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Human Services AAS

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This program provides the skills needed to begin working in a variety of helping professions. Working with an advisor, students plan a course of studies around their career interests. The counseling emphasis helps to develop the knowledge and interpersonal skills required to help those in need solve problems in living. Human Services students must complete two semesters of professionally supervised internship experiences in a setting related to their career direction. Students who choose to continue their education will find opportunities to transfer into baccalaureate programs in social work, psychology, therapeutic recreation, occupational therapy, child life, and related areas. One High School Mathematics Course or its equivalent is required
Goals & Outcomes
Goal 1 To provide students with the knowledge they need for employment in human service occupations
  • Secure employment in a human setting within one year
  • Demonstrate a broad knowledge of theory and principles regarding human development and its relationship to psychosocial function and dysfunction
  • Identify and describe the impact of the environment on individual functioning
  • Demonstrate a broad knowledge of theory and principles regarding intervention strategies at the individual, family, group, and/or organizational level
  • Demonstrate a broad knowledge of theory and principles regarding developmentally appropriate practices
Goal 2 To provide students with the skills they need for employment in human service
  • Demonstrate competence in using skills in intervention with or on behalf of people served such as: interviewing; problem-solving; program planning; needs assessing; goal writing; behavior modification; teaching; group facilitating; advocating; and utilization of appropriate resources
  • Demonstrate behaviors that indicate respect for the inherent worth, dignity and self-determination of individuals in the population served
Goal 3 To provide students with an opportunity to communicate in professional and academic environments
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing in academic and professional settings
  • Demonstrate understanding and application of professional ethics and behaviors
  • Document their own reaction patterns, motivations, and biases in on a log entry for each Internship site visit
Goal 4 To provide students with an understanding of the process and methods of social science research
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles and theories of scientific psychology, particularly the methods of social science research used in this field
Goal 5 To prepare students for potential transfer to related bachelors programs
  • Graduates will transfer with full junior level status
  • Graduates will maintain or improve their GPA at the transfer institution.
Goal 6 To prepare students to demonstrate information literacy
  • Students will use traditional and contemporary information technology
  • Students will identify, access, and appropriately use authoritative sources of information
First Semester
1.0
ED100 College Seminar
This course is an opportunity for students to develop the skills necessary to be successful in college. Students learn the importance of the faculty-student and advisor-advisee relationship, develop time management techniques, apply effective study skill techniques, recognize the implications of living in a diverse society, utilize college resources, and explore career and transfer requirements. Collaborative projects are included. Students matriculated in a degree program must take this course in their first term of study. See when this course is offered ...
4.0
BI103 Human Life Science 1
This course explores the form and function of human body systems for non-science students. It stresses normal and abnormal life processes as well as the philosophy and history of science including the scientific method. Laboratory exercises complement lecture topics, which include the study of cells and tissues, and the nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, and reproductive systems. Dissections are required in the laboratory. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
EN101 English 1: Composition
EN101 English 1: Composition C-3 Cr-3 This course focuses on several kinds of writing-self-expressive, informative, and argumentative/persuasive, and others. A minimum of five essay compositions are required. The course emphasizes the composition of clear, correct, and effective prose required in a variety of professions and occupations.Prerequisites: The required developmental reading (DS051 Essential Reading & Study Skills, or SL115 ESL4: Advanced Reading, and/or writing courses (EN099 Introduction to College English or SL116 ESL4: Advanced Composition) or permission of the instructor or designee. Student Learning Outcomes: 1) Demonstrate the ability to communicate ideas in a clear and concise manner through informative, argumentative, formal and informal writing at a level suitable for successful college students. 2) Develop a practical and fundamental understanding of the relationship and interaction between the writer and the reader while exploring human knowledge, values, ethics, language, and social institutions. 3) Broaden the student’s intellectual autonomy and their ability to use language for the purposes of reading, writing, learning, communicating, and critical thinking. 4) Gain a practical understanding of primary and secondary sources and how to properly utilize and cite these sources. 5) Discuss the history and methodology of rhetoric and composition. 6) Exhibit clear concise writing skills in both professional and academic writing. 7) Achieve a level of writing fluency satisfactory for success in college courses. 8) Display a clear understanding of proper documentation procedures to avoid plagiarism. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
HS101 Intro Human Services
This course provides an exploration of the broad field of human services, introduces theoretical systems for understanding human behavior, and examines professional ethics and standards. Communication techniques and procedures are stressed. A continual theme throughout is the need for self-awareness. Students complete NY State certification as a mandated reporter. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
PY101 Intro General Psychology
This course introduces the many and varied facets of psychology. Emphasis is on interactions of individuals in their cultural, social, and economic environments as determined by their cognitive, behavioral, and emotional experiences and training. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
SO101 Intro Sociology
This course gives an understanding of and a feeling for the society in which we live. The concepts and theories discussed relate to humanity, its culture and society, and to those forces that contribute to the smooth operation of this society as well as those forces that contribute to conflict and social problems. Topics include culture, socialization, stratification, population, and patterns of social organization. See when this course is offered ...
0.5
PEXXX Physical Education Elective
Second Semester
3.0
EN102 English 2:Idea&Values Lit
This course encourages a deeper understanding of human nature and the human condition through the study of ideas and values expressed in imaginative literature. Emphasis is placed on the use and development of critical thinking and language skills. Library-oriented research is required. Prerequisite: EN101 English 1: Composition or EN106 English 1: Composition and Reading. See when this course is offered ...
Mathematics Elective
3.0
3.0
MA108 Concepts in Mathematics
This course is a survey of mathematics for students in those programs that do not require a mathematics sequence. It provides an appreciation of mathematical ideas in historical and modern settings. Topics include problem solving, logic, geometry, statistics, and consumer mathematics. Prerequisite: An appropriate placement test result or MA090 Essential Math Skills or MA091 Introductory Algebra, or equivalent. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
MA110 Elementary Statistics
This course introduces probability and statistics. Topics include graphs, tables, frequency distributions, measures of central tendency and dispersion, normal distribution, correlation and regression, probability, and inferential statistics. This course is available in two formats: lecture only, or lecture plus laboratory using technology. Prerequisite: An appropriate placement test result or MA090 Essential Math Skills or MA 091 Introductory Algebra, or equivalent. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
HS241 Chemical Dependencies
This course provides an overview of drug abuse and alcoholism including pharmacology, causes and legal aspects of drug abuse, intervention and prevention, physiology, and psychological aspects of alcoholism. The role of the professional and non-professional in counseling and intervention is examined. Emphasis is placed on alternatives to chemical substance abuse and the self-destructing behaviors that produce them. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
PY203 Abnormal Psychology
This course covers the historical views of abnormality as well as current classification of abnormal behavior. It emphasizes the comparison of perspectives on causes and treatments of abnormal behavior. Prerequisite: PY101 Introduction to General Psychology. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
PY210 Eval/Meas-Beh Sci
This course examines research methodology in the behavioral sciences including observational and recording methods, the evaluation of performance (psychometrics), and quasi-experimental research. Emphasis is placed upon the application of the methodologies to research designs and the interpretation of psychological reports. Prerequisite: PY101 Introduction to General Psychology. See when this course is offered ...
0.5
PEXXX Physical Education Elective
Third Semester
3.0
HS222 Theories of Counseling
This course explores the theoretical frameworks of counseling, with emphasis on the ideas that form the structure of these theories. Consideration is given to their history, current status, and application. Prerequisite: PY101 Introduction to General Psychology, and a grade of “C” or better in HS101 Introduction to Human Services. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
HS251 Internship 1
This course provides supervised, practical experience in a human service setting. In addition to a minimum of 90 hours of field experience, participation in a weekly seminar is required. Prerequisite: Matriculation in Human Services or Chemical Dependency Practitioner program, 25 credits completed towards the degree, G.P.A. of at least 2.0, and a minimum grade of “C” in HS101 Introduction to Human Services. Corequisites: (Depending on Matriculation) HS222 Theories of Counseling or HS232 Counseling Techniques and one program elective, or AS201 Introduction to Alcoholism/Substance Abuse Counseling and HS231 Ethics, Policy & Law. See when this course is offered ...
Developmental Psychology Elective
3.0
3.0
PY202 Childhood & Adolescence
This course examines the psychological changes that take place between birth and adolescence. Emphasis is placed on the cognitive, social, emotional, language, and physical dimensions of developmental change. The psychological pathologies unique to this segment of the lifespan are discussed. Prerequisite: PY101 Introduction to General Psychology. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
PY205 Adulthood & Aging
This course examines the adjustments faced by the individual from midlife through old age. Emphasis is placed on the effect of role changes on the individuals view of self and their ability to function. Methods to ease role transitions are covered. Prerequisite: PY101 Introduction to General Psychology. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
PY212 Adolescent Psychology
This course explores physical, social, emotional, moral, and cognitive development during adolescence. It examines theories and research about adolescent development. Topics include the changing role of relationships with peers and parents, gender and identity development, problem behaviors, and appropriate interventions to reduce risky behavior and promote successful development. The influence of the social and cultural context on development is considered. Fifteen hours of observation of adolescents in a 7th - 12th grade school setting must be completed. Prerequisite: PY101 Introduction to General Psychology. See when this course is offered ...
Program Elective
3.0
3.0
HS216 Intro to Disabilities
This course introduces disability as an aspect of the human experience and in relationship to a changing society. Topics include a global perspective of the prevalence and incidence of disability through historical and cultural concepts, as well as political and economic factors that help define disability and shape society’s response to it. The course examines the self-determination movement and its impact on disability services. Prerequisite: HS101 Introduction to Human Services. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
HS231 Ethics Policy & Law
This course introduces the field of social services with emphasis on ethical and policy considerations faced by human service practitioners, chemical dependency counselors, and educators. Ethical decision making, professional competence, self-disclosure, confidentiality, and related topics are covered as they apply to working in counseling and educational settings. It examines legislation affecting the role of the practitioner and the economic security of the client. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
HS233 Group Counseling Skills
This course focuses on the acquisition of group counseling skills and techniques applicable for work within human service consumer populations and age groups. Issues include substance abuse, mental health, conflict resolution skills, and trauma. Group techniques and skills are practiced. Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in HS101 Introduction to Human Services. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
HS245 Case Management 1
This course uses a systems perspective to introduce the field of case management. Emphasis is on understanding and accessing the variety of service systems available to the client-consumer. See when this course is offered ...
Psychology Elective
3.0
3.0
PY201 Learng:Behavior Analysis
This course explores the mechanisms that underlie human learning. Emphasis is placed on the examination of the behavioral approach to the study of human learning. Prerequisite: PY101 Introduction to General Psychology. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
PY204 Social Psychology
This course deals with theoretical and applied aspects of the individual in social contexts. Attention is given to interpersonal relations and group dynamics, for better understanding of functioning in social situations. Topics include conformity, aggression, interpersonal attraction, and communication. Prerequisite: PY101 Introduction to General Psychology. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
PY208 Death Dying & Bereavemnt
This course increases personal knowledge about death as an aspect of the life process and assesses the impact of dying and bereavement from psychosocial, cultural, and historical as well as developmental, medical, and legal perspectives. Human roles relating to the distinct needs of dying persons and their friends and families are examined. Prerequisite: PY101 Introduction to General Psychology. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
PY209 Forensic Psychology
This course examines the relationship between psychopathology and criminality, and describes the legal context in which forensic psychology is practiced. Unlike other disciplines of psychology, which are therapeutic or habilitative in nature, it is concerned with the prevention, detection, and reduction of crime. Prerequisites: PY101 Introduction to General Psychology and PY203 Abnormal Psychology. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
PY213 Human Sexuality
This course provides an overview of the biopsychosocial perspectives of human sexuality. It covers the personal and biological aspects of human sexuality, and its historical and cultural perspectives. Topics include sexuality across the lifespan, sexual identity development, and variation of the human sexual experience. Prerequisite: PY101 Introduction to General Psychology. See when this course is offered ...
Second Developmental Psychology Elective
3.0
0.5
PEXXX Physical Education Elective
Fourth Semester
3.0
HS232 Counseling Techniques
This course focuses on the acquisition and refinement of social work and counseling skills appropriate for the A.A.S. practitioner. Methods used with diverse client systems within a variety of settings and problem areas are covered. A grade of “C” or better in HS101 Introduction to Human Services. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
HS252 Internship 2
This course is a continuation of the supervised experience in a human service setting, with greater initiative and responsibility for the provision of services. In addition to the minimum of 90 hours of field experience, participation in a weekly seminar is required. Corequisite: HS251 Internship 1. See when this course is offered ...
Program Elective
3.0
3.0
HS216 Intro to Disabilities
This course introduces disability as an aspect of the human experience and in relationship to a changing society. Topics include a global perspective of the prevalence and incidence of disability through historical and cultural concepts, as well as political and economic factors that help define disability and shape society’s response to it. The course examines the self-determination movement and its impact on disability services. Prerequisite: HS101 Introduction to Human Services. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
HS231 Ethics Policy & Law
This course introduces the field of social services with emphasis on ethical and policy considerations faced by human service practitioners, chemical dependency counselors, and educators. Ethical decision making, professional competence, self-disclosure, confidentiality, and related topics are covered as they apply to working in counseling and educational settings. It examines legislation affecting the role of the practitioner and the economic security of the client. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
HS233 Group Counseling Skills
This course focuses on the acquisition of group counseling skills and techniques applicable for work within human service consumer populations and age groups. Issues include substance abuse, mental health, conflict resolution skills, and trauma. Group techniques and skills are practiced. Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in HS101 Introduction to Human Services. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
HS245 Case Management 1
This course uses a systems perspective to introduce the field of case management. Emphasis is on understanding and accessing the variety of service systems available to the client-consumer. See when this course is offered ...
Sociology Elective
3.0
3.0
SO202 Marriage & Fam Lvng
This course explores two of the major social institutions, marriage and family. Sociological theory provides an understanding of the interconnection between these institutions and other social institutions, such as the economy, religion, education, and government. Changing forms and functions of marriage and family are examined in historical and cross-cultural perspectives, while aspects and issues confronting contemporary families are topics of importance. Prerequisite: SO101 Introduction to Sociology. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
SO203 Urban Sociology
This course traces the history of cities and urban development. It examines urban areas as dynamic centers of opportunity and social change on macro and micro levels. Incorporating insights and theories drawn from sociology and related disciplines, it looks at the impact of the global environment on cities of today. Prerequisite: SO101 Introduction to Sociology. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
SO204 Contemp Issue Soc
This course examines current and persistent social issues confronting human society. Emphasis is placed on analysis of the history, causes, and dimensions of social issues such as population, the urban environment, consumer concerns, poverty, cri me and criminal justice, racism, sexism, and drug and alcohol abuse. Prerequisite: SO101 Introduction to Sociology. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
SO205 Racial&Ethnic Minorities
This course explores racial and ethnic subcultures that exist in American society. The emphasis is on those values and behaviors that contribute to the social boundaries of the group, provide a structure for interaction with outside groups, and maintain the group’s integrity as a minority subculture. The adaptive strategies employed by minorities as well as dimensions of disadvantage experienced by minorities within American society are explored. Prerequisite: SO101 Introduction to Sociology. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
SO206 Soc Sig of Gender
This course assumes that human life is gendered and that gendered social expectations limit and enrich individuals and groups. Theories of sex and gender development, the history of social movements related to gender equity, and the impact of intersecting systems of stratification are emphasized. The influence of social forces including biology, religion, family, sexuality, education, the polity, economics, media, law, medicine, social sciences, social policy, and systems of stratification are examined. Prerequisite: SO101 Introduction to Sociology. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
SO207 Sociology:Comparative Religion
This course utilizes a socio-historical and comparative approach to study the development of world religions, their basic beliefs, and the relationship between religion and society. As one of the oldest of all social institutions, religion has been and continues to be a major force within society and thus this course looks at the impact these belief systems have on our world. No one religion is emphasized; rather the sociological functions of religion and how religions serve these functions within their historical and cultural context are compared and contrasted. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
SO208 Sociology of Aging
Societies throughout the world address issues associated with the aging in a variety of ways, including how societies define the role of the elderly and how social institutions adapt to changes in the elderly population. This course explores historical developments, cross-cultural adaptations, societal problems, and issues related to health and well-being of aging populations. Prerequisite: SO101 Introduction to Sociology. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
SO210 Deaf Culture & Community
This course introduces aspects of deaf culture and the deaf community. The distinctions between the two are reviewed and characteristics of both are identified. The language, norms of behavior, values, traditions and possessions (materials) of the deaf are covered. The evolution of a pathological view of the deaf to a cultural one is analyzed from a historical and sociological perspective. Intercultural issues relating to the role of hearing people within the deaf community are covered. See when this course is offered ...
General Education Elective
3.0
General Education Elective (3 hours). Consult with advisor for a list of courses. If transferring to a SUNY college, complete an American History, Western Civilization, Arts, or Foreign Language. Take SO207 Sociology of Religion and a SUNY General Education course to fulfill 7 areas.
0.5
PEXXX Physical Education Elective


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