The Associate of Science in Human Services Administration program is designed to provide adult students with the practical industry knowledge of the human services field grounded in Catholic University’s liberal arts core. Human service careers include both working directly with clients and administering/managing the systems and processes of human service providers.

The 60 credit AS-HSA degree consists of twelve HSA specific major courses, ranging from Human Services Administration to Case Management to Working with Couples and Families, and eight liberal arts courses providing students with critical thinking skills, college level writing instruction, and ethical considerations. In their final semester, AS-HSA students are required to complete a one semester field internship in the area of human services or complete an experiential portfolio detailing and analyzing previous professional field experience.

Upon completion of the AS-HSA degree, students will be eligible to become Certified Addictions Counselors in the District of Columbia.

Career Prospects

The Associate’s degree focuses on addictions and substance abuse counseling, but will also prepare students for entrance into multiple human services occupations including recovery and rehabilitation services, case management, youth and family services, mentoring, and human and social service administration.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of community and social service occupations is projected to grow 10 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 257,700 jobs. For the specific occupation fields within community and social services which the Associate of Science in Human Services will prepare students, Human and Social Service Assistants jobs are projected to increase by 11% (faster than the national average), Rehabilitation Counselors by 9% (faster than average), Social and Community Service Managers by 10% (faster than average), and Substance Abuse and Behavior Disorder Counselors, to which the AS-HSA curriculum most closely aligns, projected to increase by 22% (much higher than the national average).

Also, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage community and social service workers was $42,010 in May 2015. The median wage for human and social service assistants was $30,830 and the DC median was $38,460. For substance abuse and behavior disorder counselors, the median salary was $39,980 nationally, $50,980 in the District of Columbia.

Tracking Sheet

CORE Courses:
8 Courses = 24 Credits
Theology and Religious Studies
TRACK Courses:
12 Courses = 36 Credits
Human Services Track Courses
Religious Studies Elective (MRE) MSO 101 Introduction to Human Services
PCEP Prior Learning Portfolio*
Philosophy MSO 180 General Psychology
MPH 250 Professional Ethics MSO 190 Sociology
English Composition MSO 250 Abnormal Psychology
MHU 151 Rhetoric and Composition MSO 365 Introduction to Counseling
MHU 152 Composition and Research MSO 396 Working with Couples and Families
Mathematics and Natural Sciences MSO 461 Psychology of Group Behavior
MID 150 College Mathematics MSO 328 Public Policy and Human Services
MID 210 Introduction to Biological Sciences MSO 340 Human Services Administration
Social and Behavioral Sciences MSO 345 Legal and Ethical Issues in Human Services
MSO 200 Human Cultural Diversity MSO 450 Case Management and Crisis Intervention
Technology MID 495 HS Internship**
PCEP Prior Learning Portfolio
MIS 105 Introduction to Information Technology

**Student will locate and complete an off-site internship at a D.C. Board approved site. Catholic University will provide a faculty member who assigns student projects or writing about the internship. 3 credits for completion.

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