Human Services (AS)

Application Code: 
1175
Degree Received: 
Associate in Science (AS)
Academic Department Info: 
Program Coordinator: 
Michael Cobb
Coordinator Email: 
cobbmj@alfredstate.edu
Description: 

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. Students take courses that provide them with the skills and knowledge to be successful when working in a variety of human services agencies. Students have the opportunity to take electives in specialty areas such as education, substance abuse, criminal justice, and gerontology.

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.

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, evaluation and synthesize information from a variety of sources.
  • Communicate effectively and appropriately in oral and written forms.
  • Recognize the values and ethics of the Human Services profession.
  • 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.
Entrance Requirements & Recommendations: 

Required: Algebra

Features & Facilities: 
  • Offers flexibility to serve individual interests and goals
  • Allows students to continue their education at four-year colleges or enter the job market in human services-related fields
  • Experiential learning incorporated into program
  • A broad range of courses in the following fields: psychology, sociology, political science, history, human services, education, and alcohol and substance abuse
  • A required practicum allows students to apply classroom knowledge
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
Career Opportunities: 
  • Early Childhood Programs
  • Education
  • Social Services
  • Youth Services
  • Elderly Services
  • Criminal Justice
  • Disability Services
  • Substance Abuse Programs
  • Activity Directors
Direct Entry Into Baccalaureate Degree Program: 

Alfred State human services graduates may enter directly into either the human services management BS or technology management BBA degree programs.

Transfer 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. 

Typical Semester Layout: 
First Semestercredits
COMP1503Freshman Composition3
PSYC1013Gen Psychology3
SOCI1163Gen Sociology3
HUSR2083Intro to Human Services3
FNATxxx3Fine Arts Elective3
   15
Second Semestercredits
PSYC1023Human Development3
PSYC1063Basic Helping Skills3
HUSR4033Issues in Human Services3
LITRxxx3Literature Elective3
MATHxxx3Math Elective3
   15
Third Semestercredits
SOCI1223Minority Cultures3
 xxx3Other World Civiliz Elective3
 xxxxNatural Science Elective3-4
 xxx3Open Elective3
 xxx3Department Elective3
   15-16
Fourth Semestercredits
SOCI1183Contemp Soc Problems3
*HUSR1074Practicum4
 xxx3American History Elective3
 xxx3Liberal Arts Elective3
 xxx3Open Elective3
   16

Also required: One credit hour of physical education.

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
Employment and Transfer Rate: 
100%
Employment and Transfer Survey Details: 
Survey Details201020112012
Receiving Degrees151721
Responding to Survey12 (80%)12 (71%)15 (71%)
Employed4 (33%)3 (25%)4 (27%) 
Employed in Field4 (100%)3 (100%)4 (100%)
Transferred8 (67%)8 (67%)11 (73%) 
Unemployed & Seeking Employment------
Unemployed & Not Seeking Employment--1 (8%)--
Employment and Transfer Salary Information: 

Less than $20,000 (1)
$20,000-$29,000 (2)
Prefer not to disclose (1)