College Catalog
Academic Programs - School of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Human Services
Associate in Science
HEGIS #5501
Chairperson: Theodore J. Adams Jr.
Brahan Hall, Room 008, (518) 629-7341

Human Services is a challenging career field that provides the opportunity for helping people with social, behavioral or mental health problems. This two-year program is designed for those interested in working in the fields of developmental disabilities, mental health, adolescent and youth services, gerontology, community services and social welfare.

Applicants are selected and retained on the basis of personal characteristics required for success in this field, as well as an expressed interest in dealing with social problems and working with people. This program provides field experiences in settings such as group homes, social services agencies, homes for older adults, youth care institutions, and public schools. The major equips students for employment in these agencies and also prepares students for transfer to baccalaureate programs. Degree requirements can be fulfilled through evening course offerings.




High School Average

1 unit of any math, including GED math


70 or above

The estimated cost of books for the student enrolled in the first full-time term as outlined would be approximately $595.

Associate in Science


FORM 102 College Forum** (1)
ENGL 101 English Composition I 3
  ENGL 102**** English Composition II or
ENGL 104**** English Composition II: Writing About Literature
HUSV 100 Social Service Systems 3
HUSV 105*** Human Development & the Family 3
HUSV 109*** Orientation to Field Work 1
HUSV 110*** Human Service Skills 3
HUSV 200 Interviewing & Techniques of Communication 3
HUSV 205 Introduction to Social Group Work 3
HUSV 240 Professionalism in a Diverse Society 3
HUSV 250 Human Services Practicum 8
PSYC 100 General Psychology 3
SOCL 100 Sociology 3
  Biology Elective 3-4
  Biology or Math Elective 3-4
  Human Services or Chemical Dependency Counseling Elective 3
  Liberal Arts and Sciences Electives 9
  Elective as Advised 3
  Total Credits Required 60-62

*or specific course equivalents as approved by the department chairperson.

** Required of first-time, full-time students.

*** A grade of "C" or better is required for program completion.

****This requirement may be waived based on department chair approval of completion of a bachelor's degree.