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Human Services/BS

The baccalaureate program in Human Services prepares students for mid-level career positions in any social welfare agency. This includes positions such as case manager, social services supervisor, senior center director, job counselor, child welfare worker, group residence director/ supervisor, information and referral specialist, outreach worker, public health worker, mental health associate, substance abuse counselor, vocational counselor, probation and parole officer.

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.

In addition, graduates of the human services program are prepared to pursue graduate-level education in a number of professional areas. Students continue their professional development by applying to Master’s level programs in social work, counseling, gerontology, criminal justice, psychology, guidance, rehabilitation, occupational therapy, vocational therapy and public health and administration. Employers of human services graduates include but are not limited to state, city and community organizations.

The bachelor of science program is accredited and a member of the Council of Standards in Human Services Education, the National Organization for Human Services and the Mid-Atlantic Consortium of Human Services.

Requirements for Admission, Placement and Progression within the Human Services BS Degree Program

The City Tech BS degree in human services is the only such baccalaureate program offered at CUNY. Baccalaureate degree students study counseling skills, case management, group work practice, grants, funding, volunteerism and research as well as the health and counseling of specific populations including gerontology, disabilities, addictions, children and families.

Students are required to arrange their schedules to complete two semesters of internship (400 hours) during the day. (Evening and weekend internships are rare). Students are expected to use community-based agencies that have a valid educational contract with the Human Services 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 internship course and complete a pre-placement contract for each internship 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 will also be the responsibility of the intern. See the Manual for Human Services Field and Internships for additional information.

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 is sent to the student’s City Tech email regularly and can also be accessed at www.citytech.cuny.edu.

Students may apply to enter the BS program in the following ways:

  • As freshmen, if they meet college requirements for freshman admission into baccalaureate programs.
  • Current Associate students can transfer their academic status to the HUS bachelor’s degree by completing a Change of Curriculum Form with a HUS faculty advisor. It is suggested that the change of curriculum from the AAS to the BS be completed prior to the student completing 45 credits.
  • As transfers from another curriculum or college with an AAS degree in human services where 60 credits will be transferred and distributed into the HUS associate and baccalaureate required courses. Students should consult a faculty advisor to review course distribution in each of City Tech’s HUS programs. Students with an associate degree in human services can immediately register for HUS/HEA bachelor courses. Students will maintain their earned associate degree, and are not required to register for HUS/HEA courses in the associate degree. However, students are required to complete 120 credits towards the bachelor’s degree, which includes various core/liberal arts requirements.
  • Transfer students with an AAS, AA or AS in another discipline may receive 60 credits towards the BS degree but will be required to complete HUS 2305 before enrolling in upper-division HUS courses. A Change of Curriculum Form and consultation with a HUS faculty advisor is required. A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required for admission to the program

Students with questions are advised to consult the Office of Admissions at 718.260.5500 or by email to admissions@citytech.cuny.edu. Transcripts of entering students will be evaluated by the Transfer Office to determine the courses they must complete for the bachelor of science degree. Please consult with a HUS department faculty advisor for further information.

The College will grant a bachelor of science (BS) degree with a major in Human Services upon satisfactory completion of a minimum of 120/121 credits.

GENERAL EDUCATION COMMON CORE1

42 CREDITS

I - REQUIRED CORE2 (4 COURSES, 12 CREDITS)


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

II - FLEXIBLE CORE (4 COURSES, 12 CREDITS)

In addition to the required courses listed below, select one course from each of the other three areas; no more than two courses may be selected from any discipline. 9

World Cultures and Global Issues3

Any Approved Course

US Experience in its Diversity
Select one of the following courses*

GOV 1101

GOV 1102
American Government
OR
State and Local Government
3

3

Individual and Society

PSY 1101* Introduction to Psychology 3

Creative Expression

Any Approved Course

Scientific World

Any Approved Course
(MAT 1272 Statistics recommended)

One additional course from any Flexible Core area

SOC 1101* Elements of Sociology 3

III - COLLEGE OPTION REQUIREMENT4 (12 CREDITS)

• One course in Speech/Oral Communication
COM 1330

Public Speaking or higher

3
• One interdisciplinary Liberal Arts and Sciences course
Any approved course

3
Two additional liberal arts courses or in BTech programs, additional liberal arts credits to reach a minimum total of 42 credits in general education.
In meeting their general education requirements overall, students must take at least one advanced liberal arts course or two sequential courses in a foreign language5. 6
PSY 2301* Child Psychology 3

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; and two additional courses designated WI for the baccalaureate level, one from GenEd and one from the major.

PROGRAM-SPECIFIC DEGREE REQUIREMENTS 66 CREDITS

Associate-Level Courses (30 credits)

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 23056 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 courses7: 3
HEA 1102

HEA 2108

HEA 2110

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






Baccalaureate-Level Courses (36 credits)

HUS 3501 Counseling Methods 3
HUS 3503 Case Management 3
HUS 3504 Group Work Practice 3
Select one of the following HUS/HEA 35XX courses for 3 credits: 3
HEA 3502

HEA 3505

HEA 3508


HUS 3510
Drugs and Personal Health
OR
Health Issues of Children and Adolescents
OR
Health and Mental Health Issues with Vulnerable Populations Across the Life Span
OR
Social Welfare Policy and Program






Select one of the following HUS/HEA 36XX courses for 3 credits: 3
HUS 3602

HUS 3605

HUS 3620

HUS 3608


HUS 3609
Alcohol and Substance Abuse Treatment
OR
Child Welfare and Family Services
OR
Supervision in Human Services
OR
Human Services Practice with Vulnerable Populations Across the Life Span
OR
Human Services and the Criminal Justice System








HUS 3610 Research Methods in Human Services 3
HUS 4700 Professional Internship I 3
HUS 4801 Professional Internship II 4
HUS 4802 Volunteerism 2
HUS 4803 Resource Development in Human Services 3
HUS 4804 Management Concepts in Human Services 3
MAT 1272 Statistics7 3

Additional Program-Specific Required Courses

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
OR
State and Local Government


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

Additional credits as needed to reach minimum of 120 total credits including 60 Liberal Arts and Sciences credits

TOTAL PROGRAM-SPECIFIC REQUIRED AND ELECTIVE COURSES 60
TOTAL NYSED LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCE CREDITS 60
TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED FOR THE DEGREE 120

* Courses required for AAS

1 The BS in Human Services is built on the AAS in Human Services using a 2+2 model. Courses required for the AAS in Human Services at New York City College of Technology are indicated by *. Requirements for transfer students from CUNY institutions will be governed by CUNY Pathways policy and existing articulation agreements. Transfers from outside of CUNY will be evaluated individually.

2 Students are strongly urged to consult degree requirements for “double-duty” courses: degree requirements that also meet CUNY Pathways general education requirements in that category.

3 Students in the AAS program in Human Services are required to take one course in either World Cultures and Global Issues or Creative Expression.

4 Complete lists of liberal arts and sciences courses and advanced liberal arts courses, as well as semester-specific lists of interdisciplinary courses and writing intensive courses, are available online at the City Tech Pathways website.

5 Students in bachelor of science programs must take additional liberal arts and sciences courses to reach a minimum of 60 credits.

6 See Credit by Examination

7 These HEA courses and MAT 1272 meet NYS Liberal Arts and Sciences requirements.