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Human Services Transfer to Southern Oregon University

2020-21 Human Services Transfer to SOU (PDF)*

Associate of Science Degree
Courses for this Program

About the Program

The Associate of Science degree is based on a signed articulation agreement with Southern Oregon University (SOU). It has been developed in close cooperation with the School of Social Sciences, Health and Physical Education at SOU. The SOU departments of psychology and sociology/anthropology offer an interdisciplinary bachelor’s degree program focusing on the needs of human service professionals, a Bachelor of Arts or Science in Social Science. RCC’s Associate of Science (AS) degree is articulated with SOU’s Human Service program. 

Students should contact the SOU Human Services program early in the first year of the AS program to be advised about additional requirements and procedures for admission to the school or program. Students should be aware that if they transfer before completing this degree, courses will be evaluated individually toward the general education requirements in effect at SOU.

Program Learning Outcomes

The curriculum in RCC courses is derived from a set of identified learning outcomes that are relevant to the discipline. Program learning outcomes for human service programs are:

Apply principals of ethical decision making in the human services field and practice ethical behavior in relation to self and others within the helping relationship.

Establish rapport and a therapeutic alliance with clients through the demonstration of empathy, genuineness, congruence, and unconditional positive regard.

Promote personal growth in self and others by practicing positive living, optimism, self-examination and willingness to change.

Exhibit sensitivity and insight into the wide variety of problems in living experienced by individuals and groups in contemporary society.

Demonstrate clinical skills of screening, assessment, treatment planning, termination and referral.

Incorporate knowledge about the interrelated effects of addictions, poverty, mental and physical illness, and homelessness on family dynamics and intimate relationships in an integrated approach to addressing issues of family and intimate partner violence, child abuse and neglect.

Demonstrate specific skills in active listening, motivational interviewing, group counseling, crisis intervention and management, and counseling chemically dependent, traumatized, mentally ill and emotionally disturbed clients, as well as those with co-occurring mental health and addictions diagnoses.

Function effectively as a member of a team in providing services, designing programs, and working collaboratively among agencies and organizations for the benefit of clients and the community.

Actively engage in continuing education, lifelong learning and pro-active self-care.

Entry Requirements

Students are required to complete the Placement Process to determine skill level and readiness in math, reading, and writing. As part of their training program, students must begin with the courses within their skill level as determined through the Placement Process. In addition, students may also be required to enroll in classes that would increase their employability and success.

Prospective students should be aware of entry requirements of human services agencies prior to considering human services as a career choice. Practicum placement may require passing a criminal history background check. The inability to pass this check may preclude completion of the program. Students in recovery seeking placement in substance abuse treatment programs may also be required to demonstrate two years’ sobriety. More information is available from the Human Services Department.

Human Services is a limited-entry program requiring completion of an application that includes a writing sample and personal references. For more information on how to apply, including application deadlines, visit the Human Services website,

Advanced Standing

Coursework from accredited colleges and universities will be accepted in accordance with college policies and the department chair’s approval. In order to ensure that coursework is current, program courses over seven years old must be reviewed and approved by the appropriate department chair before being accepted toward core requirements. Each College Now credit student must meet with a Human Services Department advisor to determine placement.

Graduation Requirements

Students must successfully complete all credits in this program with a grade of “C” or better and passing the counseling skills competency requirement as demonstrated through a series of videotaped counseling interviews, to receive their degrees. Certain required courses are graded on a pass/no pass basis only. A grade of “P” for these courses indicates a student earned the equivalent of a “C” or better grade. A total of 264 hours (8 credits) of documented practicum is required and a minimum of two practicum seminars must also be completed. For admission to the SOU Human Services program, RCC students who begin this degree fall term 2017 or later must earn a minimum grade of “C” in MTH243, PSY201, PSY202, PSY215, SOC204 and WR122.

Prerequisites 1
Course No.
Course Title
CIS/CS__ Approved Computer Information Science or Computer Science class, CIS120/CS120 or above or documented computer proficiency within the past ten years 0-2
COMM111 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 4
MTH63 Applied Algebra I or
MTH60 Fundamentals of Algebra I or designated placement score 2
PSY101 Psychology of Human Relations 3
WR121 English Composition I 4
  Total Prerequisite Credits 11-17
General Education Requirements
Course No.
Course Title
LIB127 Introduction to Academic Research 1

Probability and Statistics with lab 2

SOC204 Introduction to Sociology 4
WR122 English Composition II or
WR227 Technical Writing
  Approved humanities electives 3 9-11
  Approved science electives 4 11-12
  Total General Education Requirements 33-36
Core Requirements
Course No.
Course Title
First Term
HS100 Introduction to Human Services 3
HS170 Introduction to Practicum 3
PSY201 General Psychology I 4
SOC243/CJ243 Drugs, Crime and Addiction 4
Second Term
HS152 Stress Management 1
HS155 Interviewing Theory and Techniques 4
HS175 Ethics for Counselors 1
HS261D Human Services Practicum and Seminar 4
PSY202 General Psychology II 4
Third Term
HE208 HIV and Infectious Diseases 1
HS115 Principles of Client Record Management 1
HS202 Counseling the Chemically Dependent Client I 3
HS261D Human Services Practicum and Seminar 4
HS158 Trauma-informed Care: Theory and Practice 3
PSY215 Life Span Human Development 4
Fourth Term
HDFS260 Child Abuse/Neglect 3
HS210 Motivational Interviewing 3
Fifth Term
HS260 Group Counseling 4
HS268 Co-occurring Disorders: Introductory Theory and Counseling 3
Sixth Term
HS265 Counseling Theories 3
SOC230 Introduction to Gerontology 4
  Total Core Credits 64
Total Program Credits

1 Required for Graduation

2 MTH95 or MTH96 prerequisite required before enrolling in MTH243

3 Approved Humanities Electives

(Complete at least three courses from the following list, 9-12 credits)

Course No.
Course Title
ART131 Introduction to Drawing 3
ART204, ART205, ART206 History of Art I, II, III 4-4-4
COMM115 Introduction to Intercultural Communication 4
ENG104, ENG105, ENG106 Introduction to Literature 4-4-4
ENG107, ENG108, ENG109 World Literature 4-4-4
ENG201, ENG202, ENG203 Shakespeare I, II, III 4-4-4
ENG204, ENG205, ENG206 Survey of English Literature 4-4-4
ENG253, ENG254, ENG255 Survey of American Literature 4-4-4
ENG257 African American Literature 4
ENG260 Introduction to Women Writers 4
ENG275 The Bible as Literature 4
HUM101, HUM102, HUM103 Introduction to Humanities 4-4-4
HUM215, HUM216, HUM217, HUM218, HUM219 Native American Arts and Cultures 4-4-4-4-4
MUS105 Music Appreciation 3
MUS108 Music in World Cultures 4
MUS201 Introduction to Western Music 4
MUS205 History of Jazz 3
MUS206 Introduction to Rock Music 3
MUS208 Film Music 3
MUS261, MUS262, MUS263 History of Western Music I, II, III 4-4-4
MUS264, MUS265, MUS266 History of Rock I, II, III 3-3-3
PHL101, PHL102, PHL103 Philosophical Problems/Ethics/Critical Reasoning 4-4-4
REL201 World Religions 4
REL243 Nature, Religion and Ecology 4
SPAN201, SPAN202, SPAN203 Second Year Spanish I, II, III 4-4-4
TA141 Fundamentals of Acting 4
WR241, WR242, WR243 Imaginative Writing I, II, III 4-4-4
4 Approved Science / Lab Science Electives

(Complete at least three courses from the following list, 11-12 credits − at least two courses must have labs. Only one course can be a regional field studies course indicated by asterisk.)

Course No.
Course Title
BI100GB Introductory Biology (non-lab course) 3
BI100SB Biology of Human Body Systems (non-lab course) 3
BI101, BI102, BI103 Introduction to Biology I, II, III with lab 4-4-4
BI121, BI122 Elementary Anatomy and Physiology I, II with lab 4-4
BI211, BI212, BI213 General Biology I, II, III with lab 4-4-4
BI231, BI232, BI233 Anatomy and Physiology I, II, III with lab 4-4-4
BI234 Microbiology with lab 4
CS195 Web Authoring I (HTML/CSS) (non-lab course) 4
G100 Fundamentals of Geology (non-lab course) 3
G101, G102, G103 Introduction to Geology I, II, III with lab 4-4-4
GEOG100 Introduction to Physical Geography (non-lab course) 3
GS104, GS106, GS107, GS108 Physical Science with lab 4-4-4-4
GS170 * Regional Field Studies with lab 4


For more information, contact the Human Services Department:

Grants Pass or Medford: 541-245-7504
Toll free in Oregon:  800-411-6508, Ext. 7504
Web address:
TTY:  Oregon Telecom Relay Service, 711
3345 Redwood Highway • Grants Pass, OR 97527

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