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AS Degree – Code #1175

Jill Priest Amati, Department Chair and Program Coordinator
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The human services program is a broadly based, applied program emphasizing both professional course work in the human services and course work in the social sciences and liberal arts. As a student, you will take courses that provide you with the skills and knowledge to be successful when working in a variety of human services agencies. You will also have the opportunity to take electives in specialty areas such as education, substance abuse, criminal justice, and gerontology.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  • Apply critical thinking skills in the context of professional practice.
  • Perform the basic operations of personal computer use, as well as employ basic research techniques to locate, evaluate, and synthesize information from a variety of sources.
  • Communicate effectively and appropriately in oral and written forms.
  • Demonstrate ethical professional behaviors.
  • Identify the components of one's own belief systems and the assumptions underlying them.
  • Analyze the impact of social policies on client systems, workers, and agencies.
  • Identify the bio-psycho-social variables that affect individual and group development and behavior.
  • Examine the role of diversity in the human services.

Direct Entry Into Baccalaureate Degree Programs

Alfred State human services graduates may enter directly into either the human services management BS, the interdisciplinary studies BTech, or the technology management BBA degree program.

Continuing Education Opportunities

The human services program offers excellent transfer potential in fields such as psychology, human services, human services management, education, social work, sociology, criminal justice, gerontology, and communications. Among the colleges to which recent graduates have successfully transferred are: Alfred University, Mansfield University, Hilbert College, SUNY at Brockport, University of Buffalo, and SUNY at Stony Brook.

Internship Opportunities

In Practicum (HUSR 1074) students complete a substantial internship providing direct service to clients at one local/regional human services agency. Agencies include Accord Corp., Alfred Montessori School, Allegany County ARC, Allegany County Department of Health, Allegany County Office of the Aging, Allegany Rehabilitation Associates, Inc., Catholic Charities, Hornell Area Concern for Youth, Trapping Brook House, and the YMCA of Hornell.

Occupational Opportunities

  • Early childhood programs
  • Education
  • Social services
  • Youth services
  • Elderly services
  • Criminal justice
  • Disability services
  • Substance abuse programs
  • Activity directors

Employment Statistics

Employment and continuing education rate of 100 percent – 17 percent are employed; 83 percent continued their education.

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Entrance Requirements/Recommendations

Required: Algebra

Recommended: Geometry, Biology

Human Services - AS Degree




COMP 1503 Freshman Composition 3
PSYC 1013 General Psychology 3
SOCI 1163 General Sociology 3
HUSR 2083 Introduction to Human Services 3
  Fall only
XXXX xxx3 Gen Ed American History Elective 3


PSYC 1023 Human Development 3
PSYC 1063 Basic Helping Skills 3
HUSR 4033 Issues in Human Services 3
  Spring only
LITR xxx3 Gen Ed Literature Elective 3
MATH xxx3 Gen Ed Math Elective  3


SOCI 1223 Power, Privilege, & Difference 3
XXXX xxx3 Gen Ed Other World Civiliz. Elective 3
XXXX xxxx Gen Ed Natural Science Elective 3-4
XXXX xxx3 Liberal Arts Elective 3
SPCH 1083 Effective Speaking 3


SOCI 1183 Contemporary Social Problems 3
HUSR 1074 Practicum in Human Services 4
XXXX xxx3 Departmental Elective 3
XXXX xxx3 Liberal Arts Elective 3
XXXX xxx3 Open Elective 3

Also required: One credit hour of physical education.

Be advised that a prior felony conviction may impede a student's ability to participate in an internship and complete the program.

Practicum (HUSR 1074) Pre-requisites

  • Good academic standing (cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher)
  • Completion of PSYC 1063 and either HUSR 2083 or HUSR 4033 with a combined "C+" (2.5) or higher average grade
  • Submission of HUSR 1074 practicum application form to the departmental practicum coordinator
  • Approval of the departmental faculty
  • Ability to pass any agency required background check

Graduation Requirements

  • Good academic standing (cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher)
  • Successful completion of all courses in the prescribed four-semester plan
  • Combined "C+" (2.5) average or higher grade among HUSR 2083, HUSR 4033, PSYC 1063, and HUSR 1074
  • Submission of the college's degree application form