Human Services

Helping people to help themselves is the common thread in Human Services, and the field is diverse and extensive. You may work in education, child care, social services, mental health, home health, or recreation. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, "The number of social and human service assistants is expected to grow by nearly 23 percent between 2008-2018, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. This is due in large part to the aging population and increased demand for mental health and substance abuse treatment."

Field Experience

As part of your six-credit internship you will work in a Human Service agency. This field work course enables you to work for 224 hours in direct care helping people to help themselves

Careers on Career Coach

Our graduates work as teachers in child development programs, child care workers in group homes, caregivers, examiners in social service agencies, recreation specialists in geriatric settings, and caregivers in centers for children who are developmentally disabled, among other positions. Recent graduates have been employed by Catholic Charities, Cortland County Community Action Program, Cortland Migrant Outreach Program, Family and Children’s Services of Ithaca, Franziska Racker Centers, Mental Health Association, Tompkins County, J.M. Murray Center, Tioga Opportunities, Inc., Tompkins Community Action/Headstart, Tompkins County Youth Advocate Program, Inc.

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Program Chair

Joseph Smith

Joseph L. Smith, Ph.D., LCSW-R, CASAC

Professor, Chemical Dependency Counseling

Dr. Smith is the Program Chair of both the Human Services and Chemical Dependency Counseling Programs at Tompkins Cortland Community College.  He is a NYS Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and a NYS Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor.

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Transfer Options

Recent transfer institutions include:

  • Binghamton University
  • SUNY College at Brockport
  • SUNY College at Canton
  • SUNY College at Cortland
  • Elmira College
  • Empire State College
  • SUNY College at Fredonia
  • Hunter College, City University of New York
  • Ithaca College
  • Keuka College
  • Syracuse University
  • Wells College

Highlighted Courses

Not all of the highlighted courses are required in each degree or certificate in this program area. Please be sure to check the degree requirements tab for details about the requirements for each degree or certificate.

Degree Requirements

A.A.S.
Minimum Credits for Graduation: 61 credits

Fall Term 1

Minimum Total Semester Credits: 15
ENGL100, Academic Writing I, 3 cr.
A minimum grade of C is required in ENGL 100. A student exempted from ENGL 100 must substitute a 3-credit Liberal Arts Elective. The course should be selected in consultation with the student's advisor.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
HUMS105, Introduction to Human Services, 3 cr.
A minimum grade of C is required in HUMS 105.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
PSYC103, Introduction to Psychology, 3 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
SOCI101, Introduction to Sociology, 3 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
Select a minimum of 3 credits from the courses listed below:
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Spring Term 1

Minimum Total Semester Credits: 15
ENGL101, Academic Writing II, 3 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
HUMS200, Generalist Social Work Practice Skills, 3 cr.
A minimum grade of C is required in HUMS 200.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
Select a minimum of 3 credits from the courses listed below:
A minimum grade of C is required in the Human Service Elective.
Choose a HUMS course, ANTH 202, CDSC 101, CRJU 105, or SOCI 203.
ANTH202, Cultural Anthropology, 3 cr.
CDSC101, Introduction to Chemical Dependency Counseling, 3 cr.
CRJU105, Introduction to Criminal Justice, 3 cr.
HUMS@
SOCI203, Sociology of Race, Power, and Privilege, 3 cr.
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Select a minimum of 3 credits from the courses listed below:
Students who intend to transfer into a Social Work program should choose MATH 200.
MATH@
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POSC@
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Fall Term 2

Minimum Total Semester Credits: 15
ENGL201, Fundamentals of Speech, 3 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
HUMS229, Applied Methods in Human Services, 3 cr.
A minimum grade of C is required in HUMS 229.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
Select a minimum of 3 credits from the courses listed below:
A minimum grade of C is required in the Human Service Elective.
Choose a HUMS course, ANTH 202. CDSC 101, CRJU 105, or SOCI 203.
ANTH202, Cultural Anthropology, 3 cr.
CDSC101, Introduction to Chemical Dependency Counseling, 3 cr.
CRJU105, Introduction to Criminal Justice, 3 cr.
HUMS@
SOCI203, Sociology of Race, Power, and Privilege, 3 cr.
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Choose any 200-level SOCI course. The course should be selected in consultation with the student's advisor.
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Spring Term 2

Minimum Total Semester Credits: 16
HUMS232, Human Service Internship & Seminar, 4 cr.
A minimum grade of C is required in HUMS 232.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
Select a minimum of 3 credits from the courses listed below:
A minimum grade of C is required in the Human Services Elective.
Choose a HUMS course, ANTH 202, CDSC 101, CRJU 105, or SOCI 203.
ANTH202, Cultural Anthropology, 3 cr.
CDSC101, Introduction to Chemical Dependency Counseling, 3 cr.
CRJU105, Introduction to Criminal Justice, 3 cr.
HUMS@
SOCI203, Sociology of Race, Power, and Privilege, 3 cr.
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PSYC@
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ASTR@
BIOL@
CHEM@
CSCI160, Computer Science I, 3 cr.
CSCI165, Computer Science II, 3 cr.
CSCI205, Computer Science III-Data Structures, 3 cr.
ENVS101, Introduction to Environmental Science, 3 cr.
ENVS102, Technology and the Environment, 3 cr.
ENVS116, Soil Science, 3 cr.
ENVS141, Agroecology, 3 cr.
ENVS202, Integrated Pest Management, 3 cr.
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METR@
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SUNY General Education & Tompkins Cortland Liberal Arts courses

Note: The @ symbol represents any course number or discipline. For example, BIOL @ means any course with a Biology course prefix. An @ alone means one course in any course discipline with any course number.

Degree Requirements

A.S.
Minimum Credits for Graduation: 61 credits

Fall Term 1

Minimum Total Semester Credits: 15
ENGL100, Academic Writing I, 3 cr.
A minimum grade of C is required in ENGL 100. A student exempted from ENGL 100 must substitute a 3-credit Liberal Arts Elective. The course should be selected in consultation with the student's advisor.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
HUMS105, Introduction to Human Services, 3 cr.
A minimum grade of C is required in HUMS 105.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
PSYC103, Introduction to Psychology, 3 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
SOCI101, Introduction to Sociology, 3 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
Select a minimum of 3 credits from the courses listed below:
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Spring Term 1

Minimum Total Semester Credits: 15
ENGL101, Academic Writing II, 3 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
HUMS200, Generalist Social Work Practice Skills, 3 cr.
A minimum grade of C is required in HUMS 200.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
PSYC263, Development Across the Lifespan, 3 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
Choose one from the courses listed below:
Minimum credits required: 3
POSC103, American National Government Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
POSC104, American State and Local Government Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
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ANTH@
ARAB@
ART101, History and Appreciation of Art I, 3 cr.
ART102, History and Appreciation of Art II, 3 cr.
ART104, History of Photography and Video, 3 cr.
ASTR@
BIOL@
CHEM@
CHIN@
COMM101, Mass Media, 3 cr.
COMM225, Communication Law and Ethics, 3 cr.
CRJU104, Introduction to Corrections, 3 cr.
CRJU105, Introduction to Criminal Justice, 3 cr.
CRJU217, Ethics in Criminal Justice, 3 cr.
CSCI160, Computer Science I, 3 cr.
CSCI165, Computer Science II, 3 cr.
CSCI205, Computer Science III-Data Structures, 3 cr.
ECON@
EDUC295, Foundations of Education, 3 cr.
ENGL@
ENVS295H, Global Seminar-Honor, 3 cr.
ENVS101, Introduction to Environmental Science, 3 cr.
ENVS102, Technology and the Environment, 3 cr.
ENVS105, Environmental Ethics, 3 cr.
ENVS107, Economy, Society & Environment, 3 cr.
ENVS108, Environmental Psychology, 3 cr.
ENVS110, Food Systems Seminar I: Introduction to the U.S. Food System, 2 cr.
ENVS111, Food System Seminar II: Food Movements, 2 cr.
ENVS112, Food Systems Seminar III: Identity, Ethics, and Culture in the Global Food System, 2 cr.
ENVS116, Soil Science, 3 cr.
ENVS141, Agroecology, 3 cr.
ENVS202, Integrated Pest Management, 3 cr.
ENVS295, Global Seminar, 3 cr.
ESL101, English as a Second Language I, 8 cr.
ESL103, English as a Second Language II, 8 cr.
ESL120, Writing and Grammar III, 4 cr.
ESL121, Reading & Vocabulary III, 4 cr.
FREN@
GEOG@
GEOL@
GERM@
HSTY@
HUMN@
ITAL@
MATH@
METR@
MUSI101, Music Appreciation, 3 cr.
MUSI108, Music Theory I, 3 cr.
MUSI109, Music Theory II, 3 cr.
PHIL@
PHSC@
POSC@
PSYC@
RECR150, Play Across Cultures, 3 cr.
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SOCE@
SOCI@
SPAN@
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Fall Term 2

Minimum Total Semester Credits: 15
BIOL100, Human Biology, 3 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
ENGL102, Approaches to Literature, 3 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
Choose one from the courses listed below:
Minimum credits required: 3
HSTY201, American History to 1877 Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
HSTY202, American History Since 1877 Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
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ARAB@
ART101, History and Appreciation of Art I, 3 cr.
ART102, History and Appreciation of Art II, 3 cr.
ART104, History of Photography and Video, 3 cr.
ASTR@
BIOL@
CHEM@
CHIN@
COMM101, Mass Media, 3 cr.
COMM225, Communication Law and Ethics, 3 cr.
CRJU104, Introduction to Corrections, 3 cr.
CRJU105, Introduction to Criminal Justice, 3 cr.
CRJU217, Ethics in Criminal Justice, 3 cr.
CSCI160, Computer Science I, 3 cr.
CSCI165, Computer Science II, 3 cr.
CSCI205, Computer Science III-Data Structures, 3 cr.
ECON@
EDUC295, Foundations of Education, 3 cr.
ENGL@
ENVS295H, Global Seminar-Honor, 3 cr.
ENVS101, Introduction to Environmental Science, 3 cr.
ENVS102, Technology and the Environment, 3 cr.
ENVS105, Environmental Ethics, 3 cr.
ENVS107, Economy, Society & Environment, 3 cr.
ENVS108, Environmental Psychology, 3 cr.
ENVS110, Food Systems Seminar I: Introduction to the U.S. Food System, 2 cr.
ENVS111, Food System Seminar II: Food Movements, 2 cr.
ENVS112, Food Systems Seminar III: Identity, Ethics, and Culture in the Global Food System, 2 cr.
ENVS116, Soil Science, 3 cr.
ENVS141, Agroecology, 3 cr.
ENVS202, Integrated Pest Management, 3 cr.
ENVS295, Global Seminar, 3 cr.
ESL101, English as a Second Language I, 8 cr.
ESL103, English as a Second Language II, 8 cr.
ESL120, Writing and Grammar III, 4 cr.
ESL121, Reading & Vocabulary III, 4 cr.
FREN@
GEOG@
GEOL@
GERM@
HSTY@
HUMN@
ITAL@
MATH@
METR@
MUSI101, Music Appreciation, 3 cr.
MUSI108, Music Theory I, 3 cr.
MUSI109, Music Theory II, 3 cr.
PHIL@
PHSC@
POSC@
PSYC@
RECR150, Play Across Cultures, 3 cr.
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SPAN@
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Choose from PSYC 209-Abnormal Psychology, or a 200-level SOCI course. The course should be selected in consultation with the student's advisor.
PSYC209, Abnormal Psychology, 3 cr.
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Spring Term 2

Minimum Total Semester Credits: 16
ENGL201, Fundamentals of Speech, 3 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
HUMS232, Human Service Internship & Seminar, 4 cr.
A minimum grade of C is required in HUMS 232.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
MATH200, Statistics, 3 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
Select a minimum of 3 credits from the courses listed below:
A minimum grade of C is required in the Human Services Elective.
HUMS 114 or HUMS 128 recommended.
HUMS@
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Choose a course that satisfies one of the following SUNY GEN ED areas: 5-Western Civilization, 6-Other World Civilizations, 8-The Arts, or 9-Foreign Language. The course should be chosen in consultation with the student's advisor.
ANTH202, Cultural Anthropology, 3 cr.
ANTH220, Dev Anthropology in a Globalizing World, 3 cr.
ANTH260, Culture Survey for Study Abroad, 3 cr.
ARAB101, Arabic I, 3 cr.
ARAB102, Arabic II, 3 cr.
ART101, History and Appreciation of Art I, 3 cr.
ART102, History and Appreciation of Art II, 3 cr.
ART109, Graphic Design, 3 cr.
ART110, Design I, 3 cr.
ART111, Photography I, 3 cr.
ART112, Photography II, 3 cr.
ART114, Design II, 3 cr.
ART115, Painting I, 3 cr.
ART120, Drawing I, 3 cr.
ART122, Drawing II, 3 cr.
ART130, Ceramics, 3 cr.
ART180, Typography, 3 cr.
ART200, Illustration, 3 cr.
ART270, Computer Graphics I, 3 cr.
ART271, Computer Graphics II, 3 cr.
CHIN101, Mandarin Chinese I, 3 cr.
CHIN102, Mandarin Chinese II, 3 cr.
ENGL105, Beginning Acting, 3 cr.
ENGL200, Screenwriting, 3 cr.
ENGL212, Fiction Writing, 3 cr.
ENGL255, Writing the Dramatic Television Series, 3 cr.
ENGL256, Playwriting, 3 cr.
ENGL258, Creative Nonfiction Writing, 3 cr.
ENGL262, Poetry Writing, 3 cr.
FREN101, French I, 3 cr.
FREN102, French II, 3 cr.
FREN201, Intermediate French I, 3 cr.
FREN202, Intermediate French II, 3 cr.
GERM101, Beginning German I, 3 cr.
GERM102, Beginning German II, 3 cr.
HSTY101, Development of the Western Tradition I, 3 cr.
HSTY102, Development of the Western Tradition II, 3 cr.
HSTY110, World History to 1500, 3 cr.
HSTY111, World History Since 1500, 3 cr.
HSTY245, Topics in Modern Asia, 3 cr.
HSTY252, Native American History: Colonial Policies, 3 cr.
HSTY260, Topics in Modern Latin America, 3 cr.
HUMN232, Introduction to World Religions, 3 cr.
IED260, Culture Survey for Study Abroad, 3 cr.
ITAL101, Italian I, 3 cr.
ITAL102, Italian II, 3 cr.
MUSI101, Music Appreciation, 3 cr.
POSC245, Topics in Modern Asia, 3 cr.
POSC260, Topics in Modern Latin America, 3 cr.
RECR150, Play Across Cultures, 3 cr.
RECR215, Recreation and the Expressive Arts, 3 cr.
RUSN101, Russian I, 3 cr.
RUSN102, Russian II, 3 cr.
SOCE150, Play Across Cultures, 3 cr.
SOCE258, Creative Nonfiction Writing, 3 cr.
SOCI220, Dev Anthropology in a Globalizing World, 3 cr.
SOCI225, Globalization & the Contemporary World, 3 cr.
SPAN101, Beginning Spanish I, 4 cr.
SPAN102, Beginning Spanish II, 3 cr.
SPAN201, Intermediate Spanish I, 3 cr.
SPAN202, Intermediate Spanish II, 3 cr.
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Degree Requirements

Certificate: Human Services
Minimum Credits for Graduation: 30 credits

Fall Term 1

Minimum Total Semester Credits: 15
ENGL100, Academic Writing I, 3 cr.
A minimum grade of C is required in ENGL 100. A student exempted from ENGL 100 must substitute a 3-credit Liberal Arts Elective. This course should be selected in consultation with the student's advisor.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
HUMS105, Introduction to Human Services, 3 cr.
A minimum grade of C is required in HUMS 105.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
PSYC103, Introduction to Psychology, 3 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
SOCI101, Introduction to Sociology, 3 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
Choose one from the courses listed below:
Minimum credits required: 3
HUMS104, Introduction to Corrections Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
HUMS125, Introduction to Early Childhood Education Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi

Spring Term 1

Minimum Total Semester Credits: 15
ENGL101, Academic Writing II, 3 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
HUMS200, Generalist Social Work Practice Skills, 3 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
Choose one from the courses listed below:
Minimum credits required: 3
PSYC201, Social Psychology Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
PSYC205, Childhood Psychology Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
Select a minimum of 3 credits from the courses listed below:
POSC@
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Select a minimum of 3 credits from the courses listed below:
Choose from ANTH 202, CDSC 101, CRJU 105, HUMS/CRJU 104, HUMS 111, HUMS 114, HUMS/ECHD 125, HUMS 128, HUMS/SOCI 206, HUMS/CRJU 212, HUMS/ECHD 225, or SOCI 203.
ANTH202, Cultural Anthropology, 3 cr.
CDSC101, Introduction to Chemical Dependency Counseling, 3 cr.
CRJU105, Introduction to Criminal Justice, 3 cr.
HUMS104, Introduction to Corrections, 3 cr.
HUMS111, Introduction to Aging and Elder Studies, 3 cr.
HUMS114, The Process of Group Communication, 3 cr.
HUMS125, Introduction to Early Childhood Education, 3 cr.
HUMS128, The Family: Strength-Based Intervention, 3 cr.
HUMS206, Juvenile Delinquency, 3 cr.
HUMS212, Community Corrections, 3 cr.
HUMS225, Early Childhood Curriculum Development, 3 cr.
SOCI203, Sociology of Race, Power, and Privilege, 3 cr.
Use Schedule Search for electives


SUNY General Education & Tompkins Cortland Liberal Arts courses

Note: The @ symbol represents any course number or discipline. For example, BIOL @ means any course with a Biology course prefix. An @ alone means one course in any course discipline with any course number.