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Human Services

The Degree

Associate in Science (A.S.)

The Outlook

The employment rate of human and social service assistants is expected to increase 22 percent from 2012 to 2022. The rise in job opportunities is due to the expansion of facilities and programs for the elderly and disabled and services for families in crisis. The human services degree program at FLCC is designed to prepare you for the growing employment opportunities that are becoming increasingly available.

The Program

The A.S. human services degree program is ideal for you if you are looking to:

  • Work with children, youth, persons with disabilities, the elderly, or those who are in need.
  • Develop skills for employment in community agencies providing health, education, and welfare services.

Online Learning

The A.S. human services degree program at FLCC is offered at least 50 percent online. For more information on FLCC's online learning programs, contact the Office of Online Learning at (585)-785-1303 or you can visit the colleges' online degree programs page.

Technology: The human resources program requires you to use internet search techniques, with several classes held in FLCC's new technology-enhanced classrooms. The classroom structure in this area of study is conducive to small group sizes and cooperative learning.

Honors Courses: If you have demonstrated outstanding academic ability, you will have the opportunity to take honors courses at FLCC that provide enhanced educational experiences. If you are a qualified student in this degree program or are a qualified student from another program, enrollment in honors courses is open to you. Successful completion of honors courses or an Honors Certificate may increase your transfer options to four-year institutions.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this degree program, students will:

  • Demonstrate research, communication, and critical thinking skills.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Ethical Standards as they apply to the field of Human Services.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skill in the Human Service skill subset of Case Management.
  • Successfully complete Field Placement and exhibit professional competency.

The Experience

As a member of the Human Service/Social Science Club at FLCC, you will actively participate in activities such as:

  • Food and Clothing Drives
  • Gleaner's Community Kitchen
  • Oxfam Hunger Banquet
  • CROP Walk
  • March of Dimes Walk
  • The Adam Walsh Center for Missing and Exploited Children

Internships: Field placement and internship opportunities are readily available. In any given semester, the program utilizes 25 different sites for internship placement. Some of these sites include:

  • Hillside Children's Center
  • Rape Crisis Centers
  • Department of Social Services
  • The Community Action Program
  • The American Red Cross

The program supports travel to conferences and seminars for students.

The Graduates

Graduates of this program are employed as residence counselors, child caregivers, daycare teachers, resident advocates, and sociotherapists. Those transferring to baccalaureate degree programs in the areas of social work, special education, or psychology, have found success at the following institutions*:

  • Nazareth College
  • Keuka College
  • St. John Fisher College
  • SUNY Colleges at Brockport and Geneseo

* This is a sampling of some of the four-year colleges and universities to which FLCC students have transferred. Please consult your advisor or the educational planning and career services office for a complete listing of transfer agreements between Finger Lakes Community College and four-year institutions.

The Scholarships

As a human services major, if you meet specific award criteria, you will be eligible for the following scholarships:

  • Alice C. Southgate Home Bureau
  • Bowen Family Memorial

For information on these scholarships, contact a member of the social science department or the financial aid office.

The Faculty

The human services faculty holds advanced degrees and credentials in its field and brings an ample amount of experience to the program. With advanced degrees in education, social work, and mental health, in combination with clinical and agency experience, the professors that instruct the human services program strive to create a challenging learning environment for you. This environment is practical and experiential, as well as knowledge-based. The faculty is dedicated to helping you achieve your academic and career goals in the ever-expanding field of human services.