A.A., Family Studies/Human Services
C.S., Addiction Studies 
C.S., Addiction Studies Fieldwork
C.S., Paraprofessional Counseling Skills
C.S., Parenting Coach/Educator


The Human Development/Human Services Department offers an interdisciplinary degree concentrating in psycho-social development across the life span, emphasizing personal identity, the family system and paraprofessional counseling skills. The degree is designed to benefit the student who wishes to pursue a career in the social and behavioral sciences field, such as social work, clinical psychology and crisis management; as well as benefit the student seeking to acquire a deeper understanding of human development and adjustment.

Additionally, the Human Development/Human Services Department offers an Addiction Studies Certification of Specialization designed to prepare students to serve as professionals in the growing career field of chemical and behavioral addiction counseling.

Cuesta College is an accredited California Association for Alcohol/Drug Educators (CAADE) program. This credential will help students obtain jobs in social service agencies, treatment programs, recovery homes, schools, and law enforcement. Lastly, the Human Development/Human Services course offerings prepare students for transfer to institutions providing higher degrees in the social and behavioral sciences.



An Associate Degree, depending on the focus of study, is designed to prepare students for transfer into upper division course work in a bachelor’s degree program, or, to prepare students to enter the workforce in a particular vocational field. To qualify for an Associate’s Degree, a student must: 

(1) complete each major-specific course required for the degree with at least a “C” grade or better,

(2) complete all Cuesta College general education, graduation and residency requirements,

(3) achieve an overall grade point average of 2.0 for all courses attempted (major, general education, elective), and

(4) submit an Associate’s Degree Application to Admissions and Records.

A Certificate Program is designed for students who desire specific training to meet an immediate occupational or personal goal, or for promotion or lateral transfer within their existing field of employment. To qualify for a Certificate of Achievement or a Certificate of Specialization, a student must:

1) complete all courses required for the Certificate with an overall grade point average of 2.0,

2) earn at least 12 units in residency at Cuesta and

3) submit a Certificate Application to Admissions and Records.



Community College Instructor Parole/Probation Officer
Crisis Worker Social Worker
Mental Health Worker University Professor
Parent Educator Writer/Journalist
Community College Instructor  

Degree/Certificate Types:
A.A. - Associate in Arts C.A. - Certificate of Achievement
A.S. - Associate in Science C.S. - Certificate of Specialization
A.A.-T. - Associate in Arts for Transfer C.C. - Certificate of Completion (Non Credit)
A.S.-T. - Associate in Science for Transfer