The Addiction Studies, Social Work, and Human Services Department offers a variety of Associates of Arts degrees within the Social and Applied Behavioral Sciences taught in a supportive community with emphases in practical application of research and theory. Degrees available include Addiction Treatment Studies AA, Social Work AA-T, and Human Services A.A.

The Addiction Treatment Studies Program offers an AA Degree or Certificate of Achievement that are available online. The program is designed to prepare students for careers in the growing field of drug and alcohol counseling. It fulfills the state requirements for 315 hours of approved, “Alcohol & Other Drug” (AOD) specific education and 255 hours of supervised fieldwork.  The Addiction Treatment Studies curriculum is registered with California Association of DUI Treatment Programs (CADTP) and California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP). 

The A.A. degree in Human Services is an interdisciplinary degree concentrating in psycho-social development across the life span, with special emphases on the family system, identity development, mental wellness, and the human services profession. As part of this degree, students choose an area of concentration that is also available as a Certificate of Achievement. Our degree presents more than an understanding of how compassion meets theory and praxis; it concomitantly offers the kind of personal enrichment that comes from supporting others improve their own lives. Our curriculum prepares students to transfer into a Baccalaureate program. Specifically, it is articulated with Southern New Hampshire University online Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services, whereby students can transfer up to 90 units toward their bachelor’s degree. It is also designed to benefit the student who wishes to pursue a paraprofessional career in human services, such as case management, behavioral and mental health worker, and crisis counseling.

For those students interested in transferring into the CSU system to complete a Baccalaureate degree in Social Work and Human Services or similar, our Department offers an Associates in Arts degree in Social Work and Human Services for Transfer degree (AA-T). This area of study emphasizes the application of behavioral sciences within a variety of cultural contexts. As a profession, Social Work and Human Services focuses on methods for supporting people from many diverse social groups to improve the quality of their lives.