Montgomery College 2024-2025 Catalog 
    
    Jun 22, 2024  
Montgomery College 2024-2025 Catalog

General Studies AA: Studies in Social Science, Administration, and Health Area of Concentration (SSAH Core): 611C


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: 611C

General Studies focuses on developing knowledge and skills across traditional disciplinary boundaries resulting in an interdisciplinary cornerstone for academic and career pursuits. A General Studies major allows you to develop a path for transfer into a variety of majors or that will enhance your career competitiveness and further your academic and personal goals. General Studies has flexible program requirements within core areas that encourage you to synthesize knowledge and approaches on inquiry from various disciplines allowing you to bring creative, multi-disciplinary problem-solving, and critical thinking approaches to a range of modern problems.

The General Studies degree is a flexible curriculum that fosters intentional exploration of academic and career goals through academic coursework and supportive advising. Using interdisciplinary application of practical and intellectual skills through General Education courses and your selected core area of focus, the General Studies program creates a flexible, integrated framework for you to engage in complex problems related your chosen focus of study while promoting specific disciplinary content and skills. The General Studies program promotes personal responsibility and civic engagement by providing an academic framework in which you will explore contemporary and enduring questions, integrate learning across disciplines, and develop knowledge, skills, and motivation to frame issues and questions presented in the academic experience in the context of a broader community. This program can be completed either on campus or online.

In the Social Sciences, Administration and Health area, you will select courses and build a degree with a foundation in the social and behavioral sciences that will allow you to transfer in a range of disciplines such as Psychology, Sociology, Economics, Political Science, Social Work, or Anthropology or to build an interdisciplinary academic foundation in traditional behavioral and social sciences. Additionally, this area allows you to develop broad and deep communication, interdisciplinary creative problem-solving and critical thinking skills as you cultivate teamwork and leadership expertise-all highly valued proficiencies in academic fields and the workforce.

In this core, students will develop an intentional academic plan that reflects personal, academic, and career goals emphasizing the following discipline areas or individual courses:

  • Anthropology (ANTH)
  • Applied Geography (GEOG)
  • Criminal Justice (CCJS)
  • Economics (ECON)
  • Health (HLTH)
  • History (HIST)
  • Homeland Security (HMLS)
  • Hospitality Management (HMGT)
  • Physical Education (PHED) (students are limited to two PHED courses #100-199)
  • Political Science (POLI)
  • Psychology (PSYC)
  • Sociology (SOCY)
  • Women’s and Gender Studies (WMST and GNDS)

Students may elect to take any of the following individual courses as part of their SSAH core requirements to enhance their selected academic focus; however, transferability of these courses should be carefully reviewed:

NOTE: Students intending to transfer to pursue a 4-year degree in hospitality management or criminal justice should consult an advisor to determine how to use this core.

General Degree Requirements

In order to complete this degree, students must 

   1.  complete of a minimum of 60 credit hours including:

  • 3 credits for ENGL 101  if needed for ENGL 102 /ENGL 103 , or select an elective.
  • 31 credit hours of General Education program requirements.
    • Two General Education institutional requirement (GEIR) courses are required from the following General Education courses: COMM, HLTH, or one ARTD or HUMD. Students may only take one course from ARTD or HUMD to fulfill General Education institutional requirements.
    • One global and cultural perspectives (GCP) designated course as part of the General Education program. 
  • 15 credit hours in SSAH core courses with a minumm of 3 credit hours at the 200 level.
  • up to 11 elective credit hours as needed to complete 60 credit hours.

   2.  complete a minimum of 15 credit hours at the 200 level with at least 3 credit hours at the 200-level from the SSAH core.

  • Any CCJS course may be taken except CCJS 255 

   3.  have a 2.0 GPA or higher.

Suggested Course Sequence


Students should complete the required English and Math foundation courses within the first 24 credit hours. All students should review the Program Advising Guide and consult an advisor.

Second Semester


Third Semester


Fourth Semester


  • SSAH Core Course 3 3 semester hours
  • SSAH Core Course 4 3 semester hours
  • SSAH Core Course 5 3 semester hours
  • Elective 3 semester hours ‡‡
  • Elective 2 semester hours ‡‡

Total Credit Hours: 60


* ENGL 101 /ENGL 011  if needed for ENGL 102 /ENGL 103 , or select an elective.

**  Behavioral and social sciences distribution (BSSD) courses must come from different disciplines.

‡ Students should attempt ENGL and MATH foundation requirements within completion of the first 24 credits of college-level work or at the completion of any prerequisite or required non-credit coursework.

‡‡ Any credit hours beyond the minimum General Education credit hours (31) or core courses are counted toward elective credit hours.

NOTE: Exact semester credit counts may vary based on specific course selections. 

This program can be completed either on campus or online.

Program Outcomes


Upon completion of this program, a student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of historical and contemporary issues in the social and behavioral science academic disciplines.
  • Apply quantitative and qualitative methods for understanding human behavior.
  • Explain philosophical or cultural issues associated with different social and behavioral science disciplines.
  • Analyze knowledge, theories, literature, and methods of a Social Sciences discipline.
  • Communicate complex ideas using multiple modes of effective communication, including digital, written, oral and graphic communication.
  • Utilize and apply multi-disciplinary methods of inquiry from the social and behavioral sciences in response to a problem, task, or experience.
  • Reflect on and assess their own learning as it applies to themselves as scholars and engaged citizens rooted in the behavioral and social sciences.

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