Human Services A.S.

The Program (HEGIS Code 5501)

The Human Services A.S. degree program is designed to give the student a broad academic background in human services, social sciences and other arts and science fields. Employment opportunities exist for A.S. graduates; however, opportunities expand for those who continue studies at the bachelor’s and master’s level.

JCC’s Human Services program rests on these foundations:

  • Academic preparation
  • Quality “hands-on” internships
  • Volunteer experience/community awareness
  • Easy transfer for advanced degrees
  • Small, personalized learning community
  • Specific human services scholarships

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of the history, developmental models, policies, and theories of the human services profession.
  • Students will demonstrate a variety of appropriate communication strategies and techniques used in the human services profession.
  • Students will demonstrate appropriate professional and ethical standards in the human services field

Career Opportunities

Human services workers are focused on improving the lives of others, thereby improving the well being of the community. They offer services such as counseling, support, and advocacy to individuals in need. Human services professionals observe and assess needs, conduct interviews, design plans of action, employ problem solving techniques, and implement strategies to meet desired goals.

As society changes, so does the nature of human services work. Current issues attracting attention are poverty, healthcare issues, aging adults, HIV/AIDS, school violence, developmental disabilities, substance abuse, and abusive relationships. The human services worker is dedicated to providing necessary services and the intrinsic rewards are great.

Employers include such organizations as state, county, and federal governments; private not-for profit human services agencies; hospitals; schools; and residential care facilities. Job titles include caseworker, family support worker, youth counselor, advocate, client advocate, alcohol counselor, eligibility counselor, residential counselor, rehabilitation caseworker, home health aide, group home worker, and social work assistant.

Transfer Opportunities

As a graduate of Jefferson, you will have many transfer opportunities to consider and will be able to choose from a wide variety of colleges and universities to pursue your baccalaureate degree.  Jefferson has partnered with some select academic institutions and developed agreements that help students transfer smoothly to specific baccalaureate programs.  Currently, formal agreements exist with Keuka College, Social Work, B.S.*; Cazenovia College, Human Services, B.S.; Syracuse University; SUNY Albany; SUNY Brockport; SUNY Cortland; SUNY Empire State College, various degrees; and SUNY Plattsburgh.

* This degree completion program is offered through the Keuka College ASAP (Accelerated Study for Adults Program) in Watertown at the Jefferson Higher Education Center.   Classes meet one night each week for 4 hours, plus an additional 5-8 hours outside of class. The baccalaureate degree can be earned in just under 3 years.

Degree Requirements (Effective Fall 2014)
Credit Hours
Humanities (12 Credit Hours)  
ENG 101: Research and Composition 3
ENG 218: Technical and Professional Writing 3
STA 161: Interpersonal Communication 3
Humanities: Select one additional course from the Humanities General Education Course List 3
Mathematics and Sciences (10 Credit Hours)  
MTH 144: Elementary Statistics or MTH 174: Math Probability and Statistics
Lab Science Elective (BIO 106: Human Biology recommended) 4
Mathematics or Lab Science Elective 3
Social Science (9 Credit Hours)  
SOC 144: Introduction to Sociology 3
PSY 133: Introduction to Psychology 3
POL 122: State and Local Government   3
Human Services (15 Credit Hours)  
HUS 101: Introduction to Human Services 3
HUS 107: Introduction to Case Management Practice in Human Services 3
HUS 201: Introduction to Helping Skills 3
HUS 240: Human Services Practicum 1 3
HUS 290: Capstone Project 3
SUNY General Education Electives (9 Credit Hours)
Choose at least two different skill areas from the SUNY General Education Course List out of the following:
American History, Western Civilization, Other World Civilizations, The Arts, Foreign Language
Free Electives (6-8 Credit Hours)  
"Free" Electives; from any area 3 and 3
Physical Education 

Note: To be eligible for a SUNY associates degree, 10 classes (3 or more credits each) from 7 or more of the 10 Knowledge Areas must be completed. It is recommended that HUS students complete 2 credit hours of PE classes and a lab science course in the first year to facilitate leaving open times in their schedule during their second year for internship work.


For More Information

Gwendolyn Francis-Frey, Associate Professor of Early Childhood

Pam Kaus, Instructor for Human Services

Ron Theobald, Instructor for Human Services

Trisha Howell, Instructor for Human Services and Chemical Dependency

Application and Admissions Information
Office of Admissions
315-786-2277 or  Toll Free 1-888-435-6522