Human Services - Social Work


Do you have a passion for helping people?

The AS degree in Human Services is designed to prepare graduates for employment in direct-care human service positions. In addition to the Riverland core curriculum, internship experiences are an effective way to develop helping skills for interaction with people in treatment and support programs. New students are advised to schedule a meeting with the program coordinator, especially transfer students.

Further Education: Students who choose to pursue a four-year degree can also complete Associate in Arts degree requirements with additional course work. Students should work closely with the program coordinator and the counseling department to make sure that course work fulfills degree requirements.

Location: Albert Lea, Austin, Owatonna, Online Course(s)
Program Starts: Fall, Spring
Course Plan: Four Semesters
Faculty: Suzette Overby

For in-depth information including outcomes, program fees, course descriptions, and more please visit the Human Services - Social Work program page at

MnT/General Education Elective Courses (20 credits)

- Goal 6 - Humanities and Fine Arts 3 CR
- Goal 5 - History and the Social & Behavioral Sciences 6 CR
- Goal 3 - Natural Sciences 3 CR
- MnTC/General Education 7 CR
- Physical Education 1 CR

Required Core Courses (14 credits)

HSER1100 Introduction to Social Work and Human Services 3 CR
HSER1101 Human Services - Field Experience I 2 CR
HSER1102 Introduction to Counseling 2 CR
HSER1103 Intervention and Treatment Approaches 2 CR
HSER1104 Human Services - Field Experience II 1 CR
HSER1105 Introduction to Group Counseling 2 CR
HSER1112 Family Intervention and Assessment 3 CR

Required MnTC General Education Courses (15 credits)

ENGL1101 Composition I (Goal 1 & 2) 3 CR
ENGL1105 Composition II: Research (Goal 1 & 2; Prereq ENGL1101) 3 CR
PSYC1250 Abnormal Psychology (Goal 5 & 7) 3 CR
SOCI2150 Sexuality and Relationships (Goal 5 & 7) 3 CR
SPCH1100 Fundamentals of Speech (Goal 1 & 9) 3 CR

HSER Electives (3 credits required)

HSER1107 Chemical Dependency and Family Systems 3 CR
HSER1109 Abuse: Causes, Effects, Intervention 1 CR
HSER1110 Special Topics 1 CR
HSER1210 Drug Education 2 CR
CCLS1000 First Year Experience 1 CR

Internship (8 credits required)

HSER2200 Internship I 4 CR
HSER2201 Internship II 4 CR
HSER2202 Internship III 8 CR
HSER2203 Internship IV - Internship in Chemical Dependency 8 CR