Concentration in Human Services Application

Students interested in majoring in Sociology with the Concentration in Human Services must submit an application by October 7. The Concentration in Human Services consists of courses offered consecutively during the student’s junior and senior year. The first course in the Concentration in Human Services, Introduction to Human Services, is offered fall, spring, and summer and can be taken during the student’s sophomore or junior year. The core courses in the sequence begin in the spring semester of the student’s junior year.  In order to apply, students must already have been accepted to or be a current student at SUNY New Paltz, have completed a minimum of 30 credits of college level courses, and have a minimum Grade Point Average of 3.0.

The application must include the following:

  1. Filled-in General Information Form.

  2. Uploaded Progress Report for current SUNY New Paltz students and official or unofficial transcript from all colleges and universities attended for transfer students.

  3. One academic reference letter from a current or previous college professor or college advisor addressing the student’s educational abilities and commitment. The reference must be emailed to Katherine Raynor at directly from the recommender or mailed in a sealed envelope with the professor’s or advisor’s signature across the seal.  

  4. Uploaded personal essay (typed, double spaced, and with max. 350 words) stating reason and motivation for applying to the Concentration in Human Services and future goals as these relate to human services.


The completed application materials and letter of recommendation must be submitted by October 7 in order to be considered for admission into the Concentration in Human Services.

For more information, please contact Katherine Raynor at (845) 257-3539 or via email at

Katherine Raynor, LMSW
Interim Director, Concentration in Human Services
Department of Sociology
600 Hawk Drive
New Paltz, NY 12561

General Information Form

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