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Human Services, A.A.

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Program Requirements

Typical Program

Degree/Certificate:     Associate in Arts
HEGIS Code:             5501
SUNY Code:              2639
Major Code:              HUMA

The Career

Major changes in society have resulted in an increasing need for human services professionals. Advancing technology, an aging population, significant changes in the character and structure of the family, increased exposure to trauma, economic factors and other social trends contribute to this need. As human problems and the bureaucracies designated to deal with these problems become increasingly complex, the need for highly trained, skilled human services workers is vital.

Graduates of the Human Services program have transferred to four-year colleges and to universities. They have found employment in early childhood centers, agencies serving the elderly, social services, alcohol and drug rehabilitation facilities, health care agencies, residential care facilities, community and government organizations and a variety of other agencies.

The NCCC Approach

The Human Services program provides students with a common core of course work plus the opportunity through human services electives to study gerontology, early childhood education, social work, substance abuse or other human services areas. The program is flexible, allowing students to transfer credits, if so desired, to a bachelor’s degree program.


Students admitted in fall, spring and summer.

The Human Services program is offered as a full-time or part-time program or as a distance learning program. Students who opt for distance learning may be able to complete all degree requirements online. All core courses including internships are offered on-line as are the majority of elective courses.

Because of the sequencing of some courses, it may take students beginning in the spring or summer semester longer to complete the degree.

Dual Admissions

Niagara University
SUNY College at Brockport

Articulation Agreements

Hilbert College
Niagara University
SUNY College at Brockport
Utica College of Syracuse University

Program Goals and Objectives

  • To prepare students for successful transfer to upper-level institutions in Human Services
  • To assist students in meeting a minimum of seven of the ten SUNY General Education requirements

Program Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this program, the student will:

  • Demonstrate familiarity with an overview of the human services systems
  • Discuss professional ethics as they relate to human services
  • Acquire first-hand experience helpful toward career development
  • Integrate classroom learning with field experience
  • Explain the loss and grief process
  • Demonstrate an understanding of social science research as used in the human services field

Program Requirements (HUMA)

  1. A total of at least 64-credit hours with a minimum curriculum grade-point average of 2.0. Academic Foundations courses do not count toward the degree.
  2. Human Services: A minimum of 19-credit hours to include:
    COE 198 -  Experiential Cooperative Education I  
    HUS 106 - HUS 106 - Poverty, Welfare & Policy  
    HUS 120/EDU 120 - Disabilities: Birth to Adolescence  OR
  3. Human Services Elective: A minimum of 3-credits
    HUS ___
  4. Liberal Arts Elective:  A minimum of 3-credits 
  5. Arts (ARTS)  General Education Elective: A minimum of 3-credit hours
  6. Health/Physical Education: A minimum of 2-credit hours by advisement
  7. Humanities: A minimum of 12-credit hours to include:
    LIT   ___     Humanities (HUMN)   General Education Elective with a LIT prefix
    ___  ___     World Language (WLNG)  General Education Elective
  8. Mathematics & Quantitative Reasoning (MATH) : A minimum of 3-credit hours:
    MAT164 - Introduction to Statistics  
  9. General Education Electives: A minimum of 15-credit hours to be selected from:
    SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology  (SOCS and DVRS)
    PSY 110 - Introduction to Psychology  
    ___  ___ - World History & Global Awareness (GLBL)  General Education Elective
    ___ ___ - US History & Civic Engagement (USCV)  General Education Elective
    ___  ___ - Social Science (SOCS)  General Education Elective
  10. Natural Science & Scientific Reasoning General Education: A minimum of 4-credit hours to include:


For Online Only Students: BIO 117 & BIO 117L are not currently offered online at NCCC. You can come to campus to complete the 4 credit requirements or cross register for it through SUNY Online. The following institutions offer this course in the online format and meet our transfer equivalency (Buffalo State, MCC, GCC, & FLCC). You should plan this out with your advisor in the first semester of your program to ensure timely completion of this requirement.

Typical Program

Total Credit Hours: 15

Total Credit Hours: 17

Third Semester

Total Credit Hours: 15

Total Credit Hours: 17


This is only a recommended, not a required, sequence of study.

* Dependent upon the fulfillment of Academic Foundations requirements.

Scholarship Opportunities

There are several scholarships available to NCCC students. Scholarship deadline dates vary each semester.  For more information, please visit the scholarship webpage at www.niagaracc.suny.edu/scholarships. The NCCC Foundation/Scholarship Office is located within the Foundation Office, A-265 or by phone (716) 614-5910.

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