Human Services

Associate in Science Degree Program
(Transfer-Oriented Program)

Hegis Code: 5501 Admissions: 1-800-724-0833
ext. 5018 or 5022
NYSED Code: 85139


Program Description
Students who complete this program earn an Associate in Science degree, with a strong academic foundation for future study in the fields of human services, psychology, and social work. Students who select this curriculum will gain knowledge and competence in both liberal arts and pre‐professional studies in preparation for entry into baccalaureate degree programs. An optional field work internship (HUS 214) is recommended and preferred by some transfer institutions.

Program Outcomes

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

  • Demonstrate a general understanding of the theories of practice for human services;
  • Apply critical thinking, ethical standards and effective communication skills to collaborative problem solving in groups;
  • Identify, explain and demonstrate the ability to meet the entry‐level national Community Support Skills Standards;
  • Describe the influence of one's own values and beliefs in the role of the human services professional;
  • Successfully transfer to a 4‐year institution to study social work, psychology, human services, sociology or other related areas;
  • Assess one's strengths and limitations as potential helping professional and demonstrate a commitment to live‐long learning and professional development.

Employment Potential 

A graduate of this program who then earns a baccalaureate or higher degree will be qualified for direct service, supervisory, and administrative positions in fields such as social work, human services 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

ENG 101 College English I 3
SOC 101 Principles of Sociology 3
MAT 105 College Algebra I 3
PSY 101 General Psychology 3
Semester Credits 15
Second Semester
ENG 102 College English II 3
HIS 104 American History II 3
LIB 111 Information Literacy 1
POS 201 American Government 3
PSY 203 Abnormal Psychology 3
HUS 103 Introduction to Human Services 3
Semester Credits 16
Third Semester
BIO 101 Biology I for Non-science Majors 3
MAT 211 Elementary Statistics I 3

PHI 205 or

PHI 210

Ethics or

Professional Ethics

PSY 210 Life Span Development 3

SOC 207 or 
HUS 211 or
HUS 202 or
HUS 205 or
HUS 207

Sociology of the Family or
Introduction to Human Services Counseling or
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities or
Child Welfare or
Aspects of Aging

Semester Credits 15
Fourth Semester
BIO 109 Human Biology 3
PSY 201 Social Psychology 3
SOC 206 Social Problems 3

Diversity Elective:
SOC 213 or

HIS 265 * or

PHI 216

Cultural Diversity or
African American History or
Religions of the East


SUNY General Education Elective

Choose ART or

HIS *(not American) or

any foreign language.

Semester Credits 15
Total Credits 61-62
NOTE: Through advisement, students will also fulfill General Education Requirements.
An optional field work internship (HUS 214) is recommended and preferred by some transfer institutions.
* ENG 101 is a pre/co-requisite for all HIS courses and 200-level SOC courses.





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