Human Services Minor (Department of Counseling)

Human Services Minor (Department of Counseling)


Description. The field of human service is broadly defined, uniquely approaching the objective of meeting human needs through an interdisciplinary knowledge base, focusing on prevention as well as remediation of problems, and maintaining a commitment to improving overall quality of life of service populations. Combining social work, counseling, psychology, sociology, and education, the field requires professionals to perform a variety of helping roles within the social service arena while maintaining a respect for diversity and knowledge of multicultural perspectives. The Human Service minor represents a concentrated program of study, with courses designed to develop an understanding of the basic tenets of the human service profession. They are intended to help students develop a better understanding of the challenges facing diverse and underserved populations in society who traditionally seek services from public, nonprofit, and private human service agencies.

Rationale. The courses are designed to help students acquire basic competencies, such as communication and professional helping skills, knowledge of counseling and human service theory, and a general awareness of the impact of race, ethnicity, gender, family, spirituality, government, education, and social systems on human growth and development in our society. Students will learn to assist others in a number of human service capacities including, problem resolution and prevention, advocacy, community resource management, and individual and community intervention. Students will develop an understanding of the history, philosophy, and methodology of the human service profession in our society.

Credits. 18

Minor coordinator. Spring 2018: Professor Katherine Stavrianopoulos, Department of Counseling and Human Services (212-237-8146,
Fall 2018: Professor Mickey Melendez, Department of Counseling and Human Services (212.237.8101,

Prerequisites. ENG 201, PSY 101. ENG 201 fulfills the Required Core: English Composition category and PSY 101 fulfills the Flexible Core: Individual and Society of the College’s general education program.

Requirements. A maximum of two courses can overlap with a student’s major, other minor or program.

PART ONE. REQUIRED COURSES                          Subtotal: 9 credits

CSL 150 Foundations of Human Service Counseling
CSL 233 Multicultural Issues in Human Services
CSL 235 Theories and Interventions in Human Services

PART TWO. ELECTIVES                                                         Subtotal: 9 credits

**At least one course must be taken at the 300 level.

CSL 210 Peer Counseling Training
CSL 211 Peer Counseling Practicum
CSL 220 Leadership Skills 
CSL 227 Families: Stress, Resiliency and Support Systems
CSL 230 Case Management in Human Service
CSL 260 Gender and Work Life
CSL 280 Selected Topics in Counseling and Human Service
CSL 342/PSY 342 Introduction to Counseling Psychology
CSL 363 Vocational Development and Social Justice in Human Services
CSL 381/382 Fieldwork in Human Service 
CSL 389 Independent Study

Interdisciplinary Studies Program (ISP) - A designated number of interdisciplinary studies courses can be used to complete requirements when appropriate to the topic of human service. Contact the ISP Department (Room 6.65.00 NB) for details about courses, and consult with the Human Service minor coordinator before registering.

Total: 18 credits
Last Updated: 2/23/17