Human Services (A.S.)

The Human Services degree prepares you to assist people with social, behavioral or mental health problems.

Students in this program aspire to be counselors, advocates, program supervisors and agency executives in the wide variety of Human Service fields. Internships are a critical part of the learning experience and the program offers opportunities as varied as the goals of our students.

As a Human Services graduate, you will be prepared to transfer to four-year colleges to major in social work, psychology, sociology, public policy or creative arts therapy. Graduates also are sought after by community agencies for positions that range from direct care to those with management responsibilities.

A significant percentage of graduates continue their education in pursuit of bachelor's degree and beyond, while others enter the workforce immediately following completion of the A.S. degree. The college has several well-established articulation agreements for this program.

This program is offered by the Human Services and Chemical Dependency Counseling Department.

  • General Information
    Includes: Program Description, Entrance Requirements, Course Requirements

Program Highlights

  • The program has a transfer agreement with Cazenovia College that allows students to pursue a bachelor's degree in Human Services on the Hudson Valley campus after they complete their associate's degree.
  • The program has an excellent reputation in the Capital Region human services community and many current human service workers are graduates of the Hudson Valley program.
  • This program provides one semester in the first year and two semesters in the second year of field training in settings such as: mental health clinics, social services agencies, homes for the older adult, child care institutions and public schools.


Career opportunities exist in a variety of human service settings. Graduates can work with the elderly, the developmentally disabled or those working to overcome drug and alcohol addiction, among other settings. Career titles include: Human Service Assistant, Daily Living Specialist, Group Home Worker, Addictions Counselor, Case Aide, Adolescent Counselor.

Recent employers have included:

Albany City School District
Albany County Department of Social Services
Catholic Charities
Center for Disability Services
CEO Youth Build
COARC Services for People with Disabilities
Hudson Mohawk Recovery
Living Resources
New Meadow Preschool
NYS Office of Mental Health
Rehabilitation Support Services
Rensselaer County ARC.
RSS, Inc.
Samaritan Hospital
Saratoga Bridges
St. Ann's Institute
Teresian House for the Elderly
Trinity Institution, Inc.
Upstate Case Management Services

Salaries vary based on position and degree attainment. Here are median salaries taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of 2012): Social and Human Service Assistants, $28,200; Substance Abuse Counselors, $38,120.

For more information regarding this program, please contact:

Maryanne Pepe
Department Chairperson
Human Services and Chemical Dependency Counseling Department
Brahan Hall, Room 008
(518) 629-7341

For more information about admission to this program, please contact:

Admissions Office
Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 223
(518) 629-7309

Mission Statement

The mission of the Human Services department is to provide students with theory and practical skills in two areas: general Human Services and Chemical Dependency Counseling. Students are prepared for transfer to baccalaureate programs and/or for employment in the field.