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  • The New Advisement Model for Human Services Majors FAQs

  •  1. What is new about advisement?

    Each major in the College will have its own Advisement Team. The Human Services Programs Advisement Team follows students throughout their LaGuardia College Career. The Human Services Programs Advisement Team is comprised of Academic Advisors and Human Services Programs Faculty. During the 2013-2014 academic years, a new academic advisor and new faculty advisor  will join our team. The Academic Advisors for Human Services in B100 are Lynn Alston-Jackson, Jean Buckley-Lockhart, and Carole Julien. The Faculty Advisors of Human Services in E300 are Maureen Doyle and Les Gallo-Silver.


     2. How will I know whom to see prior to registering for my classes?

    Typically, your Academic Advisors will will help you with registration for your developmental (remedial courses) and your general education course requirements called PATHWAYS if you have earned 18 credits or less. Your Faculty Advisors will help you with registration for courses if you have earned 19 or more credits.

    Academic Advisors help students on probation (Grade Point Average-GPA under 1.9)

    Faculty Advisors help all students in fieldwork placements regardless of the number of credits earned.


     3. What would not be a typical issue and then who helps me?

    There are atypical (not typical) situations that are obstacles to successfully graduating, completing the program and transferring to another CUNY College. Students experiences these types of obstacles should meet their faculty advisors. These obstacles include failing developmental math courses (such as MAT095 and MAT093 more than twice) or being currently in  college level math course and fearing you will not earn at least a C grade. Other situation are completing 30 credits in the human services major successfully with a Grade Point Average - GPA from 2.0-2.49 but have personal issues that may prevent you from remaining in school and/or feeling unable to complete the fieldwork requirement for the human services program. As there are scholarship opportunities for community college students graduating with a GPA of 3.2 or more, these students are welcome to meet with their faculty advisors to explore  their transfer options.


  • Opting-In or Opting-Out of Pathways for Human Services Majors FAQs

  •  1. I have 45 credits towards my human services degree, should I choose the PATHWAYS option?

    If you have already taken all the previously required courses in social sciences and humanities and have already taken ENG103 within your completed 45 credits, it may take more sense not to choose the PATHWAY option. Under PATHWAYS, some of the social science, humanities and the ENG103 course may apply toward your general education requirements. All CUNY Collges will apply PATHWAYS to all students transferring into their colleges.


     2. I do not plan to transfer to a CUNY college but to a private collge or an out of state college, should I choose the PATHWAYS option?

    The PATHWAYS option courses give you more choices as you complete your general education requirements. They will transfer to any college of your choice. If you have taken most of your general education courses under the current human services curriculum and you do not plan to transfer to a CUNY  College, it may make more sense not to choose the PATHWAYS option.


     3. Should I choose the PATHWays option if I have not complete sciences-math requirements?

    The PATHWAYS option gives you three college-level math options: MAT107-Math and the Modern World, MAT112-Algebra and MAT118-Introduction to Statistics, while the current human services program does not give you a choice and you have to take statistics. It is crucial that you earn at least a C grade in a college math. As the PATHWAYS option gives you a choice of math, it may make sense to choose the PATHWAYS option to maximize your chances of earning a C grade. The situation is the same with science as the PATHWAYS option gives you four science  choices SCB101-Topics in Biology, SCO-Topics in Chemistry, SCP-Topics in Physics, and SCP-Topics in Astronomy, all are three credits. If you have not take the the current human services biology requirement SBC115 (a four-credit course), it may make sense to choose the PATHWAYS option so you can choose which science to take. Please keep in mind that the grade for four-credit course carries more weight in your Grade Point Average (GPA) than three-credit course. If you are concerned about doing well science, choosing the three-credit PATHWAYS option may make more sense for you.


     4.I have more than 45 credits towards my human services degree, should I choose the PATHWAYS option?

    For the most part, those students that have earned less than 45 credits may believe it makes sense to choose the PATHWAYS option.


     5. I entered LaGuardia as a new student in Fall I 2012, should I choose the PATHWAYS option?

    Yes, it may sense for you to choose the PATHWAYS option.


     6. Changed my major to human services from another health sciences major, should I choose the PATHWAYS?

    The other health science majors (dietitian, nursing, occupational therapy assistant, physical therapy assistant, radiology technology, or veterinary technology) require advanced science courses that are four-credit courses. These courses can replace the current human services biology requirement. You believe it makes sense not to choose the PATHWAYS option so you do not have to take an additional three-credit science course.


  • Pathways Transfer to CUNY and Private Colleges for Human Services Students FAQs

  •  1. Do private college honor my PATHWAYS general education courses?

    Private college accept all general education/pathways courses for students that have earned an Associate of Arts Degree from a Community College.


     2. Do all CUNY Colleges honor my PATHWAYS general education courses?

    CUNY Colleges will accept all your PATHWAYS general education courses for students that have earned an Associate of Arts Degree but may not apply all those credits toward the degree of your choice. CUNY College may require you to take an additional 12 general education course credits to apply to your chosen degree.

    The majority of Human Services students choose to obtain Bachelor's degree in social work, human services, therapeutic recreation, gerontology or disability studies. Please Note: All of these programs require transfer students to take Introduction to Sociology (LaGuardia course SSS100) and General Psychology (LaGuardia course SSY101). Due to these requirements, the LaGuardia Human Services Programs suggest that students take these courses as part of the Pathways Flexible Core of General Education.

    Each CUNY College and each degree program have their own formula fro students transferring from community college. The LaGuardia transfer specialists can help you obtain this information.


     3. What CUNY Colleges have articulation or transfer agreements with LaGuardia's Human Services Program?

    Currently there are agreements with Lehman College's social work and therapeutic recreation degree programs, York College's social work and gerontology degree programs and the CUNY School of Professional Studies' disability studies degree program. Please Note: Al these programs require transfer students to take Introduction to Sociology (LaGuardia course SSS100) and General Psychology (LaGuardia course SSY101). Due to these requirements, the LaGuardia Human Services Programs suggest that students take these courses as part of the Pathways Flexible Core of General Education.


     4. What private colleges have articulation or transfer agreements with LaGuardia's Human Services Program?

    Currently there are agreements with the Adelphi University School of Social Work and the NYU School of Social Work. Both of these programs offer partial scholarships to LaGuardia students that have earned an Associate of Arts Degree with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.2 or better. Additional scholarship is available to students that joined the honor society (Phi Beta Capa) prior to graduation from LaGuardia. In addition, there is an agreement with Metropolitan College's human services degree program. Please Note: All of these programs require transfer students to take Introduction to Sociology (LaGuardia course SSS100) and General Psychology (LaGuardia course SSY101). Due to these requirements, the LaGuardia Human Services Programs suggest that students take these courses as part of the Pathways Flexible Core of General Education.


     5. Is there any other college I should consider?

    The State University of New York's (SUNY) Empire State College has bachelor degree programs in human services. Unlike CUNY Colleges, SUNY Empire State College will accept LaGuardia students that have passed a college level math with less than a C grade.


     6. What are the GPAs required by CUNY Colleges most frequently selected by LaGuardia Human Services students?

    According to Admissions for the Fall 2013 term Lehman College School of Social Work required a 2.85 GPA and a minimum of a C grade in a college level math. York College School of Social Work required a 2.75  and a minimum of a C grade in a college level math. Both of these programs require transfer students to take Introduction to Sociology (LaGuardia courses SSS100) and General Psychology (LaGuardia  course SSY101). Due to these requirements, LaGuardia HUman services Programs suggest that students take these courses as part of the Pathways Flexible Core of General Education.


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