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Associate of Arts in Human Services

Apply your knowledge, advance your career

Human Services at APU is a fully online and nighttime program designed for professionals seeking a degree for personal and professional growth.

Whether you choose the AA or BA program, expect to learn with – and from – classmates who already are at work in Human Services. Gain strong analytical and planning skills along with theory and application that emphasize compassionate, professional practice.

APU Human Services graduates compete successfully for placement in professions like:

  • chemical dependency counselors
  • senior services specialists
  • volunteer coordinators
  • behavioral health specialists

Alaska is your classroom.

Your AA in Human Services keeps Alaska-based challenges and opportunities in mind. Expect to learn professional, culturally aware approaches to issues like child welfare, domestic violence, homelessness and substance abuse.

What’s the role of laughter as an intervention? How can empirical data about incarcerated teens help shape treatment? Human Services students have researched each of these real-world topics for personalized learning. Expect collaborative projects that apply your life experience as you gain resume-building skills.

Your Human Services AA can make the most of transfer credits for a workplace-ready degree. Choose the BA when preparing for careers that offer direct, strengths-based interventions.

AA Major Studies

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Lifespan Human Development
  • Human Service Practice and Policy
  • Human Services Care Coordination
  • Ethics and Values in the Human Services
  • Human Services Portfolio/Field Experience
  • Focused Elective Coursework (Advisor/Student Designed)

Application Date Requirements 

1 month prior to the start of block, session, or module class

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