School of Justice and Social Sciences Majors and Minors
The School of Justice and Social Sciences offers the following professional bachelors’ degrees in the social sciences:
The criminal justice major provides students with an interdisciplinary perspective on criminal justice that balances both theoretical knowledge and practical application.
Minors/certificates offered through the criminal justice program are:
- Criminal Justice
- Victimology and Victim Studies (minor and certificate)
- Forensic Studies
- Teacher of Students with or without Disabilities (PreK–2) teacher preparation licensure track to complement the Bachelor of Arts degree (see School of Education)
Bachelor of Arts in Human Development and Human Services
The Bachelor of Arts in Human Development and Human Services provides students with a broad-based and interdisciplinary education focused on the preparation of individuals who seek a career in a wide variety of professional settings in education, human services, social services, and related fields.
Minors offered through the human development and human services program are:
- Human Development and Human Services (HDS)
- Early Education and Care (birth–8 years) – for HDS majors
- Out of School Time (5–13 years) – for HDS majors
- Early Education and Care Leadership – for HDS majors
The major in legal studies examines law as an area of liberal study.
Political science studies questions about the common problems people face in all countries, as well as the particular problems people face in any given country.
As the study of politics is inherently multicultural and multidisciplinary, students will confront diverse political experiences and viewpoints. The political science program exposes students to philosophical thinking, the empirical study of politics, and the search for a "scientific" explanation of political behavior. In all, the program seeks to acquaint students with the great issues of politics and alternative ways to analyze those issues; strengthen their critical thinking, research, and communication skills; clarify and reexamine their own political values and beliefs; and prepare them for careers in government, public policy, law, business, teaching, the nonprofit sector and related fields, and/or graduate study.
The psychology program has as its primary goal the preparation of students for graduate programs and work in the human services field.
A minor in psychology is offered through the psychology program.
The major in public policy is interdisciplinary, integrating knowledge from business, criminal justice, economics, legal studies, and political science.
Bachelor of Arts in Social Work
Accredited at the baccalaureate level by the Council on Social Work Education, the Bachelor of Social Work program at Anna Maria College is dedicated to preparing social work students for further education and employment.
Following professional tradition, the social work program prepares baccalaureate-level students for
generalist practice and uses a holistic approach and person-in-environment (the family, community, organizations, and broad social systems) framework that simultaneously focuses on strategies and guidelines for ethical practice, advocacy skills, and respect for human dignity. Specifically, students focus on the development of professional social work competencies including the development of critical thinking skills, an appreciation for diversity and difference, an understanding of research methods and theoretical frameworks informing human development, an ability to advance social justice and influence policy, and an ability to effectively assist clients using a variety of interventive techniques. Faculty members, who have significant professional and academic experience, provide students with a comprehensive foundation for the practice of social work in fulfillment of the College's mission to educate the whole person.
A minor in social welfare is offered through the social work program.
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
A minor in sociology is offered through the sociology program.
Students interested in a Liberal Studies or a Self-Designed Bachelor of Arts degree are encouraged to contact their faculty advisor to discuss these options.
Students who wish to pursue graduate or professional study can complete the requisite coursework through courses offered in the School of Justice and Social Sciences and the Colleges of Worcester Consortium. Through the Fifth-Year Option at Anna Maria College, advanced students may also earn up to two courses in advanced placement graduate credits. Students are encouraged to discuss fifth-year option programs with their academic advisors.
Dean, School of Justice and Social Sciences
Dr. Christine Holmes has been associated with Anna Maria College since 1999. As Director of Education Programs, Dr. Holmes has infused AMC’s educator preparation programs with rigor and excellence, helping to produce professional teachers and educators who have been recognized in their fields. Respected by her colleagues both on and off campus, Dr. Holmes was promoted to full professorship in 2011 and received the AMC Excellence Award for academic year 2011–2012.
A graduate of Fitchburg State College, Dr. Holmes received her M.S. from Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts, and earned her Ed.D. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her background and experience in the areas of human development and education complement her ongoing research that focuses on college teacher beliefs and conceptions about teaching and learning, preservice teacher preparation, inservice and mentor teacher training, affective learning, and ways of teaching and learning both face to face and online.
Dr. Holmes is cofounder of the Center for Teaching Excellence and serves as its Director as well as a faculty mentor. In this capacity, her work focuses on faculty development and developmental supervision.
Licensure and Certification
• Massachusetts State Teacher Licensure, Early Childhood (N-3)
• Commonwealth of Massachusetts EEC LT PS I/T DII
Ongoing research on college teacher beliefs and conceptions about teaching and learning; preservice teacher preparation; inservice and mentor teacher training; developmental supervision; affective learning; and ways of teaching and learning both face to face and online.
Eliason, S., & Holmes, C. L. (2012, February). A course redesign project to change faculty orientation toward teaching. Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 12 (1), 36-48. Retrieved from http://josotl.indiana.edu/article/view/1974
Eliason, S.K., & Holmes, C.L. (2010, June). Reflective Practice and Inquiry in Professional Development for Online Teaching. Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, 6(2), 454-465.
Holmes, C. L. (2009, Summer). An intergenerational program with benefits. Early Childhood Education Journal, 37(2), 113-119. doi:10.1007/s10643-009-0329-9.
Holmes, C. L., & Eliason, S. K. (2008, Fall). Playing with ideas engaging students in the electronic environment: Your learning environment is a playground. NEFDC Exchange, 19 (1), 10-12. Retrieved from New England Faculty Development Consortium Web site: https://www.nefdc.org/images/exchange/Fall2008.pdf
Holmes, C.L. (2004). College teachers’ orientation to teaching: A comparative case study (Doctoral. Unpublished doctoral dissertation. University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA UMI No. 3152707).
Engaging Evidence: Improving Assessment and August 2012
Performance of Students in a First-Year Washington, DC
Experience Course (Poster Presentation)
Council of Independent Colleges Engaging Evidence Conference
Mentoring as Professional Development for Mid-Career May 2010
Faculty in Higher Education (Poster Presentation) Westford, Massachusetts
New England Faculty Development Consortium Conference
“Teaching for Learning”
Pedagogical Preparation from a Student August 2009
and Course Designer Perspective (Presentation) San Jose, California
Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning
and Online Teaching (MERLOT) Teaching and Learning
in a Networked World International Conference
Playing with Ideas: Engaging Students in the July 2008
Electronic Environment (Poster Presentation & Paper) Las Vegas, Nevada
BbWorld ’08: Ideas into Action International Conference
Negotiating Higher Education (Workshop) January 2008
The Role of the Director in Supporting Staff Development Worcester, Massachusetts
Early Education and Care: Building Careers
Playing with Ideas: Engaging Students in the November 2007
Electronic Environment (Poster Presentation) Worcester,Massachusetts
New England Faculty Development Consortium Conference
The Changing Field of Early Childhood Education April 2005
(Keynote Address) Needham, Massachusetts
Leadership Skills that Promote Change (Workshop) April 2005
Celebrating Excellence Early Childhood Training Conference Needham, Massachusetts
Communities United, Inc.
Intergenerational Programming (Workshop) April 2000
National Academy for Early Childhood Education Worcester, Massachusetts