Associate in Science (A.S.)
Turn a passion for helping others into a career in community healthcare; family, child, and youth services; or nonprofit work. Facilitate change and improve lives for the people who need it most.
Career Outlook: Social Services
The employment rate of human and social service assistants is expected to increase 17 percent from 2020 to 2030. The rise in opportunities comes from the continued expansion of residential care facilities, new disability support programs, and additional social services for families in crisis. The human services degree program at FLCC prepares you for these emerging employment opportunities.
Human Services Program Overview
The A.S. in Human Services degree program is ideal if you like working with children, adolescents, persons with disabilities, seniors, or others who have specialized care needs. In this program you will develop skills for employment in community agencies providing health, education, and welfare services.
You can earn a bachelor’s degree from Cazenovia College at FLCC’s Geneva Campus Center. This partnership gives you access to specific Cazenovia classes and professors at SUNY tuition rates. This unique opportunity allows you to pursue upper-level courses for this degree without leaving the Finger Lakes region.
Several Human Services classes are held in technology-enhanced classrooms where you will benefit from small group sizes and cooperative learning exercises.
Flexible Hybrid Courses Available
Hybrid courses offer the best of both worlds by combining in-person classroom instruction with online learning activities. This flexible structure helps you study on your time and at your own pace. Learn more about FLCC hybrid learning.
Participate in Local Community Internships
Field placement and internship opportunities are readily available. In any given semester, the Human Services program partners with 25 different sites for internship placement. Some of these sites include:
- Hillside Children's Center
- Rape Crisis Centers
- County and State Funded Offices
- The Community Action Program
- The American Red Cross
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this degree program, students will:
- Practice case analysis skills using a range of classic and contemporary theoretical perspectives.
- Apply human services principles and ethics to address individual needs in the local community.
- Develop the cultural and personal self-awareness needed to practice human services respectfully and effectively.
- Demonstrate practical skills (e.g., interview and counseling techniques and written documentation) according to the legal and professional standards of human services.
Start your Career Immediately
Graduates of this program have started their social science careers as:
- residence counselors
- child caregivers
- daycare teachers
- resident advocates
Seamless Transfer Opportunities
Those transferring to baccalaureate degree programs in the areas of social work, special education, or psychology, have found success at the following institutions:
- Cazenovia College
- Keuka College
- Nazareth College
- St. John Fisher College
- SUNY Colleges at Brockport and Geneseo
81% of FLCC students receive scholarships and awards that help lower the cost of college. As a Human Services major, if you meet specific award criteria, you will be eligible for the following scholarships:
- Alice C. Southgate Home Bureau
- Bowen Family Memorial
For information on these scholarships, contact the FLCC Foundation.
The Human Services faculty hold advanced degrees and credentials in the field, bringing considerable expertise to the program. The faculty have experience in education, social work, and mental health, as well as clinical and agency experience. This creates a challenging and rewarding learning environment for you. The program is practical and experiential, as well as knowledge-based. The dedicated faculty members are here to help you achieve your academic and career goals in the field of Human Services.
"My career goal is to establish myself in a job that allows me to help improve the quality of life for others. FLCC's Human Services program is providing me the knowledge and skills I'll need for reaching my goal."