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Associate of Arts

Course Offerings

This degree features a four-semester sequence, comprised of both class work and fieldwork, in which students explore up to three different internship opportunities. All students complete Purposes I and II, and then complete any 2 of the remaining Purposes III, IV, V, VI. The complete degree program requires 64 credits (four Purposes, as stated above). A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 is required to graduate. Students who successfully complete the requirements for graduation are eligible for further matriculation into the Bachelor's of Professional Studies in Human Services by requesting an application from the Registrar.

Associate of Arts Course Offerings

Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 Semester 4
Constructive Action and Purpose Dimension Self-Assessment and Preparation for Practice
(4 credits)
Promoting Empowerment through Professional Relationships
(4 credits)
Promoting Empowerment through Work in Groups
(4 credits)
Promoting Empowerment through Teaching and Communication
(4 credits)
Values & Ethics Dimension Contemporary Values & Classical Ethics
(3 credits)
Critical Thinking & Writing through the Study of Literature
(3 credits)
Group Values, Norms, and Morality
(2 credits)
Developmental & Comparative Study of Educational Philosophies
(2 credits)
Self & Others Dimension Human Biology and the Life Sciences
(3 credits)
Social & Developmental Psychology I
(3 credits)
Social & Developmental Psychology II
(3 credits)
Theories of Learning & Cognitive Development
(2 credits)
Systems Dimensions Introduction to Social Systems
(2 credits)
Social, Political, and Economic Aspects of Service Delivery Systems
(2 credits)
The Sociology of Group Behavior
(2 credits)
American Government
(3 credits)
Skills Computer Applications for Profit & Non-Profit Management
(3 credits)
Math for Human Services II
(2 credits)
Statistics for Group Analysis
(2 credits)
Statistics for Teaching & Communication
(2 credits)
Math for Human Services I
(0 credit)
Field Work   Practicum
(1 credit)
Practicum
(2 credits)
Practicum
(2 credits)
Credits 15 credits 15 credits 15 credits 15 credits

Semester 1

Self Assessment and Preparation for Practice (CON 111 CON) (2 credits)
Becoming a professional requires a commitment to life-long learning. The Constructive Action for the first semester concentrates on self assessment and planning for professional development as the cornerstone of the educational process and a first step in every professional relationship. A key concept, empowerment, is explored in practice, as students learn to assess and expand their own empowerment as learners and professionals.
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Purpose: Clinical Seminar: Introduction to the Constructive Action (SEM 111 PUR) (2 credits)
Integration of theory from other Dimension seminars into the Constructive Action and its documentation; clarification of professional goals, documentation and assessment; critical thinking and analysis.
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Values and Ethics: Contemporary Values and Classical Ethics (ETH CC 120) (3 credits)
Introduction to values including definition, sources, relation to social rules, clarification, conflicts and their resolution; empowerment and its roots in history; illustrations from literature and the other humanities.
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Self and Others: Human Biology and the Life Sciences (BIO CC 180) (3 credits)
This course presents human biology as a life science and covers health issues. Students learn how systems fail and what kinds of medical interventions can be successful. Current issues in the life sciences, including common human diseases, genetic engineering, stem cell research and the impact of humans on the planet's ecosystems are explored.
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Systems: Introduction to Social Systems (SOC 111 SYS) (2 credits)
Major social systems which impact on lives, including family, religion, community, education, and work.
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Skills A: Computer Applications for Profit and Non-Profit Management (MIS CC 130) (3 credits)
An introduction to Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access. Students are encouraged at the end of the course to seek Microsoft Office User Specialist (MOUS) certification. Students also become familiar with the use of the Internet for research.
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Skills B: Mathematics for Human Services I (MTH 111 SKI) (0 credits)
Mathematical reasoning and problem solving as a contribution to such professional capabilities as observing and assessing individuals and systems, presenting observations and assessments in quantitative form, and interpreting others' presentations.
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Semester 2

Promoting Empowerment through Professional Relationships (CON 121 CON) (2 credits)
In their second semester, students explore the factors that need to be considered as they work to build relationships which promote citizen and organizational empowerment. They will learn to analyze professional relationships within the context of the organization as a bureaucracy, and to identify and compare the diagnostic descriptions of the citizen provided by the citizen, by other participants in the service situation, and in the literature.
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Purpose: Clinical Seminar (SEM 122 PUR) (2 credits)
Integration of theory from other Dimension seminars into the Constructive Action and its documentation; analytical and communication skills. Students demonstrate, in the Constructive Actions performed in the field and simultaneously documented, how they have established professional relationships in order to provide and/or improve services to one or more citizens.
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Values & Ethics: Critical Thinking and Writing Through the Study of Literature (ENG CC 110) (3 credits)
This course uses the framework of Purpose-Centered Education to help you develop critical thinking and writing skills. You will develop these skills by learning to critically analyze sentences, to construct effective paragraphs, to use narrative (story telling) and argumentation as styles of writing and by learning to apply the MCNY Dimensional Analysis to works of literature.
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Self and Others: Social and Developmental Psychology I (PSY 121 SEL) (3 credits)
This course uses a life span approach to study the bio-psycho-social factors that affect human development and behavior at each life cycle stage (childhood, adolescence, adulthood and aging) to understand the resultant behavior and development from an ecological, strengths perspective.
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Systems: Social, Political and Economic Aspects of Service Delivery Systems (PSC 121 SYS) (3 credits)
Emphasis on the characteristics of bureaucracies in Human Services.
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Skills: Math for Human Services II (MTH 122 SKI) (2 credits)
Application of Mathematics to life; the Human Service workplace; emphasizes cooperative learning in collaborative exercises; inclusion of real data; graphing technology.
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Practicum (FLD 121 FLD) (1 credit)
All students are expected to be in a paid or volunteer human service position in which they can carry out a Constructive Action and confront the challenges involved in developing productive, professional relationships.
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Semester 3

Promoting Empowerment Through Work in Groups (CON 232 CON) (2 credits)
In this semester, student-practitioners will learn and apply concepts and skills that can be applied to work with families, learning groups in organizations, as well as service teams and other staff groups. They will study the ethical issues involved in group membership and non-membership, including issues of power, responsibility and integrity. They will study theory from sociology and social psychology relating to group behavior, concentrating on the role of family and other primary groups in the socialization process.
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Purpose: Clinical Seminar (SEM 232) (2 credits)
Integration of theory from other Dimension seminars into the Constructive Action and its documentation; analytical and communication skills.  For their Constructive Actions and documentations, students must identify a specific group to work with as human service practitioners. They will demonstrate the growing empowerment of individual members and of the group as a whole through their work together.
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Values and Ethics: Group Values, Norms, and Morality (PSY 231 VAL) (2 credits)
The social context for the formation of values and norms; stages of attachment and independence in groups; illustrations from literature and the other humanities.
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Self and Others: Social and Developmental Psychology II (PSY 231 SEL) (3 credits)
Interdisciplinary study of models of group interaction; comparison, evaluation and application of models; the influence of family and other primary groups; illustrations from literature and the other humanities.
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Systems: The Sociology of Group Behavior (SOC 231 SYS) (2 credits)
Ethnic and racial relations from an American and global perspective; intergroup conflict; racism and discrimination.
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Skills: Statistics for Group Analysis (MTH 231 SKI) (2 credits)
Introduction to statistical reasoning; collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data related to groups, public health, distribution of income, and census studies.
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Practicum (FLD 232 FLD) (2 credits)
At their field site and under supervision, students will be expected to lead a group, and to carry out a Constructive Action demonstrating growth of empowerment through the group.
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Semester 4

Promoting Empowerment Through Teaching and Communication
When empowerment is the aim of human service delivery, teaching is an essential part of effective, professional performance. As a basic human service function, teaching plays a part in every work and organizational relationship .
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Purpose: Clinical Seminar (CON 240 CON) (2 credits)
Integration of theory from other Dimension seminars into the Constructive Action and its documentation; analytical and communication skills. In each Constructive Action and documentation, the student must show that through teaching and communication, he/she has tried to increase empowerment for two or more citizens.
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Values and Ethics: Developmental and Comparative Study of Educational Philosophies (HIS 241 VAL) (2 credits)
Topics include the function of education, methods and special issues; examples from literature and the other humanities.
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Self and Others: Theories of Learning and Cognitive Development (PSY 242 SEL) (2 credits)
Genetic, developmental, and cultural factors that affect learning; comparison of traditional and nontraditional models; practical applications.
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Systems: American Government (GOV CC 150) (3 credits)
An analysis of current political systems with emphasis on the United States, including decision making under different ideologies, and how individual interests become positive or negative forces for group decisions, at local, national, and international levels. This course explores the structure and dynamics of American national government, providing a broad-based introduction to the ideas and institutions that shape politics in the contemporary United States.
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Skills: Using Introductory Statistics for Teaching and Communication (MTH 241 SKI) (2 credits)
Solve statistical problems and evaluate data from the Constructive Action by applying appropriate statistical concepts and methods.
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Practicum (FLD 242 FLD) (2 credits)
In their work or internship site, each student will be expected to identify a situation where they can work under supervision to promote the empowerment of two or more people by functioning as teacher and/or communicator.
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