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Study human services at JCC

This program is designed to prepare students for transfer into baccalaureate programs in social work, human services, counseling, psychology, early care and education, and other related fields. While providing a foundation of knowledge in human services, students will choose electives that match their career goals in fields such as mental health; early care and education; gerontology; alcohol and chemical dependency; and developmental, cognitive, and physical disabilities and rehabilitation services. Students will prepare for transfer and employment by completing a one-semester internship and additional liberal arts and sciences electives.

Human services course electives allow students to specialize in such areas as social work, early childhood education, mental health, gerontology, and youth services. An early childhood development certificate program has been added to the human services program for individuals interested in pursuing careers in early childhood education and care.

Field placement courses are designed to allow students to learn and practice helping skills in a variety of agency settings. During this field experience, students work 10-12 hours per week, 120 hours per semester, under the supervision of an experienced employee of a human services agency, along with guidance from a JCC faculty member. JCC maintains working relationships with approximately 100 different agencies in northwestern Pennsylvania and western New York. Popular areas in which students complete fieldwork experiences are pre-school, child care, special education, elementary education, mental health, alcohol and substance abuse treatment, community programs for the elderly, rehabilitation, recreation, and programs for the developmentally disabled, poor, and disadvantaged.

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Minimum program credit hours: 60

Program Codes
Degree Option
Associate in Science Degree
Hegis Code
Curriculum Code
General Requirements
19 credit hours Degree Requirements Met
ENG 1530: English Composition II3 BCOM H CENG
ENG 1540: Writing About Literature3 HUMA H CWRT, VEDP
PSY 1510: General Psychology3 SOSC S SR
SOC 1510: Introduction to Sociology3 SOSC S SR, VEDP
MAT 1540: Elementary Statistics3 MATH N CMAT
BIO 1500: Human Biology4 NSCI N SR
Core Requirements
23 credit hours Degree Requirements Met
HUS 1210: Introduction to Human Services3
HUS 1410: Generalist Practice Skills3
HUS 2210: Field Placement I-Social Work or HUS 2215: Field Placement I - Addictions Counseling5
HUS 2230: Interviewing and Counseling3
HUS 2250: Policy and Organization3

Choose from any additional HUS course beyond the Core Requirements and/or the following:

PSY 1550: Stress and Coping3
PSY 2510: Life Span Development3
PSY 2520: Child Development3
PSY 2540: Interpersonal/Group Dynamics3
PSY 2560: Abnormal Behavior3
SOC 2580: Race and Ethnicity3
18 credit hours Degree Requirements Met

Up to 11 credits may need to be SUNY General Education-category specific and Liberal Arts and Sciences specific.

Important Points
  • The core requirements in this human services program include one field placement. 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. Show 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. Demonstrate integration of theory and skills in field learning.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the historical development of public and private welfare systems.
  5. Exhibit an understanding of and respect for individuals with ethnic, cultural, gender and racial differences.
  6. Demonstrate analytic ability and critical thinking skills through fieldwork and case analyses as they apply to problem solving with clients and client systems.
  7. Demonstrate knowledge, commitment to, and utilization of the Codes of Ethics in Human Services.