Human Services A.S.

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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

Professional Learning Outcomes for the Human Services A.S. degree have been identified as:

  • 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

Many human services graduates pursue baccalaureate degrees in areas such as Human Development, Psychology, Counseling and Social Work. 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 including SUNY Oswego, SUNY Potsdam, SUNY Empire State College, Utica College and Cornell University. Jefferson has partnered with some selected academic institutions to develop agreements that help students transfer smoothly.  These agreements assist students with selecting courses in their academic program that will transfer effectively to specific baccalaureate programs.  Currently, formal agreements exist with the following institutions: 

Cazenovia College- Human Services, B.S.; Keuka College*-Social Work, B.S.; Syracuse University; SUNY Albany; SUNY Brockport; SUNY Cortland; SUNY Empire State College, Various Degrees; and SUNY Plattsburgh.

* This program is offered through the Keuka College ASAP (Accelerated Study for Adults Program) in Watertown at the Jefferson Community College 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 2013)
Credit Hours
English (6 Credit Hours)  
ENG 101: Research and Composition      3
ENG 218: Technical and Professional Writing     3
Humanities (6 Credit Hours)  
STA 161: Interpersonal Communication 3
Humanities Elective  3
Mathematics and Sciences (10-11 Credit Hours)  
Lab Science (BIO 106: Human Biology recommended) 4
MTH 144: Elementary Statistics
     or MTH 174: Mathematical Probability and Statistics 1
Mathematics or Lab Science Elective 3-4
Social Science (9 Credit Hours)  
POL 122: State and Local Government   3
PSY 133: Introduction to Psychology 3
SOC 144: Introduction to Sociology 3
Human Services (15 Credit Hours)  
HUS 101: Introduction to Human Services     3
HUS 102: Agencies and Resources 3
HUS 201: Introduction to Helping Skills 3
HUS 240: Human Services Practicum 1  3
HUS 280: Human Services Practicum 2    3
Social Science or Human Services Electives (9 Credit Hours) 9
Free Electives (6 Credit Hours) 6
Physical Education 

Human services electives include:

HUS 100:  Survey of the Human Services Profession

HUS 126: Introduction to Substance Abuse

HUS 175:  Response to Victims Crimes

HUS 202: Introduction to Group Counseling

HUS 210:  Professional Codes of Conduct

HUS 215:  Social Gerontology

HUS 226: Concepts of Chemical Dependency


For More Information

Gwendolyn Francis-Frey, Associate Professor of Early Childhood

Pam Kaus, Instructor for Human Services

Ron Theobald, Instructor for Human Services

Rebecca Donaghy, Associate Professor of Human Services

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