Human Services and Community Justice Major Resources

Human Services and Community Justice Major Resources

The Human Services and Community Justice major is designed to train students in the theory and practice of human services. Students in this major will progress through required core courses designed to prepare them to become self-reflective, competent, and compassionate practitioners, change agents, advocates, and community leaders. Subsequently, through multidisciplinary, methods, and elective courses, students will continue to develop a rich appreciation for diverse human systems and interventions, justice and advocacy, and policy and administration promoting a “just” society.


Upon graduation from the program, students will find that they are well prepared to enter advanced degree programs specializing in direct human services such as counseling, community psychology, social work, and public health. They will also have a strong foundation in advocacy work such as community labor, human and political rights, policy analysis, urban affairs and public administration.

Here you will find:
● Key information about your major
● How and when to meet with your major advisor
● Planning tools that will help you track your progress in the major
● Ways to explore career opportunities related to the HSCJ major
Take a few moments to look at the information below. It will help you plan effectively and avoid surprises during your studies at John Jay.
HSCJ Requirements

Major Requirements

You are responsible for the major requirements that were in effect when you declared the major. To confirm the requirements you should be following, go to the Undergraduate Bulletin for that academic year. For example, if you declare the Human Services and Community Justice major in Fall 2018 or Spring 2019, you would click on the 2018-2019 Undergraduate Bulletin. If you declared the major and then left the College for more than one full semester, you’re responsible for the major requirements in effect when you return, if they have changed. Not sure when you declared the major? Find out here.
Below, find the Undergraduate Bulletin that was in effect when you declared the major.

HSCJ Courses That Meet General Education Requirements

Each of the following HSCJ courses can count toward your major requirements and toward your General Education requirements:
World Cultures: ANT 101 (Foundation Course option), ANT 208
U.S. Experience in its Diversity: CSL 260, LLS 241, SOC 213
Individual & SocietyPSY 101 (Foundation Course option), SOC 101 (Foundation Course option)
Learning from the Past: AFR 204
Note: The Human Services and Community Justice major is interdisciplinary and therefore allows you to take courses in a wide range of departments. While it’s acceptable to use major courses in order to meet General Education requirements, we encourage you to seek out interesting ways to meet requirements that don’t necessarily involve overlapping courses.


Major Advising

Major Advising in Fall/Spring


Major Advising in Summer/Winter

Human Services and Community Justice major advising is being done remotely in Summer 2022. Students can email Prof. Taylor ( to request an appointment or see her appointment schedule via her personal availability link ( Prof. Taylor is happy to arrange Zoom appointments, since that method is the easiest way to share information. She is also open to telephone access to Zoom appointments, if desired. 

HSCJ Major Advisor:
Prof. Betty Taylor
Please note that Professor Taylor will be unavailable from July 7-July 13. Students who need HSCJ advising during that time can email Professor Shoot  (
Once you have declared the HSCJ major, Prof. Taylor will email you several times a year with detailed information about the courses available in the upcoming semester.  You will also be signed up for the departmental ListServ to keep you in touch with field education opportunities, winter and summer courses, and other departmental events.


Registration and Major Holds


Sophomores with 45-59 credits may have a hold on their registration. The hold will be removed when they have a major advising appointment with Prof. Taylor ( This discussion will encourage wise planning and allow students to ask any questions they may have about the major. How do you know if you have a major hold? Go to CUNYfirst and complete the following steps:


  1. Check the Holds box of your CUNYfirst Student Center. If "Advisement Required" appears, click on “details.”



  1. Click on “Advisement Required.”

  1. See which type of advisement you need. If you must see a major advisor, then make a major advising appointment following the steps preferred by this department.



Plan Ahead: Graduate on Time

Avoid Course Planning Mistakes!

To stay on track in the HSCJ major, keep the following guidelines in mind:
  • Complete your math foundation requirement in your first year. The HSCJ major requires MAT 108 or higher as a prerequisite.
  • Complete your other foundational course for the major as soon as possible by taking one of the following courses: ANT 101 or PSY 101 or SOC 101.
  • Take CHS 150 as soon as possible, since it provides an introduction and is a prerequisite for many of the courses in the major.
  • Look ahead in the major to be aware of any course prerequisites and preferred sequences.  For example, here is one recommended sequence for some of the core courses: CHS 150 + AFR 145 → CHS 230→ AFR 227 + CHS 235 → CHS 310
  • The Department of Counseling and Human Services offers a wide selection of elective courses in Category A, Category B, and Category C.  You must select one course in each category. Discuss your options with your major advisor.
  • The HSCJ major requires two field education placements (a total of 300 hours).  You will need to sign up one year in advance.  Meet with the Field Education Coordinator to discuss placement options.

Monitor Your Progress in the Major (Major Checklist, Sample 4 yr Plan)

  • DegreeWorks degree audit - Use this online planning tool to track your overall progress toward graduation. You will see which of your general education and major requirements are completed, in progress, or still needed.  Refer to the DegreeWorks FAQs to better understand how to use this helpful tool.


  • Major Requirement Worksheet - Fill out this printable worksheet to keep track of which major requirements you have completed and which ones you still need.

  • Sample Four Year Plan - See an example of how you could complete all your degree requirements (major, general education, electives) and graduate in four years! Remember that this sample plan shows just one possible way to combine your requirements. Transfer students in particular should work with advisors to determine a plan that works best for them.

Meet with a General Academic Advisor

A General Academic Advisor will confirm what general academic requirements you still need, make suggestions about smart course planning that will help you graduate without delays, discuss your interest in adding a minor or second major, inform you about opportunities such as study abroad, discuss general questions and concerns, and make helpful referrals. Visit the Academic Advisement Center's webpage for more information.


HSCJ and Careers


In contemporary life, where issues of social, racial, gender and economic justice shape the challenges encountered by diverse and underserved communities, there is a growing need for competent and compassionate professionals to work with these populations. Opportunities within the category of "community and social service employment” are expected to be "very favorable"  as the number of human services workers are projected to grow “faster than average” for all occupations through 2024 (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2015).
The rationale for this anticipated job growth is attributed to:
  • the need for services to help address problems related to mental illness, poverty, developmental disabilities, substance abuse, domestic violence, child abuse, and other psycho- social-economic issues impacting contemporary society


  • the escalating need for childcare, elder home care and senior citizen services

  • a documented trend of deinstitutionalization, which leaves many who are chronically ill left to their own devices and in desperate need of community support services

  • increasingly flexible sentencing guidelines, which favor alternative programs over prison time. This shift has increased the need for community-based social service treatment programs and human service professionals trained to provide support for these targeted populations

Top Ten Reasons to Major in HSCJ

As an HSCJ major, you will:

1. Work towards a career in which employment is steadily increasing.

2. Make a difference in the lives of others and in your community.

3. Find immeasurable joy and satisfaction that comes from this meaningful work.

4. Advocate for society’s most vulnerable and underrepresented.

5. Engage in work that celebrates diversity and difference.

6. Take classes with knowledgeable and supportive faculty.

7. Gain valuable work experience through required internships.

8. Address issues of injustice in prisons and the criminal justice system.

9. Prepare for advanced degrees in social work, counseling, and community service.

10. Transform society toward greater gender, racial, ethnic, and economic equality.

Serving Diverse Populations

As a Human Services and Community Justice major, you can expect to work with:
Foster an appreciation for diverse human systems
Carry out community-based approaches to justice, advocacy, leadership, policy making, and administration
Children and families
Ensure that children live in safe homes
Help parents advocate for resources for their children, such as food stamps or childcare
The elderly
Help clients stay in their own homes and live under their own care whenever possible
Coordinate meal deliveries, provide a range of services according to the clients' needs, or help look for residential care facilities
People with disabilities
Locate rehabilitation services that aid clients
Work with employers to make a job more accessible to people with disabilities.
Find personal care services to help clients with daily living activities, such as bathing and making meals
People with addictions
Locate rehabilitation centers that meet clients' needs
Find support groups for people who are dependent on alcohol, drugs, gambling, or other substances or behaviors
Help people who have been discharged from the military adjust to civilian life
Assist with practical needs, such as locating housing, applying skills gained in the military to civilian jobs, and navigating the services available to veterans
People with mental illnesses
Help clients find the appropriate resources to help them cope with their illness
Find self-help and support groups to provide clients with an assistance network
Find personal care services or group housing for those with more severe mental illnesses
Help clients adjust to living in a new country
Locate jobs and housing
Find ESL programs or legal assistance
Formerly incarcerated people
Find job training or placement programs to help clients reenter society
Assist in finding housing and beneficial programs
Homeless people
Help clients meet their basic needs
Find temporary or permanent housing for clients and locate places, such as soup kitchens, that provide meals
Locate resources to address other problems that clients may have, such as joblessness.

Career Opportunities

HSCJ Careers:                                                               

Behavioral Management Aide

Case Manager/Worker

Community Organizer/Advocate

Correction Treatment Counselor

Family and Child Advocate

Juvenile and Domestic Violence Counselor

Juvenile Court Liaison

Parole Officer

Pre-Trial Service Officer

Rehabilitation Case Worker

Social and Community Service Manager

Child Welfare Specialist

Public Policy Advocate

Social Work Assistant


Career opportunities with advanced educational training:

Clinical/Counseling Psychologist

Family Therapist

Mental Health Counselor

Social Worker

Areas of Employment

Services Organizations

Public and Private Child Welfare Agencies

Probation and Parole Offices

Mental Health Clinics

Correctional Facilities

Community Health Centers

Substance Abuse Clinics

Health Centers

Educational Facilities

Criminal Justice Agencies

Social Services Agencies

Business and Industry

Halfway Houses


Residential Treatment Centers


Senior Centers

Adoption Centers

Day Care Facilities

Group Homes

Hospital and Medical Facilities

Career and Graduate School Guidance

John Jay’s Center for Career and Professional Development is a great resource for questions related to job searches, internships, and career preparation. CCPD staff are available to meet individually with students and alumni in L72.00 New Building. To request a 45-minute counseling appointment, log on to John Jay Careers Online. 15-minute drop-in sessions are also available Mon-Fri 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Stop by in person earlier the same day to schedule a drop-in session.