The School of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (AHSS) serves virtually every student who enrolls at Springfield Technical Community College. Whether the student is looking for an education that provides career training, the ability to transfer to a baccalaureate program, or is exploring his/her options, AHSS offers the most flexible options for our students.
At the heart of AHSS is the General Studies program. General Studies allows students the ability to create a flexible program that comprises the basic components of a liberal arts education: composition, behavioral/social sciences, humanities, mathematics, science, and computer literacy. Oftentimes referred to as General Education requirements, these core classes allow our students to develop a broad training in being able to acquire knowledge from various sources to find truth. The concept of the liberal arts has a rich history spanning thousands of years and is imperative in developing an informed citizenry. As students complete this General Education core, they will also have the opportunity to complete coursework that will help them achieve both future education and career goals (these courses are referred to as electives).
Outside of the General Studies program, AHSS offers a number of degree and certificate programs that provide students with both transfer opportunities and real world skills that they can use immediately in their career. Early Childhood Education will prepare students with the skills they need to work teaching our youngest members of society; courses within this area satisfy the requirements for certification. Both Elementary and Secondary Education options allow for transfer to other institutions after their preliminary coursework to become an educator is completed. Our Criminal Justice program offers three different options including an immediate career option, a transfer option, and a certificate. The Human Services/Social Work degree will allow students to learn the skills to work immediately in the Human Service field following a semester-long practicum. It also allows for immediate transfer to local colleges and universities.
Additionally, the School of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences houses both Fine Arts and Theater Arts. We offer a robust Fine Arts program with a number of studio art options that include, but are not limited to, printmaking, drawing, painting, photography, and digital arts. The Amy H. Carberry Gallery hosts exhibition space for local, national, and student artists and is always changing. Each semester, The Gallery Players, our theater group, sign up for College Theater Workshop and synthesize a remarkable production. The arts are alive and well at STCC!
The School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences is overseen by Interim Dean Richard Greco.
The departments within the School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences are listed below. Select the “Go to information” link for a list of that department’s course offerings, or select from the “Programs” list to see degree or certificate offerings within that department.