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.
Program Faculty and Staff
Human Services Handbook
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:
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.
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.
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.
Review the Human Services Curriculum and the recommended course sequence below which includes recommended Flexible Core courses.
First Year, Fall I
First Year, Spring I
Second Year, Fall I
Second Year, Spring I
See flexible sequence for students with basic skills needs. For information about this program’s retention and graduation rate visit the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment website page.