Human Services Fundamentals microcredential badgeThe learner will be introduced to the fundamentals of the Human Services field. The learner will evaluate the influence of one’s personal values and ethics and how their practice is guided in the context of human services. An introduction to Multicultural Studies, Sociology, Psychology and Human Services provides a comprehensive and holistic overview of practice skills in the field.

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Introduction to Human Services is an overview of the human services field. In this course, students will explore the roles and responsibilities of human services professionals and how they fit within organizational structures and the various services provided in the field. We will explore ethical principles and core values in the field and how they relate to working in a multicultural environment and it will introduce the basic skills and strategies used in the profession.

Introduces students to the meaning and significance of race, gender, and class in the United States. Students will be exposed to basic concepts in multicultural studies such as ethnicity, culture, race, socialization, assimilation, acculturation, migration, immigration, gender, and socioeconomic status. This course is taught from a multidisciplinary approach that allows students to exercise critical thinking skills by understanding historical, cultural, political, economic, and sociological perspectives.

Students will develop a “sociological lens” as they explore major concepts and research methods in sociology. The course examines macro- and micro-sociological perspectives, how culture influences us, socialization and social change. There is particular emphasis on social inequality in relationship to race, ethnicity, sex, gender, and age as well as analysis of the five basic institutions in our society – family, religion, education, politics and the economy.

This course introduces students to the science of psychology. Topics include, but are not limited to historical perspectives, methods of research, contemporary theory, social psychology, the biological basis of behavior, memory, learning and conditioning, human development, personality, abnormal behavior and perception. Students will also investigate the impact of culture, gender and ethnicity on the study of the field.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Method(s) of delivery: Online, In-person

Credit or Non-credit:  Credit

Minimum Grade Proficiency: B-

(Grades will be recorded on the student’s transcript. Students who meet the grade proficiency are eligible to earn the microcredential. If a grade is earned below the proficiency level, the course grade cannot be used toward the microcredential, but is eligible for graduation requirements.)

Credits Earned Upon Completion:  12

Student Outcomes

  • Identify the theoretical foundations of human services and its connection to sociology and psychology
  • Describe the core values and ethical principles in the human services field
  • Describe historical and contemporary societal factors that shape the development of individual and group identity involving race, class, and gender
  • Explain and analyze the scientific approach and how it is used to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes
  • Describe the five basic institutions of American society


  • Oral and Written Communication
  • Values and Ethics
  • Interpersonal/Interaction
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

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AA Liberal Arts and Science: Humanities and Social Science – Psychology Track

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