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Human Services

Helping people to help themselves is the common thread in Human Services, and the field is diverse and extensive. You may work in education, child care, social services, mental health, home health, or recreation. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, "The number of social and human service assistants is expected to grow by nearly 23 percent between 2008-2018, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. This is due in large part to the aging population and increased demand for mental health and substance abuse treatment."

Field Experience

As part of your four-credit internship you will work in a human service agency. This field work course enables you to work for a minimum of 135 hours in direct care helping people to help themselves

Degree Requirements

  • Human Services, A.A.S.
  • Human Services, A.S.
  • Human Services Certificate
  • Microcredential: Direct Service Provider I
    • HUMS 105  Introduction to Human Services
    • HUMS 107  Introduction to Disability Studies
    • HUMS 120  Direct Service Provider I Field Work
  • Microcredential: Direct Service Provider II
    • HLTH 206  Personal Health
    • HUMS 109  Case Management and Documentation
    • HUMS 121  Direct Service Provider II Field Work
  • Microcredential: Residential Aide
    Please contact admissions. Financial aid restrictions apply. Student must complete 50% of microcredential coursework at TC3 to earn credential.
    • ENGL 101   Academic Writing II      
    • HLTH 207 or HLTH208  Drug Studies or Alcohol & Alcoholism  
    • PSYC 103     Introduction to Psychology
    • CDSC 101 or HUMS 105 Introduction to Chemical Dependency Counseling or Introduction to Human Services    
    • CDSC 210 or HUMS 114 Group Counseling: Theory & Practice or The Process of Group Communication    

Careers on Career Coach

Our graduates work as teachers in child development programs, child care workers in group homes, caregivers, examiners in social service agencies, recreation specialists in geriatric settings, and caregivers in centers for children who are developmentally disabled, among other positions. Recent graduates have been employed by Catholic Charities, Cortland County Community Action Program, Cortland Migrant Outreach Program, Family and Children’s Services of Ithaca, Franziska Racker Centers, Mental Health Association, Tompkins County, J.M. Murray Center, Tioga Opportunities, Inc., Tompkins Community Action/Headstart, Tompkins County Youth Advocate Program, Inc. Learn more about related jobs: 

Program Chairs

Patty Tvaroha








Associate Professor, Human Services

Patty Tvaroha is a proud alumnus of Tompkins Cortland’s Human Services program. After graduating from Tompkins Cortland in 1998, Patty transferred to SUNY Cortland to become the first student to complete the two plus two articulation agreement and earn a BS in Human Services.

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When I was completing my undergraduate degrees in Recreation, Outdoor Management, and Leisure Commercial Management at Lock Haven University, I stumbled across a sign while rock climbing during spring break at Seneca Rocks in WV. It read, “Here ends the Realm of the Hiker...” As an Outdoor Educator and Associate Professor, I heed the message from this sign as I help people overcome their own challenges to experience something greater or more intense in the field of Recreation and Leisure Studies.

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Transfer Options

Recent transfer institutions include:

  • Binghamton University
  • SUNY College at Brockport
  • SUNY College at Canton
  • SUNY College at Cortland
  • Elmira College
  • Empire State College
  • SUNY College at Fredonia
  • Hunter College, City University of New York
  • Ithaca College
  • Keuka College
  • Syracuse University


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