Degree Programs

Human Services AAS

64.5-65

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 ...
3.0
EN101 English 1:Composition
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 DS080 Study Reading), 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. 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
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 ...
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 ...
.5 cr
PE Physical Education
A wide variety of credit courses including but not limited to swimming, fitness center, badminton, tennis, golf, bowling and aerobic dance. See when this course is offered ...
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 ...
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 MA 091 Introductory Algebra See when this course is offered ...
OR
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 ...
.5 cr
PE Physical Education
A wide variety of credit courses including but not limited to swimming, fitness center, badminton, tennis, golf, bowling and aerobic dance. See when this course is offered ...
Third Semester
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 ...
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 ...
Program Elective (Restricted) 3cr
Developmental Psych Elective 3cr
Psychology Elective 3cr
.5 cr
PE Physical Education
A wide variety of credit courses including but not limited to swimming, fitness center, badminton, tennis, golf, bowling and aerobic dance. See when this course is offered ...
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 or HS253 Case Management Internship. See when this course is offered ...
Program Elective (Restricted) 3cr
Sociology Elective 3cr
General Education Elective 3cr
(a) General Education Elective (3 hours). Consult with advisor and Tier 2 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 silos.
0.5
HS104 Id&Rpt of Chld Abus&Neglct
This course provides information concerning the responsibilities and procedures for identifying and reporting child abuse and maltreatment. Topics include the characteristics of abusive parents or caregivers, protection of children, and related legal issues. Successful course completion will meet the New York State requirement for individuals employed in positions designated as mandated reporters of child abuse and neglect. See when this course is offered ...
.5 cr
PE Physical Education
A wide variety of credit courses including but not limited to swimming, fitness center, badminton, tennis, golf, bowling and aerobic dance. See when this course is offered ...


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