The Social Sciences Division offers A.S. degree and A.A. degree programs designed to prepare students to transfer to four-year institutions, and A.A.S. degree and certificate programs designed to prepare students for careers in the social sciences immediately upon graduation.
For students majoring in Human and Social Services and Education, there is a mandatory internship experience required as part of the curriculum. Students in select programs may earn cooperative education credits for work experience related to academic or career interests.
Students who wish to take specific career courses for employment advancement are encouraged to meet with the chairperson of the Division, or coordinators of respective programs for assistance in selecting courses that will meet their special needs.
The faculty hold advanced degrees, are professionally active, and are also involved in research and publication. They serve on numerous boards and committees, and are leaders in human service fields, frequently organizing training events for agency networks in the region.
Essex County College (ECC) does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, affectional or sexual orientation, national origin, age, religion, marital status, familial status, gender identity or expression, genetic information, veteran or disability, or any other category protected by applicable law in its recruitment/enrollment, employment practices, educational programs or vocational opportunities. ECC is committed to excellence through diversity and inclusion.
Location: Level III, Yellow Area
Telephone: (973) 877-3250
Fax: (973) 623-6449
Message from Chairperson Mamie Bridgeforth
Our division is home to a wide array of fully transferable Associate in Science degree programs as well as outstanding Associate in Applied Science degree programs leading to professional employment upon graduation. We are also approved by the Certification Board, Inc. to offer academic courses for the Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor (CADC) credential in New Jersey, as well as several career building certificate programs.