Human Services (A.S.)

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