Associate of Arts in Human Services – Substance Abuse
(61 Credits)

Information for Current and Future Students

The Associate of Arts (AA) degree in Human Services with a concentration in Substance Abuse prepares students to work with diverse populations in the field of addictions and pursue further study in substance abuse. The concentration in substance abuse prepares students to apply for licensure as a Licensed Substance Abuse Associate (LSAA) provided they possess the qualifications and requirements established by the New Mexico Counseling and Therapy Practice Board.

Students interested in the LSAA are encouraged to meet with the Human Services faculty to discuss licensure requirements.


Communications (6):

English 1120, plus an additional course chosen from Communication 1130; English 2120, 2210; Philosophy 1120; University Honors 201. Students who do not place into English 1120 may apply the credit hours from the prerequisite English 1110 (or the equivalent English 1110Y or English 1110Z) to help fulfill Area 8 requirements (see below).6cr

Mathematics & Statistics (3):

One course at the appropriate level determined by placement: Mathematics 1130, 1220, 1240, 1250, 1350, 1430, 1440, 1512, 1522, 2118; University Honors 202.3cr

Physical and Natural Sciences (4):

One course and, where applicable, the related laboratory: Anthropology 1170 and 1170L, 1175 and 1175L, 1211 and 1211L; Astronomy 1115 and 1115L; Biology 1110 and 1110L, 1140 and 1140L; Chemistry 1110, 1120C, 1215 and 1215L, 1225 and 1225L, 131, 132; Computer Science 108L; Environmental Science 1130 and 1130L; Geography 1160 and 1160L; Geology 1110 and 1110L, 2110C; Natural Science 1110, 1120, 2110; Physics 1110, 1115 and 1115L, 1125 and 1125L, 1230 and 1230L, 1240 and 1240L, 1310 and 1310L, 1320 and 1320L; University Honors 203.4cr

Social and Behavioral Sciences (3):

Africana Studies 1120; American Studies 1110, 1140; Anthropology 1115, 1140, 1155, 2175; Chicana and Chicano Studies 1110; Community and Regional Planning 181; Economics 2110, 2120; Engineering 200; Film and Digital Media Arts 1520; Geography 1165, 217; Linguistics 2110; Mechanical Engineering 217; Political Science 1120, 1140, 2110, 2120; Psychology 1110; Public Health 101, 102; Sociology 1110, 2315; University Honors 204.3cr

Humanities (3):

Africana Studies 1110; American Studies 1150; Chicana and Chicano Studies 2110; Classics 1110, 2110, 2120; Comparative Literature 222, 224; English 1410, 2650, 2660; Film and Digital Media Arts 1520; Geography 1175; History 1110, 1120, 1150, 1160, 1170, 1180; Modern Language 1110; Native American Studies 1150; Philosophy 1115, 2210, 2225; Religion 1110, 2110, 2120; University Honors 121, 122, 205.3cr

Second Language (3):

A second language course chosen from regular language offerings in UNM departments including (but not limited to) Foreign Languages and Literatures, Linguistics, and Spanish and Portuguese. Students will follow departmental guidelines on placement in the appropriate language course level. Languages regularly offered at UNM include (but are not limited to): American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Classical Greek, English (for qualified international students who learned English as a second language), Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Navajo, Russian, Spanish, and Swahili.3cr

Arts and Design (3):

One course chosen from the following courses: Architecture 1120; Art History 1120, 2110, 2120; Dance 1110; Fine Art 284; Film and Digital Media Arts 1520, 2110; Music 1120, 1130; Theatre 1110; University Honors 207. Alternatively, students may elect to take one 3-credit hour studio course offered by the Departments of Art, Film and Digital Arts, Music, or Theatre and Dance to fulfill this requirement. Completion of prerequisites for the studio course is required as necessary.3cr

Student Choice (6):

Two additional General Education courses chosen from two different Areas (1- 7). Students who do not place into English 1120 may apply the credit hours from the prerequisite English 1110 (or the equivalent English 1110Y or English 1110Z) to help fulfill Area 8 requirements.6cr


BCIS 1110Fundamentals of Information Literacy and Systems3cr
SOWK 2110Introduction to Human Services and Social Work3cr
HCHS 140Introduction to Substance Abuse3cr
HMSV 2998Substance Abuse Counseling Field Experience3cr
HMSV 2320Professional Issues in Human Services3cr
HMSV 1110Group Dynamics3cr
HMSV 1120Interviewing Techniques3cr
HMSV 2215Adolescent Substance Abuse: Prevention and Treatment3cr
HMSV 2230Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling: Special Populations3cr
HMSV 2270Substance Abuse in Families3cr

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