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Human Services (A.A.S.)

Study human services at JCC

This degree program is designed for students seeking immediate employment after graduation in early care and education, such as Head Starts, preschools, and home or center based care.  Students may prepare for entry level positions in private or public agencies, working in individual and group settings, by completing two semesters of internship experience, and through elective course offerings. Individuals already employed in the human services field frequently enroll in selected courses to update their skills and knowledge.

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Minimum program credit hours: 60

Program Codes
Degree Option
Associate in Applied Science Degree
Hegis Code
Curriculum Code
General Requirements
18 credit hours
ENG 1510: English Composition I3
ENG 1530: English Composition II3
Social Sciences Electives - SUNY Gen Ed3
Social Sciences Electives

PSY 1510 and SOC 1510 are recommended.

Mathematics Electives (college level)3
Natural Sciences Electives - SUNY Gen Ed3
Core Requirements
31 credit hours
HUS 1210: Introduction to Human Services3
HUS 1280: Introduction to Family Systems3
HUS 1410: Generalist Practice Skills3
HUS 2210: Field Placement I-Social Work or EDU 2210: Field Placement I - Education or HUS 2215: Field Placement I - Addictions4-5
HUS 2220: Field Placement II or HUS 2215: Field Placement I - Addictions5
HUS 2230: Interviewing and Counseling3

Students taking HUS 1210 choose 9 credit hours, students taking EDU 2210 choose 10 credit hours of electives, including any additional HUS course beyond the Core Requirements and/or the following:

CRI 1510: Introduction to Criminal Justice3
CRI 2620: Intro to Probation and Parole3
CRI 2650: Juvenile Justice System3
EDU 1250: Early Childhood Development1
EDU 1260: Health, Safety & Nutrition in Early Childhood Development3
EDU 1290: Introduction to Early Childhood Education Care3
EDU 1300: Observation and Guidance of Young Children3
EDU 2150: Infant/Toddler Development and Education3
EDU 2440: Children's Literature3
EDU 2450: Exceptional Children3
EDU 2510: Philosophy and Techniques of Early Childhood Education3
PSY 1550: Stress and Coping3
PSY 1610: Death and Dying3
PSY 2510: Life Span Development3
PSY 2520: Child Development3
PSY 2540: Interpersonal/Group Dynamics3
PSY 2550: Psychology of Adolescence3
PSY 2560: Abnormal Behavior3
SOC 2510: Marriage and the Family3
SOC 2580: Race and Ethnicity3
11 credit hours

(up to 2 credits may need to be Liberal Arts and Sciences specific)

Important Points
  • The core requirements in this human services program include two field placements. Students currently employed in an approved human services agency may, under certain circumstances, use employment experiences to partially fulfill the field placement requirement. Permission of the instructor and the agency is required. Details must be worked out prior to registration for the course with their human services advisor.
  • Students must be willing to obtain and pay for any necessary physical or medical examinations or tests which are required by some internship agencies.
  • Enrollment in the human services program does not guarantee acceptance into field placements in the human services program. A criminal history or indication of child maltreatment may jeopardize the student’s acceptance into a field placement agency.
  • Students must complete an application for internship and approval of the application is required for all field placement courses in human services. Some internship agencies require FBI or Child Abuse Registry checks. These processes can be lengthy and may require up to four months in order for approval to be obtained prior to placement.
Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate and assess an appropriate level of personal growth and self-awareness.
  2. Demonstrate competence in helping clients and/or providing early care and education to young children.
  3. Integrate theory and apply techniques in practice with client populations.
  4. Identify and explain the historical development of a public and private welfare policy/program.
  5. Recognize and show an understanding of respect for individuals with ethnic, cultural, gender and racial differences.
  6. Apply critical thinking skills by analyzing a case study as it applies to problem solving with clients and client systems.
  7. Demonstrate knowledge and utilization of the Codes of Ethics in Human Services.