Social and Behavioral Sciences

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.

In addition to standard courses, students can choose to explore more detailed areas of interest, such as 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), and Developmentally Appropriate Infant/ Toddler Care (CDEV 250).

What is Unique About Our Social and Behavioral Science Department?

The Social and Behavioral Science department has a variety of disciplines and degrees/certificates. We have a assortment of course offerings including face-to-face courses, online courses, and hybrid courses. Students have the opportunity to take 16 week courses, 14 week courses, and 8 week courses on campus or at satellite campuses.

  • Anthropology

    Anthropology courses offer students a better understanding of world cultures, as well as observation and analysis techniques of human behavior

    ANTH 101 - Introduction to Anthropology

    ANTH 275 - Cultural Anthropology

  • Child Development

    According to the Illinois Department of Employment Security, the next 10 years will show a 42 percent growth rate in new child care related jobs. The Child Development career program is designed to prepare students for employment in a variety of positions in the growing early care and education field.

  • Education | Teacher Assistant

    Numerous professionally rewarding careers are available in the field of education. 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.

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  • Human Services

    Students in this program will have the tools needed to hold positions in diverse settings such as group homes and halfway houses, youth service agencies and programs dealing with alcoholism, drug addiction and various behavioral disorders. Depending on the employment setting and the kinds of clients served there, job titles and duties vary a great deal.

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  • History

    History courses offer students an understanding of social, cultural, political, and economic developments from various periods of time. 

  • Political Science

    Students are able to gain knowledge of national, state, and local US government, as well as comparative government studies.


  • Psychology

    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.


  • Sociology

    Sociology courses introduce students to the foundations of sociological concepts, as well as include studies of gender, sex, marriage, cultural diversity, marriage, and African American studies.