Program Overview

Bergen Community College offers an Associate of Art degree in Social Sciences who are interested in developing a diverse knowledge of different social and human sciences, including economics, the humanities, English, history, natural sciences, and other topics relating to human history, human activity, and human society. This education will provide the foundation for future studies in psychology, sociology, and other social sciences such as anthropology, history, and art. In addition, students can begin entry level positions relating to human behavior, including law enforcement, business, and other fields where generalized knowledge of social sciences is utilized.

The program consists of classroom courses which emphasize real-world education through examination of cases and education which will be applicable on the job. Those classes include economics, anthropology, geography, political science, introduction to human services, introduction to substance abuse, general psychology, introduction to abnormal psychology, educational psychology, macroeconomics, microeconomics, international economics, developmental psychology, American government, international relations, and introduction to philosophy.

Through completion of the program, students will have demonstrated the professionalism and skill necessary to earn the degree. The qualifications demonstrate that the student has been able to apply the principles they have learned in the program into their eventual development as functional affective professional in their field.  These qualifications include but are not limited to the ability to demonstrate familiarity with the major fields of social sciences and disciplines, to respect and use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and, a scientific approach to understanding issues related to the the nature of social sciences and different studies in social sciences, to understand and apply sociological principles to study of history, society, psychology, and economics, and to apply cultural competencies to effective and sensitive interactions with people from diverse backgrounds and cultural perspectives.

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    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education

    School Overview

    In the 1960s, community members of Bergen County, New Jersey, worked to establish a higher learning facility to serve the needs of local students. In 1965, Bergen Community College was officially established and construction began. The first students enrolled in the fall of 1968. Since its founding, Bergen Community College continues to accommodate growing educational needs of the region. Today, Bergen Community College maintains the main campus at Paramus, along with additional branches at Hackensack and Lyndhurst.

    Bergen Community College awards associate’s degrees and certificate programs. The associate's degrees provide students with the opportunity to transfer into four-year institutions. In order to meet the needs of students with multiple demands and time constraints, Bergen Community College offers distance learning. Classes are conducted online or through a hybrid format, and students have access to support services, such as online tutoring and the online library database. All classes meet the same standards as on-campus counterparts. Online classes feature asynchronous learning complete with tests, writing assignments, reading, discussions and other homework. At times, students may be required to complete proctored exams. Bergen Community College also offers complete online degree and certificate programs.

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