Smiling student at a desk

Human Services

Helping people is a noble calling. Answer that call through Columbia-Greene's Human Services program. Classes illuminate the struggles and challenges people face while preparing students for dozens of career options.

Why Study Human Services?

The Human Services program teaches the skills needed to understand other people and the hurdles they face, along with the techniques to help them thrive.

Learn to view people as individuals while framing their needs in the context of existing research. Through a required internship, students spend 135 hours in the field at a local human service agency and gain valuable hands-on experience.

Skilled providers are needed more than ever as mental health needs become more acute. The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects employment in community and social service occupations will grow 12 percent by 2030, with a special emphasis on counseling and social work.

As a field of study at Columbia-Greene, the Human Services program was created with the intention of educating students in preparation for entry into the helping professions. The program provides students with both an academic and experiential foundation that will enable them to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to serve their communities. This program has a specific emphasis on the prevention and remediation of problems in addition to maintaining an overall commitment to enhancing the quality of life of service populations. Areas of focus include interviewing skills, intervention strategies, trauma and crisis mediation, and multicultural treatment approaches.

Program Options

Credits: 62 | Time to Completion: 2 years

Curriculum Code: 1175 I Liberal Arts Credits: 30 I Program Credits: 32

Columbia-Greene Human Services graduates transfer to four-year colleges and universities and enter programs in psychology, social work, sociology, or related fields. The internship provides practical experience, while classes cover theory and science.

Human Services students interact with a diverse group of people, comprising different ages, backgrounds, and beliefs. Pursuing a career in human services requires an open mind and a willingness to understand the perspectives of others.

Applicants to this program must complete an interview. Speak with an advisor for more details.

Course CodeCourseCredits
CD 208
SL 205
Chemical Dependency and Addiction OR
Trauma and Resilience
EN 101Composition 3
EN 102Composition and Literature 3
HU ELEHumanities Elective 6
MA 113Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences 3
PY 101General Psychology 3
SC ELELab Science Elective 3
SL ELESocial Science Electives 3
SO 101Introduction to Sociology 3
Liberal Arts Credits:30
CE 101College Experience 1
GN ELEGeneral Elective 9
HS 103Introduction to Human Services 3
HS 105Interventions in Human Services 3
HS 110Interviewing Techniques 3
HS 212Community Organizing 3
HS 230Human Services Internship I 4
SL 110Cultural Diversity 3
SO 102Social Problems 3
Program Credits:32
Minimum Credits:62

Careers & Outcomes

The A.S. Human Services degree prepares the student to transfer to four-year schools with junior status to continue their bachelor level education in social work, psychology, sociology or related fields. Transfer opportunities include, but are not limited to: Marist College, The College of Saint Rose, University at Albany-SUNY, SUNY New Paltz, SUNY Oneonta, SUNY Plattsburgh, Adelphi University, and the Sage Colleges.