Human Services

What is Human Services?

The field of Human Services is broadly defined, uniquely approaching the objective of meeting human needs through an interdisciplinary knowledge base, focusing on prevention as well as remediation of problems, and maintaining a commitment to improving the overall quality of life of service populations. The Human Services profession is one which promotes improved service delivery systems by addressing not only the quality of direct services, but also by seeking to improve accessibility, accountability, and coordination among professionals and agencies in service delivery. (National Organization for Human Services definition)

Fast Facts:

  • Human Services is one of the top 25 fastest growing professions in the United States.
  • By 2016, there will be a 34% increase in human services jobs, creating 114,000 new jobs.
  • The need for mental health counselors, rehab counselors and family counselors will increase by 30%.
  • Increased demand for direct care/ support workers in the areas of gerontology and disability.
  • There will be a total of 453,000 jobs in entry level human services by 2016 (see US Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Human Services Program at HCC

The Human Services program prepares you for entry level positions in agencies and institutions which provide social, community, educational, and mental health services. The curriculum will give you the essential knowledge and skills to begin a career in direct service to individuals. You'll study Human Services courses, technical electives pertaining to various areas of Human Services, and general education courses. Application of Human Services principles and skills is provided through a clinical experience in an appropriate setting. The clinical course is usually taken in your last semester. You may focus your studies by choosing the specific technical courses that best match your interests in such areas as juvenile delinquency, gerontology, corrections, developmental disabilities, and community and family services.

Available Credentials

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)


For definitions of AAS and Certificate.


Admission Requirements

This program has no special admission requirements. Please see the college's general admission requirements.

Employment Opportunities

When you graduate you are prepared to seek employment in various areas of Human Services. These settings may include hospitals, youth care facilities, mental health settings, chemical dependency settings, correctional facilities, geriatric settings, and social services agencies.

Length of Program

The program can be completed in two years if you take 15 to 18 credit hours per semester. General education classes should be taken along with curriculum classes.

Opportunities for More Education

You can transfer your two years at HCC into a four-year program in counseling, Human Services, and other areas. Work with your Program Coordinator and an advisor at the university of your choice.


Dr. Jah-Ra'EL V. Burrell, Program Coordinator
Office: Hopkinsville Campus, Academic Building 151
Phone: (270) 707-3879

Learn More

  • Social and Human Services Assistants Job Outlook
  • Southern Association for Human Services-SOHS is a regional affiliate of the national organization for human services and covers the states of KY, TN, VA, NC, SC, MS, AL, LA, FL & PR. SOHS hosts an annual conference that is very student driven and offers scholarships, professional development, networking opportunities, leadership, and volunteer opportunities in the area of human services. To become a member, refer to the website.
  • National Organization for Human Services -NOHS is a national organization with a mission to strengthen recognition of the unique and valued role of human services professionals. The organization now offers The Human Services Board Certified Practitioner credential and other incentives for being a member of NOHS such as leadership, professional development, continuing education credits, scholarships, job postings, and networking with other professionals. The organization provides an annual conference. To become a member, refer to the website.

This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.