Human Service Studies Major

The focus of the human services field is to help people, families and communities. This interdisciplinary program provides the knowledge and skills to work in a variety of settings.  Our students and alumni work with populations that include children and families, the elderly, immigrants, veterans, people with addictions, people with disabilities, people with mental illnesses, people who are/were incarcerated, or people who are homeless.  Our students take part in applied, experiential learning that includes service-learning projects and a one-semester field placement at a human service agency. The coursework and applied learning prepare our graduates for employment or graduate study. 

Career Potential

  • Case Worker
  • Case Management Aide
  • Family and Child Advocate
  • Community Outreach Worker
  • Child Care workers
  • Home Health Aide
  • Crisis Support Worker
  • Juvenile Court Liaison
  • Family Support Worker
  • Mental Health Aide
  • Adult Day Care Worker
  • Residential Counselors
  • Probation Officer
  • Social Service Liaison

What Will I Learn?

This major emphasizes the multidisciplinary nature of human services by focusing on the mastery of concepts, theory and research from fields such as health, psychology, sociology, and communication.  As a major, you will learn:

  • What factors contribute to the need for human service programs/interventions
  • How human service agencies and their programs address the needs of populations across the lifespan
  • How to interpret research and apply best practices in the prevention, intervention and treatment of complex social problems
  • Knowledge and skills that will help you to communicate effectively in the human services field
  • How to apply ethical principles in human services work

Special Features

  • Complete a field placement and culmination project in the field of human services

Get Involved

College is more than a classroom. Enhance your experience with extracurricular opportunities: Combine academic course work with out-of-class experiences that provide you direct contact with health and human service professionals. Such experiences include a well-developed internship program and independent study opportunities.

Student Club

  • Health Club

Honor Society

Eta Sigma Gamma

Next Steps

Contact Us

Office: Moffett Center, Room 101
Phone: 607-753-4225
Fax: 607-753-4226

Fast Facts

Get involved with a local human service issue or organization when you take the senior seminar.

Type of Degree

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Credit Hours: 124


We recognize excellence in our students with awards and scholarships.

  • Joseph F. Governali Award for Excellence in Health Education
  • Katherine Allen Whitaker Award
  • Charles N. Poskanzer Award
  • Human Service Studies Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement
  • Ross L. Allen Award
  • Leonard T. Gath Award

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