The Human Services, Education, and Social Sciences Pathway is a good option for students who are compassionate, enjoy using research based methods to serve others, and want to help improve individual lives and society as a whole. Academic programs in this pathway can lead directly to careers in education, public service, and the non-profit and government sector as well as those that require further education such as law, historic preservation, geographic information systems, financial planning, archeology, international studies, social work, psychology, and counseling. Graduates with these skills are in high demand by employers in a variety of fields and in graduate professional programs.
The pathway associate degree is designed to help students deciding on their academic and career goals to identify an area of interest. It is also designed for students who are interested in transferring to a college or university to complete a bachelor’s degree in an area where GRCC does not have an academic program. This degree can be customized to meet individual student’s needs. It also allows students to fulfill general education and graduation requirements at GRCC and transfer to a 4-year institution to complete a bachelor’s degree.
Transfer Programs are designed to fulfill GRCC general education and graduation requirements and prepare students to transfer to a college or university to complete a bachelor’s degree. Transfer type associate degree programs focus on prerequisite coursework to a particular major, while articulated transfer degrees are based on formal agreements and are guaranteed to transfer to a college or university if minimum grades and other stated standards are met.
Career programs are designed to prepare students for employment or advancement in a specific career field. These programs include both associate degrees and certificates and are not intended for transfer. Career Assoicate Degree programs meet the GRCC graduation requirements, but do not require completion of all of the GRCC general education requirements.