2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jun 07, 2023  
2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Human Service Studies [HUS]

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Barry Schecter, program coordinator
Moffett Center, Room 105

2 + 2 capping Program
(Open only to transfer students)


Professional Studies

Programs Offered

Bachelor of Science in Human Service Studies (2+2 Capping Program)

Major Offered

Human Service Studies Capping Program


The Human Service Studies Program offers transfer students a cutting-edge program of study. Career opportunities abound in the field of human services. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, one of the most significant areas of employment growth in the next decade or so will be in human service occupations. The degree program combines a broad liberal education in the social and behavioral sciences that builds upon prior professional educational experiences and prepares students for employment in human services or graduate study in related fields.

The program meets the needs of two-year college graduates with the A.A., A.S. or A.A.S. in human services or chemical dependency who are looking for an advanced degree that will provide them with marketability in a field that will continue to grow.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Describe determinants that contribute to the need for human services interventions
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the purpose, structure and processes of community and governmental organizations and policies focused on human services through the lifespan
  3. Demonstrate the knowledge and skills to communicate effectively in human services practice
  4. Interpret research to understand and to apply best practices in the prevention, intervention, and treatment of complex social problems
  5. Interpret and apply ethical principles in human services practice
  6. Utilize appropriate knowledge and skills in human services experiential learning environments

Special Features

  • Designed for transfer students with the A.S., A.A., or A.A.S. in human services or chemical dependency
  • SUNY Cortland will accept the course work satisfactorily completed that is specified in articulation agreements between SUNY Cortland and the two-year SUNY community colleges
  • Interdisciplinary program provides students with a body of knowledge and a perspective building upon prior professional educational experiences
  • Emphasizes the multi-disciplinary nature of human services by focusing on the mastery of concepts, theory and research from political science, psychology, health, sociology, recreation, economics, communications and philosophy.


  1. Degree Requirements  listed in this catalog apply to all majors in the department.

Major in Human Service Studies [HUS]

SUNY Cortland offers graduates of human services programs from selected community colleges the opportunity to obtain a bachelor's degree in human service studies. The major is called a "capping" program because it enables a student who has a technical degree from a community college to gain the liberal arts and science curriculum necessary to obtain a bachelor's degree. Of the total 48 credit hours required in the major, a minimum of 24 credit hours must be taken in residency at SUNY Cortland.

Career Potential

  • Social/case workers
  • Home health aides
  • Residential counselors
  • Child care workers

C. Foundations and Tools of Human Services: 15 credit hours

Select one course from each of the following categories:

Category 5: Issues in Prejudice and Discrimination

D. Human Services-Related Electives: Nine credit hours

Courses in SOC, PSY, HLH, REC, and POL selected with advisement based on student interest and career plan.

E. Introduction to Computer Applications: Three credit hours

F. Free Electives: 16 credit hours

May vary slightly depending on transfer credit hours and fulfillment of General Education (GE) requirements. It is possible that 0-9 credit hours may be needed to complete GE requirements.

Total Credit Hours in Human Services (HUS): 64

Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 124

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