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Human Services

Human Services

The Human Services Certificate Program is designed to prepare students for employment at human service agencies serving children and adolescents, refugees, immigrants, veterans, mental and physical health clients, disabled, the elderly and families.

The certificate program is further designed to expose students to a variety of theoretical, as well as practical, human service skills and concepts in order to meet the demands of the workplace. It is expected that students completing the certificate program will be familiar with, and able to apply, an understanding of human behavior, a variety of communication skills and a diversity of therapeutic approaches to their chosen clientele.

Students who successfully complete the Human Services Certificate Program may apply their credits seamlessly into the Associate in Arts degree program in Social Science, as well as General Studies. In addition, the coursework can be coupled with many other degrees.

Program Competencies

Upon Completion of the Human Services Certificate, students will be able to:

  • effectively communicate with clients, support personnel and other human service professionals;
  •  practice standards and conduct acceptable for human service professionals;
  • demonstrate an understanding counseling techniques, concepts and applications;
  • Integrate human services coursework with practical field experience. 


Total Degree Credits: 27.0

First Year, Fall Semester
HU 100 - Human Interaction Credit Hours: 3
HU 101 - Human Services II Credit Hours: 3
EN 110 - College Composition Credit Hours: 3
PS 100 - General Psychology Credit Hours: 3

First Year, Spring Semester
HU 102 - Introduction to Helping Relationships Credit Hours: 3
HU 103 - Human Services IV Credit Hours: 3
PS 202 - Abnormal Psychology Credit Hours: 3
SO 100 - Introduction to Sociology Credit Hours: 3
Social Science Elective Credit Hours: 3

Select one from the following:
PS 101 - Skills for Effective Parenting Credit Hours: 3
PS 201 - Developmental Psychology Credit Hours: 3 
SO 202 - Sociology of the Family Credit Hours: 3

Available At:

City Campus
North Campus
South Campus

Pre-Admission Recommendations:

HS or HSE Diploma

Career Opportunities/Further Education:

Human Service Agencies Serving Children, Adolescents, the Elderly and Families
Gainful Employment Information

Hegis Code:


Curriculum Code:



Liberal Arts
Human Services

Need Help?

Human Services

Laurie Berkshire
City Campus
Room 401
121 Ellicott Street
Buffalo, NY 14203
P: (716) 270-2924
Victoria Cooke
North Campus
Room K109
6205 Main Street
Williamsville, NY 14221
P: (716) 270-2977
Carl Stokes
South Campus
Room 4104C
4041 Southwestern Blvd.
Orchard Park, NY 14127
P: (716) 270-2679