Department Chair: Dr. Jacqueline Behn
Department Secretary: Dolores Piro
Phone: (201) 879-5003
The department of social sciences at Bergen Community College offers a wide variety of in-person and online courses in anthropology, economics, political Science, psychology, sociology and social work. The courses in the department are part of degree-granting programs and most satisfy requirements for general education. Students should select courses in the department by the statement of requirements for the specific programs in which they are enrolled. The goals of the department include providing a variety of social and behavioral scientific paradigms for students to analyze the complexities of individual, group, community, and societal relationships and issues within a global arena. By stimulating intellectual curiosity and critical thinking, students can gain a valuable foundation for personal growth and application towards further study and ultimately a rewarding career.
The liberal arts Associate of Arts degree (A.A.)- Political Science option is designed to provide students with the coursework needed to transfer to a four-year institution and pursue a bachelor’s degree in political science. The curriculum provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to pursue a pathway to careers including education, law, history, politics, and international relations. Students can take coursework and concentrated options in political science. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with Bergen Community College faculty and Career Services as they begin to explore career options. Students can also utilize Career Coach, a resource provided by Bergen, to explore degree programs and corresponding careers https://bergen.emsicc.com.
Students pursuing the Associates of Arts degree (A.A.) can transfer into majors, such as political science. Many four-year colleges require coursework in political science. Students are encouraged to work closely with Bergen Community College faculty and Advising Transfer Services. Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution in NJ can explore the “Transfer Programs” feature on NJ Transfer https://njtransfer.org.