Human Services (A.A.S.)

HEGIS: 5501

SUNY CODE: 0604

The Human Services program is designed to prepare students for a career in a variety of human service agencies. Students may, for example, find employment as case managers, social work assistants, family advocates, residential counselors or classroom assistants. Students may work with a variety of populations, such as the physically or developmentally disabled, elderly, youth at risk or individuals in crisis.

The goals of this program are to:

  • introduce the student to the many populations and services provided in the field of human services;
  • prepare students to pursue continuing education to maintain "best practice" in their employment position and/or an advanced degree in the career of their choice; and
  • prepare students for a variety of entry-level human service job opportunities.

Successful graduates from this program will be able to:

  • identify normal developmental trends throughout the life span and recognize deviations from normal development;
  • identify the social systems that impact the individual's behavior;
  • communicate effectively with a variety of populations;
  • accurately document case records;
  • identify community services available to assist clients;
  • abide by the Ethical Standards of Human Service Professionals; and
  • gather and apply credible and valid information to guide practice.

Career Opportunities/Transfer Information

Graduates find employment in a variety of private and public social service agencies. While not designed as a transfer program, many of our graduates go on to four-year colleges and specific transfer articulation agreements have been established with The College of St. Rose (Social Work), Cazenovia College (Human Services), SUNY Institute of Technology (Psychology or Sociology), Hilbert College (Human Services), SUC at Cortland (Human Services), Utica College (Psychology), and Russell Sage College (Creative Arts Therapy). A student pursuing a degree in this registered program may, after consultation with an academic advisor, select course(s) to prepare for specialization in career or transfer plans.

Program of Study

1st Year

1st Semester

EN 111English I - College Writing

3

FS 100First Year Student Seminar

1

HS 111Intro Social Services

3

SC 114Topics Human Biology

3

OR

SC 118Fund of Human Anatomy & Phys

3

SS 151Intro Psychology

3

SS 161Introductory Sociology

3

Physical Education Activity

1

Total Credit Hours:17

2nd Semester

EN 112English II - Intro to Lit

3

EN 228Interpersonal Communication

3

HS 120Intro to Case Management

3

SS 162Social Problems

3

Mathematics Elective

3

Physical Education Activity

1

Total Credit Hours:16
Prerequisite for HS 120HS 111 with a grade of C or higher.

2nd Year

3rd Semester

HS 211Practicum in Human Services I

3

SS 152Developmental Psychology

3

SS 163Marriage and Family

3

SS 241American Minorities

3

Social Science Elective

3

OR

Human Services Elective

3

OR

Criminal Justice Elective

3

Total Credit Hours:15
Prerequisites for HS 211:
1. Completion of 24 semester hours toward the degree in Human Services with an overall GPA of 2.0 (C) or higher.
2. Completion of EN 228, HS 111, HS 120, SS 151, SS 161, and SS 162 with a grade of C or higher.
3. Students enrolled in this curriculum must be aware that academic progress does not automatically guarantee practicum placement. Each student must be aware that poor interpersonal skills, unethical or unprofessional behavior in the classroom or practicum site may be reason for course failure, refusal of or removal from a practicum site, or academic dismissal from this curriculum.
4. Practicum I & II require 90 hours of volunteer work at a Human Service Agency.
5. Students will be required to meet their own travel needs during both practicum assignments.
6. Students enrolling in HS 211 or HS 212 must obtain the approval of the instructor and should meet with the instructor PRIOR to the beginning of the semester in order to secure their placement.
7. Students must follow the requirements as outlined in the Human Services Handbook.

 

Criminal Justice Elective

Recommended for students interested in victim advocacy, or working with at-risk youth

CJ 120Intro Criminal Justice

3

CJ 131Probation & Parole

3

CJ 151Intro Corrections

3

CJ 152Issues in Corrections

3

SS 136Criminology

3

SS 167Juvenile Delinquency

3

4th Semester

HS 212Practicum in Human Services II

3

SS 141American Government

3

SS 153Social Psychology

3

SS 155Abnormal Psychology

3

English Elective

3

OR

Humanities Elective

3

Total Credit Hours:15

Prerequisites for HS 212: HS 211 with a grade of C or higher.

Total Credit Hours: 63

For more information, contact the Humanities and Social Science Division at (315) 866-0300 or toll free 1-888-GO-4-HCCC, ext. 8430.

This program is Internet accessible and may be completed entirely online.

For more information access HCCC Internet Academy website: www.ia.herkimer.edu