Health and Human Services (HHS) is one of six major areas in the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary major. It studies the systems delivering human services to individuals and communities in need, the problems affecting those individuals and communities, and the professions and professionals providing services. Within SSC/Health and Human Services students focus their upper level coursework in a specific concentration: early childhood studies (HHS/ECH), community mental health (HHS/CMH), or social gerontology (HHS/GER).
For more information on the community mental health or social gerontology concentration areas of the SSC/Health and Human Services majors please see their individual pages.
The HHS/Early Childhood Studies major explores topics of early child development, education and the mechanisms by which children learn; social institutions that impact child development such as family structures and gender; and methodologies.
Although this major does not lead to a teaching certification, the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary programs major in Health and Human Services/Early Childhood is one of the approved majors for acceptance to UB's Graduate School of Education for early childhood/childhood education.