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Social Sciences, Education, & Criminal Justice

Focus on the study of human behavior as it relates to individual development and group interaction through the development of analytical, research, communication, and critical thinking skills.

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Programs and courses in this pathway focus on the study of human behavior as it relates to individual development and group interaction. Students enrolled in these courses will improve their understanding of the major ideas and events that have shaped American society, law, and key social services like public education and law enforcement. Courses specific to occupational programs – such as Early Childhood, Corrections, Law Enforcement, and Education – are designed to teach students specific skills required for the respective occupation, while the remaining Social Sciences courses are designed to help students develop their analytical, research, communication, and critical thinking skills so they may enter the workforce as successful professionals.

Criminal Justice

Students in this area of study would be pursuing:


  • Corrections
  • Law Enforcement (Police Academy)

Associate of Applied Arts and Sciences (AAAS):

  • Corrections
  • Law Enforcement

Associate of Arts (AA):

  • Criminal Justice, AA

Transfer Agreements:

  • Criminal Justice, BS, FSU
  • Michigan Transfer Pathway, Criminal Justice (2+2)

Students in this area of study would be pursuing one or more of the following:

Transfer Agreements:

  • Elementary Education, BS, FSU
  • Elementary Education, BS, CMU
  • Secondary Education, BS, CMU
Early Childhood Education

WSCC’s ECE Conceptual Framework, in relationship to the community we serve include:

  1. Provide education/training, teaching practicums, and professional development to those who aspire to or are currently in the early childhood workforce. ​
  2. Intentional programming grounded in evidence-based research focused on: diversity, inclusion, needs, rights, and wellbeing of all children as identified in NAEYC’s core values and beliefs.​
  3. Responsive practices that foster cultural and linguistic humility, impacting the education and development of young children, their families, and community.
  4. Follow and implement NAEYC’s guidelines for professional standards and competencies for preparation to promote excellence in the early childhood workforce.​
  5. Engage and advocate for public policies that support a comprehensive high-quality system for early childhood professionals and the communities in which they learn, live, work, and prosper.​

The Associates for Applied Arts & Science Early Childhood Education at West Shore Community College is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs of the National Association for the Education of Young Children.The current accreditation term runs from July 2017 through September 2023

WSCC’s ECE program is NAEYC accredited. What does it mean to be NAEYC accredited? Here is a quote directly from NAEYC themselves:

“Programs that earn accreditation have demonstrated that they meet a set of national standards—agreed on by experts in the early childhood field—to ensure students graduate with the knowledge and skills all early childhood professionals should possess. The NAEYC Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs is the body that grants NAEYC Higher Education Accreditation to U.S. programs at the associate, baccalaureate, and master’s degree levels that prepare students to work in the field of early childhood.”

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Outcome Measure #1: The Number of Program Completers (Required)
Academic YearNumber of Program Completers% of program completers who were attending full-time (at the time of completion) % of program completers who were attending part-time (at the time of completion)
2022-2023Seven (7) CompletersForty-Three Percent (43%)Fifty-Seven Percent (57%)
2021-2022Ten (10) CompletersTwenty-Five Percent (25%)Seventy-Five Percent (75%)
2020-2021Eight (8) Completers Twenty-Five Percent (25%) Seventy-Five Percent (75%)

Outcome Measure #2: The Program Completion Rate (Required)
Academic year in which a Fall cohort of full-time candidates enrolled in the program (select three sequential years) Percentage of those candidates who completed the program within 150% of the published timeframe Percentage of those candidates who completed the program within (select one measure):
☐ 100% (exactly the published timeframe)
☒ 200% (twice the published timeframe) or
☐ 300% (three times the published timeframe)
2019-2020 (2 FT students) Fifty Percent (50%)Fifty Percent (50%)
2018-2019 (2 FT students) Zero Percent (0%) Zero Percent (0%)
2017-2018 (5 FT students)Twenty Percent (20%) Twenty Percent (20%)

Outcome Measure #3: Institutional Selected Data
Academic Year Outcome MeasurePerformance Data
2022-2023 Avg GPA ECE Graduates3.29
2021-2022 Avg GPA ECE Graduates 3.54
2020-2021 Avg GPA ECE Graduates3.49

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Social Science

Students in this area of study would be seeking to transfer to a four-year institution to pursue majors in fields like:

  • History
  • Political Science
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Sociology
  • Anthropology
  • Social Work
  • Psychology

Associate of Arts (AA):

All students in this area of study would pursue a general Associate of Arts Degree

Transfer Agreements: 

  • Michigan Transfer Pathway, Psychology (2+2)
  • Michigan Transfer Pathway, Social Work (2+2)

Following this pathway will allow you the opportunity to determine which certificate or degree you will earn. Each semester you will take a few of the required general education courses and will select one course from a specific area of study you want to explore further. After each semester, it is essential to reflect on whether you are still exploring or have decided on the right certificate or degree for you!

Within the Social Sciences, Education and Criminal Justice Pathway, there are three major areas of study to choose from. In some cases, you may explore a couple of areas for the first semester or two until you determine the degree that best fits you.  Here are the three major areas of study, with course selections recommended by semester:

Semester 1 Options (click to see course options)    

Semester 2 Options (click to see course options)    

As you follow the WSCC Degree Pathway – Social Sciences, Education, & Criminal Justice  , use the Semester 1 and Semester 2 options for the specific area of study you are most interested in exploring. While this pathway does lead to an Associate of Arts Transfer Degree, we strongly encourage you to update your program of study with Student Services if you have determined which degree or certificate you’d like to earn.  At that time Advisors and Faculty Mentors can provide even better course selection advice.

Let’s begin your journey through the Social Sciences, Educational and Criminal Justice Pathway!


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