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Social Services, A.S.


Program Description


An associate degree in Social Services from Union College prepares students for further academic training and entry into professional agencies focused on the helping professions. In addition to core subjects, Social Services degree students take Psychology and Sociology courses to develop a consistent foundation in these disciplines, which lead to basic understanding of human behavior and the needs of individuals and groups.

Assisting individuals or groups with a specific need or problem includes providing support and guidance, such as referral to social service agencies. Students with a Social Services degree from Union College may transfer to baccalaureate-granting institutions to pursue higher level degrees in Social Work, Psychology, or Sociology. Reciprocity agreements with undergraduate schools and colleges/universities with undergraduate and graduate levels frequently enable Union College students to transfer without having to take additional associate-level undergraduate classes.

Students with a Social Services degree from Union College may also participate in entry-level professional positions.

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  • Illustrate cultural sensitivity through course work and behavior that reflect entry level professional readiness;
  • Explain the origin and purpose of psychological and sociological theories;
  • Apply quantitative and qualitative methods used in sociological and psychological research;
  • Demonstrate information literacy through regular use of online technologies, i.e. learning management system, use of the college library to access database for scholarly journals, and writing assessment requiring basic APA methodologies;
  • Demonstrate critical thinking, problem solving ability and ethical thinking through effective communication;
  • Evaluate the various issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the field of Social Services. 

After Union College


Graduates can transfer to a bachelor’s degree-granting institution and are eligible to take advantage of the many transfer/articulation agreements Union College has with some of the top four-year colleges and universities in the country. See a transfer advisor for details.

Recommended Sequence


First Year


Second Year


Fall Semester


Semester Total: 13

Semester Total: 15

Total Program Credits: 60


* PSY or SOC 200-Level Elective (3 credits total):

PSY 204 - Lifespan Development  OR

PSY 205 - Child Psychology   OR

PSY 206 - Adolescent Psychology   OR

SOC 219 - Gender and Work   OR

SOC 273 - Marriage and the Family  

Milestone Courses


The milestones (in bold) identify critical courses for timely progress and the semester in which the course should be completed for on-time graduation.  Milestone course grades < 2.0 should be discussed with an advisor.

Career and Transfer Information