General Studies/Legal & Social Studies

Degree offered

Associate in Science in General Studies (Legal & Social Studies)

Credits required 60

Dean

Kathleen Pearle, kathleen.pearle@bristolcc.edu

Program contact

TBD

Program Code:  GS

Concentration Code:  LS

Program Goals Statement

This program provides students an opportunity to explore the Social Sciences and Legal Studies programs available at the College.  These programs prepare students for positions in the criminal justice and social services system or for transfer into a baccalaureate, degree-granting institution in their chosen social sciences or legal discipline.  Developing and practicing helping relationships are emphasized in these programs.  It can also prepare current practitioners for career advancement.

Program Information

  • Students should take any required developmental courses in their first semester.
  • The skills developed provide excellent job mobility in some of the fastest growing professions in America.  Students can work in general position or specialize in a wide variety of fields within business, professional, and government entities. 
  • The faculty represent all of the major fields of the criminal justice, legal and social services systems, and students benefit from their years of formal study and professional experience.
  • Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) credit is available to students for some program and general education courses with approval by the appropriate Department Chairperson.
  • Students should consider completing certificates that contain required program courses that will complement their degree.

 After BCC

  • Students are encouraged to select a specific social and legal studies program, including Criminal Justice, CIS-Computer Forensics, Human Services, Deaf Studies-Human Services, OFC-Legal Office Concentration, Paralegal or a Certificate(s) in these disciplines.
  • Graduates from these programs can:
  1. Work in law enforcement agencies, the private commercial sector, and law firms as state and local police, correctional and probation officers and computer forensics technicians.
  2. Be employed in a variety of settings, including law firms, corporate law departments, financial institutions, government agencies, or courts.
  3. Transfer to Bachelors programs in Social Work, Sociology, or Psychology.
  • If you plan to transfer to a four-year institution, visit the Transfer Affairs website at www.BristolCC.edu/transfer.

Degree Requirements

General Courses

COM 101Fundamentals of Public Speaking

3 credits

CSS 101College Success Seminar

1 credit

ENG 101Composition I: College Writing

3 credits

ENG 102Composition II: Writing about Literature

3 credits

HST 114United States History from 1877

3 credits

MTH 119Fundamental Statistics

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:16

Choose one Sociology Course

SOC 101Principles of Sociology

3 credits

SOC 252The Sociology of Human Relations

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:3

Choose Two Program Exploratory Courses

CRJ 101Introduction to Criminal Justice

3 credits

CRJ 113Criminal Law

3 credits

LGL 180Introduction to Law

3 credits

PLS 100Introduction to Paralegal Studied and Legal Ethics

3 credits

PLS 121Family Law and Procedure

3 credits

PSY 101General Psychology

3 credits

SER 101Introduction to Social Welfare

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:3

Electives

Scientific Reasoning and Discovery Elective

3-4 credits

PLS 105Law Office Management

3 credits

LGL 160Law Office Technology

3 credits

Or

Technical Literacy Elective

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:3

See General Education Competency Courses - Scientific Reasoning and Discovery for course listings.
Technical Literacy Elective - Waived for students who have successfully completed two online courses.

Program Electives


Consult with your advisor to select college-level courses to achieve a total of at least 60 credits.
Students should complete the required General courses as early as possible.

Recommended Electives (provided the prerequisite(s) have been met) include:  ACC, ASL, CED, CIS, CIT, COM, CCRJ, DST, ECN, FIR, GIS, GVT, HLT, HST, LGL, OFC, PLS, PHL, PSY, SER, SOC, or Foreign Language.

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 1

COM 101Fundamentals of Public Speaking

3 credits

CSS 101College Success Seminar

1 credit

ENG 101Composition I: College Writing

3 credits

MTH 119Fundamental Statistics

3 credits

SOC 101Principles of Sociology

3 credits

Or

SOC 252The Sociology of Human Relations

3 credits

Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 2

ENG 102Composition II: Writing about Literature

3 credits

HST 114United States History from 1877

3 credits

Technical Literacy Elective

3 credits

Program Exploratory Course

Scientific Reasoning and Discovery Elective

3-4 credits

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 3

Program Electives

PLS 105Law Office Management

3 credits

LGL 160Law Office Technology

3 credits

Or

Technical Literacy Elective

3 credits

Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 4

Program Electives

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