At a Glance

(BS) Bachelor of Science
120 or 121 Total Credits
General Education Credits 39 or 40
Program Credits 66
Elective Credits 12

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 Substance Use Disorder concentration of the Human Services program provides students with an overview of counseling and support services for this population. Leading to a Bachelor of Science degree, the program's curriculum addresses the history of human services related to alcohol and substance abuse treatment, a counselor's role, past and current theoretical approaches, and the rehabilitation trends in the field.

Upon successful completion of this degree, you will fulfill the education and training requirements (350 hours) for future certification as a New York State Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor Trainee (CASAC-T). For more information about the CASAC program, visit the OASAS website.


  • Provide you with an understanding of issues related to alcohol and substance abuse;
  • Develop your counseling skills related to this population;
  • Develop your understanding of treatment and rehabilitation approaches; and
  • Prepare you for the professional counseling and treatment environment.
  • 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. 
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 and have the permission of the Human Services Program Director to be eligible for an internship;
  • Students may repeat any Human Services course in which they earned less than a "C". Students who earn less than a "C" on the second attempt may not continue in the program; and
Students must complete 12 credit hours of internship experience in the field of counseling and support services for those affected by alcohol and substance abuse.

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
HS 330 Ethical Issues in Substance Abuse Treatment (3 credits)
PS 120 Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
SB 130 Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)
SB 231 Social Problems (3 credits)
SB 265 Alcohol and Drugs in Modern Society (3 credits)
PS 323 Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)
PS 327 Biopsychology (3 credits)
SB 301 The U.S. and the World; SB 333 Human Rights and Genocide; SB 335 Comparative Social Institutions in U.S. or SB 430 Social Theory (3 credits)
SB 336 Social Welfare Policies (3 credits)
Total Arts & Sciences Program Credits: 27
Career Studies
HS 110 Introduction to Human Services (3 credits)
HS 134 Introduction to Alcohol and Substance Abuse (3 credits)
HS 240 Introduction to Counseling (3 credits)
HS 331 Group Dynamics (3 credits)
HS 341 Counseling Theories (3 credits)
HS 344 Intervention Strategies for Alcohol and Substance Abuse (3 credits)
HS 284 Alcohol and Substance Abuse Internship (6 credits)
HS 345 Counseling Families in Crisis (3)
HS 384 Alcohol and Substance Abuse Internship (6 credits)
HS 431 Rehabilitation Services (3 credits)
HS 475 Program Planning and Evaluation (3 credits)
Total Career Studies Credits: 39

Total Program Credits: 66

100-400 level Open Electives (15 credits)
Total Open Elective Credits: 15