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Contact: Dr. Bruce Thompson, Professor
301.846.2535

1Apply

Use the Online Application to apply for admission to FCC. This is the first step to enrolling in credit courses to get a degree or certificate. After you apply, you will receive a letter in the mail which contains your student ID number and your email username that will allow you to access your online myFCC account. Prior to enrolling, prospective veteran and military students should speak with an Education Services Officer (ESO) or an FCC Veteran and Military Services representative. Please call 301-624-2836 to set up an appointment. You will need this information for each step of the enrollment process.
 

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine your qualifications for federal and state aid, institutional grants, work study options, and student loans.
 

Apply for scholarships through the FCC Foundation.
Visit Cost & Financial Aid for information about paying your bill and applying for financial aid.
View enrollment checklists for new students.
View all required registration forms.
 

FCC operates with open admissions by offering admittance to all students who apply to the College. Some areas of study have additional, program-level admissions requirements. Selective admissions programs include: NursingRespiratory CareSurgical Technology, and the Honors College.
 

Recognizing that not everyone arrives with the same educational background, and not everyone is ready for the same level of math and English classes, there are a few things you will need to do to help us to successfully place you academically.
 

To comply with the Maryland College and Career Readiness Act of 2013 and the Academic Placement and Assessment Procedure of FCC, the College requires that:
 

  • Upon entering the College, all new students, unless otherwise exempted, must complete all mathematics, reading, writing, and skills placement tests before enrolling in developmental or credit courses.
  • Upon entering the College, all new students who are seeking a degree must file a degree plan that is developed in consultation with an academic advisor.
  • Upon reaching 24 credits, all new students must have completed developmental courses and the first college-level English and math courses required by their degree plan.


If you are seeking non-credit continuing education courses for professional development, skill building, or personal enrichment, visit Continuing Education & Workforce Development (CEWD) Registration.

2Test

All new students must complete placement tests in mathematics, reading, writing, and skills placement before enrolling in developmental or credit courses. In special circumstances, the College may exempt placement test requirements for students with previous college credits, grades, or test scores that meet specific criteria.

In order to determine if you need to take placement tests you will need to submit the following documents:
  1. High school transcript and previous college transcripts
  2. College entrance exam scores from SAT and/or ACT
  3. Advanced Placement (AP) test scores and International Baccalaureate (IB) test scores


These documents will determine which placement tests you are required to take, the courses you should register for, and/or the courses you are eligible to receive credit for based on previous grades or scores.

 

FCC administers the ACCUPLACER test to ensure the appropriate placement level for all new students. Students are advised to prepare for the ACCUPLACER test as they would any other exam to confirm accurate placement by academic skill level. For more information about the ACCUPLACER and academic placement and assessment, visit the Testing Center.



To be exempt from the ACCUPLACER, you need to have earned the following scores within the past five years:

SAT Score
  • Reading: 480
  • Math: 530
ACT Score
  • English: 21
  • Reading: 21
  • Math: 21
AP Score
  • English Language & Composition: 3 or better
  • English Literature & Composition: 3 or better
  • Calculus or Statistics: 3 or better
IB Score
  • Language: A
  • Literature: SL or HL and/or Language A
  • Language & Literature: SL or HL
  • Mathematics: SL or HL and/or Further Math

3See Advisor

New credit students seeking a degree are required to consult an advisor to develop a degree plan. New students should schedule a consultation after completing the admissions and testing steps, and activating a myFCC account.

 

All new students planning to attend FCC for their first college experience will participate in the ROAR program, which includes:
 

  • an online orientation, presented by FCC students to prepare you for college
  • an on-campus meeting with an advisor to help you develop your academic plan
  • the registration lab where you'll learn how to enroll yourself into classes


Learn more and start the ROAR process here.

 

Dual enrollment and transfer students should submit official college transcripts from previous institutions to the Registration & Records Office for official transfer credit evaluation prior to meeting with an academic advisor.

 

Walk-in advising is available in the Counseling & Advising Office. You can also send a message to email advising via your myFCC email account. When you meet with an advisor, be sure to bring your photo ID and any documents that might be helpful (unofficial transcripts, test results, ACT/SAT scores).

 

For more information about academic planning and advising, see Counseling & Advising.
 

4Register

There are two ways to register for classes:

  1. Register online for credit courses using Campus Solutions
  2. Register in-person via the Welcome Center (Jefferson Hall Suite 101).

In addition to registering for classes, Campus Solutions allows you to make a payment, see your grades, obtain unofficial transcripts, print class schedules, and update your personal information.

5Pay

Your enrollment at Frederick Community College is complete when you have paid for your courses. Please take note of important payment deadlines. You can either pay in-full or sign up for the interest-free payment plan.

‭To apply for Financial Assistance, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and take advantage of federal, state, and institutional grants, work study, and student loans.

To apply for Scholarships through The FCC Foundation, Inc., click here.

For more information about paying your bill and financial aid, see Cost and Financial Aid.

6Buy Books

Textbooks are available through the FCC bookstore. Have your course schedule ready to easily find the required textbooks for your courses.

7Attend Class

Congratulations! You are enrolled and ready to begin attending classes at Frederick Community College. If you have questions or need additional guidance during your time of study, please reach out to your program manager or academic advisor. Some students may be eligible for specialized advising through the Office of Multicultural Student Services, the Services for Students with Disabilities, Veteran and Military Services, or the Office of Adult Services. Check your myFCC account and your FCC email for important alerts and announcements.

History Area of Concentration within the A.A in Social Sciences The History Area of Concentration within the A.A. in Social Sciences prepares students for transfer to a four-year college or university. Students acquire foundations of historical knowledge, evaluate primary and secondary sources, and learn to research, document and analyze the past. Students in this program will use basic research techniques in history.

Students in this program will use basic research techniques in history. Students will learn to research and analyze the past and will evaluate primary and secondary sources and apply and properly cite both types of evidence in their written work.
 
Guided Pathway to Success (GPS)
Suggested schedules map your path to degree completion. Full-time student: Follow the green semester blocks in order. Part-time student: Follow the blue course sequence at your own pace. Students should meet with an advisor each semester to carefully select and sequence courses based on your specific academic goals and interests. Students planning to transfer may also reference ARTSYS, the Maryland Articulation System.

Students who take fewer than 15 credits each semester or who require developmental English or math coursework will need additional semesters to complete their degrees. Summer and January term classes may help students to make faster progress. General Education CORE courses can often be taken in any semester. One course must be designated as a Cultural Competence course. A minimum of nine credits must be taken at the 200 level. Refer to the college catalog for course details and the list of General Education and Cultural Competence classes.

1Recommended First Semester

1 Gen Ed Core ENGL 101 - English Composition   3 Credits
2 Gen Ed Core Mathematics Elective (Gen Ed course list)   3/4 Credits
3 Concentration HIST 101 - History of Western Civilization I or HIST 102 - History of Western Civilization II   3 Credits
4 Gen Ed Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Elective (Gen Ed course list)   3 Credits
5 Gen Ed Core Arts Elective (Gen Ed course list)   3 Credits

2Recommended Second Semester

6 Gen Ed Core Humanities Elective (Gen Ed course list) (PHIL 205 - Ethics recommended)   3 Credits
7 Concentration HIST 201 - History of the United States I or HIST 202 - History of the United States II   3 Credits
8 Gen Ed Core Communications Elective (Gen Ed course list) (COMM 103 - Public Speaking, COMM 105 - Small Group Communication, or ENGL 102 - English Composition recommended)   3 Credits
9 Gen Ed Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Elective (Gen Ed course list) (in a different discipline from the first)   3 Credits
10 Gen Ed Core Biological & Physical Sciences Elective w/lab (Gen Ed course list)   4 Credits

3Recommended Third Semester

11 Elective Elective**   3 Credits
12 Gen Ed Core Gen Ed Elective (Gen Ed course list)   3 Credits
13 Concentration HIST 121 - World History I or HIST 122 - World History II   3 Credits
14 Concentration 200-level History Elective*   3 Credits
15 Elective Elective**   3 Credits

4Recommended Fourth Semester

16 Concentration 200-level History Elective*   3 Credits
17 Elective Elective**   3 Credits
18 PHED/ HLTH/ NUTR Physical Education, Health, or Nutrition Requirement   1/3 Credits
19 Gen Ed Core Biological & Physical Sciences Elective (Gen Ed course list)   3/4 Credits
20 Elective Elective** (credits may vary to fulfill 60 credits for degree)   3/4 Credits
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only Spring Only Summer Only

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Available Online

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only

Spring Only Summer Only

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Available Online

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.

*HIST 212 - Civil War, HIST 213 - History of the South, HIST 214 - The Civil Rights Movement, HIST 215 -Constitutional History of the United States, HIST 217 - African American History, HIST 220 - WWII, HIST 221 - The Sixties. 

**Additional HIST 200 level courses and 2 semesters of the same foreign language are recommended.

Transfer Note: FCC has an articulation agreement with Mt. St. Mary's for students who have completed their associate degree and are looking for transfer opportunities.   

2019-2020 Curriculum Pathway​
2019-2020 Course Rotation

*Course Renumbering Reference (for use with Pathways prior to 2019-2020)

2018-2019 Curriculum Pathway

2017-2018 Curriculum Pathway

2015-2017 Curriculum Pathway

Learning Outcomes:

  • Graduates will evaluate both primary and secondary sources.
  • Graduates will apply and properly cite both types of evidence in their written work.
  • Graduates will employ a formal style of writing and the professional ethics that historians use in their work.
  • Graduates will use basic research techniques in history.
  • Graduates will demonstrate a general familiarity with the intellectual, political, economic, social, and cultural history of the United States and Europe.
  • Graduates will create a thesis statement exploring historical issues.
Graduates will create a thesis statement exploring historical issues
Available Scholarships for this Program:
  •  Eric James Verfuerth Scholarship Endowment Fund  
  •  Theresa Trail Mathias Scholarship
* For curriculum information from earlier academic years, please refer to the archives of the FCC Academic Catalog.

Civil War Studies Certificate The Civil War Studies certificate program is designed for students who want depth and breadth in studying the Civil War era. This certificate would especially benefit history majors or those who have a keen interest in a more comprehensive treatment of the Civil War than one course can offer. Included in the certificate are courses addressing a detailed examination of the causes of the war, the war itself, the legacies of the war, and an in-depth research project relating to the war.

 
Guided Pathway to Success (GPS)
Suggested schedules map your path to degree completion. Full-time student: Follow the green semester blocks in order. Part-time student: Follow the blue course sequence at your own pace. Students should meet with an advisor each semester to carefully select and sequence courses based on their specific academic goals and interests. Students who require developmental English or math coursework will need additional semesters to complete their certificate. Summer and January term classes may help students to make faster progress.

1Recommended First Semester

1 Departmental Requirement ENGL 101 - English Composition   3 Credits
2 Departmental Requirement HIST 201 - History of the United States to 1865   3 Credits
3 Departmental Requirement HIST 212 - Civil War   3 Credits
4 Departmental Requirement HIST 213 - History of the South or HIST 215 - Constitutional History of the United States or HIST 217 - African-American History   3 Credits
5 Departmental Requirement HIST 299/299H - Independent Study: History (Civil War History)   3 Credits
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only Spring Only Summer Only

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Available Online

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only

Spring Only Summer Only

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Available Online

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
2019-2020 Curriculum Pathway
2019-2020 Course Rotation

*Course Renumbering Reference (for use with Pathways prior to 2019-2020)

2018-2019 Curriculum Pathway

2017-2018 Curriculum Pathway

Gainful Employment   Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended this program.

Available Scholarships for this Program:
  • Eric James Verfuerth Scholarship Endowment Fund  
  • Theresa Trail Mathias Scholarship
* For curriculum information from earlier academic years, please refer to the archives of the FCC Academic Catalog.
Students can transfer the equivalent of 60 credits to any four-year institution in Maryland. To find more information about how credits will transfer from Frederick Community College to a state four-year institution visit ARTSYS or consult a College advisor.

Compare Transfer Options

History Transfer Pathway 2019-2020

Previous History Transfer Pathway 2018-2019

Frederick Community College has articulation agreements with the following institutions, allowing students a seamless transfer experience. Students who plan to transfer should speak with an advisor or program manager from their chosen transfer institution before selecting elective courses.

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