Dive into the Rich Diversity of Human Society and Behavior

The Social Science, Education & Public Service Community offers diverse programs that explore different aspects of human society and behavior. In these programs, you will strengthen your critical thinking, writing, collaboration, and technology skills, and nurture your appreciation of the rich diversity of the world. Some of the methods of study include observing and interviewing people and analyzing empirical research. You will experience a variety of class structures and flexible teaching formats that cater to students’ different interests and learning styles.

 
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Anthropology

Anthropology

Study people and their environments, societies, and cultures. Earn your associate degree and continue at a four-year school starting as a junior. A bachelor’s degree prepares you for careers in museums, cultural programs, diversity programs, and more.
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Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice

Crime scene investigator is just one of the opportunities in criminal justice. Earn your associate degree and continue at a four-year school starting as a junior. A bachelor’s degree prepares you for careers in law enforcement and corrections.
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Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education

Make a difference in the lives of children. This nationally accredited program prepares you to become a paraprofessional or director of a child-care facility. Or earn your associate degree and continue at a four-year school to teach pre-K through sixth grade.
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Economics

Economics

Study production, distribution, and consumption of goods. Earn your associate degree and continue at a four-year school starting as a junior. A bachelor’s degree leads to careers such as economist, arbitrator, lawyer, stockbroker, and more.
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Elementary Education

Elementary Education

Influence the future as a teacher. Take 41 credits at FRCC that are accepted by all 10 transfer universities in Colorado, and then choose 19 FRCC credits that your target transfer institution requires as part of its bachelor's program.
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Geography
Geography

Geography

Study our world and the people in it. Earn your associate degree and continue at a four-year school starting as a junior. A bachelor’s degree prepares you for fields such as cartography, demography, environmental science, and climatology.
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History

History

Collect and analyze histories big (revolutions) and small (diaries). Earn your associate degree and continue at a four-year school starting as a junior. A bachelor’s degree prepares you to work as teachers, writers, archivists, documentarians, librarians, lawyers, or other careers.
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Paralegal observing documents.
Paralegal Studies

Paralegal Studies

Work with a licensed attorney to help prepare legal documents, research and compile information, and communicate with clients. Learn about a wide variety of legal areas and then choose electives that interest you.
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Political Science

Political Science

Study the role and effects of government actions on society. Earn your associate degree and continue at a four-year school starting as a junior. A bachelor’s degree prepares you for careers in fields such as teaching, law, politics, research, government, or diplomacy.
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Psychology

Psychology

Study the mind and human behavior. Earn your associate degree and continue at a four-year school starting as a junior. A bachelor’s degree in psychology prepares you for fields such as counseling, research, treatment facilities, private practice, and more.
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Sociology

Sociology

Study the structure and functioning of human society. Earn your associate degree and continue at a four-year school starting as a junior. A bachelor’s degree prepares you for careers in fields such as advocacy, counseling, teaching, criminology, social work, business, or research.
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ESL students in class.
Teaching ESL

Teaching ESL

This is a hands-on certificate program for learning to work as a paraeducator or to earn licensure to teach in an elementary or high school. The Teaching ESL Abroad certificate prepares you to teach English around the world.
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About Credits and Semesters

  • 1 credit = 1 class hour per week
  • Part time enrollment = 6-12 credits per semester
  • Full time enrollment = 12+ credits per semester / 15 credits recommended
  • For each hour in class, plan on 2 hours of study outside class

Example: For an Associate of Arts degree (60+ credits), if you take 15 credits each semester, you will complete the degree in 4-5 semesters.

15 credits = 15 class hours per week + 30 hours of study outside of class.

Levels of Education

Levels of Education: certificate, associate degree, bachelor's, masters, PhD 

Academic Plans

My Academic Plans (MAPs) help guide you toward completing your degree or certificate.  When you take classes in the order recommended on the academic plan and based on your schedule, you will save time and money. See MAPs.

Community Support

You will be assigned to a Pathways Advisor who is knowledgeable in the community’s fields of study, and is an important part of your success helping you reach your academic goals. The first time you meet your advisor will be at the required New Student Orientation.