Areas of Study

The Human Services department has the following areas of study:

Associates of Applied Studies:

General Human Services.  This area allows for the greatest flexibility for working in the social services profession.  Students have opportunities for elective courses within the degree plan and can select internships from a broad array of social services.

Addictions specialty – This area of study prepares the student who wishes to work in substance abuse prevention and treatment.

Therapeutic recreation – This area of study prepares the student to work in the area of therapeutic recreation/recreation therapy.  Internships are often found in long-term care settings and programs for individuals with disabilities.


Addictions Counseling – Advanced Technical Training – This certificate provides the coursework and practicum hours necessary for the individual holding an Associate’s or Bachelors degree in a non-social/behavioral science area and who wish to become a LCDC-I and sit for the licensing exam.

Please note:  The certificate in Addictions Counseling in the Criminal Justice System has been discontinued.  If you are currently seeking that certificate, see Dr. Coccia for a completion plan.


Internship applications deadlines:  Summer – March 1.  Fall – April 1.   Check with Dr. Coccia or Dr. Shuler to see if you are ready for internship.

Ready to graduate?  Don’t miss the deadline of March 29 for May graduation.  Even if you do not plan to attend graduation, you must actually “graduate” from ACC.

Looking for a scholarship?  ACC has many scholarships available for students – check out  Deadline is April 1.

Need volunteer hours?

A great way to complete volunteer requirements is through Student Life Common Service Experience. Student Life has compiled a list of agencies that need volunteers. They have an events calendar as well as a registration page on their site. Go to for more information.