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Catalog 2023-2024 
Catalog 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Humanities and Social Sciences

Location(s): Catonsville, Dundalk, Essex

Important Information

Short Description

This degree program is designed to serve students who plan to transfer to a baccalaureate degree program in the humanities or social sciences. Students will develop skills in communication, critical thinking, diversity, and technology in this A.A. degree.

Type of Credential

Associate of Arts (A.A.) in Humanities and Social Sciences

Program Code


Contacts and Additional Information

Program Coordinator:

Kyle Goehner
443-840-1432 or kgoehner@ccbcmd.edu

Campus Advisement Centers:

CCBC Catonsville, Student Services Center, Room 102-113

CCBC Dundalk, Student Services Center, Room 102

CCBC Essex, Student Services Center, Room 120A

CCBC Owings Mills, Enrollment and Student Services, Room 402

NOTE: advising hours are limited at the extension centers, particularly during non-peak registration times. Click on Academic Advisement to see locations and hours.

Additional Information:

Semester Sequence

Students are required to complete the English and Mathematics requirements within the first 24 credit hours of courses. Any required developmental (non-credit) English and Math courses must be taken before, or concurrent with, these classes.

Students with no developmental coursework who want to finish an associate degree in two years should plan to take 15 credits/semester. Taking fewer credits/semester will increase the time needed to complete a degree.

Semester 1*

Semester 2

  • 3 Credit(s).
  • Gen. Ed. Elective - Arts and Humanities 3 Credit(s).
  • Gen. Ed. Elective - Information Technology 3 Credit(s).
  • Gen. Ed. Elective - Social and Behavioral Sciences 3 Credit(s).
  • Gen. Ed. Elective - Wellness and Health 3 Credit(s).

Semester 3

  • Gen. Ed. Elective - Biological and Physical Sciences/lab 4 Credit(s).
  • Program Requirement - Two Semester Sequence (Take the first of two courses on the approved list.) 3 Credit(s).
  • Program Electives 9 Credit(s).

Semester 4

  • Gen. Ed. Elective - Biological and Physical Sciences/non-lab 3 Credit(s).
  • Program Requirement - Two-Semester Sequence (Take the second of two courses on the approved list.) 3 Credit(s).
  • Program Electives 9 Credit(s).

Courses Needed for this Program*

General Education Requirements and Electives - 34-36 Credits

General Education Requirements:

General Education Electives:

Choose courses in each category from the list of approved General Education Courses . One course must be a Diversity course.

Students must have at least 60 credits for an associate degree. Students who choose to take 3 credits of Mathematics and 7 credits of Biological and Physical Sciences, rather than 4 and 8, may need to take an additional class in order to reach at least 60 credits.


  • Arts and Humanities 3 Credit(s).
  • Biological and Physical Sciences (from 2 different disciplines or 2-course sequence, 1 with a lab) 7-8 Credit(s).
  • Information Technology 3 Credit(s).
  • Mathematics 3-4 Credit(s).
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences 6 Credit(s).
  • Wellness and Health 3 Credit(s).

Program Requirements and Electives - 24-26 Credits

Two-Semester Sequence:

Choose a Two-Semester sequence from this list:

Critical Thinking:

 Choose one from this list:

Program Electives:

Select 15-26 elective to attain 60 credits for the degree.  A student’s selection of General Education electives will determine the total elective credits required to reach 60 credits.  Contact the program coordinator or an academic advisor for assistance in choosing electives.  Courses should be chosen based on the requirements of the transfer institution.

Total Number of Credits Required for Degree: 60*


*Credit students who are new to college (no successfully completed transferable college credits from other institutions) are required to take ACDV 101 - Academic Development: Transitioning to College . This 1-credit course is designed to be taken in the first semester at CCBC. Students must provide an official transcript(s) from an accredited institution to document successful completion of college coursework for the ACDV 101 requirement to be waived.

** These courses may also be used as General Education electives.

Program Description

This degree program is designed to serve students who plan to transfer to a baccalaureate degree program in the humanities or social sciences.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this degree, students will be able to:

  1. use reading, writing, and oral or signed communication skills to organize, express, and absorb ideas and information in interpersonal, group, organizational, and presentational settings;
  2. speak clearly, concisely, and accurately in a variety of contexts and formats; 
  3. use critical thinking skills to analyze and solve problems, to reason logically, and to distinguish between good and bad reasoning in a variety of contexts; 
  4. understand themselves and others from various cultural, social, aesthetic, political, philosophical, and environmental perspectives;
  5. demonstrate a grasp of the fundamental concepts and principles of their intended major field of study for the baccalaureate degree; and
  6. demonstrate the technological skills needed to advance their academic pursuits at the upper division level of their baccalaureate degree programs.