Human Services: Mental Health, AA

Room: E-Building, E-300/C-252

Phone: (718) 482-5774


This major provides a foundation for students in human services, social work, counseling and other fields. This major prepares students to transfer into Bachelor degree programs in social work, human services, psychology, or related disciplines. Human Service Professionals seek to empower individuals and communities, emphasize strengths and abilities, and foster human growth and development.

Are You Interested In...

  • Helping others?
  • Leading group activities?
  • Working in the community?
  • Pursuing a career in social work?

Skills You Will Learn

  • Empathic Skills
  • Listening Skills
  • Gathering and assessing client data
  • Preparing and maintaining service records
  • Utilizing community resources to address client needs

What makes this major unique?

The program incorporates intensive training in Motivational Interviewing (MI) in the curriculum. MI is an evidence-supported style of communication that is widely used within human services, social work and healthcare 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 care for chronic health conditions.

The Human Services program prepares students for careers in the clinical helping professions such as social work, mental health counseling, and paraprofessional jobs such as patient navigators, while Public and Community Health is intended for those interested in health education, public policy, and program development and evaluation.

Career Possibilities

Upon graduation, students can enter the field seeking positions as a Human Services/Social Services Assistant.  Common employers in the field of human services include social service agencies, hospitals,  group homes, daycare and afterschool programs, community based organizations, and government agencies.  

For those interested in social work, transfer to a bachelor’s program will be necessary.  Those with a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree can be licensed as entry-level practitioners.  A Master’s of Social Work (MSW) will be needed for advanced clinical practice (including mental health work), supervision, and many program administrator positions.

  • Assistant Caseworker
  • Patient Navigator 
  • Direct Service worker
  • Social Work Assistant 
  • Program Assistant
  • Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) Counselor
  • Social Work 
  • Community Organizing 
  • Community Health
  • Social Justice Advocate
  • Education
  • Youth development
  • Job Coach
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
  • Social Work Administration/Management (LMSW)
  • Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)
  • Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
  • Community Based Organization Leadership

Transfer Possibilities

  • CUNY School of Professional Studies – BA in Human Relations
  • Long Island University – BS in Health Sciences
  • John Jay – BS in Human Services (Justice Academy Dual Admission)
  • City Tech – BS in Human Services
  • York College – BS in Community Health Education
  • BS/BSW in Social Work
  • BS in Community Health
  • BS in Gerontology- BA/BS in Psychology
  • BS in Sociology
  • BS in Criminal Justice
  • BS in Public Administration
  • BA in Human Services
  • BA in Psychology

Additional Resources

Click here to download the complete Human Services Program Handbook.

Human Services Information Sheet

Degree Requirements

A. REQUIRED CORE: 12 credits

English: 6 credits

  • ENG101 English Composition I – 3 credits
    (or ENA101 depending on placement)
  • ENG102 Writing through Literature – 3 credits

Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning: 3 credits

Select one course from the following:

  • MAT107 Math in the Modern World
  • MAT123 Modern Problem Solving (Depending on placement)
  • MAT115 College Algebra and Trigonometry
  • MAT117 Algebra and Trigonometry (Depending on placement)
  • MAT120 Elementary Statistics
  • MAT119 Statistics with Elementary Algebra
    (Depending on placement scores)

Life and Physical Sciences: 3 credits

Select one course from the following:

  • SCB101 Topics in Biological Sciences
  • SCB206 Introduction to Neuroscience
  • SCC101 Topics in Chemistry
  • SCC102 Chemistry of Photography
  • SCP101 Topics in Physics
  • SCP105 Life in the Universe
  • SCP140 Topics in Astronomy

B. FLEXIBLE CORE: 18 Credits

Select one course from each of the five flexible core categories AND one additional course from any flexible core category.

  • World Cultures and Global Issues
  • US Experience in its Diversity
  • Creative Expression
  • Individual and Society
  • Scientific World


To complete the degree requirements from the Flexible Core, students are advised to take SSY101 General Psychology, a pre/co-requisite for HSS101 Introduction to Human Services and other program courses. Students are also encouraged to take SSP101 U.S. Power & Politics (US Experience in its Diversity) and SSS100 Introduction to Sociology (Individual and Society).


Courses Credits
Health Sciences: 6 Credits
HSF090 First Year Seminar for Health Sciences 0
SCH160 Health and Wellness 3
SCN195 Community Health (Urban Studies) 2
SCH196 Community Health Research (Urban Studies) 1
Human Services: 18 Credits
HSS101 Introduction to Human Services 3
HSS102 Social Policy and Social Welfare 3
HSS214 Social Gerontology 3
HSS216 Interviewing and Counseling 3
HSS290 Health and Human Services Seminar and Internship (Capstone) 3
HSS295 Community Organizing 3
Health and Human Services Electives: 6 Credits
Select two of the following:
HSS208 Human Services and Disabilities 3
HSS218 Group Interviewing and Counseling 3
SCD200 Introductory Nutrition 3
SCH150 Drugs and Behavior 3
SCH210 Human Sexuality 3
SCN194 HIV/AIDS, Science and Society 3
SCN240 Food and Culture 3

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