Associate in Applied Science in Human Services

The associate degree program (A.A.S.) 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 Health and 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.

Human Services Field Practicum I & II

The associate-level field practicum involves supervised field work over two semesters in a cooperating social or health agency coordinated with weekly classroom seminar. Agency referral and placement takes place the semester before field practicum begins and sites range from substance abuse treatment, gerontology, child welfare and family rehabilitation services and mental health services. A minimum of 250 hours of field work is required during the two-semester placement. In the classroom seminar, students engage in thought-provoking discussion about their experiences, learn theories and practices utilized in the field, and develop professional skills for the human services field. Students prepare written reports on a series of assigned readings and keep a written journal of their field practicum experiences. A GPA of 2.0 or better is required for enrollment. Students must attend an orientation seminar the prior semester for Field Practicum I to learn about the application process and how to prepare for placement.

The total number of credits required for completing the associate in applied science degree is 60: 25 credits in the major course area, 20 credits in the core area and 15 in other required elective courses. Of the 25 required credits in the major course area, six are the Field Internship which consists of two semesters, each requiring 125 hours per semester.

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. 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. See the Manual for Human Services Field and Internships for additional information.

Students completing the associate degree program (A.A.S.) 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.

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.

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.


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.

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. 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 human services position for at least three years. Applications should be submitted on or by the sixth week of the spring semester in order to enter HUS 2405 Field Practicum II in the fall. Travel expenses are the responsibility of the intern. Some agencies may require immigration documentation. See the Manual for Human Services Field and Internships for additional information.

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