Programs of Study

Human Services

Degree: AS  |  Graduation Requirements: 61 credits

Program Summary:

Human Services is a transfer-oriented Associate of Science degree program for students interested in pursuing social work or other counseling fields.

Graduates of Human Services – AS will have studied and demonstrated knowledge of the following objectives:

  • Demonstrate understanding of psychological theories, principles, and concepts in the discipline of psychology and related helping fields.
  • Demonstrate understanding of physical, cognitive, emotional, social, and behavioral development.
  • Critically read and analyze research in psychology and related helping fields found in professional journals.
  • Apply an understanding of the theoretical frameworks and models utilized in current practice through practical application and written assignments.
  • Demonstrate an ability to use helping skills by means of role-playing and written assignments.
  • Exhibit self-insight through exercises that promote reflection and awareness of the self.
  • Establish an understanding of the values and ethics of the profession.
  • Illustrate empathic listening and other skills necessary in the client- counselor relationship.
  • Develop an understanding of the history of the field of human services and relevance to current practice.
  • Develop an understanding of cultural and spiritual sensitive practice in the human service field.
  • Explain healthy and effective functioning in settings such as jobs, school, interpersonal relationships, and as members of society.
  • Explain effective stress management and coping skills.
  • Describe the steps in developing in forming friendships and healthy relationships.
  • Develop and describe effective social and communication skills in a variety of settings.
  • Apply the basic principles of psychology to everyday life.

The SUNY Sullivan


  • The program provides the first two years of a four-year curriculum in, social work and other counseling professions. SUNY Sullivan students are able to transfer as juniors to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in social work.

  • The course requirements for this program are very general to accommodate the varying requirements of upper division courses required by colleges and universities that grant degrees in this field.

  • The major courses are both theoretical and applied, allowing students the opportunity to explore the nature of human behavior and reach a deeper understanding of self.

Composition I*
Fundamentals of Speech
Introduction to Human Services
Statistics for the Social Sciences
PED Elective (2)
Introduction to Counseling
Composition II
Introduction to Sociology
Principles of Biology I
General Psychology
Social Problems
GEN ED: FLA Course (list 9)
Unites States History I, II, or III
Developmental Psychology
Child Psychology
Race, Class, and Gender
SCI prefix course & lab
Human Services Skills Exploration
Professional Ethics in Human Services
Human Behavior in Social Environments
GEN ED: Elective in Other World Civilizations (list 6)

*In order to receive full credit for Gen Ed 10, students must take both English Composition I and Fundamentals of Speech.


Interested in Transferring to a SUNY 4-year college?

Check out SUNY’s Course Equivalencies to find out what and how courses will transfer.

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