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Social Work and Human Services

Social Work and Human Services

Social Work and Human Services

Social Work and Human Services

About Us

Social Work is a practice-based profession that promotes social change, development, cohesion, and empowerment of people and communities. 

Social Work practice involves the understanding of human development and behavior, history, policy, and advocacy across social, economic and cultural institutions and interactions.

As a student you will have the opportunity to learn about the core principles and practices of the field. You will also study and work directly with a variety of populations, with a focus on those who are vulnerable, oppressed, and/or experiencing poverty. 

Transfer and Career Opportunities

This degree prepares students for entry-level employment in the social work and human services field. The program can also be tailored for transfer into the CSU system, including Humboldt State University’s B.A. in Social Work, when paired with the Certificate of Achievement in CSU General Education Breadth. 

All students are advised to seek the assistance of a counselor or adviser when planning their course sequence to ensure their coursework supports their educational goals.

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What to Expect

Our Social Work and Human Services program is grounded in social science theory but includes important, hands-on, practical field experience. This applied academic approach provides students with the training they need to secure living wage jobs in this growing field.

Students in this program are educated and trained through the Generalist Practice Model to address social injustices and barriers to their client’s overall well-being. Social Work is an expansive career path for students who are empathetic, motivated, willing to engage in self-reflection and comfortable with an individual’s right to self-determination.

Department Contact:

Carolyn Perkins, Associate Professor (she/her/hers)

 fast Fact
Social work is one of the fastest growing careers in the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. There were more than 700,000 social work jobs in 2018. The profession is expected to grow by 11 percent by 2028.
 fast Fact
There are more than 170 social workers in national, state, and local elected office, including two U.S. Senators and four U.S. Representatives.

You will learn to:

  • Apply the basic theoretical principles, competencies, skills, and attitudes of social work and human services professionals.
  • Demonstrate comprehension of the various ethical issues that arise in the context of social welfare service delivery and how to appropriately respond to them.
  • Engage diversity and difference from a perspective of cultural humility in the performance of client advocacy.
  • Outline current institutional structures and policy initiatives as they relate to the social work field in the United States using a historical lens.

Projected California Employment Statistics

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers


Median Annual Wage

Projected Job Growth


US Bureau of Labor Statistics Job Outlook 2019-2029

Employment opportunities include:

  • Child welfare specialists
  • Social and human service assistants
  • Health educators
  • Social science research assistants
  • Social work case managers
Carolyn Perkins

Carolyn Perkins

"While some degree programs lock a person in to a particular focus, Social Work is a field that encourages and values a person's ability to remain flexible throughout their career. This portability allows individuals to evolve their careers as they themselves change over time."

Contact Us

General Questions Phone : 476-4135 Email :
Admissions Phone: 476-4200 Email:
Financial Aid Phone: 476-4182 Email:
Counseling Phone: 476-4150 Email:

Division Information

Career Education

 Rory Johnson, Dean

 Gussie Solem, Administrative Secretary

 CTE Division Office, AT-100C

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