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Social and Behavioral Sciences Pathway

The Social and Behavioral Sciences Pathway has a variety of degrees and certificates. Whether your goal is to become a personal trainer, a social worker, or to transfer to a university, our faculty and staff are here to assist you to successfully navigate the college process so that you are equipped to embark upon your chosen career and/or transition seamlessly to a four-year university.

Career Programs

Applied Exercise Science Degree and Personal Trainer Certificate

The applied exercise sciences program prepares students for a professional career as a personal trainer, fitness specialist, or transfer student to a four-year kinesiology or related degree program. Students learn how to conduct physical and health risk assessments, interpret assessment results, design exercise programs, provide fitness instruction and supervise fitness facilities.

Contact

Theresa LaMotte
Phone: 443.840.4410
Email: tlamotte@ccbcmd.edu

Chemical Dependency Counseling (Degree and Certificate Programs)

The Chemical Dependency Counseling Program (CMDP) is designed to prepare students to function as chemical dependency counselors in a broad range of treatment settings such as residential and outpatient programs, detoxification units, and halfway houses. Program graduates may also broaden their area of study to psychology, counseling or social work at the bachelor’s and master’s degree levels.

Contact

Marilyn Kuzsma
Phone: 443.840.3694
Email: mkuzsma@ccbcmd.edu

Human Services (Degree and Certificate Programs)

Programs offered:
  • Human Services (AAS)
  • Child and Youth Care Practitioner (Certificate)
  • Elder Care (Certificate) 
  • Human Services (Certificate)
This program provides students with education and training to prepare them for entry-level positions in human services as well as for transfer to four-year institutions to attain professional degrees.

Graduates of this program can expect to find employment serving a range of client populations including persons with physical and developmental challenges, mental health and substance abuse issues, elderly and vulnerable/at risk children.

Contact

Lisa Boone
Phone: 443.840.4379
Email: lboone@ccbcmd.edu

Teacher Education Programs

Teacher Education Degree Programs

Programs offered:

  • Secondary Education (AAT) - Chemistry, Math, Physics, Spanish
  • Teacher Education (AA) - Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary, Special Education
  • Teacher Education (AAT) - Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Ed, Elementary Education/Elementary Special Ed
  • Early Childhood Development (AAS)

The degree programs in Teacher Education prepare students to enter the teaching profession. The programs have been developed to meet the specific transfer and career goals of all students, whether students are just beginning a degree, currently working in the education field, or hold a bachelor's degree and are seeking certification in the State of Maryland.

The Teacher Education Program offers the Associate of Arts in Teaching (A.A.T.) degree that provides a guaranteed path for students seeking a seamless transfer to Maryland four-year public, independent, and most private institutions in the teacher education major.

The Teacher Education Program also offers the Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree in Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary, and Special Education and the Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Early Childhood Development. The A.A.S. degree prepares students for immediate employment in early childhood settings with opportunities to direct and work in licensed child care programs, Head Start and other early learning environments.

Contact

Linda Gronberg-Quinn
Phone: 443.840.4153
Email: lgronberg@ccbcmd.edu

Transfer Programs

Anthropology (AA)

Anthropology is the study of humans, past and present. It is a diverse discipline that includes four areas of specialization: cultural anthropology, biological/physical anthropology, archaeology and linguistics. The anthropology transfer pattern offers students broad exposure to the discipline and provides a foundation for further study of the social, behavioral, and natural sciences and for professional work in anthropology, archaeology, forensics, cultural resources management, museums, international development, and public health.

Contact

CCBC Catonsville
Anne Maclellan
Phone: 443.840.4202
Email: amaclellan@ccbcmd.edu
CCBC Essex
Nelda Nix-McCray
Phone: 443.840.1920
Email: nnix@ccbcmd.edu

General Studies (Degree and Certificate Programs)

General Studies offers maximum flexibility for students who plan to pursue a bachelor’s degree upon graduation from CCBC or for whom a general studies degree best meets their academic goals. This program is especially appealing to students who wish to design their own course of study or who have accumulated a significant number of credits from other programs or colleges. Students acquire well-rounded skills to pursue a variety of academic disciplines and careers.

Contact

Tom Robertson
Phone: 443.840.1392
Email: trobertson@ccbcmd.edu

Health (AA)

The health transfer pattern provides students with the general courses required to transfer to an institution which offers an undergraduate degree in school or public health education. Upon completion, students are prepared to demonstrate depth of knowledge in a variety of health topics such as fitness, nutrition, stress management, mental health, drug abuse, heart disease, cancer, sexuality, environment, etc.

Contact

CCBC Catonsville
Craig Newton
Phone: 443.840.4785
Email: cnewton2@ccbcmd.edu

CCBC Dundalk
John Reed
Phone: 443.840.1706
Email: jreed2@ccbcmd.edu
CCBC Essex
Caroline Colclough 
Phone: 443.840.1708
Email: ccolclough@ccbcmd.edu

History (AA)

In this program, students will determine the focus of each of the main areas of history and the relationship of history to the other social sciences. Students will be able to analyze cultural diversity as it plays a role throughout the field of history and demonstrate an awareness of the contributions of different ethnic and cultural groups to U.S. and world societies.

Contact

CCBC Catonsville
Stephanie Mowles
Phone: 443.840.5916
Email: smowles@ccbcmd.edu
CCBC Essex
Michelle Wright
Phone: 443.840.2217
Email: mwright3@ccbcmd.edu

Native American Studies (AA)

The Native American Studies Program provides a broad foundation in Indigenous cultures and current events. The program’s curriculum in Native American histories, religions, literature, arts, and politics aims to generate knowledge and respect for Indigenous nations as well as foster critical thinking and socially responsible research.

Contact

Stephanie Mowles
Phone: 443.840.5916
Email: smowles@ccbcmd.edu

Physical Education (AA)

Physical education is all about learning to promote, develop, and maintain a healthy lifestyle by incorporating physical activity into daily life. Students will gain knowledge of the educational goals and objectives of the professional preparation for physical education, exercise science, and sport.

Contact

CCBC Catonsville
Craig Newton
Phone: 443.840.4785
Email: cnewton2@ccbcmd.edu
CCBC Essex
Candy Carr-Smith
Phone: 443.840.1705
Email: csmith@ccbcmd.edu

Political Science (AA)

CCBC’s Political Science department is one of the leading political science communities in Maryland with a wide variety of courses and instructors to help students grow representing a broad spectrum of interests and approaches. We not only focus on the four main fields of political science, but also on areas like campaigns & elections and political ideology. We have developed an internship program where students receive hands-on career experience in the political world.

Contact

John Dedie
Phone: 443.840.2408
Email: jdedie@ccbcmd.edu

Psychology (AA)

The Psychology transfer pattern is designed to help students transfer to colleges and universities that offer a baccalaureate degree with a major in Psychology or similar social science discipline. Psychology at CCBC prepares students to analyze and evaluate psychological information found in film, television, radio, and online; articulate the relevance of diversity in various behaviors, attitudes, and perceptions; and understand their own weaknesses and strengths as learners.

Contact

CCBC Catonsville
Alisa Diop
Phone: 443.840.4945
Email: adiop@ccbcmd.edu
CCBC Essex
Charlie Seltzer
Phone: 443.840.1921
Email: cseltzer@ccbcmd.edu

Sociology (AA)

Simply put, sociology seeks to answer “why people do what they do. This discipline trains students to explain the effect that social forces and social institutions have on individual and group behavior; and understand structural inequalities based on age, race, class, gender and other social constructions resulting in differences of power, property and prestige. With a degree in Sociology, students can pursue careers in social welfare and social change and/or pursue graduate study in the social sciences.

Contact

CCBC Catonsville
Anne MacLellan
Phone: 443.840.4202
Email: amaclellan@ccbcmd.edu
CCBC Essex
Nelda Nix-McCray
Phone: 443.840.1920
Email: nnix@ccbcmd.edu

Women’s Studies (AA)

In the Women's Studies program, students will explore the social construction of gender and the way it intersects with other forms of difference, specifically race, ethnicity, class, age, and sexuality. Knowledge derived from women’s studies courses will enable students to analyze current problems that women face in the areas of employment, the family, domestic violence, health and the legal system.

Contact

Ingrid Sabio-McLaughlin
Phone: 443.840.1483
Email: isabio@ccbcmd.edu

Course Tracks

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