Humanities and Social Sciences, Associate of Arts
This degree program is designed to serve students who plan to transfer to a baccalaureate degree program in the humanities or social sciences.
Upon successful completion of this degree, students will be able to:
- use reading, writing, and oral or signed communication skills to organize, express, and absorb ideas and information in interpersonal, group, organizational, and presentational settings;
- speak clearly, concisely, and accurately in a variety of contexts and formats;
- 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;
- understand themselves and others from various cultural, social, aesthetic, political, philosophical, and environmental perspectives;
- demonstrate a grasp of the fundamental concepts and principles of their intended major field of study for the baccalaureate degree; and
- demonstrate the technological skills needed to advance their academic pursuits at the upper division level of their baccalaureate degree programs.
Total Number of Credits Required for Degree: 60 min*
Students who want to earn a Humanities and Social Science degree should consult the Pathway course tracks for the Pathway(s) they are considering, to see what courses would be most beneficial. Students who have decided on a particular Pathway and transfer pattern should check that transfer pattern to see the entire 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.
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
Contacts and Additional Information
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.
Courses Needed for This Transfer Pattern*
General Education Requirements and Electives - 34-36 Credits
General Education Requirements:
- CMNS 101 - Fundamentals of Communication
- ENGL 101 - College Composition I
- ENGL 102 - College Composition II
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
Choose a Two-Semester sequence from this list:
- DANC 137 - Dance Improvisation
- DANC 237 - Dance Composition
- ECON 201 - Introduction to Macro-Economic Principles **
- ECON 202 - Introduction to Micro-Economic Principles
- ENGL 201 - British Literature I **
- ENGL 202 - British Literature II
- ENGL 203 - American Literature I **
- ENGL 204 - American Literature II
- ENGL 210 - Introduction to Creative Writing: Poetry
- ENGL 211 - Introduction to Creative Writing: Fiction
- ENGL 218 - African American Literature I **
- ENGL 219 - African American Literature II
- HIST 101 - Western Civilization I: Ancient and Medieval History **
- HIST 102 - Western Civilization II: Modern History
- HIST 111 - History of the United States I **
- HIST 112 - History of the United States II
- MUSC 113 - Music Theory I
- MUSC 114 - Music Theory II
- THTR 111 - Acting I
- THTR 112 - Acting II
- THTR 131 - Stagecraft
- THTR 141 - Introduction to Theatrical Design
- WL 101 - Introductory I: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian, or Spanish 3 Credits. **
- WL 102 - Introductory II: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian, or Spanish 3 Credits.
- WL 102 - Introductory II: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian, or Spanish 3 Credits. **
- WL 201 - Intermediate I: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian, or Spanish 3 Credits.
- WL 201 - Intermediate I: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian, or Spanish 3 Credits. **
- WL 202 - Intermediate II: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian, or Spanish 3 Credits.
Choose one from this list:
Choose 15-17 credits of elective courses, to reach a minimum of 60 credits for the degree.
*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.