Social Sciences

The Social Sciences Department at the Quad-Cities Campus offers courses in the academic disciplines of anthropology-archaeology, criminal justice, economics, education, fire service, history and political science. Specific courses within these disciplines are designed to appeal to students intending to become discipline majors, as well as those fulfilling the college’s general educational requirements or other curriculum requirements.

The department offers both transfer and career degrees. The Associate in Arts, Associate in Science and Associate in Applied Science degrees are available, depending on your goals. In addition, certificate programs are available in law enforcement and private security. Courses applying to pre-law are also available.

Because to the variety of disciplines and course offerings within the department, your should carefully consult with advisors to ensure that, if you intend to transfer to four-year institutions, you are taking the correct series of courses.

State-of-the-art facilities
A new criminalistics forensic lab will be available in Fall 2017 for criminal justice students to have the opportunity to develop and practice skills in a lab that is one of the most comprehensive in the state of Illinois.

Political science internships
Students enrolled in the Selected Studies in Political Science (POLS 258) may work as interns for the local office of the district’s member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Several political science students also have worked locally on campaigns for local, state and national candidates.

 Did you know …
This department is part of the effort to promote Asian studies at Black Hawk College. We have several alumni of the East-West Center’s Asian Studies Development Program which promotes better relations and understanding among the people and nations of the United States, Asia and the Pacific through cooperative study, research and dialogue.

Extracurricular Activities

Student clubs:
A wide variety of clubs cater to many interests and are free to join and take part in. Participating is a great way to enhance your academic experience and meet new friends!

If you have a new club idea, stop by the Student Life Office in Building 4 to find out how to get started.

Join a Club

Special events on and around campus:
• League of Social Scientists
• Field trips to the Field Museum in Chicago
• History movie nights
• Organize the Erskine Carter Symposium twice a year
• A variety of Asian studies activities including workshops, Chinese costume displays, calligraphy displays and film nights
• Collaborate with Women’s History Month activities
• Assist with STEM activities or events on campus


The Criminal Justice Technology Associate in Applied Science provides a working knowledge of the criminal justice system through the criminal justice courses in the curriculum. An understanding of human behavior is provided by the psychology and sociology courses, and the government courses provide knowledge of bureaucratic structure. Students are prepared to compete for local and state criminal justice jobs and also are qualified to enter the private security field.

The Fire Service Officer Associate in Applied Science is primarily designed for employed firefighters and volunteer firefighters who want to upgrade job skills. Students completing the recommended courses are well-prepared to compete for positions in the fire science field.

Transfer programs
If you plan to transfer to a four-year institution, you can earn or Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree.

Explore Transfer Programs

Career programs
If you plan to go right into the workforce after graduation, you can earn a certificate or Associate in Applied Science degree by enrolling in one of the career programs offered through the department.

Program Name Code Award Credits Category Department Keywords
Program Name Code Award Credits Category Department Keywords
Fire Service Officer (AAS) 5022 AAS Degree 64 Trade and Technical Career Programs Social Sciences
Criminal Justice Certificate 5749 Certificate 30 Trade and Technical Career Programs Social Sciences law
Criminal Justice Technology (AAS) 5149 AAS Degree 60 Trade and Technical Career Programs Social Sciences law, law enforcement