Social Services

Prepare to Serve with a Social Services Associate Degree

Social services is a way to better understand human behavior and concepts in psychology and sociology in relation to mental health and social services.

By earning an associate degree in social services you’ll be on your way to not only help others with their dependencies or causes but also assist them in learning why or how a choice was made—and how to prepare for what comes next.

As Social Education for Community Focused Students

Sure, there are many options out there for someone seeking an associate degree in social services. You want the best college experience, which means taking advantage of Urbana’s small class sizes.

At Urbana, you’ll have the chance to not only get to know an expert in the social services field but also have one-on-one time to build a rapport and relationship with your professors. This can be very beneficial to both your college experience and your future as a social service professional.


Uncover State Policy Opportunities in the Urbana Community and Beyond

Is there anything you can’t do with a social services major? With an associate degree in social services you are laying the groundwork for hope and positive change in the Urbana community and beyond.

Urbana social services graduates go on to seek bachelor’s degrees in human services leadership, sociology and more. Others immediately seek entry-level jobs helping clients in human services agencies right after graduation.

Program Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate intermediate level competence in social science.

  2. Apply social science concepts and theories in social science context.

  3. Identify function processes and availability of social science agencies.

Undergraduate Studies Admission Requirements

Each applicant seeking admission to Urbana University is individually evaluated. Factors considered are past academic achievement, aptitude, extracurricular activities, and any additional evidence supporting the prospect of academic success.

To qualify for admission, applicants seeking an associate’s or bachelor’s degree must present evidence of high school completion and a required minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale, in the form of a high school diploma or GED. Careful consideration is given to the applicant’s academic record to include the curriculum, courses, and/or state mandated graduation tests.

Satisfactory completion of a college preparatory curriculum is expected, which includes a minimum of four units of English, three units of mathematics, two units of science, two units of social science, one additional unit in English, mathematics or science, and four additional elective units, for a total of 16 or more units. Should the applicant’s preparation differ from the recommendation above, the applicant may be asked to supply additional information for review.

Results from standardized testing (either ACT or SAT) are required for those under 21 years of age. Students who wish to apply for admission, but do not meet the minimum ACT score or high school cumulative GPA requirements listed below, may request consideration by the Admissions and Academic Standards Committee.

Undergraduate Admission Requirements/Materials:

  • Completed undergraduate application
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Official high school transcript with a required minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale
  • Standardized test results (if younger than 21 years old)
    • Minimum ACT score: 17
    • Minimum SAT score: 900

At any time the University may require an applicant to meet with the Admissions Committee to address questions that arise in the application review process. If an applicant requests transfer credit, official transcripts from any other regionally accredited institution are required.

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