At a Glance

(BS) Bachelor of Science
120 or 121 Total Credits
General Education Credits 39 or 40
Program Credits 63
Elective Credits 18

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 Generalist concentration of the Human Services program provides students with an overview of the field of human services and the opportunity to learn about issue areas presented by all three concentrations of the Human Services program.

Leading to a Bachelor of Science degree, the program’s curriculum addresses issues related to mental health practice, the social services system and the criminal justice system. As a student in the program, you will choose from a combination of courses, within the Human Services curriculum, that provides you with a base knowledge about the systems and services in the field of human services.


  • Provide you with an understanding of the human services system;
  • Develop your basic counseling skills;
  • Develop your understanding of counseling theory and counseling approaches; and
  • Prepare you for professional human services 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, disability and aging services or other minors.  
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 an internship;
  • Students must complete 12 credit hours of internship experience in the field of human services; and
  • 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.

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 credits

Art & Sciences
HU 465 Ethical Issues in Organizations (3)
PS 120 Introduction to Psychology (3)
SB 130 Introduction to Sociology (3)
SB 231 Social Problems (3)
PS 323 Abnormal Psychology (3)
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)
SB 336 Social Welfare Policies (3)
PS 121 Child Psychology; SB/PS 122 Adolescent Psychology; SP 225 Lifespan Development Psychology (3) or SB 265 Alcohol and Drugs in Modern Society (3)
SB 311/430 Contemporary Ethnic Families/Social Theory(3)
SB 324 Childhood Disorders/SB 344 Criminology (3)
Total Arts & Sciences Program Credits: 30
Career Studies
HS 110 Introduction to Human Services (3)
HS 121 Child, Youth and Family Services; HS 133 Community Mental Health Issues and Services; HS 134 Introduction to Alcohol and Substance Abuse; or CJ 151Introduction to Criminal Justice & Homeland Security (3)
HS 240 Introduction to Counseling (3)
HS 331 Group Dynamics; HS 341 Counseling Theories; or HS 345 Counseling Families in Crisis (3)
HS 343 Intervention Strategies (3)
HS 282/283/284 Internship (6)
HS 382/383/384 Internship (6)
HS 361 Therapeutic Recreation; HS 431 Rehabilitation Services; CJ 351 Criminal Justice Process (3)
HS 475 Program Planning and Evaluation (3)
Total Career Program Credits: 33
Total Program Credits: 63

Open Electives
100-400 level (18 credits)
Total Open Elective Credits: 18