At a Glance

(BS) Bachelor of Science
120 or 121 Total Credits
General Education Credits 39 or 40
Program Credits 60
Elective Credits 21

Our Human Services program leads to a Bachelor of Science degree. As a student in our program, you have access to many opportunities for assisting children, adolescents and adults in a variety of settings such as alcohol and substance abuse, mental health services, foster care, social services, disabilities, elder and health care.

To reflect the diverse nature of the field of human services, our program offers a choice of four concentrations so you can design your academic experience to fit your career goals.

The Social Services for Children and Youth concentration of the Human Services program provides students with an overview of services available for children and adolescents. Leading to a Bachelor of Science degree, the program's curriculum addresses issues related to current social services and counseling practices, providing you with a base knowledge about the systems and services related to children and adolescents.

  • Provide you with an understanding of the social services system;
  • Develop your understanding of basic counseling skills and approaches for children and adolescents;
  • Develop your understanding of child development theory and childhood disorders; and
  • Prepare you for the professional social service and counseling environments.
  • Students have the opportunity to join the Human Services Club. Visit the Student Clubs and Organizations web page for more information.
  • Students may be eligible for the National Human Services Honor Society, Tau Upsilon Alpha. Visit for more information. 
  • Students may also be interested in earning a minor in psychology, sociology, pre-art therapy, criminal justice or other minors.  
All students complete two internships (6 credit hours each) in alcohol and substance abuse treatment and counseling settings, based on your interests, experience and academic preparation. By the time you graduate, you are prepared to succeed in the Human Services profession, helping those in need and making a difference in their communities.

Internship Opportunities

Alzheimer’s Assn. of CNY
Barnabas House
Boys & Girls Club
BRIDGES, Madison County
Casey’s Place
Catholic Charities
Caz Cares
Cazenovia Children’s House
Community Action Partnership
Conifer Park
Crouse Senior Community Center

David Clark Learning Center
Department of Social Services
Elmcrest Children’s Center
Hutchings Psychiatric Center
Liberty Resources
Make-A-Wish Foundation
The Rescue Mission
Tully Hill Treatment Center
Ronald McDonald House
Salvation Army
Syracuse Behavioral Health

Career opportunities in the human services are found in both the public and private sector and include social services agencies, foster care agencies, adult day care centers, transitional housing facilities, homeless shelters, mental health programs and drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers.
Our students have found internships or employment for organizations such as the Boys & Girls Club, Catholic Charities, Cayuga Counseling Center, Crouse Community Center for Seniors, Department of Social Services, Elmcrest Children's Center, Headstart, Hutchings Psychiatric Center, Make-a-Wish Foundation, Ronald McDonald House, the Salvation Army and The Rescue Mission.
  • Students must earn a minimum grade of a "C" in each 100-200-level Human Services course;
  • Students must have earned at least 30 academic hours to be eligible for internship;
  • Students may repeat 100/200-level Human Services courses in which they first earned a grade less than "C" only once; students who cannot achieve a grade of "C" or above on the second attempt may not continue in the program; and
  • Students must complete 12 credit hours of internship experience in the field of children and youth services.

All-College Competencies #1-8 (30 or 31 credits)
All-College Competency #9: Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Information Literacy
SB 375 Methods of Inquiry (3 credits)
All-College Competency #10
First Year Seminar (3 credits)
HS 499 Senior Capstone (3 credits)
Total General Education Credits: 39 or 40

Art & Sciences
HU 465 Ethical Issues in Organizations (3 credits)
PS 120 Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
PS 121 Child Psychology; PS 122 Adolescent Psychology; or PS 123 Adult Psychology (3 credits) or PS 225 Lifespan Development Psychology (3 credits)
SB 130 Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)
SB 231 Social Problems (3 credits)
SB 311 Contemporary Ethnic Families (3 credits)
PS 323 Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)
SB 324 Childhood Disorders (3 credits) 
SB 333 Human Rights and Genocide; SB 335 Comparative Social Institutions in U.S.; SB 301 The U.S. and the World; or SB 430 Social Theory (3 credits)
SB 336 Social Welfare Policies (3 credits)
Total Arts & Sciences Program Credits: 30
Career Studies
HS 110 Introduction to Human Services (3 credits)
HS 121 Child, Youth and Family Services (3 credits)
HS 240 Introduction to Counseling (3 credits)
HS 282 Internship (6)
HS 343 Intervention Strategies (3 credits)
HS 345 Counseling Families in Crisis (3 credits)
HS 382 Internship (6)
HS 475 Program Planning and Evaluation (3 credits)
Total Career Program Credits: 30
Total Program Credits: 60

100-400 level (21)
Total Open Elective Credits: 21