• Human Services

    The Human Services Program is based on interpersonal, multicultural, psychological, social and systems theories and their application throughout the helping process.

  • An Associate of Arts (AA) Degree in Human Services at LaGuardia prepares students for careers in mental health, social work, and other human services related fields. Our program provides a foundation for students to continue their education and training by earning a Bachelor’s degree in one of the many helping professions: human services, social work, disability studies, gerontology, and psychology.

    The courses focus on training students with the skills necessary to provide helping and supportive services to individuals, families, groups, and communities from diverse backgrounds. Human Service Professionals seek to empower individuals and communities, emphasize strengths and abilities, and foster human growth and development. While the goal of the program is to prepare student for transfer into Bachelor’s degree program, our graduates may also seek entry level professional employment positions in various settings, such as, group homes, after-school programs, shelters, senior centers, day care programs and community based organizations.

  •  About

    Program Philosophy

    • The Human Services Program is dedicated to providing foundational and experiential learning opportunities by faculty who model the competencies and values of human services.

    • Faculty engage students in collaborative learning environments to nurture and challenge students toward fulfilling their educational and career goals while fostering increased self-awareness and personal growth. Students are encouraged to become critical thinkers, learn inquiry and problem solving, and embrace global perspectives.

    • The program emphasizes integrative and reflective learning from experience and building foundations and skills for lifelong learning.

    • The curriculum fosters the integration of theory and practice to develop the essential oral, written and digital communication abilities necessary for further educational success and entry-level employment.

    • Assignments in the curriculum explore, demonstrate, practice and apply the knowledge, skills, techniques and values related to the field of human services.

    Program Goals

    • Provide students with a broad view of human services through an examination of institutions, service delivery systems and helping skills necessary for working with individuals, groups and communities at risk as well as the ethical and emotional challenges of working in the profession

    • Educate students in the fundamental concepts, skills, techniques, and intervention strategies needed for problem solving crisis intervention and providing social and emotional support to people from different cultural, ethnic, faith system and socio-economic backgrounds.

    • Provide students with an understanding of how communities are political action systems in developing grassroots human services and advocating for public human services.

    • Human services professionals empower, organize and participate in community decision- making processes, community planning and the development of human services, and community change techniques.

    • Increase students’ abilities to utilize self-awareness and reflection in working with individuals, families and communities at risk; as well as in providing self-care strategies.

    Program Faculty and Staff

    Human Services Handbook


    Advising Team

    In support of the LaGuardia’s mission to educate and graduate its students to become critical thinkers and socially responsible citizens, the College has undertaken a team approach toward advising, designed to support you in your major from orientation through graduation.

    Your advisement team, made up of faculty and professional advisors, will guide you at every step during your college career. They are ready to help you:

    • Explore your major
    • Select introductory and advanced courses
    • Connect you with campus support services
    • Prepare an educational and career plan

    Visit the Advising page to learn more about when to get advised and how to prepare for an advising appointment, and check out the Advising Calendar for information sessions, events and more.

    Human Services students with 0-29 credits are advised by Advising Services and students with 30 or more credits are advised by program faculty.

    Additionally staff members from various campus offices, including the Center for Career and Professional Development and the Wellness Center, are available to all students.

    Please feel free to reach out to these advisors if you have any questions or need assistance, and visit laguardia.edu/visit for directions to campus.

    Advising Team Staff Members Email Phone Office Location
    Carole Julien, Advising Services  cjulien@lagcc.cuny.edu  718-482-6006  B 100T
    Bipasha Dey, Advising Servicesbdey@lagcc.cuny.edu 718-482-5218 B 103D 

    Advising Team Faculty Members Email Phone  Office Location
    David Bimbi, PH.D., Human Services Program Director  dbimbi@lagcc.cuny.edu  718-482-5759  E 300W 
    Maureen Doyle, BA, MSW, CSW, Human Services Associate Professor mdoyle@lagcc.cuny.edu  718-482-5227  E 300T 
    Juline Koken, Ph.D., Human Services
    Assistant Professor
    jkoken@lagcc.cuny.edu718-349-4094 E 300CC 
    Dina Pilgrim, Human Services Fieldwork Coordinator and Adjunct Professor  dpilgrim@lagcc.cuny.edu  718-482-5774 E 300U 

     Career Opportunities

    Human service professionals are dedicated to helping those in need in a variety of settings, such as community based organizations, schools, afterschool programs, legislative offices, hospitals, city agencies and community-based organizations. Human Services Professionals seek to empower individuals and communities, emphasize strengths and abilities, and foster human growth and development.

    Human services with an A.A. degree are instrumentalists-they get things done. They have strong communication and interpersonal skills; demonstrate patience, understanding, responsibility, and care. Human service professionals act as advocates, and promote social justice by addressing social and economic inequalities among vulnerable populations of  children and families, the elderly, homeless individuals and families, immigrant populations, people with addictions, people with disabilities, people with mental illnesses, veterans, and people involved in the juvenile and criminal justice systems.

    Human service professionals demonstrate respect for diversity and seek to eliminate oppression and discrimination with respect to race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, political belief, religion, immigration status, and mental or physical disability. They follow the values and ethical codes outlined by the National Association of Social Work, Code of Ethics, 2008 and National Organization for Human Services, Ethical Standards for Human Services Professionals, 2015.

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     Curriculum Overview and Recommended Course Sequence

    Current Students

    Log in to the CUNY Portal to review your Degree Audit to find out what classes to take.

    Have questions about using Degree Audit? Visit LaGuardia’s Degree Audit page for tutorials and how-to guides.


    Prospective Students

    Review the Human Services Curriculum and the recommended course sequence below which includes recommended Flexible Core courses.

    First Year, Fall I

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    HSF090 First Year Seminar for Health Sciences Program Core
    ENG101 English Composition Required Core 3
    MAT120 Statistics Required Core 3
    SSY101* General Psychology Flexible Core: Scientific World 3
    SSS100* Introduction to Sociology  Flexible Core: Individual and Society
    SSS101* US Power and Politics  Flexible Core: US Experience in its Diversity 
    Session Credits 15
    Total Credits 15

    First Year, Spring I

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    ENG102 Writing and Literature Required Core
    HUC106* Public Speaking  Flexible Core: Creative Expressions 
    SCN195  Community Health  Program Core 
    SCN196  Community Health Research  Program Core 
    HSS101 Introduction to Human Services  Program Core 
    HSS102  Social Welfare and Social Policy  Program Core 
    Session Credits 15 
    Total Credits 30 

    Second Year, Fall I

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    SCB101* Topics in Biological Sciences Required Core 3
      Health Sciences Elective (SCH150, SCH210 or SCN194) Program Core 3
    SCH160 Health & Welness Program Core 3
    HSS214 Social Gerontology Program Core 3
    HSS216 Interviewing and Counseling program Core 
    Session Credits 3
    Total Credits 46

    Second Year, Spring I

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    SSA101 or SCN194* Cultural Anthropology or HIV/AIDS, Science and Society Flexible Core: World Cultures and Global Issues 3

    Various  Flexible Core any additional course  3
    HSS218 Group Interviewing and Counseling Program Core 3
    HSS290Health & Human Services Seminar Internship Program Core 
    HSS294 Community Organization Program Core 
    Session Credits 15
    Total Credits 60