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History, Language & Social Science

Liberal Arts - Human Services/Pre-Social Work

Program Code: LASRS.AA
Associate in Arts Degree

The Human Services Program combines coursework in the social sciences to prepare students in helping clients cope with and/or prevent social and personal problems.  Human Service professionals perform a wide range of occupations and in a variety of settings including schools, group homes, community mental health facilities, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, hospitals, halfway houses and substance abuse program facilities.  Students who complete the Human Services degree program will quality for employment as Human Service assistants in many agencies.   They will also meet the prerequisites for admission to a Social Work program at senior institutions.

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to :

* Articulate their place in human culture and the global society from a multi-disciplinary perspective acquired through the study of the social sciences, humanities, history, natural sciences, mathematics, arts, and languages.
* Describe the factors that have led to the development and reform of the social welfare system in the United States.
* Utilize theoretical frameworks and empirical evidence to understand human development and the interactions among human systems.
* Demonstrate effective communication and intervention skills in classroom and clinical settings.
*Analyze service problems, select appropriate interventions, and evaluate outcome.

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Recommended Course Sequence

Below are required courses and recommended courses groupings and sequences for program completion.   Courses may have prerequsite or corequisite requirements.  Check course descriptions for details.

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SEMESTER I

3

Choose one 3-credit Mathematics course designated in the course descriptions as General Education MST (GE MST).

MAT-123 - Statistics I is recommended.

OR

SEMESTER 2

3

Select one of the following History sequences:

HIS-121 and HIS-122 OR HIS-131 and HIS-132 OR HIS-221 and HIS-222

3

Choose one 3-credit Mathematics or Science course designated in the course descriptions as General Education MST (GE MST).

SEMESTER 3

3

Choose two modern language courses in sequence from either: CHN, FRE, GER, HIN, ITA or SPA. For students who completed at least two years of high school study in one modern language, their level of language will be determined by a placement test (excluding SPA-242).

3

Select one of the following History sequences:

HIS-121 and HIS-122 OR HIS-131 and HIS-132 OR HIS-221 and HIS-222

3

Choose one course designated in the course descriptions as General Education Diversity (GE DIV).

HED-150 or HED-200 recommended.

3

Choose one 3-credit Science course designated in the course descriptions as General Education MST (GE MST).

SEMESTER 4

3

Choose two modern language courses in sequence from either: CHN, FRE, GER, HIN, ITA or SPA. For students who completed at least two years of high school study in one modern language, their level of language will be determined by a placement test (excluding SPA-242).

3

Choose one course designated in the course descriptions as General Education Humanities (GE HUM).

3

Choose one course from the following areas: AFS, AGD, ART, ASL, BIO, CHM, CHN, CJU, COM, COR, CPT, DAN, DMA, EDU, ENG, FRE, FSC, GER, GLS, HCS, HED, HIN, HIS, IDC, ITA, JOU, LNC, MAD, MAT, MUS, PCP, PED, PHI, PHY, POL, POS, PSY, SCI, SOC, SPA, SPE, SSD and THE.

Total Credits 60 -

Contact Information

Contact Name: Timothy Hack, department chair 
Contact Phone: 732.906.2590
Contact Email: HSS@middlesexcc.edu 
Department Web: https://www.middlesexcc.edu/history-social-science/

Frequently Asked Questions

Why study the Liberal Arts?

A Liberal Arts education helps students develop strong and ordered minds as they explore the world’s collected wisdom in literature, history, mathematics, science, philosophy and the arts. It teaches them to recognize and construct arguments, to appreciate diverse cultures and perspectives, and to have a sense of scholarship about the lives and events that have gone before. Liberal Arts emphasis on language helps students broaden their cultural perspective and become more aware of their own identity. Courses comprising a Liberal Arts education at Middlesex County College are the core of all liberal arts programs at the bachelor’s level. Students may select the general degree, the most flexible of all our Liberal Arts programs, or one of the many specialized options.

Are there any requirements that must be satisfied before taking courses in the major?

Algebra I is a prerequisite for all majors. Competency in Algebra I may be verified with a passing score on the College’s placement test or by completion of the appropriate course. Students must also have a grade of “C” or better in one year of high school laboratory science.

How long will it take to complete this degree?

Once students complete required developmental coursework (if any), the degree can be completed in two years of full-time study. Students may shorten the amount of degree completion time by taking courses in the summer and winter sessions.

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