Montgomery College 2015-2016 Catalog 
    Sep 25, 2023  
Montgomery College 2015-2016 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

General Studies AA: Studies in Social Science, Administration, and Health Core (SSAH Core)

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The Social Sciences, Administration and Health (SSAH) Core allows students to develop an interdisciplinary course of study emphasizing the behavioral and social sciences, administration and/or health disciplines, including Criminal Justice and Hospitality Management. The SSAH Core is designed to encourage student to explore these disciplines while deepening their knowledge through a selected academic focus. For additional information, please visit the General Studies website.

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) 

Criminal Justice (CCJS)‡ ‡ ‡

Economics (ECON)

Applied Geography (GEOG)

Health  (HLTH)

History (HIST)

Hospitality Management (HMGT)

Physical Education (PHED) (students are limited to 2 PE activity courses #100-199)

Political Science (POLI)

Psychology (PSYC)

Sociology (SOCY)

Student 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:


Accounting ACCT 221, ACCT 222,

Business BSAD 101, BSAD 210

Education  EDUC 101, EDUC 102, EDUC 119

Emergency Management  EMGT 101

Health Information Management HINM 125, HINM 126

Integrated Studies  ISTD 140

Management  MGMT 101, MGMT 211, MGMT 201

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.

In order to complete this degree, students must

1.  Complete of a minimum of 60 Credit hours including

  • General Education Requirements- 32-35 Credit hours

  • Social Sciences, Administration, and Health Core courses- at least 15 Credit hours, with a minimum of 3 credit hours at 200 level

  • Electives- Up to 10 Credit hours as needed to complete 60 Credit hours

2.  Complete a minimum of 15 Credits at 200 level., with at least 3 credit hours at the 200 level from the Core 

3.   Have a GPA of 2.0

Suggested Course Sequence

All students should consult an advisor.

First Semester

Second Semester

  • English foundation 3 semester hours (ENGF)
  • Health foundation 1 semester hour (HLTF) 
  • Speech foundation 3 semester hours (SPCF)
  • Humanities distribution 3 semester hours (HUMD)
  • Natural science distribution with lab 4 semester hours (NSLD)
  • Elective 3 semester hours ‡ ‡

Third Semester

  • Behavioral  and social sciences distribution  3 semester hours (BSSD) **
  • Arts or humanities distribution 3 semester hours ((ARTD or HUMD)
  • Core course 3 semester hours
  • Core course 3 semester hours
  • Elective 3 semester hours ‡ ‡

Fourth Semester

  • Core course  3 semester hours
  • Core course  3 semester hours
  • Core course  3 semester hours
  • Elective 3 semester hours 
  • Elective 3 semester hours  ‡ ‡

Total Credit Hours: 60

* ENGL 101 /ENGL 101A , if needed for ENGL 102 /ENGL 103 , or select a general elective.

**  Behavioral and Social Science 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 in General Education (32 Credit hours) or Core courses are counted toward elective credit hours.

‡‡‡ Any CCJS course, except CCJS 255.

† A 3 credit hour HLTF course is recommended for students intending to transfer.

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

Program Outcomes

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

  • Articulate a plan for their educational and career development that relates their coursework to their goals.
  • Identify available resources related to their ongoing educational and professional development.
  • Apply critical thinking, quantitative reasoning, and/or scientific reasoning skills by articulating, analyzing, and evaluating problems and scenarios across discipline areas. 
  • Find, evaluate, use, and synthesize information needed to address increasingly complex problems and scenarios.
  • Use technology effectively to accomplish a variety of general and discipline specific activities.
  • Communicate effectively in writing and orally appropriately across disciplines.
  • Articulate an academic identity that reflects an integrated, interdisciplinary view of their formal, co-curricular and personal learning.
  • Make and articulate the connections within their course of study.