Human Services

Human Services

Put Your Passion for Helping Others to Work

The Human Services program prepares you to professionally help others. You’ll learn how to take on the complexity of other human beings, leading you to a rewarding career making a positive impact on others’ well-being.

We focus on exploring and understanding human behaviors, social policy, social programs, communication, record keeping, interviewing, observing, group resources, and problem solving.

Plus, Kirkwood has direct connections to local community agencies, linking you to real-world, hands-on experience and special observation opportunities within the human services field.

We also offer a Human Services-Liberal Arts degree for transfer to a four-year college or university, as well as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Educational Track.

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Paying for your degree may be easier than you think with our financial aid and scholarships. Kirkwood offers more than $3 million in scholarships for students each year!

Graduates of the Human Services program will be able to:

  • Analyze how and why the discipline utilizes systems theory to analyze data, draw conclusions, and select interventions.
  • Examine contemporary research.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills of the human services profession.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of human services and the profession by identifying and locating community resources and agencies, and articulating the funding streams of services.
  • Use and demonstrate effective communication skills.
  • Practice self-management skills.
  • Demonstrate data management skills.

With an AAS degree in Human Services from Kirkwood, you'll have have the option of continuing your education or going straight into the workforce to begin your career in this exciting field.

Program Costs

Human Services 

Program Entry Semester: Fall 2021

Year One

Credits: 15 15 36
Tuition: $2,790 $2,790 $6,696
Fees: $50 $50 $150
Books: $428 $502 $1,066.25



Credits: 6 6
Tuition: $1,116 $1,116
Fees: $50 $50


Year Two

Credits: 15 12 27
Tuition: $2,790 $2,232 $5,022
Fees: $50 $50 $100
Books: $290.50 $495 $785.50




Costs provided are estimated and based on in-state tuition rates. Book cost estimates are for new books. Individual expenses may vary. These costs also do not factor in potential financial aid benefits. For a complete view of your specific cost expectation, visit our Cost Estimator Tool.
Included fees: Technology Fee
Current Tuition Rates per Credit Hour: $ 186 In-State; $ 249 Out-of-State; $ 372 International
Updated: 1/18/2021

Mission Statement

To provide students with knowledge and skills which equip them for entry-level human service work with diverse clients.

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“I chose Kirkwood because I didn’t know what I wanted to do and it’s a very affordable place to start. I’ve been involved with many clubs, but my favorite has been raising money for Dance Marathon, which benefits the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. I love that all of the staff, faculty, and students are so friendly!”

Lexi Bright,
Anamosa, Iowa


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