In New Jersey, human services programs are commonly offered at the associate degree level. One school profiled in this article also offers a bachelor's degree program, for which applicants need at least one year of field-specific work experience. Courses cover social welfare, ethics, human behavior, sociology, psychology and cultural diversity. In addition, some programs integrate an internship or a practicum, allowing students to develop hands-on skills in the field. Graduates of human services programs can seek work in city, state, and federal agencies, hospitals and schools. Profiled below are five of the public colleges in New Jersey that offer human services programs.
Atlantic Cape Community College
Atlantic Cape Community College is located in Mays Landing. The public school enrolls over 7,500 students a year. Human services students can earn an Associate of Science in Human Services from Atlantic Cape. Students in this program will need to earn a total of 64 credit hours. Some of the required courses for human services students include social agency skills and processes, child psychology, and psychology of adulthood. Students will also need to complete human services field work. This program is available on a full-time or part-time basis.
Ocean County College
Ocean County College is located in the city of Toms River. The school has an enrollment of over 10,000 students annually. Ocean County students who are interested in earning a degree in human services may want to explore the school's Associate of Science in Public Service degree program. Students in this program will be required to take computer literacy, public speaking, and general psychology courses. The college also offers a number of public service electives, including addictions counseling, principles of social work, or principles of public administration.
Rowan College at Burlington County
Pemberton's Burlington County College is a public 2-year school. The college has a student population of over 10,000. Students who wish to pursue a human services degree at Burlington can enroll in the school's Associate of Applied Science in Human Services program. Human services students will study group dynamics, contemporary issues in social welfare, and ethics. Students will also complete a field placement. In total, human services students will complete 64 credit hours during the Associate of Applied Science program.
Thomas Edison State University
Thomas Edison State College, located in Trenton, New Jersey, enrolls more than 20,000 students annually. This school offers associate's and bachelor's human services programs. Associate's students will need to complete a total of 60 credits. The course offerings for the Associate of Arts in Human Services program include classes in ethics, intervention, and cultural diversity. The Bachelor of Science in Human Services program requires students to complete 120 academic credit hours. Students seeking admission to the program will need at least a year of work experience in the field. This program provides preparation for work in social welfare and civic organizations.
Union County College
Union County College is located in the city of Cranford. The school serves over 12,000 students a year. The school offers one degree for students interested in a career in human services: the Associate of Science in Social Services. This program is designed to be completed in two years. During the first year, students will take courses in sociology and social problems. In the second year, students will complete classes in communication and social research. Graduates of this program will be prepared for entry level work or for transfer to a four year college to complete a bachelor's degree.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Human Services Degree Programs Offered||Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Atlantic Cape Community College||Two year, public; fringe rural||Associate of Science in Human Services||In-district: $4,818, in-state: $6,318, out-of-state: $7,818*|
|Ocean County College||Two year, public; large suburb||Associate of Science in Public Service||In-district: $4,555, in-state: $5,095, out-of-state: $7,735*|
|Rowan College at Burlington County||Two year, public; rural fringe||Associate of Applied Science in Human Services||In-district: $4,725, in-state: $5,235, out-of-state: $7,185*|
|Thomas Edison State University||Four year, public; small city|| Associate of Arts in Human Services,
Bachelor of Science in Human Services
|In-state: $7,519, out-of-state: $9,967*|
|Union County College||Two year, public; large suburb||Associate of Science in Social Services||In-district: $5,140, in-state: $10,280, out-of-state: $10,280*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator