Human Services (A.S. and A.A.S)

Human Services A.S.

The Human Services A.S. degree program prepares students for academic success in baccalaureate transfer programs in social work, human services, and related professional fields. This program is based on best practices of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). The Human Services program emphasizes the acquisition of knowledge from social science disciplines, development of cores social work theory and skills, ethical conduct, and preparation for future professional careers. The program enables graduates to:

  • integrate knowledge from liberal arts disciplines with practical skills;
  • demonstrate oral and written communication skills;
  • develop a commitment to ethical practice; and
  • recognize diversity.

Many of our Human Services graduates transfer to social work programs at area colleges including Siena College and the College of St. Rose, some of them with generous scholarships. After completing four year programs, our graduates have acquired good jobs in the field or gone on to do graduate work.

The mission of the Human Services A.S. degree program is to prepare students for academic success in baccalaureate transfer programs in social work, human services, and related professional areas of study. Based on best practices developed by the National Association of Social Work (NASW), the Human Services program emphasizes the acquisition of knowledge from social science disciplines, the development of core social work theory and skills, ethical conduct, and preparation for future professional careers.

The program prepares graduates to

Goal I:  Demonstrate a core of knowledge from liberal arts courses from the approved SUNY General Education Courses List.

  • Analyze different cultural perspectives in the humanities and social sciences
  • Analyze different theoretical perspectives in the humanities and social sciences
  • Demonstrate information literacy skills to locate and evaluate information from a variety of print and electronic resources
  • Demonstrate the ability to write a variety of texts using Formal Standard English
  • Identify the methods natural and social scientists use to explore natural and social phenomena
  • Utilize mathematical reasoning

Goal II:  Demonstrate Human Services professional skills and abilities.

  • Analyze the impact of social policies on individuals, clients, systems, and agencies
  • Apply the history of social welfare institutions to current institutions
  • Research discipline specific topics and issues
  • Communicate effectively within professional and academic environments, both orally and in writing
  • Connect course student learning outcomes and community needs through service learning

Goal III:  Demonstrate a commitment to ethical practice.

  • Identify and analyze the NASW Code of Ethics
  • Apply the NASW code of ethics in a professional environment

Goal IV:  Utilize cultural competence to recognize diversity in understanding human behavior and society.

  • Identify diverse identities in the lives of people in their community and beyond
  • Identify the traditions, values, artistic expressions, and family systems of various populations
  • Apply appropriate strategies in working with diverse populations

 

Human Services A.A.S.

The Human Services A.A.S. degree program prepares students for employment in the public or private sector. This program is based on best practices of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Students learn the core skills and values of the social work profession and the social welfare system in the United States, including philosophical and ethical dimensions. The program prepares students to:

  • demonstrate human services professional skills and abilities;
  • demonstrate a commitment to ethical practice; and
  • recognize diversity and the role of cultural competence in understanding human behavior and society.

The mission of the Human Services A.A.S. degree program is to prepare students for employment in the public or private sector. This program is based on the best practices of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Students learn the core skills and values of the social work profession and the social welfare system in the United States, including the philosophical, historical, and ethical dimensions.

The program prepares graduates to

Goal I: Demonstrate Human Services professional skills and abilities.

  • Analyze the impact of social policies on individuals, clients, systems, and agencies to include different cultural perspectives
  • Apply the history of social welfare institutions to current institutions
  • Identify different theoretical perspectives as they apply to Human Services
  • Research discipline specific topics and issues using a variety of print and electronic resources
  • Communicate effectively within professional and academic environments both orally and in writing using Formal Standard English
  • Recognize the role brain science and biological functions play in human behavior
  • Analyze and present statistical data
  • Connect course student learning outcomes and community needs through service learning

Goal II:  Demonstrate a commitment to ethical practice.

  • Identify and analyze the NASW Code of Ethics
  • Apply the NASW code of ethics in a professional environment

Goal III:  Recognize diversity and the role of cultural competence in understanding human behavior and society.

  • Identify the multi-cultural identities in the lives of people in their community and beyond
  • Apply appropriate strategies in working with diverse populations
  • Identify the traditions, values, and family systems of various populations

For more information on our Human Services programs please view the degree requirements and contact:
Professor Renee Adamany
Elston Hall, Room 202
(518) 381-1298
adamanrt@sunysccc.edu.

NOTE: Human Services students may be subject to fingerprint or background checks before working in the field. Individuals who have a criminal history may have difficulty obtaining a field placement and/or employment in the field of human services and may want to consult an advisor or college counselor before pursuing the Human Services program.