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In today’s diverse and increasingly more complex society, there is a need for individuals trained in a professional and educational curriculum which prepares students with work in a plethora of careers, including Social Services case aide, Gerontology Worker, Youth Worker, Crisis Counselor and Psychiatric Technician. The Social Services program will expose students to a multidisciplinary approach to understanding society and human behavior. Students will gain the practical and theoretical education necessary for success professionally or at a four-year college or university.
Upon completion of the Social Services A.S. program, students will have gained the initial education and training for future careers in various occupations within Human and Social Services. Associate in Science programs in general are primarily designed for students who plan to transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Union County College has transfer agreements with a number of colleges and universities in New Jersey and throughout the United States. Graduates of this program can obtain work as aides/assistants in daycare centers, mental health agencies, social service agencies, institutions for the physically or mentally challenged, prisons, hospitals and substance abuse agencies. Those students who later earn a bachelor’s degree and beyond may hold positions such as social service case managers, counselors, administrators or educators.

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:
  • Demonstrate critical thinking, problem solving ability and effective communication skills
  • Discuss and analyze the history and theories of sociology and psychology.
  • Utilize appropriate non-verbal and verbal communication skills to demonstrate cultural sensitivity
  • Demonstrate ethical behavior and thinking through synthesis in coursework 
  • Demonstrate understanding of quantitative and qualitative methods used in social services agencies and sociological and psychological research
  • Demonstrate competencies through coursework and behavior that reflects entry level professional readiness.
Search for courses in the online course catalog.


First Year

First Semester

ENG 101 - English Comp I
SOC 101 - Principles of Sociology
Laboratory Science
CIS 100 - Intro to Computer Applications OR
CIS 101 - Intro to Information Systems OR
COM 100 - Communications Technologies
HIS 101 OR HIS 102 OR HIS 103

Second Semester

ENG 102 - English Comp II
PSY 101 - General Psychology
MAT 119 - Algebra*
SOC 206 - Minorities in American Life
SOC 102 - Social Problems OR
SOC 203 - International Social Problems
GOV 201 - American Government and Politics

Second Year

Third Semester

ENG 128 - Dynamics of Communication OR
ENG 129 - Public Speaking
SOC 207 - Social Inequality
SOC 209 - Intro to Social Policy
PSY 102 OR PSY 205 OR
HUG 101
Elective - 200 Level Humanities

Fourth Semester

PSY/SOC 213 Social Research
Any Gen. Ed approved Psychology or Sociology Course
Psychology Option** OR
Sociology Option**

* A Higher level math may be substituted

**A total of 9 credits in any combination:
HUS 101/Soc 203 (3) or WMS 101 (3) or any Sociology or Psychology elective.

Social Services Program electives:
PSY 105, 208, 210, 211, 212, 215, 218
SOC 103, 204, 215, 219, 270, 273

Career Options

Graduates can transfer to a bachelor’s degree-granting institution and are eligible to take advantage of the many transfer/articulation agreements UNION County College has with some of the top four-year colleges and universities in the country. See a transfer counselor for details.

Program Information

Type of Program: Associate in Science Degree

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