Humanities & Social Sciences
An associate degree is the label or credential a person earns upon completing an academic program that requires a minimum of 60 college credits.
A baccalaureate degree (also known as a bachelor's degree) is the label (or credential) which a person earns upon completing an academic program that requires a minimum of 120 college credits.
Short for "credit hour," the term "credit" is the traditional academic unit for measuring a course in terms of the number of hours of classroom instruction involved. For example, generally a three-credit course meets for three hours (three 50-minute hour sessions, two 1.25 hour sessions, or one 2.5 hour session) per week for 15 weeks; this generates a total of 45 class hours over a semester.
Disciplines of the Humanities and Social Sciences:
"Humanities" and "Social Sciences" are the two categories into which disciplines that focus on the thought and behavior of human beings have traditionally been placed. Beyond that, it's difficult to identify precisely the disciplines in each category, because of changes in the definitions of each over time, changes in the development of individual disciplines, and varied opinions even at the present as to which discipline should be placed in which category.
An elective is a course a student chooses based on her or his professional or personal interests. Different programs will usually apply restrictions regarding the number and the nature of courses from the various categories of courses (Humanities, Social Sciences, Sciences, Mathematics, Arts, Liberal Arts, or other specialized groups).
"Liberal arts" is the term for a cluster of fields of study that, in Western culture, have traditionally been considered essential for adequate education and civic participation. These fields have included disciplines within the Humanities, Social Sciences, Mathematics, and Sciences.
"Matriculation" refers to a student's official enrollment in a particular program of study: a matriculated student has identified a degree or certificate in a particular field as her or his academic goal, whereas a non-matriculated student takes courses that are not necessarily intended to fit into a particular program of study.
A paraprofessional is someone who is educated and specifically trained to assist professional in specific fields, such as Early Childhood Education and Social Work.
Pre-requisites are courses and/or levels of competency which must have been fulfilled before a student can enroll in a particular course. Pre-requisites are necessary for any course which presents the course material with a presumption of a certain level of prior knowledge, experience, and/or competency. Success in such courses is heavily dependent on meeting the pre-requisites.
A semester is one-half of the traditional academic "year" that runs from around September through May. Typically, semesters include 15 weeks of classroom instruction.
"Two-year" college is a label often mistakenly attached to community or "junior" colleges like SCCC which provide programs that either constitute the first half of most baccalaureate degree programs offered by "senior" colleges or programs intended to help a student enter a paraprofessional job immediately after graduation.
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