2012-2013 Student Catalog 
    Jul 22, 2024  
2012-2013 Student Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Human Services, AA

Contact Information

Program Requirements

Typical Program

Degree/Certificate:     Associate in Arts
HEGIS Code:             5501
SUNY Code:              1175
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 September and January.

The Human Services program is offered as a full-time day program, part-time evening 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 semester longer to complete the degree.

Dual Admissions

Niagara University
SUNY College at Brockport
SUNY College at Buffalo

Articulation Agreements

Hilbert College
Niagara University
SUNY College at Brockport
SUNY College at Buffalo
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

Student 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 16 credit hours to include:
  3. Human Services Electives: a minimum of 6 credits chosen from the following areas:
    1. Early Childhood Education
    2. Gerontology
    3. Social Work
    4. Disabilities Studies
    5. Chemical Dependency Counseling
  4. Arts & Media: a minimum of 3 credit hours by advisement.
  5. Health/Physical Education: A minimum of 2 credit hours by advisement.
  6. Humanities: a minimum of 12 credit hours to include:
    LIT   ___     Literature  elective by advisement
    PHI  ___     Philosophy elective by advisement OR
    ___  ___     Language  elective (FRE, GER, LAN, SLA, SPA)
  7. Mathematics: A minimum of 3 credit hours by advisement*.
  8. Restricted Social Sciences Elective: A minimum of 3 credit hours by advisement.
  9. Science: A minimum of 4 credit hours to include:
  10. Social Sciences: A minimum of 15 credit hours to include:
    ANT ___   Anthropology elective by advisement
    HIS  ___   History elective by advisement*


Typical Program

Total Credit Hours: 15

Total Credit Hours: 17

Third Semester

Total Credit Hours: 15

Fourth Semester

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

All matriculated students in this curriculum are eligible for scholarships. See scholarship  area of this catalog or contact the NCCC Scholarship Office located in the Administration complex, Room A-114, (716) 614-6205, for specific information and criteria.