The Human Services curriculum has been designed to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to work with people in a variety of helping relationships. The integration of coursework from the fields of psychology, sociology and education provides and excellent basis for students wishing to continue their education in human services, education, psychology, sociology or social work.
Graduates may also wish to seek employment in human service aide positions in educational, rehabilitation and other social service institutions.
- To acquaint students with the human services profession in general and with the particular agencies, programs, and careers included within this designation.
- To introduce students to the stages of intellectual, emotional, and social development an individual experiences as he/she moves through childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and old age.
- To familiarize students with recognized exceptionalities in individual development and with group pathologies (racial discrimination, gender bias, etc.) that can affect an entire society.
- To review the principles and practices that allow married couples to succeed as partners, parents, productive workers, and neighbors.
- To show students how and why certain counseling theories and techniques lead to interventions that markedly improve the psycho-social lives of individuals and families.
- To explain thoroughly how controlled substances of various types alter mood and behavior in those who abuse them and adversely impact society as a whole.
The Human Services major is part of Lackawanna’s Accelerated Part-Time program, which allows students to obtain an associate degree in a little over two years on a part-time basis.