Human Services Management (BS)

BS Degree – Code #2153

Michael Cobb, Program Coordinator

Email address: cobbmj@alfredstate.edu

The baccalaureate degree (BS) program in human services management prepares workers who, as generalists, can work with clients in a wide range of human services agencies and also can employ sound management practices. This interdisciplinary program not only prepares students to offer direct service to clients but also prepares them in the basics of program management and supervision. The program requires students to take lower- and upper-level courses in the human services, and additional courses in management, accounting, and leadership. An upper-level internship of 400 or more hours in a public or private human services agency is required.

PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

  1. Apply critical thinking skills in the context of professional practices.
  2. Perform the basic operations of personal computer use, as well as employ basic research techniques to locate, evaluate and synthesize information from a variety of sources.
  3. Communicate effectively and appropriately in oral and written forms.
  4. Apply a core set of management skills in human resources, finance, operations, and leadership.
  5. Apply a core set of generalist practice skills in planning, implementing, and evaluating client interventions, which include case management, information and referral, community organization and outreach.
  6. Adhere to professional ethical standards and value diversity in all areas of practice including the supervised field practicum, academic experiences, and community involvement.
  7. Analyze and design intervention strategies to improve social policies impacting client systems at individual, organizational, and societal levels.
  8. Enter into professional Human Services employment at the bachelor's level, or graduate level education in the helping professions.
  9. Synethize and apply a solid liberal arts and social sciences foundation in critical thinking, oral and written communication, and self-directed learning.

FUTURE EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Graduate level programs in areas including human services, human services administration, social work, social work administration, business administration, business administration - non-profit and government, and public administration.

OCCUPATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

EMPLOYMENT STATISTICS

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects demand for bachelor-prepared human services professionals to grow faster than average through the next decade, especially in rural areas which already face a significant shortage of human services professionals. Depending on location, starting salary will typically range from $35,000 to $45,000.

RELATED PROGRAMS

Human Services

Business Administration

Liberal Arts & Sciences: Social Science

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

In Field Practicum (HUSR 5314) students complete 400 hours of a management-focused internship. Internship opportunities exist with a number of local and regional human services agencies including, but not limited to, ACCORD Corp., Adelphoi Behavioral Sciences, Alfred Montessori School, Allegany County ARC, Allegany County Department of Health, Allegany Department of Social Services, Allegany County Office for the Aging, Allegany Rehabilitation Associates, Inc., Catholic Charities, Hillside Children's Services, Hornell Area Concern for Youth, St. James Mercy Healthcare, Trapping Brook House, and the YMCA of Hornell.

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS/RECOMMENDATIONS

Required: Algebra, SAT and/or ACT scores with a recommended combined SAT score of 1,000 (critical reading and math) or a composite ACT score of 21