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285 Jay Street
Academic Building 805 (A-805)
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Phone: 718-260-5724

Human Services/AAS

The associate degree program (AAS) in Human Services is designed to prepare students for entry-level career positions in a variety of human services occupations. The curriculum is based on a solid liberal arts background and includes a full range of human services courses. The program is offered day, evening and weekends.

Program Outcomes

A mission of the Human Services Department is to assist associate and bachelor students in acquiring a human service practice foundation. Graduates of our Human Service programs will be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Understanding of the historical development of human services including its impact. Students will be able to analyze and interpret historical data for applications in advocacy and social change.
  • Knowledge and application of the theories of the interaction of individual, interpersonal, group, family, organizational, community, and societal systems.
  • Ability to analyze and apply theories, knowledge and skills to the scope of conditions that promote or inhibit human functioning to the range of populations served and needs addressed by human services.
  • Knowledge and skills in systematic analysis of services and needs; selection of appropriate strategies, services, or interventions; and evaluation of outcomes.
  • Knowledge and skills development in information management. Students will be able to analyze and apply information in the service of clients or client groups through development, design, implementation and evaluation of plans of action.
  • Knowledge and skills in direct service delivery and appropriate interventions. Students will be able to demonstrate analysis and application of theory and knowledge bases.
  • Interpersonal skills development such as conflict resolution, establishing rapport with clients, and ethical and professional behavior.
  • Administrative skills necessary for services delivery such as strategic planning and evaluation, leadership, supervision, budgeting and monitoring, grant and contract negotiations, and compliance with regulatory issues.
  • Demonstrate human services values and attitudes and understanding of human services ethics and their application in practice.
  • Awareness of their own values, personalities, reaction patterns, interpersonal styles, and limitations.

Students are required to arrange their schedules to complete two semesters of field practicum (250 hours) during the day. (Evening and weekend internships are rare.) Students are expected to use the community-based agencies that have a valid educational contract with the HUS Department. They may use current human services employment, if the educational requirements/contracts are approved, in advance, by the Field Coordinator. Students must attend an orientation seminar during the semester prior to each field practicum course and complete a pre-placement contract for each field course.

Legal residence documentation, criminal background checks, child abuse registry checks, physical examinations, etc. may be required by the agency. The intern will be responsible for these costs if the agency does not pay or reimburse. The cost of travel is also the responsibility of the intern. See the Manual for Human Services Field and Internships for additional information. See the Manual for Human Services Field and Internships for additional information.

Students completing the associate degree program (AAS) in human services commonly find employment as assistant probation officers, social casework assistants, mental health aides, group residence workers, neighborhood outreach workers and job developers. Many graduates of the AAS degree program elect to continue their studies at New York City College of Technology, to earn the bachelor of science in Human Services.

The AAS program is accredited by the Council of Standards in Human Services Education. The Human Services Department is also a member of the National Organization for Human Services and the Mid-Atlantic Consortium of Human Services Education.

Admissions to the Human Services AAS Degree Program:

Students seeking admission to the human services AAS degree program must meet the standards established by the College for freshman or transfer admissions. Candidates are advised to complete the on-line Admissions Application on the college website:


Students seeking readmission to the Human Services AAS program and those seeking to transfer to the program from another curriculum or college need to complete the appropriate forms with the Admissions Department of the College. Students are encouraged to seek advisement with a human services faculty advisor. All students seeking advisement must present the most current City Tech transcript and/or transcripts from other colleges. Courses not taken at the transfer college will be required for the AAS degree. A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required for admission to the program.

Criteria for Progression in the AAS Degree Program

Students enrolling in courses with the prefix HUS and HEA must meet the CUNY proficiency requirement in reading and writing. Students must complete a minimum of 60 credits which include the Human Services course requirements to earn their degree.

A minimum grade of “C” in each course with the prefix HUS and HEA is required within the human services curriculum. A student who has earned a grade lower than “C” in any HUS or HEA course must contact the Chairperson in order to repeat that course. For all other courses, the student must contact the Registrar to obtain permission to repeat a course. A course may only be repeated once. Please note that a minimum grade point average of 2.0 is required both for progression within the human services curriculum and for enrollment in a field practicum course. Students who fall below a 2.0 grade point average are required to arrange a meeting with a Human Services Department faculty advisor to discuss plans to improve their academic standing. Advisement hours and other important information are sent to the student’s City Tech email regularly and can also be accessed at

Credit by Examination

Students may apply for three employment credits via the Credit by Examination. If accepted, this would waive the HUS 2305 field practicum I course. Students must arrange a meeting with the Chairperson, at least one semester before meeting the prerequisites for Field Practicum I to discuss eligibility and requirements. Students must complete a Credit by Examination portfolio which includes verification of employment in a position for at least three years with Human Services responsibilities. The portfolio should follow HUS 2305 work which may include various Human Services reports: psychosocial, group summary, community needs assessment, service plan, case management, etc. Applications should be submitted on or by the sixth week of the spring semester in order to enter HUS 2405 Field Practicum II for the following semester. See the Manual for Human Services Field and Internships for additional information.




English Composition (2 courses, 6 credits)

ENG 1101 English Composition I 3
ENG 1121 English Composition II 3

Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning (1 course, 3 credits)
Select one of the following courses

MAT 1190 or higher Quantitative Reasoning 3

Life and Physical Sciences (1 course, 3 credits)

BIO 1100 Human Biology or other approved course 3


US Experience in its Diversity
Select one of the following courses

GOV 1101

GOV 1102
American Government
State and Local Government


Individual and Society

PSY 1101 Introduction to Psychology 3
SOC 1101 Elements of Sociology 3
From the list of approved courses, students will select one 3-credit course from one of the remaining categories 3

Creative Expression

World Cultures and Global Issues

Scientific World

Writing Intensive Requirement3

Students at New York City College of Technology must complete two courses designated WI for the associate level, one from GenEd and one from the major.

HUS 1101 Introduction to Human Services 3
HUS 1201 Elements of Counseling 3
HUS 1202 Community Mental Health 3
HUS 1203 Human Services Seminar 3
HUS 1206 Group Dynamics 3
HUS 23054 Field Practicum I 3
HUS 2307 Community Organization and Development 3
HUS 2401 Introduction to Gerontology 3
HUS 2405 Field Practicum II 3
Select one of the following four courses: 3
HEA 1102

HEA 2108

HEA 2110

HEA 2400
Community Health
Women’s Health Issues
Human Sexuality
HIV/AIDS for Health Care and Human Services Workers

ENG 1101 English Composition I Met as GenEd
ENG 1121 English Composition II Met as GenEd
BIO 1100 Human Biology or other approved course Met as GenEd
GOV 1101

GOV 1102
American Government
State and Local Government

Met as GenEd
MAT 1190 or higher Quantitative Reasoning Met as GenEd
PSY 1101 Introduction to Psychology Met as GenEd
SOC 1101 Elements of Sociology Met as GenEd
COM 1330 Public Speaking 3
PSY 2301 Child Psychology 3

1. Although students enrolled in AAS programs are not required to meet all of the CUNY Pathways requirements, the college and program general education requirements are organized by Pathways categories to inform students of their standing should they transfer to a CUNY baccalaureate program

2 Specific courses listed are degree requirements that also meet CUNY Pathways general education requirements in that category.

3 A semester-specific list of writing intensive courses is available online at the City Tech Pathways website.

4 See Credit by Examination.