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Associate of Science Degree
Social Services Assistant

The Social Services Assistant Associate of Science degree provides a foundation for students interested in the fields of social services, human services, community outreach, and related areas. The degree also offers a basis for students interested in paraprofessional jobs in social service fields.

Please contact the Student Success Team for this program if you have any questions.

Sample Education Plan

This sample education plan for the 2022-2023 catalog year represents one possible pathway through the program. Each university (UC, CSU, private, and others) has their own transfer requirements; please see a counselor to create an education plan that is customized to meet your needs. Additional course descriptions may be found in the College Catalog.
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CourseUnitsTypically Offered
1st Semester
HUSR 111 - Human Services in Contemporary SocietyM3.0
HUSR 111 - Human Services in Contemporary Society (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course is an introduction to the history and philosophy of human services in contemporary society. The function and objectives of human service organizations as well as the qualifications of the professional will be emphasized. A survey of the populations served in the field will focus on cultural, social, economic and historical trends. The course is designed for students pursuing careers in social work, counseling or community organizing.

ENGL 101 - College Composition and Research (RHE GE 1b and 8a)GE3.5
ENGL 101 - College Composition and Research (3.5 units)

Prerequisite: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This composition course enables students to generate logical, coherent essays and reports necessary for academic and professional success. Students become proficient in research techniques, and learn critical reading and thinking skills through expository and persuasive reading selections before applying these skills to creating original essays and a final research paper. The lab component of the course is designed to assist students in improving and refining their writing and language skills: Students complete lab activities that enhance their ability to compose logical, well-supported arguments that exhibit grammatical fluency and correct citation styles. Students meet with composition instructors through individual conferences that address students’ specific writing concerns. This course is designed for students who wish to fulfill the general education requirement for Written Communication.

RHC GE 3 - Physical EducationGE1.0

Select one: KINA or DANC activity course.
Students who have completed a Fire, Police, Wildland Fire, or Corrections Academy from an accredited institution are automatically waived from this requirement, as are students with a DD214 on file. Exemption may be granted to those students physically unable to complete this requirement. Exemption forms are available in Student Health & Psychological Services.

ElectiveEL3.0

Select any course that is numbered 40 or above. Please see a counselor to discuss course options.

ElectiveEL3.0

Select any course that is numbered 40 or above. Please see a counselor to discuss course options.

Total Semester Units:13.5 
2nd Semester
HUSR 124 - Introduction to Case Management and DocumentationM3.0
HUSR 124 - Introduction to Case Management and Documentation (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate assessment; READ 043 or appropriate assessment
Transfers to: CSU

This course introduces students to case management and documentation in a variety of settings. Students will study the purpose, function, and rationale for case management. In addition, the documentation of client clinical records will be covered, emphasizing the taking of social histories and the writing of treatment plans. The professional guidelines necessary for working with clients in a social services setting will also be covered, providing the student with an understanding of issues related to ethics, client rights, and confidentiality. This class is designed for students interested in working in a social services setting.

Select one: FIN 101 / MATH 130 / MATH 130H (GE Area 8B)M3.0†
FIN 101 - Introduction to Financial Planning (3.0 units)

Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate assessment
Prerequisite: MATH 050 or MATH 050D or MATH 053 or MATH 053B or appropriate assessment
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course provides an overview of the fundamentals of financial planning, and is designed to provide students with tools needed to achieve their personal financial goals. Students will learn to make informed decisions related to spending, saving, borrowing, and investing by applying quantitative reasoning concepts. Course topics include the financial planning process, budgeting, cash flow, debt consolidation, investing, and retirement planning.

MATH 130 - Statistics (4.0 units)

Prerequisite: MATH 062 or MATH 070 or MATH 070D or MATH 073 or MATH 073B with a grade of "C" or better or appropriate placement
Advisory: ENGL 101 or appropriate placement; READ 101 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC (*crdit limit),CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: MATH 130 or MATH 130H)

This course is designed for students majoring in business, social sciences, and life sciences. This course provides an overview of descriptive and inferential statistics. The students learn to read, interpret and present data in a well-organized way. This includes frequency distributions, graphs, measures of central tendency and variability, correlation and linear regression. While discussing inferential statistics, the students learn to make generalizations about populations. This includes probability, sampling techniques, confidence intervals, and hypothesis tests.

MATH 130H - Statistics Honors (4.0 units)

Prerequisite: MATH 062 or MATH 070 or MATH 070D or MATH 073 or MATH 073B with a grade of "C" or better or appropriate placement; Minimum GPA of 3.0; ENGL 101
Advisory: READ 101 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC (8credit limit), CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: MATH 130 or MATH 130H)

This course is designed for students majoring in business, social sciences, and life sciences. This course provides an overview of descriptive and inferential statistics. The students learn to read, interpret and present data in a well-organized way. This includes frequency distributions, graphs, measures of central tendency and variability, correlation and linear regression. While discussing inferential statistics, the students learn to make generalizations about populations. This includes probability, sampling techniques, confidence intervals, and hypothesis tests. This course is intended for students who meet Honors Program requirements.

RHC GE 4 - American InstitutionsGE3.0

Note: All honors courses have a prerequisite.

Select one:
POLS 110, 110H;
HIST 143, 143H, 144, 144H, 156, 157, 158, 159, 159H, 170

RHC GE 7a - Fine ArtsGE3.0

Note: All honors courses have a prerequisite.

Select one:
ARCH 103
ART 101, 104, 105, 105H, 106, 106H, 107, 108, 109, 110, 112, 113, 115, 117, 120, 130, 135, 140;
DANC 179, 179H, 199, 199H;
GDSN 110:
MUS 101, 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 135, 136;
MUST 151, 152;
PHTO 110, 130;
THTR 101, 105, 105H, 110

RHC GE 3 - Physical EducationGE1.0

Select one: KINA or DANC activity course.
Students who have completed a Fire, Police, Wildland Fire, or Corrections Academy from an accredited institution are automatically waived from this requirement, as are students with a DD214 on file. Exemption may be granted to those students physically unable to complete this requirement. Exemption forms are available in Student Health & Psychological Services.

Total Semester Units:13.0† 
Summer 1
SOC 102 - Major Social Problems (RHC GE 6)M3.0
SOC 102 - Major Social Problems (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the definition, development, reduction and elimination of major social problems in contemporary society. Topics addressed include problems of mental and physical health including addictions, crime and violence, social inequality, terrorism and war, as well as technology and the environment. Various social theories and relevant empirical research are critically examined throughout the course.

ElectiveEL3.0

Select any course that is numbered 40 or above. Please see a counselor to discuss course options.

Total Semester Units:6.0 
3rd Semester
HUSR 130 - Essential Counseling SkillsM3.0
HUSR 130 - Essential Counseling Skills (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 OR ENLA 100 or appropriate assessment; READ 043 or appropriate assessment
Transfers to: CSU

This course focuses on critical counseling skills and strategies within a multicultural context. The course provides a vital orientation to the helping process and the counseling profession. Current issues within the counseling profession, such as diversity and multiculturalism, are discussed and integrated throughout the course. A unique focus is given to the student's growth and development as a counselor and how the student can best use supervision in this developmental process. This course would be of benefit to anyone working in a human service or social services setting.

Select one: AJ 101 / AJ 250 / CD 106 / CD 208 / CHST 150 / CORR 101 / EGSS 110 / EGSS 130 / HUSR 120 / HUSR 122 / HUSR 123 / PSY 101 / PSY 101H / PSY 114 / PSY 121 / PSY 127 / SOC 101 / SOC 101H / SOC 105 / SOC 110 / SOC 114 / SOC 116 / SOC 120 / SOC 127 / SOC 130 M3.0
AJ 101 - Introduction to Administration of Justice (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course introduces students to the characteristics of the criminal justice system of the United States. Focus is placed on examining crime measurement, theoretical explanations of crime, responses to crime, components of the criminal justice system, and current challenges to the system. The course examines the evolution of the principles and approaches utilized by the justice system and the evolving forces which have shaped these principles and approaches. Although justice structure and process is examined in a cross-cultural context, emphasis is placed on the justice system of the United States, and particularly the structure and function of the police, courts, and corrections. Students are introduced to the origins and development of criminal law, legal process, sentencing, and incarceration policies.

AJ 250 - Contemporary Issues in the Criminal Justice System (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; AJ 101; AJ 102
Transfers to: CSU

This course is designed to provide Administration of Justice or other interested students with an in-depth understanding of personal and organizational values, beliefs, attitudes and ethics as they affect contemporary issues in the criminal justice system. Particular emphasis is placed on the historical foundations that serve as a basis for contemporary decision making. Specific issues taken up in discussions will vary from semester to semester.

CD 106 - Child Growth and Development (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC (*Credit limit), CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following coursers: CD 106 or PSY 112)

This course provides an overview of human growth from conception to adolescence. The theories of development relevant to life through the teenage years are introduced and the social, emotional, cognitive and physical aspects of these early stages of life are addressed. This course is appropriate for students preparing for a profession working with children and their families or those interested in furthering their understanding of child and adolescent development. This course is also designed to meet the Department of Social Service Classification DS1 and applies toward the State of California Title 5 requirement for the Child Development Permit.

CD 208 - Child, Family and Community (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is designed for students desiring to work with children in a group setting, as well as for parents and others who wish to further their understanding of how the socio-cultural environment affects the developing child. The course examines the historical and contemporary interrelationship of family, school and community on child development. The process of socialization and identity formation will be highlighted, showing the importance of respectful, reciprocal relationships that support and empower families. This course meets the Department of Social Services Classification Indicator DS2 and the State of California Department of Education Title 5 Child Development Permit.

CHST 150 - Chicana/o/x Politics (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course examines U.S. history and political issues relevant to the Chicana/o/x and Latina/o/x community. The course provides an overview of demographic changes in the U.S. and examines political activism and political leadership. Students interested in this course may include individuals with familial or personal connections to the Chicana/o/x (Mexican-American) community and/or those intending to work in environments with high concentrations of this population.

CORR 101 - Introduction to Corrections (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course provides students with an overview of the history and trends of adult and juvenile corrections. It focuses on probation, parole, legal issues, specific laws and the general operation of correctional institutions. The relationship between corrections and other components of the justice system is also examined. This course has been identified by the Correctional Peace Officer Standards and Training (CPOST) Board of the Peace Officers Association as fulfilling the educational requirements of the CPOST Certificate for newly-hired officers after July 1, 1995 by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation(CDCR) and California Youth Authority (CYA).

EGSS 110 - Introduction to Ethnic Studies (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to:CSU

This course is an introduction to the interdisciplinary study of race and ethnicity in the United States. Focusing on the socioeconomic and political experiences of Black Americans, Native Americans, Asian Americans, and Chicanx/Latinx Americans, the course surveys topics such as colonization, decolonization, racialization, indigeneity, immigration, intersectionality, social justice movements, cultural expression and resistance, and major theories of race and ethnicity.

EGSS 130 - Introduction to LGBTQ+ Studies (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to:CSU

This course is an introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Plus (LGBTQ+) Studies, and examines LGBTQ+ Studies as an interdisciplinary field. In particular, the course takes up the influences of history, politics, media, and health care as they relate to the LGBTQ+ community. Throughout this course, students work toward a deeper understanding of the intersectional dynamics of privilege and oppression as significant LGBTQ+ issues.

HUSR 120 - Introduction to Rehabilitation Services (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

The purpose of this course is to provide students with an introduction to the field of rehabilitation services. This course presents an orientation to federal/state and private rehabilitation/community agencies, which are involved in facilitating the rehabilitation and treatment processes of individuals. A historical, philosophical, and social overview of rehabilitation counseling will be provided, as well as coverage of the private/state agencies and community support that assist people with disabilities. A wide variety of different issues related to the professions of rehabilitation will be discussed in detail. Students will learn to analyze the personal, social, and vocational implications of a disability in an individual's participation in a community and their own lives.

HUSR 122 - Introduction to Group Leadership and Process (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate assessment; READ 043 or appropriate assessment
Transfers to: CSU

This course provides an introduction to the dynamics of group interaction. The individual's firsthand experience is emphasized as the group studies itself under supervision. The factors involved in problems of communication, effective emotional responses, and personal growth will be highlighted. Group process will be examined as a means of changing behavior. Suitable for students interested in furthering their understanding of group dynamics and those interested in supervising groups dedicated to achieving behavioral change.

HUSR 123 - Drug Education and Prevention (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course is designed for students interested in furthering their understanding of substance dependence and those interested in working with populations recovering from or at risk for such problems. It addresses the history, theories, models, and approaches to substance abuse education and prevention. In addition to an academic look at drug abuse, students also explore and examine their own values and beliefs about substance use and misuse. The impact of public policy, the media, and drug education programs on drug use are additional topics that are considered.

PSY 101 - Introductory Psychology (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC (*credit limit), CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: PSY 101 or PSY 101H)

This course is designed as a general introduction to psychology for psychology majors, those with an interest in psychology, or anyone with a desire to further their understanding of human behavior. It provides an overview of the field of psychology, introducing students to the research methods used to advance the science of psychology and the various areas that comprise this diverse discipline. Research and theories are presented, discussed, and evaluated. Topics covered include biological psychology, sensation and perception, lifespan development, learning, memory, motivation and emotion, cognition, personality, psychopathology and social psychology.

PSY 101H - Introductory Psychology Honors (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: ENGL 101
Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC (*credit limit), CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: PSY 101 or PSY 101H)

This course is designed as a general introduction to psychology for psychology majors, those with an interest in psychology, or anyone with a desire to further their understanding of human behavior. It provides an overview of the field of psychology, introducing students to the research methods used to advance the science of psychology and the various areas that comprise this diverse discipline. Research and theories are presented, discussed, and evaluated. Topics covered include biological psychology, sensation and perception, lifespan development, learning, memory, motivation and emotion, cognition, personality, psychopathology and social psychology. This course is intended for those who meet Honors Program requirements.

PSY 114 - Introduction to Abnormal Psychology (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate assessment; READ 043 or appropriate assessment
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course provides an introduction to the study of abnormal behavior for psychology majors, those with an interest in mental illness, or anyone with a desire to further their understanding of how psychological "abnormalities" are defined, studied, and treated. The classification, assessment and treatment of psychological disorders will be explored. Students will not only develop an understanding of the etiology and diagnosis of such disorders, as based upon the criteria provided in the most current version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders ("DSM"), but develop an appreciation of the cultural, historical and theoretical influences that affect the definitions and treatment of abnormal behavior.

PSY 121 - Drugs, Society, and Behavior (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is for the student who seeks a basic understanding of the effects of drugs of abuse and an in-depth consideration of the societal aspects of psychoactive drugs. It is designed for those students interested in furthering their understanding of psychoactive drugs and those interested in working with populations recovering from or at risk for drug problems. Current and historical uses of and attitudes towards drugs will be addressed, as well as drug use disorders, drug legislation, and treatment options. Societal and cultural differences will also be noted.

PSY 127 - Introduction to the Physiological Effects of Drugs of Abuse (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course is designed for students interested in furthering their understanding of psychoactive drugs and those interested in working with populations recovering from or at risk for drug problems. It provides an examination of the pharmacological actions of drugs of abuse and how this relates to the physiological, as well as the behavioral, effects of such drugs. The properties of drugs that increase the likelihood of the development of substance use disorders will be emphasized.

SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC (*credit limit), CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: SOC 101 or SOC 101H)

This course is designed for those with an interest in Sociology, or anyone with a desire to further their understanding of human group behavior and the organization of society. The student, using several theoretical points of view, will study and analyze: (1) the organization of social life; (2) problems of inequality – of age, sex, race and ethnicity, social class and life style; (3) the basic social institutions: family, education, politics, economics, and religion; and (4) global issues of population, technology, social movements and social change.

SOC 101H - Introduction to Sociology Honors (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: Enrollment is restricted to those who meet Honors Program requirements (minimum GPA of 3.0) and completion of ENGL 101
Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC (*credit limit), CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: SOC 101 or SOC 101H)

This course is designed for those with an interest in Sociology, or anyone with a desire to further their understanding of human group behavior and the organization of society. The student, using several theoretical points of view, will study and analyze: (1) the organization of social life; (2) problems of inequality – of age, sex, race and ethnicity, social class and life style; (3) the basic social institutions: family, education, politics, economics, and religion; and (4) global issues of population, technology, social movements and social change. This course is intended for students eligible for the Honors Program.

SOC 105 - Introduction to Human Sexuality (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is designed for students interested in the social scientific study of human sexuality. The course provides students with knowledge about the processes and variation in sexual functions, reproduction, intimate relationships, sexual and gender role development and sexual activities. Numerous factors involved in human sexuality are explored, emphasizing sexuality as a form of human interaction. The social, cultural, and historical contexts of human sexuality will be critically analyzed.

SOC 110 - Human Sexuality from a Cross-Cultural Perspective (Same as ANTH 110) (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is for students interested in human sexuality from a cross-cultural perspective. Sexual anatomy, development, response, and behavior will be examined, along with historical and cultural patterns. Students will learn about the development and expression of gender and orientation from both Western and non-Western perspectives, with an emphasis on the influence of culture on individuals.

SOC 114 - Marriage, Family and Intimate Relationships (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is designed for the student interested in examining, from a sociological perspective, issues such as marriage, family, and emerging alternative life styles which constitute the reality of life today. The course explores love, sexuality, mate selection, and engagement preceding traditional marriage and family patterns, extra-marital and non-marital unions, singles, and future trends in intimate relationship styles.

SOC 116 - Power, Oppression, and Privilege: Race and Ethnic Relations (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is designed for students interested in understanding the complexities of multiethnic, multiracial societies. The course presents an overview of the structure and character of racial and ethnic relations in the United States and abroad. Students gain knowledge of the treatment and experiences of a variety of racial and ethnic groups and gain insight into the complex social features of intergroup contact.

SOC 120 - She, He, They: Intersections of Gender (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

In this course students explore how gender shapes peoples' lives and the world around them. Using a sociological perspective, students will examine gender as a social construction rather than a simple biological difference. Topics may include cultural ideas of gender, gender and the economy, politics, the media, families, and education. This course is designed for students who want to learn more about the social connections of gender, and how the importance of gender differences are reinforced in society today.

SOC 127 - Introduction to Criminology (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is designed for students interested in the subject of criminology. The scientific analysis of the nature, extent, and causes of violations of societal rules of behavior formally defined as crime and delinquency is emphasized. The course includes an analysis of the development of criminal law and the administration of criminal justice; the patterns of criminality and delinquency; the impact of crime on social change; and the labeling, identification, characteristics, and treatment of criminals and delinquents.

SOC 130 - Introduction to Disability Studies (3.0 units)

Advisory:SOC 101, ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to:UC,CSU

This course introduces the topic of disability studies from a sociological perspective. Students learn definitions and distinctions involved in the study of disabilities, which include various theories and models of disability. The course is designed for students who want to learn about the connections between disability and society, including the culture of disability and ableism, the relationship between disability and various social institutions, and the intersectional relationship between disabled and other marginalized groups.

RHC GE 5 - Natural Science with LabGE4.0

Note: All honors courses have a prerequisite.

Select one Natural Science with Lab:
ANTH 101, 101H & 101L;
ASTR 110, 110H & 112, 137;
BIOL 101, 105 & 105L, 111 & 111L, 112, 120 & 120L;
BIOT 100;
CHEM 110, 120, 130;
GEOG 101 & 101L;
GEOL 150 & 151, 152 & 152L;
PHY 120, 150, 160, 211, 212, 213

RHC GE 7b - HumanitiesGE3.0†

Notes:
All honors courses have a prerequisite.
† some classes may have higher units. 

Select one:
ASL 101, 124, 201, 202;
CHIN 101, 102;
CHST 101, 146, 148, 148H, 150;
EGSS 130;
ENGL 126, 131;
FR 101, 102, 201, 202;
HIST 101, 102, 122, 131, 143, 143H, 144, 144H, 156, 157, 158, 159, 159H, 167, 170;
HUM 110, 111, 125, 125H, 130, 140, 145;
JAPN 101, 102;
LATN 101, 102;
LIT 102, 102H, 112A, 112AH, 112B, 112BH, 114, 114H, 117, 117H, 130, 130H,140, 140H, 141, 141H, 142, 142H, 144A, 144AH, 144B, 144BH, 145, 145H, 146A, 146AH, 146B, 146BH, 147, 147H, 148, 148H, 149, 149H;
MSCM 128;
PHIL 101, 101H, 120, 122, 124, 126, 128, 128H, 135, 140;
POLS 128, 128H, 150;
SOC 148, 148H;
SPAN 101, 101S, 102, 102S, 201, 201H, 202;
SPCH 130, 132

ElectiveEL3.0

Select any course that is numbered 40 or above. Please see a counselor to discuss course options.

Total Semester Units:16.0† 
4th Semester
HUSR 199A - Seminar in Human ServicesM1.0
HUSR 199A - Seminar in Human Services (1.0 units)

Prerequisite: PSY 101 or SOC 101 or HUSR 111
Corequisite: HUSR 199B
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course and its corequisite (HUSR 199B) provide students with supervised field experience in a community organization, agency, or institution, which allows students to apply knowledge and learn new skills outside of the classroom environment. This course provides the academic element to the experiential course offering and reinforces the application of concepts learned in the prerequisite course or courses.

HUSR 199B - Fieldwork in Human ServicesM2.0
HUSR 199B - Fieldwork in Human Services (2.0 units)

p>Prerequisite: PSY 101 or SOC 101
Corequisite: HUSR 199A
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

The corequisite courses HUSR 199A and 199B provide students with a supervised field experience in a community organization, agency, or institution, allowing the student to apply knowledge and learn new skills outside of the classroom environment. In this course students take the theories and principles learned in the classroom and apply them to their work in a field setting. This course is designed to provide the student with an opportunity to develop skills that would facilitate gaining employment in the human services field.
Unpaid field work: 2 units =120 hours; 3 units= 180 hours
Paid field work: 2 units =150 hours; 3 units=225 hours

ElectiveEL3.0

Select any course that is numbered 40 or above. Please see a counselor to discuss course options.

ElectiveEL3.0

Select any course that is numbered 40 or above. Please see a counselor to discuss course options.

ElectiveEL3.0

Select any course that is numbered 40 or above. Please see a counselor to discuss course options.

Total Semester Units:12.0 
Total Units for Social Services Assistant AS program 60.5† 
Notes:
AP exams and courses taken outside of Rio Hondo College may fulfill general education and/or major requirements. Please check with a counselor.
Legend:
Some classes may have higher units
M Major course; course may also meet a general education requirement
GEGeneral Education course
ELElective Course
CourseUnitsTypically Offered
1st Semester
HUSR 111 - Human Services in Contemporary SocietyM3.0
HUSR 111 - Human Services in Contemporary Society (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course is an introduction to the history and philosophy of human services in contemporary society. The function and objectives of human service organizations as well as the qualifications of the professional will be emphasized. A survey of the populations served in the field will focus on cultural, social, economic and historical trends. The course is designed for students pursuing careers in social work, counseling or community organizing.

ENGL 101 - College Composition and Research (CSU GE A2)GE3.5
ENGL 101 - College Composition and Research (3.5 units)

Prerequisite: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This composition course enables students to generate logical, coherent essays and reports necessary for academic and professional success. Students become proficient in research techniques, and learn critical reading and thinking skills through expository and persuasive reading selections before applying these skills to creating original essays and a final research paper. The lab component of the course is designed to assist students in improving and refining their writing and language skills: Students complete lab activities that enhance their ability to compose logical, well-supported arguments that exhibit grammatical fluency and correct citation styles. Students meet with composition instructors through individual conferences that address students’ specific writing concerns. This course is designed for students who wish to fulfill the general education requirement for Written Communication.

CSU GE F - Ethnic StudiesGE3.0

Notes:
Students who started at Rio Hondo College beginning in Fall 2021 or later and returning students who have not maintained continuous enrollment will be required to complete a course in Area F. Students who started at Rio Hondo College prior to Fall 2021 and have maintained continuous enrollment will not be required to complete a course in Area F (instead, they will complete 9 units from at least two disciplines in Area D). Please see a counselor for details.

Select one:
CHST 101
EGSS 110

CSU GE E - Lifelong Learning/Self DevelopmentGE3.0

Select one:
ANTH 110
HUSR 123
CD 106
EGSS 130
KIN 159 (F'21), 170 (F'21), 190 (F'21), 191, 192, 196
COUN 101 (F’11), 104, 151 (F’98)
NUTR 110
DD 214 (see counselor for details)
PHIL 122
PSY 112, 121
EDEV 101 (F’15), 151
SOC 105, 110

Total Semester Units:12.5 
2nd Semester
HUSR 124 - Introduction to Case Management and DocumentationM3.0
HUSR 124 - Introduction to Case Management and Documentation (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate assessment; READ 043 or appropriate assessment
Transfers to: CSU

This course introduces students to case management and documentation in a variety of settings. Students will study the purpose, function, and rationale for case management. In addition, the documentation of client clinical records will be covered, emphasizing the taking of social histories and the writing of treatment plans. The professional guidelines necessary for working with clients in a social services setting will also be covered, providing the student with an understanding of issues related to ethics, client rights, and confidentiality. This class is designed for students interested in working in a social services setting.

Select one: PSY 190 / MATH 130 / MATH 130H (CSU GE B4)GE4.0
PSY 190 - Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (4.0 units)

Prerequisite: MATH 062 or MATH 070 or MATH 070D or MATH 073 or appropriate placement
Advisory: ENGL 101 and READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC (*credit limit), CSU
(*The UC will grant credit for onlky one of the following courses: MATH 130 or MATH 130H or PSY 190)

This course provides an overview of the types of statistics that are important in the behavioral sciences. The main focus of this course is on hypothesis testing and the statistics that are used to analyze it. Students will learn to present and interpret experimental data from the behavioral sciences. Topics covered include basic probability, measures of central tendency, measures of variance, sampling, and inferential statistics. This course is designed for students majoring in psychology, sociology, political science, and anthropology. NOTE: MATH 62 or MATH 73 can be used to fulfill the prerequisite requirement for this class. Some majors require that students take MATH 73 (not MATH 62) and others do not. Students should see a counselor to determine which pathway will work best for them.

MATH 130 - Statistics (4.0 units)

Prerequisite: MATH 062 or MATH 070 or MATH 070D or MATH 073 or MATH 073B with a grade of "C" or better or appropriate placement
Advisory: ENGL 101 or appropriate placement; READ 101 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC (*crdit limit),CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: MATH 130 or MATH 130H)

This course is designed for students majoring in business, social sciences, and life sciences. This course provides an overview of descriptive and inferential statistics. The students learn to read, interpret and present data in a well-organized way. This includes frequency distributions, graphs, measures of central tendency and variability, correlation and linear regression. While discussing inferential statistics, the students learn to make generalizations about populations. This includes probability, sampling techniques, confidence intervals, and hypothesis tests.

MATH 130H - Statistics Honors (4.0 units)

Prerequisite: MATH 062 or MATH 070 or MATH 070D or MATH 073 or MATH 073B with a grade of "C" or better or appropriate placement; Minimum GPA of 3.0; ENGL 101
Advisory: READ 101 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC (8credit limit), CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: MATH 130 or MATH 130H)

This course is designed for students majoring in business, social sciences, and life sciences. This course provides an overview of descriptive and inferential statistics. The students learn to read, interpret and present data in a well-organized way. This includes frequency distributions, graphs, measures of central tendency and variability, correlation and linear regression. While discussing inferential statistics, the students learn to make generalizations about populations. This includes probability, sampling techniques, confidence intervals, and hypothesis tests. This course is intended for students who meet Honors Program requirements.

US HISTORY (CSU GE C2)GE3.0

Note: All honors courses have a prerequisite.

All CSU campuses have a graduation requirement in American Institutions. Students may choose one of the following US History courses to partially fulfill this requirement: HIST 143, 143H, 144, 144H, 156, 157, 158, 159, 159H, 170.

CSU GE C1 - ArtsGE3.0†

Notes:
All honors courses have a prerequisite.
† some classes may have higher units.

Select one:
ARCH 103
ART 101, 104, 105, 105H, 106, 106H, 107, 108, 109, 110, 112, 113, 115, 117, 120, 121, 130, 135, 140
DANC 179, 179H, 199, 199H
GDSN 110
MUS 101, 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 134, 135, 136
MUST 151, 152
PHTO 110, 130
THTR 101, 105, 105H, 110, 150

Total Semester Units:13.0† 
Summer 1
CSU GE A1 - Oral CommunicationGE3.0

Note: All honors courses have a prerequisite.

Select one: SPCH 100 ,101, 101H,140

CSU GE C1 or C2 - Arts or HumanitiesGE3.0†

Notes:
All honors courses have a prerequisite.
† some classes may have higher units.

Arts
Select one:
ARCH 103
ART 101, 104, 105, 105H, 106, 106H, 107, 108, 109, 110, 112, 113, 115, 117, 120, 121, 130, 135, 140
DANC 179, 179H, 199, 199H
GDSN 110
MUS 101, 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 134, 135, 136
MUST 151, 152
PHTO 110, 130
THTR 101, 105, 105H, 110, 150

Humanities
Select one:
ASL 101, 124, 201, 202
CHIN 101, 102
CHST 101, 146, 148, 148H, 150
EGSS 130
ENGL 126, 131
FR 101, 102, 201, 202
HIST 101, 102, 122,131, 143, 143H, 144, 144H, 156, 157, 158, 159, 159H, 167, 170
HUM 110, 111, 125, 125H, 130, 140, 145
JAPN 101, 102
LATN 101, 102
LIT 102, 102H, 112A, 112AH, 112B, 112BH, 114,114H, 117,117H, 130, 130H, 140, 140H, 141, 141H, 142, 142H,144A, 144AH, 144B, 144BH, 145, 145H, 146A, 146AH, 146B, 146BH, 147, 147H, 148, 148H, 149, 149H
PHIL 101, 101H, 120, 122, 124, 126, 128, 128H, 135, 140
POLS 128, 128H, 150
SOC 148, 148H SPAN 101, 101S, 102, 102S, 201, 201H, 202
SPCH 130, 132

Total Semester Units:6.0† 
3rd Semester
SOC 102 - Major Social Problems (CSU GE D)M3.0
SOC 102 - Major Social Problems (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the definition, development, reduction and elimination of major social problems in contemporary society. Topics addressed include problems of mental and physical health including addictions, crime and violence, social inequality, terrorism and war, as well as technology and the environment. Various social theories and relevant empirical research are critically examined throughout the course.

HUSR 130 - Essential Counseling SkillsM3.0
HUSR 130 - Essential Counseling Skills (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 OR ENLA 100 or appropriate assessment; READ 043 or appropriate assessment
Transfers to: CSU

This course focuses on critical counseling skills and strategies within a multicultural context. The course provides a vital orientation to the helping process and the counseling profession. Current issues within the counseling profession, such as diversity and multiculturalism, are discussed and integrated throughout the course. A unique focus is given to the student's growth and development as a counselor and how the student can best use supervision in this developmental process. This course would be of benefit to anyone working in a human service or social services setting.

Select one: AJ 101 / AJ 250 / CD 106 / CD 208 / CHST 150 / CORR 101 / EGSS 110 / EGSS 130 / HUSR 120 / HUSR 122 / HUSR 123 / PSY 101 / PSY 101H / PSY 114 / PSY 121 / PSY 127 / SOC 101 / SOC 101H / SOC 105 / SOC 110 / SOC 114 / SOC 116 / SOC 120 / SOC 127 / SOC 130 M3.0
AJ 101 - Introduction to Administration of Justice (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course introduces students to the characteristics of the criminal justice system of the United States. Focus is placed on examining crime measurement, theoretical explanations of crime, responses to crime, components of the criminal justice system, and current challenges to the system. The course examines the evolution of the principles and approaches utilized by the justice system and the evolving forces which have shaped these principles and approaches. Although justice structure and process is examined in a cross-cultural context, emphasis is placed on the justice system of the United States, and particularly the structure and function of the police, courts, and corrections. Students are introduced to the origins and development of criminal law, legal process, sentencing, and incarceration policies.

AJ 250 - Contemporary Issues in the Criminal Justice System (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; AJ 101; AJ 102
Transfers to: CSU

This course is designed to provide Administration of Justice or other interested students with an in-depth understanding of personal and organizational values, beliefs, attitudes and ethics as they affect contemporary issues in the criminal justice system. Particular emphasis is placed on the historical foundations that serve as a basis for contemporary decision making. Specific issues taken up in discussions will vary from semester to semester.

CD 106 - Child Growth and Development (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC (*Credit limit), CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following coursers: CD 106 or PSY 112)

This course provides an overview of human growth from conception to adolescence. The theories of development relevant to life through the teenage years are introduced and the social, emotional, cognitive and physical aspects of these early stages of life are addressed. This course is appropriate for students preparing for a profession working with children and their families or those interested in furthering their understanding of child and adolescent development. This course is also designed to meet the Department of Social Service Classification DS1 and applies toward the State of California Title 5 requirement for the Child Development Permit.

CD 208 - Child, Family and Community (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is designed for students desiring to work with children in a group setting, as well as for parents and others who wish to further their understanding of how the socio-cultural environment affects the developing child. The course examines the historical and contemporary interrelationship of family, school and community on child development. The process of socialization and identity formation will be highlighted, showing the importance of respectful, reciprocal relationships that support and empower families. This course meets the Department of Social Services Classification Indicator DS2 and the State of California Department of Education Title 5 Child Development Permit.

CHST 150 - Chicana/o/x Politics (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course examines U.S. history and political issues relevant to the Chicana/o/x and Latina/o/x community. The course provides an overview of demographic changes in the U.S. and examines political activism and political leadership. Students interested in this course may include individuals with familial or personal connections to the Chicana/o/x (Mexican-American) community and/or those intending to work in environments with high concentrations of this population.

CORR 101 - Introduction to Corrections (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course provides students with an overview of the history and trends of adult and juvenile corrections. It focuses on probation, parole, legal issues, specific laws and the general operation of correctional institutions. The relationship between corrections and other components of the justice system is also examined. This course has been identified by the Correctional Peace Officer Standards and Training (CPOST) Board of the Peace Officers Association as fulfilling the educational requirements of the CPOST Certificate for newly-hired officers after July 1, 1995 by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation(CDCR) and California Youth Authority (CYA).

EGSS 110 - Introduction to Ethnic Studies (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to:CSU

This course is an introduction to the interdisciplinary study of race and ethnicity in the United States. Focusing on the socioeconomic and political experiences of Black Americans, Native Americans, Asian Americans, and Chicanx/Latinx Americans, the course surveys topics such as colonization, decolonization, racialization, indigeneity, immigration, intersectionality, social justice movements, cultural expression and resistance, and major theories of race and ethnicity.

EGSS 130 - Introduction to LGBTQ+ Studies (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to:CSU

This course is an introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Plus (LGBTQ+) Studies, and examines LGBTQ+ Studies as an interdisciplinary field. In particular, the course takes up the influences of history, politics, media, and health care as they relate to the LGBTQ+ community. Throughout this course, students work toward a deeper understanding of the intersectional dynamics of privilege and oppression as significant LGBTQ+ issues.

HUSR 120 - Introduction to Rehabilitation Services (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

The purpose of this course is to provide students with an introduction to the field of rehabilitation services. This course presents an orientation to federal/state and private rehabilitation/community agencies, which are involved in facilitating the rehabilitation and treatment processes of individuals. A historical, philosophical, and social overview of rehabilitation counseling will be provided, as well as coverage of the private/state agencies and community support that assist people with disabilities. A wide variety of different issues related to the professions of rehabilitation will be discussed in detail. Students will learn to analyze the personal, social, and vocational implications of a disability in an individual's participation in a community and their own lives.

HUSR 122 - Introduction to Group Leadership and Process (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate assessment; READ 043 or appropriate assessment
Transfers to: CSU

This course provides an introduction to the dynamics of group interaction. The individual's firsthand experience is emphasized as the group studies itself under supervision. The factors involved in problems of communication, effective emotional responses, and personal growth will be highlighted. Group process will be examined as a means of changing behavior. Suitable for students interested in furthering their understanding of group dynamics and those interested in supervising groups dedicated to achieving behavioral change.

HUSR 123 - Drug Education and Prevention (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course is designed for students interested in furthering their understanding of substance dependence and those interested in working with populations recovering from or at risk for such problems. It addresses the history, theories, models, and approaches to substance abuse education and prevention. In addition to an academic look at drug abuse, students also explore and examine their own values and beliefs about substance use and misuse. The impact of public policy, the media, and drug education programs on drug use are additional topics that are considered.

PSY 101 - Introductory Psychology (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC (*credit limit), CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: PSY 101 or PSY 101H)

This course is designed as a general introduction to psychology for psychology majors, those with an interest in psychology, or anyone with a desire to further their understanding of human behavior. It provides an overview of the field of psychology, introducing students to the research methods used to advance the science of psychology and the various areas that comprise this diverse discipline. Research and theories are presented, discussed, and evaluated. Topics covered include biological psychology, sensation and perception, lifespan development, learning, memory, motivation and emotion, cognition, personality, psychopathology and social psychology.

PSY 101H - Introductory Psychology Honors (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: ENGL 101
Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC (*credit limit), CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: PSY 101 or PSY 101H)

This course is designed as a general introduction to psychology for psychology majors, those with an interest in psychology, or anyone with a desire to further their understanding of human behavior. It provides an overview of the field of psychology, introducing students to the research methods used to advance the science of psychology and the various areas that comprise this diverse discipline. Research and theories are presented, discussed, and evaluated. Topics covered include biological psychology, sensation and perception, lifespan development, learning, memory, motivation and emotion, cognition, personality, psychopathology and social psychology. This course is intended for those who meet Honors Program requirements.

PSY 114 - Introduction to Abnormal Psychology (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate assessment; READ 043 or appropriate assessment
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course provides an introduction to the study of abnormal behavior for psychology majors, those with an interest in mental illness, or anyone with a desire to further their understanding of how psychological "abnormalities" are defined, studied, and treated. The classification, assessment and treatment of psychological disorders will be explored. Students will not only develop an understanding of the etiology and diagnosis of such disorders, as based upon the criteria provided in the most current version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders ("DSM"), but develop an appreciation of the cultural, historical and theoretical influences that affect the definitions and treatment of abnormal behavior.

PSY 121 - Drugs, Society, and Behavior (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is for the student who seeks a basic understanding of the effects of drugs of abuse and an in-depth consideration of the societal aspects of psychoactive drugs. It is designed for those students interested in furthering their understanding of psychoactive drugs and those interested in working with populations recovering from or at risk for drug problems. Current and historical uses of and attitudes towards drugs will be addressed, as well as drug use disorders, drug legislation, and treatment options. Societal and cultural differences will also be noted.

PSY 127 - Introduction to the Physiological Effects of Drugs of Abuse (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course is designed for students interested in furthering their understanding of psychoactive drugs and those interested in working with populations recovering from or at risk for drug problems. It provides an examination of the pharmacological actions of drugs of abuse and how this relates to the physiological, as well as the behavioral, effects of such drugs. The properties of drugs that increase the likelihood of the development of substance use disorders will be emphasized.

SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC (*credit limit), CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: SOC 101 or SOC 101H)

This course is designed for those with an interest in Sociology, or anyone with a desire to further their understanding of human group behavior and the organization of society. The student, using several theoretical points of view, will study and analyze: (1) the organization of social life; (2) problems of inequality – of age, sex, race and ethnicity, social class and life style; (3) the basic social institutions: family, education, politics, economics, and religion; and (4) global issues of population, technology, social movements and social change.

SOC 101H - Introduction to Sociology Honors (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: Enrollment is restricted to those who meet Honors Program requirements (minimum GPA of 3.0) and completion of ENGL 101
Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC (*credit limit), CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: SOC 101 or SOC 101H)

This course is designed for those with an interest in Sociology, or anyone with a desire to further their understanding of human group behavior and the organization of society. The student, using several theoretical points of view, will study and analyze: (1) the organization of social life; (2) problems of inequality – of age, sex, race and ethnicity, social class and life style; (3) the basic social institutions: family, education, politics, economics, and religion; and (4) global issues of population, technology, social movements and social change. This course is intended for students eligible for the Honors Program.

SOC 105 - Introduction to Human Sexuality (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is designed for students interested in the social scientific study of human sexuality. The course provides students with knowledge about the processes and variation in sexual functions, reproduction, intimate relationships, sexual and gender role development and sexual activities. Numerous factors involved in human sexuality are explored, emphasizing sexuality as a form of human interaction. The social, cultural, and historical contexts of human sexuality will be critically analyzed.

SOC 110 - Human Sexuality from a Cross-Cultural Perspective (Same as ANTH 110) (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is for students interested in human sexuality from a cross-cultural perspective. Sexual anatomy, development, response, and behavior will be examined, along with historical and cultural patterns. Students will learn about the development and expression of gender and orientation from both Western and non-Western perspectives, with an emphasis on the influence of culture on individuals.

SOC 114 - Marriage, Family and Intimate Relationships (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is designed for the student interested in examining, from a sociological perspective, issues such as marriage, family, and emerging alternative life styles which constitute the reality of life today. The course explores love, sexuality, mate selection, and engagement preceding traditional marriage and family patterns, extra-marital and non-marital unions, singles, and future trends in intimate relationship styles.

SOC 116 - Power, Oppression, and Privilege: Race and Ethnic Relations (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is designed for students interested in understanding the complexities of multiethnic, multiracial societies. The course presents an overview of the structure and character of racial and ethnic relations in the United States and abroad. Students gain knowledge of the treatment and experiences of a variety of racial and ethnic groups and gain insight into the complex social features of intergroup contact.

SOC 120 - She, He, They: Intersections of Gender (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

In this course students explore how gender shapes peoples' lives and the world around them. Using a sociological perspective, students will examine gender as a social construction rather than a simple biological difference. Topics may include cultural ideas of gender, gender and the economy, politics, the media, families, and education. This course is designed for students who want to learn more about the social connections of gender, and how the importance of gender differences are reinforced in society today.

SOC 127 - Introduction to Criminology (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is designed for students interested in the subject of criminology. The scientific analysis of the nature, extent, and causes of violations of societal rules of behavior formally defined as crime and delinquency is emphasized. The course includes an analysis of the development of criminal law and the administration of criminal justice; the patterns of criminality and delinquency; the impact of crime on social change; and the labeling, identification, characteristics, and treatment of criminals and delinquents.

SOC 130 - Introduction to Disability Studies (3.0 units)

Advisory:SOC 101, ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to:UC,CSU

This course introduces the topic of disability studies from a sociological perspective. Students learn definitions and distinctions involved in the study of disabilities, which include various theories and models of disability. The course is designed for students who want to learn about the connections between disability and society, including the culture of disability and ableism, the relationship between disability and various social institutions, and the intersectional relationship between disabled and other marginalized groups.

CSU GE A3 - Critical ThinkingGE3.0†

Notes:
All honors courses have a prerequisite.
† some classes may have higher units. 

Select one:
ENGL 201, 201H; PHIL 110, 110H, 112, 112H, 115; READ 101; SPCH 140

CSU GE B2 - Biological SciencesGE3.0†

Notes:
All honors courses have a prerequisite.
† some classes may have higher units. 
All labs or courses with labs are indicated by an '*'.

Select one:
ANTH 101, 101H, 101L*
BIOL 101*, 105, 105L*, 111, 111L*, 112*, 120, 120L*, 200*, 201*, 206, 222*, 226*
BIOT 100*; PSY 210, 210H
BIOL 101*, 105, 105L*, 111, 111L*, 112*, 120, 120L*, 200*, 201*, 206, 222*, 226*
BIOT 100; PSY 210, 210H

Total Semester Units:15.0† 
4th Semester
HUSR 199A - Seminar in Human ServicesM1.0
HUSR 199A - Seminar in Human Services (1.0 units)

Prerequisite: PSY 101 or SOC 101 or HUSR 111
Corequisite: HUSR 199B
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course and its corequisite (HUSR 199B) provide students with supervised field experience in a community organization, agency, or institution, which allows students to apply knowledge and learn new skills outside of the classroom environment. This course provides the academic element to the experiential course offering and reinforces the application of concepts learned in the prerequisite course or courses.

HUSR 199B - Fieldwork in Human ServicesM2.0
HUSR 199B - Fieldwork in Human Services (2.0 units)

p>Prerequisite: PSY 101 or SOC 101
Corequisite: HUSR 199A
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

The corequisite courses HUSR 199A and 199B provide students with a supervised field experience in a community organization, agency, or institution, allowing the student to apply knowledge and learn new skills outside of the classroom environment. In this course students take the theories and principles learned in the classroom and apply them to their work in a field setting. This course is designed to provide the student with an opportunity to develop skills that would facilitate gaining employment in the human services field.
Unpaid field work: 2 units =120 hours; 3 units= 180 hours
Paid field work: 2 units =150 hours; 3 units=225 hours

CSU GE B1 - Physical SciencesGE3.0†

Notes:
All honors courses have a prerequisite.
† some classes may have higher units. 
All labs or courses with labs are indicated by an '*'.

Select one:
ASTR 110, 110H, 112*, 137*
CHEM 110*, 120*,130*, 140*, 230*, 231*
GEOG 101, 101L*
GEOL 150, 151*, 152, 152L*
PHY 120*, 150*, 160*, 211*, 212*, 213*
CHEM 110*, 120*,130*, 140*, 230*, 231*
GEOG 101, 101L*
GEOL 150,151*
PHY 120*, 150*, 160*, 211*, 212*, 213*

CSU GE B3 - Lab ScienceGE1.0

Select one if lab has not been completed in CSU B1 or B2.
All labs or courses with labs are indicated by an '*'

Select one: POLS 110 / POLS 110H (CSU GE D)GE3.0
POLS 110 - Government of the United States (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate assessment; READ 043 or appropriate assessment
Transfers to: UC (*credit limit), CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: POLS 110 or POLS 110H)

This course surveys and analyzes the origins, principles, institutions, policies, and politics of U.S. National and California State Governments, including their constitutions. Emphasis is placed on the rights and responsibilities of citizens, and an understanding of the political processes and issues involved in the workings of government. This course fulfills the American Institutions requirement for the Associate Degree. It also is suitable for students wishing to expand their knowledge of local, state and national governments.

POLS 110H - Government of the United States Honors (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: ENGL 101
Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC (*credit limit), CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: POLS 110 or POLS 110H)

This course surveys and analyzes the origins, principles, institutions, policies, and politics of U.S. National and California State Governments, including their constitutions. Emphasis is placed on the rights and responsibilities of citizens, and an understanding of the political processes and issues involved in the workings of government. This course fulfills the American Institutions requirement for the Associate Degree. It also is suitable for students wishing to expand their knowledge of local, state and national governments. This course is intended for students eligible for the Honors Program.

CSU ElectiveEL3.0

Select a course that transfers to CSU. Please see a counselor to discuss course options.

CSU ElectiveEL1.0

Select a course that transfers to CSU. Please see a counselor to discuss course options.

Total Semester Units:14.0† 
Total Units for Social Services Assistant AS program (Transfer to CSU)60.5† 
Notes:
AP exams and courses taken outside of Rio Hondo College may fulfill general education and/or major requirements. Please check with a counselor.
Legend:
Some classes may have higher units
M Major course; course may also meet a general education requirement
GEGeneral Education course
ELElective Course
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