Jun 22, 2024  
2023-2024 College Catalog 
  
2023-2024 College Catalog

Advanced and Continuous Studies in Humanities & Global Studies, A.S.


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The Associate of Science degree (A.S.) in Advanced and Continuous Studies (A&CS) is described as a 3+1 program. It is a second associate degree earned at Sussex County Community College (SCCC) and simultaneously offers a third year of studies at the bachelor’s level with partnering institutions. Students must apply and be accepted into the bachelor’s program before enrolling in courses for the A.S. in Advanced and Continuous Studies. Once accepted, students are required to meet with a designated counselor to assist the students on their path to graduation from the A&CS program and toward their successful transition to the four-year institution granting the students their Bachelor of Science degree. 

SCCC has identified the need for students to progress beyond the standard number of associate degree credits while still maintaining Associate-degree level matriculation status and financial aid eligibility. The proposed A&CS Associate of Science degree provides opportunities for accessible and affordable educational pathways for its students and encourages New Jersey students to remain in-state to earn their bachelor’s degrees.

This proposed A&CS offers the second associate degree built on already-earned general education credits from the first associate degree at SCCC with an additional 29-30 new credits, for a total of 90 unique credits earned at SCCC. These 90 unique credits will then directly transfer to Ramapo College of New Jersey [RCNJ] and allow A&CC degree graduates to pursue their bachelor degrees.

This new pathway to baccalaureate attainment would not have been possible without the New Jersey Legislature enacting N.J.S. 18A:3B-78.  This ground-breaking statute established in 2018 that “A four-year institution of higher education and a county college may partner to establish a three plus one-degree program for a baccalaureate degree in such majors as the institutions of higher education may determine.”

The proposed A.S. in Advanced and Continuous Studies with Ramapo College of New Jersey enables implementation of this legislation. It offers students a path to earn a second associate degree at Sussex County Community College [SCCC] while simultaneously preparing students to complete the final year (senior year) of studies at Ramapo College of New Jersey. Thus, students will earn two associate degrees at SCCC and then transfer to RCNJ to complete a final number of credits to earn a bachelor’s degree. For the A.S. in Advanced and Continuous Studies, students must apply and be accepted into the bachelor’s program at RCNJ before enrolling in courses for the A.S. in Advanced and Continuous Studies.  Once accepted students are required to meet with a dedicated 3 +1 Advisor. The 3 +1 Advisor will be staffed by an advisor shared between SCCC and RCNJ. This shared role will provide appropriate advisement for matriculation into the program and, ultimately, provide students the mentoring so helpful on the pathway to successful graduation.

First Year - SCCC A.A. Liberal Arts


Fall Semester


Total Semester Hours: 15


Winter Session


Spring Semester


  • Credits: 3
  • LSCI 000 - Science Gen Ed Requirement Credits: 3
  • GTEC 000 - Technology Gen Ed Requirement Credits: 3
  • GHMN 000 - Humanities Gen Ed Requirement Credits: 3
  • GSOC 000 - Social Science Gen Ed Requirement Credits: 3

Total Semester Hours: 15


Summer Session


Second Year - SCCC A.A. Liberal Arts


Fall Semester


  • Credits: 3
  • GMSC 000 - Math or Science Gen Ed Requirement Credits: 3
  • HIST 001 - History Gen Ed Requirement Credits: 3

  • GLIT 000 - Literature Elective Credits: 3

  • LIBA 000 - Liberal Arts Elective Credits: 3

Total Semester Hours: 15


Winter Session


Spring Semester


  • HIST 001 - History Gen Ed Requirement Global and Cultural Credits: 3
  • GLCA 001 - Awareness Gen Ed Requirement Credits: 3
  • PHIL 000 - Philosophy Gen Ed Requirement Credits: 3
  • LIBA 000 - Liberal Arts Elective Credits: 3
  • LIBA 000 - Liberal Arts Elective Credits: 3

Total Semester Hours: 15


Summer Session


Total Program Hours: 60


Third Year - SCCC A.S. Advanced & Continuous Studies


Total Semester Hours: 15


Spring Semester


Total Semester Hours: 15


Total Program Hours: 60*


*An additional 30 credits of Gen Ed courses from your A.A. Liberal Arts degree will be used to complete the 60 credits needed for the A.S. Advanced and Continuous Studies degree.

Fourth Year - RCNJ B.A. Humanities and Global Studies


Your final year of courses will be taken at Ramapo College of New Jersey, with the expectation that the courses will be in-person. The scheduling of those courses will be done in conjunction with your Ramapo advisor. A minimum of an additional 38 credits are required to complete the B.A. Humanities and Global Studies degree.

Total Program Hours: 128**


**Credits from your A.A. Liberal Arts and A.S. Advanced & Continuous Studies degrees will be used to complete the additional credits needed for the B.A. Humanities & Global Studies degree at RCNJ.

This plan is based on the completion of an Associate of Arts degree at Sussex County Community College, encompassing all recommended courses. This plan is subject to change.

A.S. Advanced & Continuous Studies Electives (12 credits)


Choose 6 credits of any college level course, a 3 credit Intermediate World Language I and a 3 credit Liberal Arts elective as long as it was not taken to fulfill requirements for your SCCC A.A. Liberal Arts degree.  Developmental courses cannot be used as an elective.

A.A. Liberal Arts - Global & Cultural Awareness General Education Courses (Recommended)


Recommended courses listed below but student can also choose from the list of approved Humanities General Education  courses listed in the College Catalog. 

A.A. Liberal Arts - History General Education courses (Recommended)


Recommended courses listed below but student can also choose from the list of approved History General Education  courses in the College Catalog. 

Must choose a level I & II course sequence.

A.A. Liberal Arts - Humanities General Education Courses (Recommended)


Recommended courses listed below:

  • World Language I
  • World Language II

A.A. Liberal Arts - Liberal Arts Elective courses (Recommended)


Recommended courses listed below but student can also choose from the list of approved Liberal Arts Electives courses in the College Catalog.

A.A. Liberal Arts - Math General Education courses


Choose from the list of approved Math General Education  courses in the College Catalog.

A.A. Liberal Arts - Philosophy General Education courses (Recommended)


Recommended courses are listed below, but students can also choose from the list of approved Philosophy General Education  courses in the College Catalog.

A.A. Liberal Arts - Science General Education courses


Choose from the list of approved Science General Education  courses in the College Catalog.

A.A. Liberal Arts - Social Science General Education courses (Recommended)


Recommended courses listed below, but students can also choose from the list of approved Philosophy General Education  courses in the College Catalog.

A.A. Liberal Arts - Technology General Education courses


Choose from the list of approved Technology General Education  courses in the College Catalog.

Developmental Courses


Sussex has embraced a practice of directed self-choice whereby students are encouraged, through guided conversations with an advisor, to best determine their readiness for this course. Students should be aware that Developmental Studies  exist and are available to help strengthen skills and encourage success. Pursuing testing and/or developmental courses is entirely up to the student. Further, testing, though providing a valuable reference point for reflection, does not create for the student an obligation to follow Accuplacer recommendations. 

The exception to this is where students seek enrollment in higher-level math courses. Students wishing to enroll in the following math courses are required to take and adhere to placement guidance from, the Advanced Algebra and Functions test, as part of Accuplacer, through the college’s testing center, for admission into any of the following courses: MATH 110, MATH 112, and MATH 113. Please note, courses in other disciplines may also require advanced mathematics placement. Students should check with their advisor. 

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