Catalog Year 2017/2018

Social Scientists study human behavior in individuals and groups, exploring how people learn, make decisions, wield power, and respond to change.

The Associate of Arts in Social Sciences degree trains students to analyze and understand human society and social relationships, and prepares them to transfer to four-year institutions in Social Sciences disciplines.   Training in the social sciences prepares students for a wide range of careers and leadership roles in business, non-profits, education, government, and social services.  Disciplines within the Social Sciences include Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Economics, Education, Geography, History, Human Services, Law, Political Science, Psychology, Public Policy, and Sociology.

Faculty in the Social Sciences area emphasize the development of analytic and critical thinking, public speaking, quantitative and qualitative research, and writing while training students to understand complex human dynamics and social problems.  These skills are invaluable and relevant in both the public and private sector.

Two Year Course Rotation


Nicole Welch
Academic Office Manager
Office: H-225

Michael Powell, J.D.,Ph.D.
Office: H-240

Kathy Manwiller
Social Science Advisor 301-624-2757 J214
A student declares an A.A. in Social Sciences because they want study the various fields that compose the Social Sciences.  Students are able to explore a wide array of Social Science disciplines to help them identify a specific field of interest before they transfer. Students who transfer to a bachelor’s degree in the Social Sciences will have taken courses that are likely to relate to their chosen four-year major. It is also the preferred degree option for students who wish to transfer in a field where FCC does not currently offer a formal credential, including (but not limited to) Anthropology, Economics, Law, or Political Science.

Some students will choose an approved Area of Concentration, while others will explore the Arts and Humanities more generally. Growth Potential & Estimated Salaries
The growth potential and salaries for Social Science majors will vary according to the major they transfer into upon graduation.FCC’s Career and Transfer Center can provide guidance and wage estimates for specific transfer goals. According to the most up to date federal data, median annual wages for Social Science were as follows:

Anthropology -$61,220
Criminal Justice - $49,360-$60,270
Economics - $99,180
Education - $40,400 to $72,470
Geography - $74,260
Human Services - $30,830 to $53,660
Law - $48,810 to $109,010
Political Science -$99,730
Psychology $72,580
Sociology -$73,760

Counseling and Advising Services
Students in the Arts & Humanities major use the resources of FCC’s Counseling and Advising and Career and Transfer Centers to make decisions about curriculum pathways, transfer planning, and more. Students explore, make decisions, prepare, and move on with the help of trained and caring advisors.  Please call 301.846.2471 or email advising (current students) or Email ROAR (new students)

Financial Assistance
Tuition and fees at FCC is significantly less expensive than tuition at four-year schools; often as much as $6,000 less expensive every semester. FCC allows tuition payments to be spread over a semester for students who sign up for the College’s payment plan.  Scholarship and loan assistance is available for those students who are eligible.  Friendly financial aid counselors help students and families navigate the process of applying for and managing financial aid and scholarships.

 A list of courses in the new program is below

  • Students must complete their credit English and Mathematics within the first 24 credits.
  • One course must meet the cultural competence graduation requirement .
  • CORE: The General Education CORE is that foundation of the higher education curriculum providing a coherent intellectual experience for all students. Students should check with an advisor or the transfer institution (ARTSYS) before selecting General Education CORE requirements.
  • In some General Education categories (Mathematics, Biological & Physical Sciences), a 4-credit course selected from the GenEd course list will satisfy the requirement in place of a 3-credit course. Students should check with an advisor before selecting these courses.
  • For the PE/Health requirement, a 3-credit Physical Education or Health course may satisfy the requirement in place of a 1-credit course. Students should check with an advisor before selecting this course.
  • Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in EN 101.
  • Students must complete a minimum of nine credits at the 200-level.
Course  Credits
EN 101–English Composition  3
Mathematics Elective (GenEd course list) 3
Social & Behavioral Sciences Two courses selected from different disciplines
Social & Behavioral Sciences Electives (GenEd course list)   6
Arts & Humanities
Arts Elective (GenEd course list)   3
Humanities Elective (GenEd course list) (Recommend PH 205) 3
Communications Elective (GenEd course list)   3
Biological & Physical Sciences  Two courses, one of which must be a lab course
Biological & Physical Sciences Elective (GenEd course list) 7
General Education Elective Select from GenEd course list
General Education Elective (GenEd course list) 3
PE/Health Requirement  1
Take a minimum of 15 credits of Social Science electives from the disciplines (AN, CJ, EC, ED, GG, HI, HS, EI, PS, SO).  A minimum of six credits must be in the same discipline. It is imperative that students consult with an advisor before registering to maximize transfer of coursework. 
  • Students majoring in an Area of Concentration will follow the curriculum of their major (Criminal Justice; Education; History; Human Services; Psychology; Sociology).
  • Students majoring in the Associate of Arts in Social Science without an Area of Concentration should follow the curriculum outlined above.
Total 60
Social Sciences AA

SLO# Student Learning Outcome
SLO #1 Students will demonstrate understanding of major findings and ideas in Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Economics, Education, Geography, History, Human Services, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology.
SLO #2 Students will effectively communicate the potential a Social Science discipline has for contributing to the growth and development of human culture through ancillary material (written, oral, visual, and/or all there modes combined).
SLO #3 Students will demonstrate critical reading and analytical skills.
SLO #4 Students will be prepared to enter transfer institutions in Social Science fields.
The program can be completed in two years when students take an average of fifteen credits a semester, however many FCC students successfully complete the program part-time.  Students should meet regularly with an FCC advisor to select courses, since each transfer college and major may require different General Education and elective courses.  The program is flexible enough that students are able to transfer to a wide variety of schools across the country.  Recently, top transfer schools include The University of Maryland – College Park, Towson University, Salisbury University, Frostburg University, The University of Maryland – University College, Mount Saint Mary’s, and Hood College.