• 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 provides a foundation for students to continued education and training in Bachelor degree programs in community health, healthcare administration, healthcare information management, human relations, human services, social work, disability studies, gerontology, and others. Human Service Professionals seek to empower individuals and communities, emphasize strengths and abilities, and foster human growth and development.

  • Our Human Services program focuses on training students with the skills necessary to provide culturally competent helping and supportive services to individuals, families, groups, and communities from diverse backgrounds. Our program specifically incorporates intensive training in Motivational Interviewing (MI) in our individual and group interviewing and counseling courses. MI is an evidence supported style of communication that is widely used within human services, social work and community health due to its effectiveness in supporting people in making difficult changes such as reducing or stopping substance use, adhering to medications, changing diet and exercise, and retaining in care for chronic health conditions. MI is an autonomy-supportive approach that engages the person in considering their own reasons for making changes in their behaviors to enhance their health and well-being.

    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. The Human Services program also prepares students for employment in support positions (e.g., health navigator, patient navigator, community health worker) in healthcare settings.

    Program Mission Statement

    The Human Services Program at LaGuardia Community College prepare students for careers that focus on helping people and communities to solve problems and be catalysts for change.

    The Human Services Program:

    • Provides a solid foundation in the principles, theories and skills needed to be effective human services professionals who promote the values and ethics of working with diverse populations and respect the dignity of all individuals, families and communities.
    • Prepares students for entry-level positions in the helping professionals, and to continue their education at the baccalaureate level.
    • Increases students' abilities and use of technology in order to provide quality services for individuals, families, and communities.
    • Engages students as proactive learners and preparing them to be life-long learners.

    Program Goals

    The Human Services Program at LaGuardia Community College goals are designed to fulfill the mission of the college and Council for Standards in Human Services Education recommendations.

    • To 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.
    • To 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.
    • To provide students with an understanding of how communities are political action systems in developing grassroots human services and advocating for public human services.
    • To empower our students at Human Services professionals to organize and participate in community decision- making processes, community planning and the development of human services, and community change techniques.
    • To 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.

    Internship Requirement

    The Human Services Program culminates with the Health & Human Services Internship course. This experiential learning experience challenges students to apply acquired competencies, skills and concepts in real world human services settings to enhance their ability to compete in the dynamic labor market while preparing them for advanced level of study at a 4-year college.

    The internship course is only offered during the 12-week semester and requires one full day of work a week in a human-services setting. The internship course requires weekly reading and writing assignments as well as ePortfolio activities. Students who are unable to commit to one day a week during the 12-week term should consult with the Program Director at least one semester in advance to review options (e.g., summer volunteer work, beginning placement early with fewer hours required per week) for successful completion of the required internship in their final semester.

    Hybrid Learning & ePortfolio

    Many of the courses in the Human Services Program are offered as hybrid and will meet for two hours at a time. Students are expected to complete online learning assignments on their own time by given deadlines. Hybrid learning and ePortfolio help foster personal and professional growth in preparation for transfer.

    Evening Program

    Not all courses in the Human Services Program are offered every semester in the evening hours. Students should consult with their Human Services Faculty advisor to plan accordingly.

    • Evenings every term – SCN195 and the Health Science Electives (SCH150, SCH210, SCN194)
    • Fall I – HSS214, HSS216
    • Fall II – HSS101, SCH160, SCN196
    • Spring I – HSS102, HSS218, HSS290 and HSS295
    • Spring II – SCH160, SCN196

    Suggested sequence to complete program taking evening only courses

    • Year 1: Fall II – HSS101; Spring I – HSS102 & HS Elective; Spring II – SCN195 & SCN196
    • Year 2: Fall I – HSS214 & HSS216; Fall II – SCH160; Spring I – HSS218, HSS290 & HSS295

    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 Advising Team is made up of faculty, professional and peer advisors. They 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.

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    Career Profile

    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.

    Explore career possibilities on Career Connect.

    Transfer Opportunities

    Visit the Articulation Agreements page to learn more about transfer opportunities.

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    Current Students
    Log in to My LaGuardia 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 curriculum.

    Please note: Students will be held to the program and degree requirements of the year that they enter the College, unless the student changes their major in a different academic year. In that case, the student will be held to the current year requirements as listed in the catalog. Learn more.

    Degree Map
    Use the Degree Map and DegreeWorks to assist in academic planning and creating your own graduation plan in ePortfolio. See a full list of Flexible Core courses on the Pathways page.

    For information about this program’s retention and graduation rate visit the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment website page.

    Human Services Information Sheet

    Click here to download the complete Human Services Program Handbook.