Arts, Media, and Social Sciences: Areas of Study

Fine and Applied Arts:

Fine and Applied Arts encompasses art and design, media, music, and theatre arts. These programs provide hands-on experiences designed to help prepare you for transfer or a career.

Art & Design: 

encompasses fine arts classes such as drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, photography, jewelry making, art history, graphic design, and art education.  


explores various methods and media that we use to connect with, influence, and motivate one another.


Explore areas of interest including radio broadcast, video production, music recording, photography, and more. Learn how to create media content through hand-on experiences.


Enhances skills in musicianship - music theory and ear training through coursework, participation in ensembles and private lessons.  Also offers a concentration in music technology with an emphasis on audio production.

Theatre Arts:

includes performance skills that emphasize acting, voice, and movement, as well as tech and design skills in areas such as costuming, lighting, and stagecraft. provides opportunities to be involved in Parkland productions.


Social Sciences:

Topics in social sciences fields are varied but they share in common the goal of understanding people and the institutions that people have created. if you want to understand yourself, your community, or the wide world a little better we have something for you in Social Sciences courses.


studies what makes us human. Anthropologists specialize and work in fields as varied as forensics, genetics, cultural resource management,  museums, non-profits, and education.

Criminal Justice:

prepares graduates to enter careers in municipal, county, state, and federal law enforcement agencies or in the private security field.

Early Childhood Education:

prepares students to transfer to bachelor programs in the field, and complete the Illinois Professional Educator Licensure for birth to 2nd grade to work in Early Childhood Centers.


focuses on topics such as the behavior of the consumer, supply and demand, and consumer choice.



prepares graduates to transfer to earn a bachelor's degree specializing in elementary education, secondary education, or special education.


learn to use analytical processes to help understand some of the key issues of our world such as population growth, climate, and energy use.


classes use a wide variety of methods to uncover the stories of the past by developing skills in investigative techniques, creative problem solving, and data analysis.

Political Science:

helps us learn how government functions in society and how power is used and allocated in the world.


uses the scientific method to study thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and the relationship between mind and body. 

Social Work:

prepares graduates for transfer for advanced degrees; social workers help people in every stage of life to access services to improve their quality of life, and also advocate and aid the most marginalized sectors of society.


studies social issues at both the individual and societal level, including race relations, deviant behavior, crime, poverty and wealth, prejudice and discrimination, marriage and family, and social movements.