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Welcome from the Dean

Welcome to the Education and Social Sciences Area. Our award-winning faculty members teach courses in education, anthropology, criminal justice, psychology, and sociology. For the convenience of students, we offer day, evening, and Saturday classes in face-to-face classrooms as well as online. Consistent with the Montgomery College mission, we strive to empower our students to change their lives, and we enrich the life of our community.   


Our Education and Social Sciences Area includes the Department of Education and Social Sciences at Germantown; the Department of Education and Psychology at Rockville; the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice at Rockville, the cohort of Education and Social Sciences at Takoma Park / Silver Spring; and the School of Education.  


The School of Education offers programs for those with a variety of career goals: early childhood worker training and professional development, including an Associate of Applied Science degree accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children; Associate of Arts in Teaching programs that serve as transfer pathways to teacher education programs at any college or university in Maryland; and opportunities for career changers to become teachers through coursework or via our Montgomery County Public Schools ACET (Alternative Certification for Effective Teachers) partnership program.  


Our social science courses focus on the analysis of mental processes, behavior, culture, society, and the social and biological diversity of human existence. Topics in these courses encourage students to develop conceptual, analytical, and critical thinking skills that foster and support academic success.  

Our anthropology discipline provides a strong foundation in both cultural and physical anthropology/ archaeology. Students in our cultural classes have the opportunity to complete a hands-on ethnographic research project, while students in our physical anthropology classes participate in a primate behavior research project and have the opportunity to take part in an archeological excavation in Montgomery County.   


The criminal justice program offers a challenging academic environment supported by highly committed faculty with practical experience in the field. The program includes a broad range of course options in policing, the courts, corrections, criminological theory, and criminal law. A strong academic core, combined with specialized career courses, provides the knowledge and skills necessary for competitive employment or continued academic studies at an institution of higher learning.   


Our psychology discipline offers courses covering various sub disciplines. The psychology discipline sponsors a series of Brown Bag forums and “Psychology at the Movies” events throughout the year. Some of our psychology classes provide the opportunity for Student Service Learning Projects, which allow students to apply what they are learning to real-life situations.  


Our sociology program develops students’ abilities to comprehend our diverse society by applying sociological concepts, theories, and research methods to an analysis of the relationship between social structures and individual actions, and by examining forms of social inequalities such as race, ethnicity, and gender in a global context. Students also develop the ability to think critically and apply scholarly approaches to understanding society.  



With a sense of urgency for the future, Montgomery College will be a national model of educational excellence, opportunity, and student success. Our organization will be characterized by agility and relevance as it meets the dynamic challenges facing our students and community.    





Eric Benjamin, Ph.D.   

Interim Dean   

Education and Social Sciences 

Montgomery College    




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