General Studies: Human Services Specialization

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General Studies Human Services Specialization


Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree


Four semesters (two-year) program


A significant number of college undergraduate students desire a more comprehensive two-year general degree program than the conventional curriculum. The Human Services Specialization allows students the flexibility of moving into transfer programs in psychology, social work, human services, sociology and other fields. Occupational titles, depending on educational achievement, of human service workers may include Case Worker, Case Management Aide, Eligibility Counselor, Social Service Aide, Probation Officer, Mental Health Counselor, or Crisis Intervention Manager. Human Service professionals and paraprofessionals work to provide people the assistance needed to stabilize their lives and find self-sufficiency and independence through assessment, guidance, counseling, and/or treatment options. Some graduates satisfy their goals by completing the two-year program of general academic studies. Most general studies students plan to transfer to a four-year college or university as more specialized academic interests and aptitudes develop during the program of studies. The framework of academic standards for the associate of arts and sciences degree makes this possible.

Transfer Guidelines

The associate of arts and sciences degrees (AA&S) and associate of science (AS) offered by LFCC are designed to provide freshman and sophomore level course work toward the completion of a bachelor’s degree. The AA&S and AS degree programs require students to take essentially the same courses as required by their university/four-year college counterparts.

To help facilitate the transfer process, LFCC has created an online ‘Transfer Guide’ that provides detailed information such as tuition, GPA, application requirements, course equivalents, and other information that may be useful in the transfer process. The transfer guide can found at

The Virginia Community College System also offers a Transfer Planning Tool on the Virginia Educational Wizard, which can be found at

Students should begin preparing for transfer as early as possible. Steps in this process include: making a career decision, identifying colleges which offer the intended program of study, examining available transfer information and college catalogs, exploring Guaranteed Admissions and Transfer agreements, talking with transfer representatives, identifying program prerequisites, researching the academic competitiveness of the institutions and program under consideration, attending open house events offered by the colleges and exploring financial aid and housing opportunities. LFCC offers many services and programs to assist the transfer student.

Students are encouraged to seek the assistance of an advisor or counselor to gain additional information to plan a successful transfer experience.

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