Credit Programs

2015-2016 Catalog (Courses updated for 2016-2017)

Associate in Science

Human Services (EB35)

This program is designed to prepare qualified students for a wide variety of community counseling-related employment positions in the urban-suburban region of Greater Bridgeport and surrounding metropolitan areas. Career positions in such fields as counseling, mental health, social services, substance abuse, community outreach, and gerontology. Instruction is cross-disciplinary and is designed for maximum transferability for those wishing to continue their studies.


  • Demonstrate knowledge of the range of effective communication and basic counseling strategies/skills necessary to establish a collaborative relationship with the client or patient.
  • Apply knowledge of formal and informal assessment practices in order to respond to the needs, desires, and interests of the client.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of formal and informal supports available in the community.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the range of participatory planning and outreach techniques associated with the helping professions.
  • Demonstrate the ability to match specific supports and interventions to the unique needs of individual clients and recognize the importance of friends, family, and community relationships.
  • Demonstrate awareness of the diverse challenges facing clients (e.g. human-rights, legal, administrative, and financial) and be able to identify and use effective advocacy strategies to overcome such challenges.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and appropriate application of crisis prevention, intervention and resolution techniques, and be able to match such techniques to particular circumstances and individuals.
  • Demonstrate case-management skills with clients including the development of collaborative relationships, assisting with the identification and access to community supports, implementing plans in a collaborative and expeditious manner, promoting an advocacy position, and mobilizing resources and support necessary to assist clients.
  • Understand and articulate a systems perspective for the treatment and resolution of individual, family, group, and community human service problems.
  • Develop and demonstrate ethical standards and sensibilities.

Suggested Sequence of Courses:
Prerequisite or parallel courses may be required. Please check individual course descriptions for details.

Freshman Year Sophomore Year Total Credits:

1 MAT* E075, MAT* E095 not acceptable.

2 It is required that students discuss selection of elective with Program Coordinator.

3 Internship courses (HSE* E291 and HSE* E292) must be taken in separate semesters and approved in advance by the Program Coordinator.

NOTE: For degree completion the student must complete the Computer Literacy Requirement.

NOTE: A minimum of 15 credits must be taken in 200-level courses.

Contact Us

  • Housatonic Community College
  • 900 Lafayette Blvd., Bridgeport, CT 06604
  • (203) 332-5000