Program Details

Human Service Studies [HUS] (Major)

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.

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

A. Required HUS Core: 15 credit hours
  • MGT 385 - Human Resource Management (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 203 - Community Health (3 cr. hr.)
  • HUS 470 - Sociology of the Family (3 cr. hr.)
    also listed as SOC 470 Sociology of Family
  • HUS 490 - Senior Seminar in Human Services (3 cr. hr.)
  • HUS 491 - Human Services Culminating Project (3 cr. hr.)
B. Contemporary Human Service Issues: Six credit hours

Select two courses from the following:

  • HLH 201 - Health Problems of the Underserved (3 cr. hr.)
    may be used in HUS Issues, OR, used in Category 5 below
  • HLH 309 - Child Abuse (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 331 - Psychology of Children with Exceptionalities (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 334 - Psychology of Adulthood and Aging (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 431 - Psychology of Intellectual Disabilities and Autism (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 293 - Diversity and Inclusive Recreation Services (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 330 - Introduction to Therapeutic Recreation (3 cr. hr.)
  • SOC 365 - Sociology of Violence (3 cr. hr.)
  • SOC 373 - Deviant Behavior (3 cr. hr.)
  • SOC 463 - Criminology (3 cr. hr.)
C. Foundations and Tools of Human Services: 15 credit hours

Select one course from each of the following categories:

Category 1: Research and Statistical Tools
  • COM 230 - Statistical Methods (3 cr. hr.)
  • ECO 221 - Economic Statistics (3 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 201 - Statistics in Exercise Science (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 299 - Statistical Concepts and Applications for Health Sciences (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 391 - Epidemiology and Biostatistics (3 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 201 - Statistical Methods (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 201 - Statistical Methods (3 cr. hr.)
  • SOC 493 - Methods of Social Research I (3 cr. hr.)
Category 2: Public Policy
  • HLH 360 - Health Care Administration and Planning (3 cr. hr.)
  • HUS 430 - Social Welfare Institutions (3 cr. hr.)
  • POL 341 - Current Issues in Public Policy (3 cr. hr.)
  • SOC 430 - Social Welfare Institutions (3 cr. hr.)
Category 3: Management and Administration
  • COM 320 - Organizational Communication (3 cr. hr.)
  • MGT 250 - Principles of Management (3 cr. hr.)
  • POL 240 - Introduction to Public Administration and Public Policy (3 cr. hr.)
Category 4: Theories of Human Interaction
  • HLH 313 - Mental and Emotional Health (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 394 - Health-Related Behavior: Formation and Change (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 333 - Developmental Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 421 - Abnormal Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 486 - Counseling Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
Category 5: Issues in Prejudice and Discrimination
  • ANT 230 - Prejudice and Discrimination (3 cr. hr.)
    also listed as SOC 230
  • ANT 352 - U.S. Ethnic Identity and Conflict (3 cr. hr.)
    also listed as SOC 352 and AAS 361
  • HLH 201 - Health Problems of the Underserved (3 cr. hr.)
    may be used in Category 5, if NOT already used in HUS Issues
  • POL 110 - Politics and Multiculturalism (3 cr. hr.)
    also listed as AAS 120
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
  • CAP 100 - Introduction to Computer Applications (3 cr. hr.)
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