Human services programs are available at a variety of schools in South Carolina, primarily through two-year, public institutions. Certificates and associate's degrees in the field are offered. While degree programs include general education coursework, certificate programs may concentrate entirely on major classes. Field experience may be required or preferred for admission to such programs; other schools' curriculum includes field experiences or internships.
Human services professionals can be found in a variety of professions throughout the community. Graduates of human services programs can find work in hospitals and nursing homes, social services agencies, schools, and prisons.
Profiled below are the nine largest South Carolina schools offering human services degree programs.
Central Carolina Technical College
Central Carolina Technical College, a public two-year college, is located in Sumter. Central Carolina has a student population of over 3,900. By completing 35 credit hours over three semesters, students at Central Carolina can earn a certificate in human services. Courses offered include personal and professional development in the helping professions, behavior change techniques, and crisis intervention. Students can also enroll in the Associate of Applied Science in Human Services degree program. This program requires students to complete 66 credits and can be completed in five semesters. Students in this program will have the opportunity to take elective courses covering topics like death and dying, alcohol and drug abuse, and human sexuality.
Florence - Darlington Technical College
Florence - Darlington Technical College, located in the city of Florence, enrolls more than 6,000 students annually. The school offers two associate's degrees in human services: the Associate of Applied Science in Human Services and the Associate of Applied Science in Human Services with an emphasis on Early Childhood Development. The college offers both daytime and evening options for these programs. Students in both programs will be required to complete at least 69 credits. Human services students will also be required to complete a field placement experience. Students in the general human services program will take classes like crisis management and social problems, while students concentrating on early childhood development will study classroom management and creative experiences.
Greenville Technical College
Greenville Technical College is located in the city of Greenville. The school has a student enrollment of more than 12,500. Greenville offers one degree program for students who wish to enter the human services field. Students enrolled in the Associate of Applied Science in Human Services degree program are required to complete 64 credit hours of coursework. The program is designed to be completed in two years. Human services students will take courses in personal and professional development in the helping professions and general psychology, as well as electives like gerontology and addictions counseling.
Horry - Georgetown Technical College
Horry - Georgetown Technical College in Conway serves over 7,000 students a year. The school offers an Associate of Applied Science degree in Human Services. Students in this program will prepare for a career working with individuals or groups through counseling, rehabilitation, or intervention methods. This program requires students to complete 61 credit hours and can be completed in five semesters. Required courses for this major will include the study of life transitions, group dynamics, and social problems. Students in this program will be required to complete a field experience in order to graduate.
Midlands Technical College
Midlands Technical College in West Columbia is a two-year, public college. The school enrolls over 11,000 students per year. Students who are pursuing a career in human services can enroll in the school's Associate of Science in Human Services program. The program requires students to complete 69 credit hours of coursework, including the major requirements and the college's general education requirements. Human services students will need to complete a supervised field placement experience for this program. In order to qualify for the field experience placement, students must have 30 credit hours and must have completed several required courses including introduction to human services, case management, and crisis intervention.
Piedmont Technical College
Piedmont Technical College is located in Greenwood. The school has an enrollment of more than 5,500 students. Human services students at Piedmont can enroll in the Associate of Applied Sciences in Human Services degree program. The program is available in several of the school's locations, and students can choose to attend day or evening classes. The human services program requires the completion of a minimum of 66 credits.
Southern Wesleyan University
Southern Wesleyan University is a four-year, private, nonprofit university in Central with an enrollment of under 2,000. It offers associate's, bachelor's and master's degree programs, including a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Human Services. The B.S. in Human Services is conferred through the school's Social Sciences Division. Students must complete 33 credits within the major, 43 general education credits and 44 credits worth of electives. Human services classes include research methods and information literacy. Students also explore race and ethnic relations, social problems and statistics.
Trident Technical College
Trident Technical College is located in the city of Charleston. The school has a student population of more than 16,000. Students at Trident can earn an Addiction/Substance Abuse Certificate in Applied Science, or an Associate of Applied Science in Human Services. Associate's students will need to earn at least 61 credit hours. Students will choose a concentration in addictions and substance abuse or general human services.
York Technical College
York Technical College is located in the city of Rock Hill. York enrolls over 5,000 students annually. The school offers a Human Services certificate program. The program trains students to work in typical human services fields like health care and social work. Students can choose to concentrate in one of several areas including criminal justice, early care and education, gerontology, or substance abuse.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Human Services Degree Programs Offered||Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Central Carolina Technical College||Two year, public; small city|| Certificate in Human Services,
Associate of Applied Science in Human Services
|In-district: $5,166, in-state: $6,035, out-of-state: $8,518*|
|Florence - Darlington Technical College||Two year, public; suburb; small|| Associate of Applied Science in Human Services,
Associate of Applied Science in Human Services - Early Childhood Development
|In-district: $4,462, in-state: $4,726, out-of-state: $6,598*|
|Greenville Technical College||Two year, public; small city||Associate of Applied Science in Human Services||In-district: $4,566, in-state: $4,974 , out-of-state: $9,078*|
|Horry - Georgetown Technical College||Two year, public; small city||Associate of Applied Science in Human Services||In-district: $4,252, in-state: $5,212, out-of-state: $8,380 *|
|Midlands Technical College||Two year, public; large suburb||Associate of Science in Human Services||In-district: $4,530, in-state: $5,610, out-of-state: $13,074*|
|Piedmont Technical College||Two year, public; distant town||Associate of Applied Science in Human Services||In-district: $4,421, in-state: $5,165, out-of-state: $6,413 *|
|Southern Wesleyan University||Four year, private, not-for-profit; large suburb||Bachelor of Science in Human Services||$25,476*|
|Trident Technical College||Two year, public; small city|| Certificate in Applied Science - Addiction/Substance Abuse,
Associate of Applied Science in Human Services
|In-district: $4,551, in-state: $5,033, out-of-state: $8,484 *|
|York Technical College||Two year, public; small city||Human Services Certificate||In-district: $4,817, in-state: $5,177, out-of-state: $9,977*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator