Human Services (AS)

AS Degree – Code #1175

Michael Cobb, Program Coordinator

Email address: cobbmj@alfredstate.edu

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.

PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

Apply critical thinking skills in the context of professional practice.

Perform the basic operations of personal computer use, wells 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.

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.

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.

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 transfer rate of 95 percent – 32 percent are employed; 63 percent transferred to continue their education.

RELATED PROGRAMS

Human Services Management

Individual Studies

Liberal Arts & Sciences: Social Science

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS/RECOMMENDATIONS

Required: Algebra

Human Services - AS Degree

TYPICAL FOUR-SEMESTER PROGRAM

First

COMP

1503

Freshman Composition

3

PSYC

1013

Gen. Psychology

3

SOCI

1163

Gen. Sociology

3

HUSR

2083

Intro. to Human Services

3

HIST

xxx3

American History Elective

3

15

Second

PSYC

1023

Human Development

3

PSYC

1063

Basic Helping Skills

3

HUSR

4033

Issues in Human Services

3

LITR

xxx3

Literature Elective

3

MATH

xxx3

Math Elective

3

15

Third

SOCI

1223

Minority Cultures

3

xxx3

Other World Civiliz. Elective

3

xxxx

Natural Science Elective

3-4

xxx3

Open Elective

3

xxx3

Departmental Elective

3

15-16

Fourth

SOCI

1183

Contemp. Soc. Problems

3

HUSR

1074

Practicum

4

SPCH

1083

Effective Speaking

3

xxx3

Liberal Arts Elective

3

xxx3

Open Elective

3

16

Also required: One credit hour of physical education.

Human Services

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