earn an associate degree in social and human services

Human services professionals work with people from diverse backgrounds to help improve their quality of life. Our A.S. degree in Social and Human Services gives you a well-rounded education to help the meet the needs of a variety of clients.

This academic program prepares you for the following careers. All job data is provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Community Health Workers

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Social and Human Service Assistants

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Features of SPC's Social and Human Services A.S. Degree

  • Gets you into the workforce quickly
  • Prepares you for state certifications
  • Faculty have strong experience and expertise in their field.
  • Flexible subplan and embedded certificate options give you options for specialization.

Social and Human Services Associate in Science

Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Fall 2024 (640)

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2024 (640), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.

Program Summary

Human services professionals are front-line workers in their community. They work in a variety of settings with people from diverse backgrounds to help improve their quality of life, assist and support them through difficult times, or access additional resources and services. They assist other workers, such as counselors, therapists, social workers, or case managers, and they help clients find benefits or community services. Our programs help students gain the needed skills to enter and succeed in this field. Our programs: • Prepare students for quick entry-level employment • Provide the educational/training hours necessary to obtain certain state certifications. • Offer major core courses taught by instructors with experience and expertise in their field. • Offer sub plan options for students to specialize in a preferred area of study. • Reflect an interdisciplinary approach to psychology, mental health, addictions, counseling, social work, sociology, community health and youth development • Emphasize interviewing/assessing, community outreach, addiction counseling, intervention techniques, knowledge of adaptive and maladaptive behavior patterns, communication skills, professional responsibility, and professional and ethical conduct.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum grade of "C" required in all courses.

Academic Pathways

The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
  • the recommended order in which to take the program courses
  • suggested course when more than one option exists
  • which semester each course is typically offered
  • if the course has a prerequisite
  • courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.

Program Leadership Information

Dr. Joseph Smiley
Dean, Social/Behavioral Science & Human Services
Dr. Latresha Moore
Human Services Program Director

Florida CIP Code

1451159901 - Social and Human Services

Federal CIP Code

51.1599 - Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions, Other.


The subplans and specific embedded certificates in SPC's A.S. degree in Social and Human Services prepare you for the following state certifications through the Florida Certification Board:


Our Social and Human Services Associate in Science Degree transfers to our bachelor's degrees in Human Services and Health Services Administration. In addition, your A.S. degree prepares you to earn SPC's Applied Mental Health Advanced Technical Certificate.

We also offer continuing education for health professionals.

Addiction Studies Certificate