Human Services

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The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.

– Mahatma Gandhi

The Human Services professional is skilled and knowledgeable in a large variety of specialties.

Our programs provide the foundation for higher level degrees and management positions in a variety of human services agencies.

The Human Services Department offers an associate in arts degree as well as certificate programs in a large variety of specialties, including:

Our faculty are specially trained and many work in or have worked in the field of their specialty.

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The Human Services program at Cypress College is accredited by CAADE (The California Association for Alcohol and Drug Educators). CAADE is one of the credentialing organizations included in the State of California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs directory meeting the minimum criteria for Alcohol and Drug Counseling.

What You’ll Study

  • Behavior Modification
  • Human Services
  • Fieldwork
  • Family Studies
  • Crisis Intervention and Referral
  • Group Leadership-Group Process
  • Helping Skills-Human Services
  • Self-Esteem Strategies
  • Families and Substance Abuse
  • Behavior Modification
  • Drugs and Alcohol in Our Society
  • Intervention Strategies
  • Drugs and Physiology
  • Co-Occurring Disorders
  • Victimology
  • Society and Victimization
  • Ethical Issues in Human Services
  • Prevention Strategies
  • Human Services in Criminal Justice
  • Counseling in Criminal Justice
  • Conflict Resolution-Mediation
  • Careers in Criminal Justice
  • Cross-Cultural Criminology


Visit our catalog for more information about the degrees and certificates, courses, and program learning outcomes for students majoring in Human Services.

Careers & Salary


  • Community and Social Service Specialist
  • Social and Human Service Assistant
  • Community Health Worker
  • Bailiff
  • Detective
  • Criminal Investigator
  • Police Officer
  • Sheriff’s Patrol Officer
  • Private Detective/Investigator


  • Low: $23k–$30k
  • Average: $42k–$78k
  • High: $77k–$145k

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What Students Say

“I am most passionate about helping people to live a life of fullness. I believe that being happy and healthy is a right; however, it is not the case that people are always viewed fairly and justly. Marginalization and stereotyping still exist in this country. I want to make a difference and prove that every individual deserves to be respected.”

Flora Li

Adjunct Faculty

  • Brenda Wilson, M.S.W., LCSW

Human Services Department

Location: Humanities Building, Room 238
T: (714) 484-7185
Department Chair: James Tapia,