Human Services - Liberal Arts and Sciences

Associate in Arts Degree (A.A.)

The Human Services: Pre-Social Work program offers a multidisciplinary foundation for those considering Social Work or other related careers. Candidates develop theoretical and practical knowledge and are well prepared for transfer to four-year colleges and universities.

A.A. Human Services: Pre-Social Work

An Option within Liberal Arts and Sciences


Historically the system of Human Services responded primarily to the needs of the poor. Today the system is quite diverse and responds to many human needs. A limited list of areas of need would include drug and alcohol rehabilitation, community mental health, school social services, domestic violence, hospitals and corrections. Services can be provided through several techniques, such as case work, group work and community organization.

The Human Services option allows the student a specialization in various areas of social welfare. The course material provides an understanding of the values and principles of professional practice, a study of how policies are formed and implemented, and a realization of the various human needs which develop in modern societies and how they are responded to by human service agencies and providers. In addition, opportunities exist for students to do volunteer work with local agencies. Students are advised by faculty in the Sociology, Economics and Anthropology Department.

Articulation Agreements

Students should check with the Transfer Office about articulation agreements with this program.

General Education Foundation
English Composition I
English Composition II
Speech Fundamentals
Probability and Statistics
Mathematics Elective
Laboratory Science Electives
Social Science6
Principles of Sociology
General Psychology
Choose from 3 General Education course list
History of the African-American Experience
History of American Women
Contemporary Social Issues - America As a Diverse Society
General Education Foundation Credits45
Human Services Core
SOC-130Introduction to Social Welfare and Human Services3
SOC-131Human Needs and Social Services3
PSY-229Community Mental Health3
SOC-209The Family3
SOC-240Social Policy and Politics3
Human Services Core Credits15
Total Credits60

Dr. Jill Schennum
Chairperson, Sociology, Economics and Anthropology
Professor, Sociology
Ph.D., Graduate Center, CUNY
M.Ed., Rutgers University
M.A., Boston University
B.A., Carleton College
DH 317   973-328-5610

Dr. Gianmarco Savio
Assistant Professor, Sociology
Program Coordinator, Human Services: Pre-Social Work
Ph.D., M.A., Stony Brook University
B.A.,Lewis and Clark College
DH 335   973-328-5606


Course usage information

HMS-215. Introduction to Social Welfare and Human Services. 3 Credits.

LECT 45 hrs
An introduction to the goals, values and philosophy of social work as a profession. Examines the relationship between attitudes and values, economic, political and cultural conditions, and the evolution of social welfare services focusing attention on the historical developments of social services in the United States. Provides understanding of the basic elements of the client-worker relationship.

Course usage information

HMS-216. Human Needs and Social Services. 3 Credits.

LECT 45 hrs
This course presents a conceptual framework through which human behavior is systematically understood. It explores the needs of people as determined by their biological and psycho/social growth and development, and by their special relationship to society and its problems. The means by which these needs can be met by the social welfare system also are presented.