SUNY Jefferson

Human Services AS

Program Type: Transfer
Delivery Method: On-campus
Personal Interests: Helping others, working with people, solving problems
Skill Development: Communication, counseling, professionalism, ethics, leadership
Careers Options: Health care, social services, nonprofits, government
Program Code: HEGIS 5501

Build the knowledge and skills to help people in need

Prepare to help individuals and communities with a Human Services A.S. degree. You’ll develop skills required to meet the needs of patients and clients, including interviewing, advocacy, assessment, counseling, case management, program development, and evaluation. You’ll also complete your first two years of study toward a bachelor’s degree in therapy, education, counseling, social work, or other related fields.

Jefferson’s program provides the education and skills you need to start an entry-level job with organizations that serve people in need.

This program offers:

  • Focus on improving the lives of individuals and communities
  • Small, personalized learning community
  • Opportunities for internships and hands-on projects
  • Strong foundation for further study and career

Address some of today’s biggest challenges

Demand for human services professionals is growing and expected to swell by 16 percent by 2026. Jefferson graduates are prepared to launch highly fulfilling careers tackling pressing challenges like poverty, drug and alcohol abuse, aging, school violence, bullying, and serving people with disabilities.

You can start work immediately with an associate’s degree or continue study toward a bachelor’s degree in a variety of fields. Your contributions will directly and indirectly help people in your community through counseling, support, and advocacy.

Potential employers include state, county, and federal governments, private not-for-profit human services agencies, or hospitals, schools, and residential care facilities.

Learn to serve ethically and professionally

When you complete the Human Services A.S. degree you will be to:

  • Understand the history, developmental models, policies, and theories of the human services profession
  • Learn appropriate communication strategies and techniques
  • Demonstrate professional and ethical standards

Transfer to the bachelor’s program of your choice

Complete a Jefferson Human Services A.S. and choose from a wide range of transfer options, including SUNY universities and private colleges.
Formal transfer agreements with some institutions make transfer to specific programs especially smooth:

  • Keuka College, Social Work B.S.1
  • Cazenovia College, Human Services B.S.
  • Syracuse University, various programs
  • SUNY Albany, various programs
  • SUNY Brockport, various programs
  • SUNY Cortland, various programs
  • SUNY Empire State College, various programs
  • SUNY Plattsburgh, various programs

1This degree completion program is offered through the Keuka College Accelerated Study for Adults Program (ASAP) at the Jefferson Higher Education Center (JHEC) in on Jefferson's campus. The Greater Rochester Collaborative Master of Social Work program, a partnership between SUNY Brockport and Nazareth College, also is offered at JHEC.

Degree requirements for Human Services A.S.

Humanities (12 credit hours)

ENG 101: Research and Composition 
ENG 218: Technical and Professional Writing 
STA 161: Interpersonal Communication 
Humanities: Select one additional course from the Humanities SUNY General Education Course List

Mathematics and Sciences (10 credit hours)

MTH 144: Elementary Statistics or MTH 174: Mathematical Probability and Statistics 1
Lab Science Elective (BIO 106: Human Biology recommended) 
Mathematics or Lab Science Elective 

Social Science (9 credit hours)

SOC 144: Introduction to Sociology 
PSY 133: Introduction to Psychology 
POL 122: State and Local Government 

Human Services (15 credit hours)

HUS 101: Introduction to Human Services 
HUS 107: Introduction to Case Management Practice in Human Services 
HUS 201: Introduction to Helping Skills 
HUS 240: Human Services Field Practicum 1 
HUS 290: Human Services Degree Program Capstone Project 

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 credit hours) 

Physical Education (2 credit hours)

TOTAL 63 credit hours

Notes:  To be eligible for the degree, 10 general education 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 prior to enrolling in HUS 240.

Program contacts

Mallory Jackson
Instructor of Human Services
(315) 786-6532

Ron Theobald
Assistant Professor of Human Services
(315) 786-2494

Paul Alteri
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
(315) 786-2442

Application and Admissions Information
Enrollment Services
Jules Center, building 6, suite 6-010
(315) 786-2437 or toll free 1-888-435-6522