An exploration into the sources of human behavior.

The social sciences deal with human society and social relationships. Coursework includes various topics, including:

  • History
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Geography
  • Economics
  • Anthropology

Through your studies, you'll understand more fully topics like prejudice, family life, democracy, human personality, crime, poverty, and unemployment.

A degree in Social Science from Herkimer College prepares you for careers in law, government, social work, and teaching. It is also designed for students who plan to transfer to four-year institutions.


View our program course requirements as published in the College Catalog.

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Cost & Financial Aid

Herkimer College offers a quality and affordable educational experience.

Cost Of Attendance

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Career opportunities await

A degree in Social Science positions you for various roles in such fields as:

  • Law
  • Government
  • Social work
  • Education

Transfer Agreements

Please review transfer agreements we have established (for our Social Science A.A. Program) with four-year colleges & universities to provide a seamless transfer of credits. Programs also offered online are denoted by asterisk *.

Online Learning

The Social Science A.A. program may also be completed entirely online through our Internet Academy. We offer the same level of care and service to online students as we do to on-campus students. All necessary services are accessible online, including registration, placement testing, bill payment, tutoring, book purchasing, and academic advisement.

Cosimo Tangorra has held numerous local and state education positions, and is now the superintendent of schools for the New Hartford School District.

Tangorra’s journey began with a degree from Herkimer in Social Science. He went on to earn a BA in Psychology from Siena College, an MS in Special Education from the College of St. Rose, and a Doctorate of Education from Sage College.

“I give Herkimer County Community College all the credit,” Tangorra says, “There have been so many people who mentored me, accepted me, advised me, who helped me develop as an educator. Now I feel obliged to do the same.”

Faculty members are central to why students from across New York, the United States, and the world choose to pursue their education at Herkimer College. Our esteemed faculty bring expertise and energy to the classroom, as well as an unwavering commitment to each student's success. Take a moment to meet some of our faculty members and discover why they remain in the hearts and minds of generations of alumni. It's easy to see why Herkimer College is among the best community colleges.