The Concentration in Human Services (CHS) is a comprehensive educational program that prepares students to work in human services. Graduates work with children, youth and adults who are disadvantaged or have special needs. They work in, for example, children’s homes, criminal justice agencies, runaway and domestic violence shelters, nursing homes, day treatment centers, and community-based residences. Graduates also work in social justice and preventative settings and have gone on to graduate programs in fields such as social work, school and mental health counseling, law, special education, criminal justice, and international human rights. Some of the main features of the Concentration in Human Services are three supervised field education internships, staying together as a group throughout the educational process, and an emphasis on arts and recreation.

Applications for admission to the CHS are available in the Department of Sociology and on the Sociology website under the Concentration in Human Services.  Applicants must be current or accepted SUNY New Paltz students and have completed 30 credits of college-level courses with a minimum GPA of 3.0.  CHS applications must be submitted by March 15 (for fall enrollment) or October 15 (for spring enrollment).

Note: A minimum grade of C- is required for courses to count toward the Sociology major

Note: A minimum grade of C- is required for courses to count toward the Sociology major.

The Concentration in Human Services consists of courses offered consecutively during the student's junior and senior years.  Students must take SOC350 Introduction to Human Services prior to or as a co-requisite with SOC443 Human Services Theory & Practice I and SOC480 Fieldwork in Human Services I.  SOC350 Introduction to Human Services is offered fall, spring, and summer while SOC443 Human Services Theory & Practice I and SOC480 Fieldwork in Human Services I are offered in the spring semester only.

Required Sociology Courses (16 Credits)
SOC100Intro To Sociology 3
SOC220Social Inequality in the United States 3
SOC303Sociological Theory 3
SOC306Research Methods 4
SOC350Introduction to Human Services 3
Sociology Electives (12 Credits)
Select, by advisement, four Sociology (SOC) electives12
Human Services Concentration Core (9 Credits)
SOC443Human Services Theory and Practice I 3
SOC444Human Services Theory and Practice II 3
SOC445Human Services Theory and Practice III 13
Field Education Courses (12 Credits)
SOC480Fieldwork in Human Services I4
SOC481Fieldwork in Human Services II4
SOC482Fieldwork in Human Services III4
Arts and Recreation Courses (5 Credits)
Select, by advisement, two approved courses in Arts and Recreation. These hands-on courses will provide students with a variety of modalities.5
Cognate Courses (6 Credits)
Select two courses, by advisement, in departments that offer courses related to Human Services6
Total Credits60

This eight-semester plan (see important details) is intended to guide a first-year student through a four-year undergraduate career, with completion of an academic major and all college-wide degree requirements. The plan is designed as an advising tool – a starting point for careful discussions between a student and his/her academic adviser. In consultation, the student and adviser will adjust the plan to accommodate the student’s prerequisite needs, transferred credits, and other such variables.

Students are responsible for reviewing their Progress Reports each semester to track their own progress toward degree requirements.

Eight-Semester Plan
Year 1
FallCredits
Gen Ed: Composition (COMP) 3
Gen Ed: Mathematical Inquiry (MATH) 3
Gen Ed: World Civilizations and Cultures (WRLD) 3
Gen Ed: ART 1 3
Elective 3
 Credits15
Spring
Gen Ed: Composition (COMP) 3
Gen Ed: Humanities (HUM) 3
Gen Ed: Western Civilization (WEST) 3
SOC100 Intro To Sociology (SSCI) 3
Elective 3
 Credits15
Year 2
Fall
Gen Ed: Foreign Languages (FLNG) 3
Gen Ed: Natural Sciences (NSCI) 3
SOC220 Social Inequality in the United States ( (USST)) 3
Upper-division CHS Cognate 3
Elective 3
 Credits15
Spring
Gen Ed: Foreign Languages (FLNG) 3
Gen Ed: Natural Sciences (NSCI) 3
Upper-Division Major Elective 3
Electives 6
 Credits15
Year 3
Fall
SOC350 Introduction to Human Services ( (DIVR)) 3
SOC306 Research Methods 4
Upper-division Sociology elective 3
Upper-division Sociology elective 3
Upper-division CHS Cognate (if needed) 3
 Credits16
Spring
SOC443 Human Services Theory and Practice I 3
SOC480 Fieldwork in Human Services I 4
SOC303 Sociological Theory 3
Upper-division Sociology elective 3
CHS Arts and Recreation 3
 Credits16
Year 4
Fall
SOC444 Human Services Theory and Practice II 3
SOC481 Fieldwork in Human Services II 4
CHS Arts and Recreation (if needed) 2
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credits15
Spring
SOC445 Human Services Theory and Practice III ( (WI)) 3
SOC482 Fieldwork in Human Services III 4
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credits13
 Total Credits120