Human & Family Services Transfer Major

Human services professionals strive to help people with varied backgrounds find the services and programs they need to better their situations, whether they are advocating for children, giving care to the elderly or assisting others in rehabilitation treatment.

Earn your Associate in Arts (AA) degree in Human & Family Services before transferring on to a regent university (University of Northern Iowa) to complete your bachelor’s degree. Completion of an AA degree at Iowa Lakes will satisfy the required general education prerequisites at the regent of your choosing. Gain knowledge in introductory human services courses such as Marriage and Family, Introduction to Social Work, and Human Sexuality.

By earning this degree, you’ll have met the general course requirements for a specific major of a four-year institution and a transfer major recorded on your transcripts from Iowa Lakes. Requirements may vary among institutions so students should work with an advisor to become familiar with specific requirements of the institution which they plan to transfer.

To earn a Transfer Major Degree, a student must complete all required coursework of that specific major and maintain a 2.0 GPA or higher.

Be of help to people from all walks of life with a Human & Family Services Transfer Major degree. You have a goal … we have the plan. APPLY TODAY!

Students who plan to complete their general AA or AS and have a TRANSFER OPTION should contact the college or university to which they plan to transfer to assure that that core  courses they take will transfer into their planned major.

Faculty Contact

Amy Ver Mulm
Professor, Human Services Program
712-362-7977 | avermulm@iowalakes.edu

Program Details

PROGRAM LENGTH: 4 Terms

DEGREE: Associate of Arts (64 credits)

CAMPUS: Estherville

Did You Know?

First Year University GPA: 2.63

Average Retention One Year After Transferring to a Regent University: 78%

Average University Graduation Rates Three Years After Entry to a Regent University: 56%

Curriculum

Term 1

Credits: 3

Emphasis on expository and argumentative writings including a review of usage and mechanics.

Prerequisites: Satisfactory score on the ACT, Accuplacer, ASSET,COMPASS as determined by Iowa Lakes policy


Credits: 3

An introduction to the scientific study of behavior; a brief history of psychology as a science, and topics fundamental to human behavior including developmental issues, sensory abilities, cogni­tive performance, social and emotional factors in behavior, and abnormal behavior and therapies.


Credits: 1

Students master the academic and personal skills needed to suc­ceed in higher education and in life. Content will cover academic, communication and life management skills. Goal setting, time management, note taking, test taking and how to be a lifelong learner will also be covered.


Credits: 3

A survey course applying basic sociological concepts, theories, and methods to examine society, culture, cultural institutions, cultural diversity, and cultural stability and change.


Plus Humanities: 3 credits
Plus Math: 3 credits

Term 2

Credits: 3

CSC-110 is an introductory course that surveys a variety of topics to include history, hardware, software, terminology, com­munications, computer ethics, and societal impact of computers. In addition to computer literacy, students will complete hands-on modules using operating systems, word processing, database, presentation, and spreadsheet software; such as Microsoft Office programs.


Credits: 3

Continuation of ENG 105 with emphasis on research and docu­mentation as well as literary analysis.

Prerequisites: ENG 105 – Composition I


Credits: 3

This course provides a foundation of statistical concepts and procedures that can aid the student as both a consumer and pro­ducer of statistical information. The course emphasizes descrip­tive and inferential statistical methods, probability, estimation, hypothesis testing and linear regression. Students are introduced to technology as it applies to introductory statistical methods.

Prerequisites: Appropriate placement score or MAT 110, MAT 140, MAT 120, MAT 121, MAT 127 or MAT 210


Credits: 4

This course provides a foundation of statistical concepts and pro­cedures that can aid the student as both a consumer and produc­er of statistical information. The course emphasizes descriptive and inferential statistical methods, probability, estimation, hypoth­esis testing and linear regression. Students are also introduced to software as it applies to introductory statistical methods.

Prerequisites: Appropriate placement score or MAT 110, MAT 140, MAT 120, MAT 121, MAT 127 or MAT 210


Credits: 3

Studies human development from conception through the lifes­pan. Physical, emotional, social, cognitive and moral aspects are studied in the classroom, by lecture, file/video, projects, and observation and by reading the literature.


Credits: 3

The fundamentals course develops the basic skills involved in a variety of communication situations, including oral presentations and interpersonal speaking.  Emphasis is placed on organization, audience analysis, vocal and physical delivery, listening, nonverbal communication, critical thinking, and methods of dealing with communication apprehension through class discussion and activities.


Credits: 3

This course examines both the theoretical and practical basis of speech communication, particularly public speaking. Emphasis is placed on speech preparation, organization, support, delivery, and audience analysis.


Credits: 3

Examines how humans communicate in one-on-one situations through personal and professional relationships.


Choose MAT 156 or MAT 157
Choose SPC 101, SPC 112 or SPC 122
Plus Elective: 9 credits

Term 3

Credits: 3

The sociological study of the family and family-related issues in cultural, cross-cultural, historical, and social context.


Credits: 3

An introductory course in social welfare systems and social work practice that surveys the historical development of the social work profession in conjunction with the development of the social wel­fare services in the United States.


Credits: 1-4

This course is offered under the guidance of an instructor and employer mentor/supervisor. This course provides students an opportunity to learn in a work setting while obtaining practical experience in Human Services careers. Students will participate in job training, and will complete assignments to develop workplace communication skills, gain an understanding of industry and organizational structures, and learn problem-solving skills in a work environment.


Plus Humanities: 3 credits
Plus Science: 4 credits
Plus Elective: 6 credits

Term 4

Credits: 3

Human Sexuality focuses on normal sexual development, human sexual responses, and common sexual problems. It provides factual information on human sexuality and raises practical questions about human sexual behavior. It also helps students examine and evalu­ate their views and values concerning sexual behavior.

Prerequisites:  Students must have taken one of the following three courses: PSY 111 – Intro to Psychology, SOC 110 – Intro to Sociology, or SOC 120 – Marriage and Family or have permission of instructor.


Credits: 1-4

This course is offered under the guidance of an instructor and employer mentor/supervisor. This course provides students an opportunity to learn in a work setting while obtaining practical experience in Human Services careers. Students will participate in job training, and will complete assignments to develop workplace communication skills, gain an understanding of industry and organizational structures, and learn problem-solving skills in a work environment.


Plus Humanities: 3 credits
Plus Science: 3 credits
Plus Elective: 6 credits