

  • Counseling techniques
  • Crisis intervention techniques
  • Gerontology
  • Death and dying
  • Personal and professional development
  • Substance abuse
  • Behavior change
  • Cultural awareness
  • Human growth & development
  • The choice of many electives for specialization

Your transfer connection

Building on their associate degree, many Greenville Technical College graduates transfer their credits to four-year programs in social work, psychology, or human services through agreements with

With this level of education, opportunities and responsibilities increase. Students who intend to continue on to earn a bachelor’s degree should speak to an advisor at their destination school in order to carefully plan classes that transfer.

Program details and courses

Human Services
Associate in Applied Science

This program prepares graduates for entry into any one of many helping professions. It is designed to provide the necessary theoretical and practical skills to enable graduates to provide basic human service care. This program is of interest to those who wish to provide direct (non-medical) care and to those who are interested in counseling, social work, psychology, or public agency administration.

A criminal background check is a course requirement of HUS 231. All students are required to give potential field placement agencies copies of their criminal background checks. Some agencies will not accept students with a criminal record. We do our best to find field placements for all of our students, while realizing that the criminal background check will also be a factor for future employment.

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Real World Experience: Field Placement

A major component of the associate degree program in Human Services is the field placement requirement. Students work at an agency during the last two semesters before graduation for a total of 125 hours. This placement is a chance for the student to see some of the opportunities available, and the agency provides feedback on areas in which the student can improve.


Greenville Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees, diplomas and certificates. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call (404)679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Greenville Technical College.