If you’re an empathetic servant leader who enjoy helping others, learning about human behavior and working in groups, this pathway is for you. JJC can prepare you for several in-demand career fields, such as psychology, sociology, education, human services and more. You can expect to participate in classroom activities that will enhance your resume and easy transfer opportunities to four-year schools.
Some highlights include:
- Classes that teach basic strategies that professionals use in the field everyday
- Preparations for certifications that will help you enter certain career paths only after a few semesters (like teacher’s assistants)
- Fundamental classes that will improve your confidence and skillset
Joliet Junior College's Social and Behavioral Sciences Department offers classes in anthropology, child development, education, history, political science, psychology, and sociology for transfer/occupational degree programs.
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In addition to standard courses, students can choose to explore more detailed areas of interest, including:
- French Revolution (HIST 205)
- The Civil War and Reconstruction (HIST 250)
- History of WW II (HIST 270)
- Marriage and the Family (SOC 270)
- Cultural Diversity in America (SOC 290)
- Stress Management (PSYC 272)
- Developmentally Appropriate Infant/Toddler Care (CDEV 250)
What is Unique About Social & Behavioral Sciences?
The Social & Behavioral Sciences Department has a variety of disciplines, degrees/certificates and an assortment of course offerings including face-to-face classes, online classes, and hybrid classes. Students have the opportunity to take courses that last between eight and 16 weeks.
Department Chair and Professor, Social and Behavioral Sciences
Programs & Course Offerings
Anthropology courses offer students a better understanding of world cultures in addition to an observation and analysis techniques of human behavior.
- ANTH 101 - Introduction to Anthropology
- ANTH 275 - Cultural Anthropology
History courses offer students an understanding of social, cultural, political, and economic developments from various periods of time.
Students will gain knowledge of national, state and local U.S. government in addition to comparative government studies.
Sociology courses introduce students to the foundations of sociological concepts. Studies include: gender, sex, marriage, cultural diversity, marriage and African American studies.
At JJC, you can earn your general education requirements and introductory professional education courses at an affordable price, then transfer to complete a bachelor’s degree in education. JJC also offers a Teacher Assistant program for those who want to enter the field immediately after JJC.
Professional education courses such as Introduction to Education (EDUC 101), Introduction to Technology in Education (EDUC 115) and Students with Disabilities in Schools (EDUC 240) are available for students to take at JJC. Those who want to pursue a career in teaching should first meet with an advisor to determine what classes are best for their career goals.
What is Unique About Our Program?
From expert professors with real world experience to the flexibility of evening, online or hybrid classes, JJC has many benefits for education majors. In addition to academics, JJC also offers leadership opportunities, an Athletics program and free tutoring.
Students can choose to pursue an associate of arts or science degree for transfer. JJC also offers a Teacher Assistant associate of applied science degree and certificate.
What Are My Career Opportunities?
Career opportunities include elementary, middle school, high school and special education. To learn more, contact an advisor or visit the Career Services Center.
Teacher assistants support public or private school teachers in daily classroom activities. They provide assistance in regular classrooms, in special education classrooms, and in one-on-one situations with special needs students. Teacher assistants are being employed at all levels of education from early childhood through secondary education.
JJC's program will prepare students for fulfilling careers in child care and early child education. Our courses are intentionally organized with practical, competency driven field experiences including support within an on campus early education program.
Psychology courses offer students both an introduction to psychological concepts as well as in-depth looks at topics such as abnormal psychology, child development, health psychology, stress management and more.
Resources for Students Interested in Majoring in Psychology
- APA Guide to Careers in Psychology: Information about of the field of psychology and employment opportunities for psychology majors
- Pursuing Psychology Careers:
- Information on possible careers one can seek with psychology degree:
- Information on pre-professional experiences such as internships
National Scholarships in Psychology Websites
Scholarships Specific to Psychology in Selected Illinois Schools
- Eastern Illinois University
- Illinois State University
- Northern Illinois University
- Southern Illinois University
- University of Illinois at Chicago
- Western Illinois University
Local Colleges and Universities
- General list of scholarships, the Dr. John Greenwood Endowed Scholarship is specific to psychology
- St. Francis
- General list of scholarships; the Jane Engleton Snyder ’35 Scholarship, the Virginia J. Saxon Trust for Scholarships and the Frances Naal-Sczepaniak Endowed Scholarship have psychology as a preferred major
Be sure to contact admissions and financial aid as well as research scholarships at the specific school to which you are applying. There may be additional grants, work-study programs or scholarships available to you based on merit and/or need.
Specialization Fields within Psychology
As a Human Services student, you'll review case studies, learn basic strategies that professionals use in the field and participate in fieldwork and internships.
Want to learn more? Contact Pattie Katralis below or visit our Human Services page.
Department Chair and Professor, Social and Behavioral Sciences
Transfer to a Four-Year School
You can save thousands on your education by attending JJC your first two semesters compared to a four-year public or private institution.
As a member of the Illinois Consortium for International Studies and Programs (ICISP), JJC offers many study abroad opportunities around the world for students of any major. Destinations include Japan, Costa Rica, England, France and more!
How to Study Abroad
At JJC, you can choose to study abroad during the fall, spring or summer semesters. All students who want to study abroad should fill out an application and have it completed by the deadlines below.
- Spring Program: October 15
- Summer Program: February 15
- Fall Program: May 15
Regional Employment & Annual Openings - Teacher Assistants
Employment (Regional) Annual Openings 2019 169,991 20,352 2020 172,428 2021 174,434 2022 176,072 2023 177,565
Annual Earnings & Median Earnings - Teacher Assistants
Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings 10 $25,620.61 $35,366.48 25 $29,458.47 50 $35,366.48 75 $42,066.39 90 $49,369.97
Education Attainment Levels - Teacher Assistants
Education Attainment Levels (By Percent) A High School Diploma Or Less 22.08 A Certificate 30.84 Some College 23.39 An Associate Degree 18.65 A Bachelor's Degree 0.00 A Master's Or Professional Degree 5.05 A Doctoral Degree Or More 0.00
Regional Employment & Annual Openings - Lawyers
Employment (Regional) Annual Openings 2019 119,740 7,453 2020 121,369 2021 122,765 2022 123,987 2023 125,073
Annual Earnings & Median Earnings - Lawyers
Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings 10 $60,355.75 $139,110.92 25 $87,785.34 50 $139,110.92 75 $219,640.04 90 $298,959.03
Education Attainment Levels - Lawyers
Education Attainment Levels (By Percent) A High School Diploma Or Less 0.00 A Certificate 0.00 Some College 0.00 An Associate Degree 0.00 A Bachelor's Degree 0.00 A Master's Or Professional Degree 67.83 A Doctoral Degree Or More 32.18
Child, Family, and School Social Workers
Regional Employment & Annual Openings - Child, Family, and School Social Workers
Employment (Regional) Annual Openings 2019 33,864 4,232 2020 34,777 2021 35,535 2022 36,169 2023 36,730
Annual Earnings & Median Earnings - Child, Family, and School Social Workers
Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings 10 $35,409.89 $55,316.76 25 $43,619.32 50 $55,316.76 75 $74,249.76 90 $94,958.35
Education Attainment Levels - Child, Family, and School Social Workers
Education Attainment Levels (By Percent) A High School Diploma Or Less 0.00 A Certificate 0.00 Some College 0.00 An Associate Degree 5.51 A Bachelor's Degree 68.66 A Master's Or Professional Degree 25.83 A Doctoral Degree Or More 0.00