Human Services

Associate in Applied Science Degree Program (Career-Oriented)

Hegis Code: 5501 Admissions: 1-800-724-0833
ext. 5018 or 5022
NYSED Code: 27389


Program Description

Students who complete this program earn an Associate in Applied Science degree as well as the certificate in Direct Care Practice. The program is sufficiently comprehensive to qualify graduates for a variety of entry‐level positions in public and private sector human service agencies. Depending on personal interests and career plans, students in this program may elect specialized courses and supervised field work in the areas of family and children's services, developmental disabilities, mental health treatment, crisis intervention, and gerontology.

Program Outcomes

At the completion of the AAS Human Services Degree program, a student will be able to

  • Use critical thinking and problem solving skills to assess the needs of individuals, families and groups within the community;
  • Demonstrate understanding of and the ability to meet the entry‐level Community Support Skills Standards;
  • Interact professionally and ethically with a variety of human service populations, providers and agencies;
  • Describe the influence of one's own values and beliefs in the role of the human services worker;
  • Explain the importance of life‐long learning and professional development.

Employment Potential 

Successful graduates of the program are qualified for such positions as case aide in family and children's services, probation assistant, income eligibility examiner, teacher's aide, and child care worker in residential facilities. Graduates may also assist in nursery schools, child and adult daycare centers, and after‐school programs. Other possible positions may be as group leaders and recreational counselors in mental health agencies, elder care, family planning, HIV and AIDS prevention services, and residential treatment programs for youth.

Graduates of this program who then earn a baccalaureate or higher degree will be qualified for positions of increased scope and responsibility, including supervisory and administrative positions in such fields as social work, counseling, education, and mental health.

NOTE:  Subject to current New York Correction Law and other applicable law, convictions for criminal offenses may preclude employment in many of the fields of human service and may prevent field placement and internship opportunities necessary to successfully complete this academic program.

Requirements for Program Entry

  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Satisfactory placement in Entering Student Assessment 

Developmental Assistance Available

For students who do not meet basic reading and math requirements or who have other learning issues, extra assistance is readily available through SUNY Ulster's Learning Center, The Gary and Janaki Math Center, the Writing Center, the Peer and Friend Tutor Program, and English as a Second Language (ESL) tutors.

For More Information

For more information contact Admissions here or the Department here.

To print a copy of the Program Planning Sheet, click here.

Click on the Course Number for the course description.
First Semester
Course Number Description Credits

COM 103 or

COM 105

Oral Communications or

Public Speaking

CSC 101 Fundamentals of Computers 3
ENG 101 College English I 3
HUS 103 Introduction to Human Services 3
SOC 101 Principles of Sociology 3
Semester Credits 15
Second Semester
ENG 227 Technical Writing 3
HUS 202 Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities 3
HUS 211 Introduction to Human Services Interviewing & Counseling 3
LIB 111 Information Literacy 1
PSY 101 General Psychology 3
SOC 206 Social Problems 3
Semester Credits 16
Third Semester
BIO 109 Human Biology 3
HUS 205 Child Welfare 3
HUS 212 Human Services Field Practicum and Seminar in Generalist Practice I 4
PSY 210 Life Span Development 3
Elective * Program Elective 3
Semester Credits 16
Fourth Semester
PSY 203 Abnormal Psychology 3
HUS 207 Aspects of Aging 3
HUS 213 Human Services Field Practicum and Seminar in Generalist Practice II 4
MAT Elective **

MAT 098 Basic Algebra or

BUS 102 Mathematics for Business and Industry

SOC 213 Cultural Diversity 3
Semester Credits 16
Total Credits 63
NOTE: Through advisement, students will also fulfill General Education Requirements.

Any course in SPA, SGN, ART, CRJ, ENG, PHI, POS, PSY, MUS, COM 123, SOC 203, SOC 207, HUS 270,
MAT 098 or BUS 102





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