General Studies/Legal & Social Studies

Program Goals Statement

This program provides students an opportunity to explore the Social Sciences and Legal Studies programs available at the College.  These programs prepare students for positions in the criminal justice and social services system or for transfer into a baccalaureate, degree-granting institution in their chosen social sciences or legal discipline.  Developing and practicing helping relationships are emphasized in these programs.  It can also prepare current practitioners for career advancement.

Program Information

• Students should take any required developmental courses in their first semester.

• The skills developed provide excellent job mobility in some of the fastest growing professions in America.  Students can work in general position or specialize in a wide variety of fields within business, professional, and government entities.  

• The faculty represent all of the major fields of the criminal justice, legal and social services systems, and students benefit from their years of formal study and professional experience. 

• Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) credit is available to students for some program and general education courses with approval by the appropriate Department Chairperson.

• Students should consider completing certificates that contain required program courses that will complement their degree. 

After Bristol

• Students are encouraged to select a specific social and legal studies program, including Criminal Justice, CIS-Computer Forensics, Human Services, Deaf Studies-Human Services, OFC-Legal Office Concentration, Paralegal or a Certificate(s) in these disciplines.

• Graduates from these programs can:

a. Work in law enforcement agencies, the private commercial sector, and law firms as state and local police, correctional and probation officers and computer forensics technicians. 

b. Be employed in a variety of settings, including law firms, corporate law departments, financial institutions, government agencies, or courts.

c. Transfer to Bachelors programs in Social Work, Sociology, or Psychology.

• If you plan to transfer to a four-year institution, visit the Transfer Affairs website at www.BristolCC.edu/transfer.

Item #
Title
Credits

Electives

 +
10

Program Electives

 +
21
Total credits:
60

Course Sequencing

Item #
Title
Credits
Technical Literacy Elective  +
3
Scientific Reasoning and Discovery Elective - Lab  +
4
Sub-Total Credits
16
Item #
Title
Credits
Program Elective - General Studies/Legal & Social Studies  +
3
PLS 105 or Technical Literacy Elective  +
3
Program Elective - General Studies/Legal & Social Studies  +
3
Program Elective - General Studies/Legal & Social Studies  +
3
Program Elective - General Studies/Legal & Social Studies  +
3
Sub-Total Credits
15
Item #
Title
Credits
Program Elective - General Studies/Legal & Social Studies  +
3
Program Elective - General Studies/Legal & Social Studies  +
3
Program Elective - General Studies/Legal & Social Studies  +
3
Program Elective - General Studies/Legal & Social Studies  +
3
Program Elective - General Studies/Legal & Social Studies  +
3
Sub-Total Credits
15

Overview

Subject

Type

Associate Degree

Campus

Degree Offered

Associate in Science in General Studies (Legal & Social Studies)

Program Contact

Kathleen Pearle, Dean, kathleen.pearle@bristolcc.edu

Elizabeth Nowakowski, Coordinator, elizabeth.nowakowski@bristolcc.edu