Human Services Technology Degree

The Human Services Technology curriculum prepares students for entry-level positions in institutions and agencies which provide social, community, and educational services. Along with core courses, students take courses which prepare them for specialization in specific human service areas.

Students will take courses from a variety of disciplines. Emphasis in core courses is placed on development of relevant knowledge, skills, and attitudes in human services. Fieldwork experience will provide opportunities for application of knowledge and skills learned in the classroom.

Graduates should qualify for positions in mental health, child care, family services, social services, rehabilitation, correction, and educational agencies. Graduates choosing to continue their education may select from a variety of transfer programs at senior public and private institutions.

Program Contact

Kathy Foster
Chair, Human Services Technology
Wayne West Building
Phone: (252) 222-6287
Email: fosterk@carteret.edu

First Semester

College Transfer Success Click for details
ACA 122
1.00
College Transfer Success Close
ACA
122

This course provides information and strategies necessary to develop clear academic and professional goals beyond the community college experience. Topics include the CAA, college policies and culture, career exploration, gathering information on senior institutions, strategic planning, critical thinking, and communications skills for a successful academic transition. Upon completion, students should be able to develop an academic plan to transition successfully to senior institutions.

Credits: 1.00
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Introduction to Computers Click for details
CIS 110
3.00
Introduction to Computers Close
CIS
110

This course introduces computer concepts, including fundamental functions and operations of the computer. Topics include identification of hardware components, basic computer operations, security issues, and use of software applications. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the role and function of computers and use the computer to solve problems.

Credits: 3.00
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Writing and Inquiry Click for details
ENG 111
3.00
Writing and Inquiry Close
ENG
111

This course is designed to develop the ability to produce clear writing in a variety of genres and formats using a recursive process. Emphasis includes inquiry, analysis, effective use of rhetorical strategies, thesis development, audience awareness, and revision. Upon completion, students should be able to produce unified, coherent, well-developed essays using standard written English.

Credits: 3.00
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Introduction to Human Services Click for details
HSE 110
3.00
Introduction to Human Services Close
HSE
110

This course introduces the human services field, including the history, agencies, roles, and careers. Topics include personal/professional characteristics, diverse populations, community resources, disciplines in the field, systems, ethical standards, and major theoretical and treatment approaches. Upon completion, students should be able to identify the knowledge, skills, and roles of the human services worker.

Credits: 3.00
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Human Services Issues Click for details
HSE 210
2.00
Human Services Issues Close
HSE
210

This course covers current issues and trends in the field of human services. Emphasis is placed on contemporary topics with relevance to special issues in a multi-faceted field. Upon completion, students should be able to integrate the knowledge, skills, and experiences gained in classroom and clinical experiences with emerging trends in the field.

Credits: 2.00
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General Psychology Click for details
PSY 150
3.00
General Psychology Close
PSY
150

This course provides an overview of the scientific study of human behavior. Topics include history, methodology, biopsychology, sensation, perception, learning, motivation, cognition, abnormal behavior, personality theory, social psychology, and other relevant topics. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a basic knowledge of the science of psychology.

Credits: 3.00
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15 Total Credits

Second Semester

ENG 112
3.00
Writing and Research in the Disciplines Close
ENG
112

This course, the second in a series of two, introduces research techniques, documentation styles, and writing strategies. Emphasis is placed on analyzing information and ideas and incorporating research findings into documented writing and research projects. Upon completion, students should be able to evaluate and synthesize information from primary and secondary sources using documentation appropriate to various disciplines.

Credits: 3.00
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ENG 114
3.00
Professional Research & Reporting Close
ENG
114

This course, the second in a series of two, is designed to teach professional communication skills. Emphasis is placed on research, listening, critical reading and thinking, analysis, interpretation, and design used in oral and written presentations. Upon completion, students should be able to work individually and collaboratively to produce well-designed business and professional written and oral presentations.

Credits: 3.00
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Group Process I Click for details
HSE 112
2.00
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HSE
112

This course introduces interpersonal concepts and group dynamics. Emphasis is placed on self-awareness facilitated by experiential learning in small groups with analysis of personal experiences and the behavior of others. Upon completion, students should be able to show competence in identifying and explaining how people are influenced by their interactions in group settings.

Credits: 2.00
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Interviewing Techniques Click for details
HSE 123
3.00
Interviewing Techniques Close
HSE
123

This course covers the purpose, structure, focus, and techniques employed in effective interviewing. Emphasis is placed on observing, attending, listening, responding, recording, and summarizing of personal histories with instructor supervision. Upon completion, students should be able to perform the basic interviewing skills needed to function in the helping relationship.

Credits: 3.00
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Counseling Click for details
HSE 125
3.00
Counseling Close
HSE
125

This course covers the major approaches to psychotherapy and counseling, including theory, characteristics, and techniques. Emphasis is placed on facilitation of self-exploration, problem solving, decision making, and personal growth. Upon completion, students should be able to understand various theories of counseling and demonstrate counseling techniques.

Credits: 3.00
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Developmental Psychology Click for details
PSY 241
3.00
Developmental Psychology Close
PSY
241

This course is a study of human growth and development. Emphasis is placed on major theories and perspectives as they relate to the physical, cognitive, and psychosocial aspects of development from conception to death. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of development across the life span.

Credits: 3.00
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Abnormal Psychology Click for details
PSY 281
3.00
Abnormal Psychology Close
PSY
281

This course provides an examination of the various psychological disorders, as well as theoretical, clinical, and experimental perspectives of the study of psychopathology. Emphasis is placed on terminology, classification, etiology, assessment, and treatment of the major disorders. Upon completion, students should be able to distinguish between normal and abnormal behavior patterns as well as demonstrate knowledge of etiology, symptoms, and therapeutic techniques.

Credits: 3.00
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Sociology Elective List (Select One)

Introduction to Sociology Click for details
SOC 210
3.00
Introduction to Sociology Close
SOC
210

This course introduces the scientific study of human society, culture, and social interactions. Topics include socialization, research methods, diversity and inequality, cooperation and conflict, social change, social institutions, and organizations. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of sociological concepts as they apply to the interplay among individuals, groups, and societies.

Credits: 3.00
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Sociology of the Family Click for details
SOC 213
3.00
Sociology of the Family Close
SOC
213

This course covers the institution of the family and other intimate relationships. Emphasis is placed on mate selection, gender roles, sexuality, communication, power and conflict, parenthood, diverse lifestyles, divorce and remarriage, and economic issues. Upon completion, students should be able to analyze the family as a social institution and the social forces which influence its development and change.

Credits: 3.00
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Social Problems Click for details
SOC 220
3.00
Social Problems Close
SOC
220

This course provides an in-depth study of current social problems. Emphasis is placed on causes, consequences, and possible solutions to problems associated with families, schools, workplaces, communities, and the environment. Upon completion, students should be able to recognize, define, analyze, and propose solutions to these problems.

Credits: 3.00
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17 Total Credits

Third Semester

Case Management Click for details
HSE 220
3.00
Case Management Close
HSE
220

This course covers the variety of tasks associated with professional case management. Topics include treatment planning, needs assessment, referral procedures, and follow-up and integration of services. Upon completion, students should be able to effectively manage the care of the whole person from initial contact through termination of services.

Credits: 3.00
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Crisis Intervention Click for details
HSE 225
3.00
Crisis Intervention Close
HSE
225

This course introduces the basic theories and principles of crisis intervention. Emphasis is placed on identifying and demonstrating appropriate and differential techniques for intervening in various crisis situations. Upon completion, students should be able to assess crisis situations and respond appropriately.

Credits: 3.00
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Sociology Elective List (Select One)

Introduction to Sociology Click for details
SOC 210
3.00
Introduction to Sociology Close
SOC
210

This course introduces the scientific study of human society, culture, and social interactions. Topics include socialization, research methods, diversity and inequality, cooperation and conflict, social change, social institutions, and organizations. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of sociological concepts as they apply to the interplay among individuals, groups, and societies.

Credits: 3.00
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Sociology of the Family Click for details
SOC 213
3.00
Sociology of the Family Close
SOC
213

This course covers the institution of the family and other intimate relationships. Emphasis is placed on mate selection, gender roles, sexuality, communication, power and conflict, parenthood, diverse lifestyles, divorce and remarriage, and economic issues. Upon completion, students should be able to analyze the family as a social institution and the social forces which influence its development and change.

Credits: 3.00
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Social Problems Click for details
SOC 220
3.00
Social Problems Close
SOC
220

This course provides an in-depth study of current social problems. Emphasis is placed on causes, consequences, and possible solutions to problems associated with families, schools, workplaces, communities, and the environment. Upon completion, students should be able to recognize, define, analyze, and propose solutions to these problems.

Credits: 3.00
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9 Total Credits

Fourth Semester

HSE Clinical Supervision I Click for details
HSE 160
1.00
HSE Clinical Supervision I Close
HSE
160

This course provides an opportunity to discuss clinical experiences with peers and faculty. Emphasis is placed on discussing application of concepts and principles from related course content to clinical placement. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required in human services clinical experiences.

Credits: 1.00
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HSE Clinical Experience I Click for details
HSE 163
3.00
HSE Clinical Experience I Close
HSE
163

This course provides supervised clinical experience in human services delivery agencies. Emphasis is placed on the application and practice of concepts, principles, knowledge, and skills from related course work. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate and apply skills, knowledge, and values from human services classes.

Credits: 3.00
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Issues in Client Services Click for details
HSE 240
3.00
Issues in Client Services Close
HSE
240

This course introduces systems of professional standards, values, and issues in the helping professions. Topics include confidentiality, assessment of personal values, professional responsibilities, competencies, and ethics relative to multicultural counseling and research. Upon completion, students should be able to understand and discuss multiple ethical issues applicable to counseling and apply various decision-making models to current issues.

Credits: 3.00
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Critical Thinking Click for details
HUM 115
3.00
Critical Thinking Close
HUM
115

This course introduces the use of critical thinking skills in the context of human conflict. Emphasis is placed on evaluating information, problem solving, approaching cross-cultural perspectives, and resolving controversies and dilemmas. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate orally and in writing the use of critical thinking skills in the analysis of appropriate texts.

Credits: 3.00
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World Religions Click for details
REL 110
3.00
World Religions Close
REL
110

This course introduces the world’s major religious traditions. Topics include Primal religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. Upon completion, students should be able to identify the origins, history, beliefs, and practices of the religions studied.

Credits: 3.00
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Major Elective List (Select One)

Elementary Spanish I Click for details
SPA 111
3.00
Elementary Spanish I Close
SPA
111

This course introduces the fundamental elements of the Spanish language within a cultural context. Emphasis is placed on the development of basic listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Upon completion, students should be able to comprehend and respond with grammatical accuracy to spoken and written Spanish and demonstrate cultural awareness.

Credits: 3.00
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Personal Health/Wellness Click for details
HEA 110
3.00
Personal Health/Wellness Close
HEA
110

This course provides an introduction to basic personal health and wellness. Emphasis is placed on current health issues such as nutrition, mental health, and fitness. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the factors necessary to the maintenance of health and wellness.

Credits: 3.00
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Community Resources Management Click for details
HSE 155
2.00
Community Resources Management Close
HSE
155

This course focuses on the working relationships between human services agencies and the community. Emphasis is placed on identification and observation of community resources which contribute to the achievement of the human services mission. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge about mobilizing of community resources, marshaling public support, and determining appropriate sources of funding.

Credits: 2.00
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Health Care Click for details
HSE 215
5.00
Health Care Close
HSE
215

This course introduces basic nursing skills required to provide personal care for patients, residents, or clients in a health care setting. Topics include communications, safety, patient’s rights, legal and ethical responsibilities, personal care, vital signs, elimination, nutrition, emergencies, rehabilitation, medical terminology, and mental health. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate the skills necessary to qualify as a Nursing Assistant I with the North Carolina Nurse Aide Registry.

Credits: 5.00
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Financial Services Click for details
HSE 250
2.00
Financial Services Close
HSE
250

This course introduces those agencies that provide income maintenance casework services. Emphasis is placed on qualifying applicants for a variety of economic assistant programs offered by human services agencies. Upon completion, students should be able to make a factual and objective assessment of a client’s economic situation to qualify them for economic assistance.

Credits: 2.00
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13 Total Credits

fifth Semester

HSE Clinical Supervision II Click for details
HSE 260
1.00
HSE Clinical Supervision II Close
HSE
260

This course provides an opportunity to discuss clinical experiences with peers and faculty. Emphasis is placed on discussing application of concepts and principles from related course content to clinical placement. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required in human services clinical experiences.

Credits: 1.00
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HSE Clinical Experience II Click for details
HSE 264
4.00
HSE Clinical Experience II Close
HSE
264

This course provides additional supervised clinical experience in human services delivery agencies. Emphasis is placed on the application and practice of concepts, principles, knowledge, and skills from related course work. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate and apply skills, knowledge, and values from human services classes.

Credits: 4.00
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MAT 110
3.00
Mathematical Measurement and Literacy Close
MAT
110

This course provides an activity-based approach that develops measurement skills and mathematical literacy using technology to solve problems for non-math intensive programs. Topics include unit conversions and estimation within a variety of measurement systems; ratio and proportion; basic geometric concepts; financial literacy; and statistics including measures of central tendency, dispersion, and charting of data. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate the use of mathematics and technology to solve practical problems, and to analyze and communicate results.

Credits: 3.00
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Principles of Biology Click for details
BIO 110
4.00
Principles of Biology Close
BIO
110

This course provides a survey of fundamental biological principles for non-science majors. Emphasis is placed on basic chemistry, cell biology, metabolism, genetics, evolution, ecology, diversity, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate increased knowledge and better understanding of biology as it applies to everyday life.

Credits: 4.00
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Major Elective List (Select Two)

Elementary Spanish I Click for details
SPA 111
3.00
Elementary Spanish I Close
SPA
111

This course introduces the fundamental elements of the Spanish language within a cultural context. Emphasis is placed on the development of basic listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Upon completion, students should be able to comprehend and respond with grammatical accuracy to spoken and written Spanish and demonstrate cultural awareness.

Credits: 3.00
Prerequisites:
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Personal Health/Wellness Click for details
HEA 110
3.00
Personal Health/Wellness Close
HEA
110

This course provides an introduction to basic personal health and wellness. Emphasis is placed on current health issues such as nutrition, mental health, and fitness. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the factors necessary to the maintenance of health and wellness.

Credits: 3.00
Prerequisites:
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Community Resources Management Click for details
HSE 155
2.00
Community Resources Management Close
HSE
155

This course focuses on the working relationships between human services agencies and the community. Emphasis is placed on identification and observation of community resources which contribute to the achievement of the human services mission. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge about mobilizing of community resources, marshaling public support, and determining appropriate sources of funding.

Credits: 2.00
Prerequisites:
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Health Care Click for details
HSE 215
5.00
Health Care Close
HSE
215

This course introduces basic nursing skills required to provide personal care for patients, residents, or clients in a health care setting. Topics include communications, safety, patient’s rights, legal and ethical responsibilities, personal care, vital signs, elimination, nutrition, emergencies, rehabilitation, medical terminology, and mental health. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate the skills necessary to qualify as a Nursing Assistant I with the North Carolina Nurse Aide Registry.

Credits: 5.00
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Financial Services Click for details
HSE 250
2.00
Financial Services Close
HSE
250

This course introduces those agencies that provide income maintenance casework services. Emphasis is placed on qualifying applicants for a variety of economic assistant programs offered by human services agencies. Upon completion, students should be able to make a factual and objective assessment of a client’s economic situation to qualify them for economic assistance.

Credits: 2.00
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14(15) Total Credits