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2020-2021 Catalog 
2020-2021 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Social Services: Family and Child Studies Option, A.S.

The degree option is interdisciplinary in nature. Student’s in this degree option gain an insightful and holistic perspective of humans and the family as societal units. A curriculum in the social sciences of psychology, sociology, and education is presented.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, graduates will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  1. Human development: knowledge of human development-life span birth to death (cognitive, physical and social/emotional development) including both normative development and individual differences, milestones, stages, theories.
  2. Family and cultural variation: knowledge of family, community and society diversity.
  3. Internal processes: knowledge of internal individual and family processes, such as parenting and parent-child relations, couples and family relationships across generations, and health and well-being.
  4. External processes: ability to evaluate how children, adults, and families affect and are affected by human services, policies, media, laws, other social institutions and social constructs.
  5. Applied practice: apply theoretical frameworks for the purposes of effective and ethical practice, engagement, interaction and outreach for individuals and families.
  6. Research: ability to examine and apply theoretical frameworks and current research.
  7. Analytical skills: analyze information, think critically, and problem solve.
  8. Professional development: acquire knowledge and skills necessary for entry-level employment and/or entry into a bachelor’s degree program; and adhere to professional standards of conduct.
  9. Communication: effective writing skills for a broad range of settings; and effective public speaking, interpersonal communication skills and skills for using technology.

Please see Becoming Connecticut State Community College  for important information regarding this program and Fall 2023 opening of Connecticut State Community College.  

Degree Requirements

First Semester (15 Credits)

Second Semester (15 Credits)

Total Credits: 60

The symbol (†) indicates a prerequisite needs to be met. Please refer to the Course Descriptions  section.

** MAT* 167  preferred

All major course requirements must be completed prior to enrolling in the internship. A grade of “C” or higher in SOC, ECE, and PSY courses. FCS students must complete 120 hours at a preapproved internship site. Authorization of a program coordinator (social services or early childhood education) is required for enrollment in HSE* 281 .


‡ Students wishing to transfer should consult a counselor regarding whether the free elective chosen will transfer to a specific institution.