Requirements

The associate degree (A.A.) in Human Services requires the completion of 60 credits. Refer to course descriptions for information on pre-requisites and/or co-requisites.

College Requirements

  • Two (2) Writing Intensive courses
  • A minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA

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CUNY Common Core Requirements (30 cr.)

  • BIOL 212: Human Biology (4 cr.)
  • CHEM 110+: Introduction to Chemistry (3 cr.) or SOCI 231+: Introduction to Urban Community Health (3 cr.)
  • ENGL 103: Composition I (3 cr.)
  • ENGL 203^: Composition II (3 cr.)
  • LASC 101: City Seminar I (3 cr.)
  • LASC 102: City Seminar II (3 cr.)
  • LASC 200: The Arts in New York City (3 cr.)
  • MATH 103: Statistics (3 cr.) or MATH 103A (1.5 cr.) and MATH 103B (1.5 cr.)
  • SOSC 111: Ethnographies of Work I (3 cr.)
  • SOSC 113: Ethnographies of Work II (3 cr.)

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Human Services Course Requirements (23-26 cr.)

  • GOVT 202: American Government & Politics (3 cr.)
  • HSVC 103: Introduction to Human Services (3 cr.)
  • HSVC 113: Methods of Intervention for the Human Services (2 cr.)
  • HSVC 201: Fieldwork & Integrative Seminar I (3 cr.)
  • HSVC 203: Fieldwork & Integrative Seminar II (3 cr.)
  • HSVC 213^: Health and Human Services Policy (3 cr.)
  • SOCI 102: Introduction to Sociology (3 cr.)
  • SOCI 231+: Introduction to Urban Community Health (3 cr.)
  • ANTH 201: Urban Anthropology: Poverty & Affluence (3 cr.) or ANTH 227: Sexuality & Gender in Urban Life (3 cr.) 

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Electives+ (3-6 cr.)

  • HSVC 204: Special Topics in Fields of Practice (3 cr.)
  • HSVC 223: Introduction to Disability Studies (3 cr.)
  • HSVC 298: Independent Study (1, 2, or 3 cr.)
  • INFT 203: Introduction to Management Information Systems (3 cr.)
  • LASC 295: Issues in Global Learning (3 cr.)
  • PSYC 101: Introduction to Psychology (3 cr.)
  • SOCI 201: Crime & Justice in Urban Society (3 cr.)
  • SOCI 214: Social Determinants of Health (3 cr.)
  • SOCI 203: Community Organizing (3 cr.)

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^Writing Intensive Course
+If you elect to take SOCI 231 to fulfill your CUNY Common Core Scientific World requirement, you must take two (2) electives to meet the required total of 60 credits for the degree. If you elect to take CHEM 110 to fulfill your CUNY Common Core Scientific World requirement, you must take one (1) elective to meet the required total of 60 credits for the degree.

Featured Course

HSVC 113 (Credits: 2, Hours: 2)
Methods of Intervention for the Human Services

In this required course, students are introduced to Generalist Social Work Practice and the methods employed by human service professionals working with individuals, families, groups, and communities in urban settings. Through reading, role-plays, and videos, students learn interviewing skills, active listening, and basic counseling techniques, with an emphasis on culturally informed practices and ethical considerations.

Throughout the semester, students complete reflective writing assignments on topics such as skills they need to strengthen, their participation in groups, and a comparison of their personal and professional ethics and values. The signature course assignment asks students to develop and perform an in-class role-play as a human services worker meeting with a client to demonstrate the techniques, values, and theories learned. Students give and receive feedback and write a reflective analysis of the experience, identifying and explaining the skills they implemented to address the client’s needs in the scenario.

Students simultaneously in HSVC 201: Fieldwork & Integrative Seminar I often make connections between the content in Methods of Intervention and their experiences in their fieldwork placement in a human services organization. These connections enrich class discussions, provide opportunities for in-depth reflection, and enhance student learning and performance at their fieldwork sites.

  Catalog Description

HSVC 113 (Credits: 2, Hours: 2)
Methods of Intervention for the Human Services

This course builds on an ecological systems perspective and provides students with beginning skills to work with individuals, families, groups, and communities in urban human service agencies and organizations. Included will be generalist skills for the preliminary, beginning, middle, and ending phases of intervention. Attention is paid to culturally competent practice.

Pre-requisites: HSVC 103