Paralegal Studies

As defined by the American Bar Association, “A paralegal is a person qualified by education, training or work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible.”
The paralegal studies program at Union County College is designed to prepare graduates for a variety of paralegal job opportunities. The utilization of paralegals improves the efficiency, economy and availability of legal services. A paralegal performs substantive legal work under the direct supervision of an attorney.
Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.
The Associate in Applied Science Degree Option will prepare students to enter the paralegal work force with the requisite skills or to transfer to a four-year institution to complete their baccalaureate degree.
The specific objectives of this program are that the student will be able to:
  • Examine the roles played by paralegals in the American legal system, particularly the ethical regulations concerning the practice of law;
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills;
  • Effectively communicate with others in a diverse society, maintaining a professional manner and client confidence;
  • Conduct legal research and other fact-gathering activities including client interviews and investigations using current and emerging technologies;
  • Demonstrate the ability to write clearly and accurately according to the standards of the legal profession;
  • Recognize the similarities and differences among the general areas of law;
  • Discuss the basic tenets of the diverse subjects of law, define the legal terms related to these areas, and prepare the documents related to these specialties;
  • Analyze and evaluate the relevant legal issues presented in various fact patterns;
  • Prepare various documents in preparation for litigation and post-trial practice;
  • Incorporate computer technology in law office management and data compilation systems.
Transfer Policy: Prospective students may transfer no more than 30 credits, and no more than 12 credits of legal specialty courses, into Associates in Applied Science degree program, and only with the approval of the Program Director.

American Sign Language – English Interpreting

The American Sign Language-English Interpreting Program is designed for individuals who are interested in the field of American Sign Language-English Interpreting. The program provides a multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary approach of instruction. The five-semester program (after the pre-entry-level is completed) is designed to equip students with knowledge and skills for entry-level sign language interpreting. Areas of scholarly pursuit include cultural and historical studies, linguistic examination, and literary analysis, as well as the study of the language in its conversational form. The courses within the program are geared to preparing students for evaluation for certification through the National Association of the Deaf – Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf National Interpreters Certificate. Graduates will be prepared for entry-level interpreting positions working with Deaf persons or transfer to four-year degree programs. This program can be completed either as a part-time or full-time student in a day or evening program.

Students are admitted to the American Sign Language-English Interpreting Program when they have demonstrated English competency and have satisfactorily completed the Pre-entry-level courses of American Sign Language.

The specific objectives of this program are that the graduate must be able to:
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of American Sign Language and English with members of the Deaf community.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the studies of American Sign Language as a distinct modern language, including scholarly pursuit of cultural and historical studies, linguistics, and literary analysis.
  • Explain the social and cultural characteristics of American Deaf Culture, general and diverse American culture.
  • Identify and analyze the psychological and social factors affecting diverse populations within the Deaf community.
  • State the ethical and professional standards of interpreters working in the field with Deaf and Hard of Hearing persons.
  • Examine the types of interpretation and translation and the processes of interpretation, using theoretical models.
  • Demonstrate the skills and process tasks of American Sign Language-English interpretation.
  • Explain and analyze the field of interpretation from an historical perspective.
  • Analyze contemporary issues in the field of interpreting and the Deaf community.
  • Demonstrate effective written, spoken, and signed communication skills.
  • Demonstrate the skills and motivation for continued self-education.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills, with emphasis on using community resources to solve specific problems.
  • Analyze one’s rights and responsibilities as a professional and/or a citizen in a world community.

Computer Science

Computer Science is a two-year Associate in Applied Science degree program. A graduate of the program can be employed as an entry-level computer programmer, engineering assistant, computer operator, or may be able to continue his/her education in the computer field at a four-year degree-granting institution. The objective of the program is to develop logical thinking and problem-solving skills using current programming languages with modern computer systems. Hands-on software programming occupies a significant amount of the student’s time. Computers for student use are available on each campus.
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:
  • Communicate effectively in writing, verbal and electronic formats.
  • Apply problem solving techniques to various situations within the computer science and related fields.
  • Design, write, and test well-defined, complete, logical programs that meet the defined specifications.
  • Prepare accurate program documentation.
  • Discuss the ethical and societal ramifications of the use of software and the computer.
  • Apply the concepts and techniques of computation, algorithms, and software design to problems in applied fields.

Construction Engineering Technology

This is a two-year program that prepares students for technical employment in field or office positions related to the design, layout, and construction of land subdivisions, buildings, streets and highways, bridges, storm drainage projects, water supply facilities, pollution control systems, and other public works infrastructures. Graduates receive the Associate in Applied Science degree and have the option of working with engineering or architectural firms, surveyors, building contractors, municipal engineering departments, public utility companies or construction inspection and material testing companies. They also are able to continue their education on a part-time or full-time basis at other colleges that offer a four-year Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering Technology. Those colleges normally accept two full years of credit from graduates who have good academic standing.
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:
  • define basic construction methods and building material properties including structural steel, concrete and wood;
  • utilize computer-aided drafting skills to create topographic maps, profiles, sections, and engineering shop drawings;
  • perform standard laboratory and field soil tests, such as sieve analysis, moisture content, and liquid and plastic limits;
  • using standard electronic surveying instruments, perform as an acknowledgeable, skillful, and productive member of a surveying crew as demonstrated in classroom activities.
  • compute forces, stresses and strains in simple structural members by using basic principles of statics and strength of materials;
  • using the basic principles of fluid mechanics, calculate hydrostatic pressure, forces on submerged surfaces, flow rates and pressure gradients in pipe lines and open channels;
  • perform material quantity takeoffs and cost estimating calculations for excavation, site work, concrete, masonry, steel and wood construction;
  • evaluate the contractual arrangements and roles of the owner engineer or architect and builder in the process by which public and private infrastructure is designed and constructed in the USA;
  • demonstrate competency in utilizing computer software applications necessary in the civil construction engineering technology field.

Electronics/Electromechanical Engineering Technology

Electronics/Electromechanical Engineering Technology students are prepared in the skills and understanding necessary to install and service equipment which combines electronic, electrical and mechanical components. Special emphasis is placed on computers, computer peripherals, robotics, automated manufacturing systems, fiber optic systems, and the operation of digital computers in automatic control systems. Considerable portions of the allotted laboratory hours are devoted to learning and practicing troubleshooting, repair, and maintenance procedures of electromechanical and electronic equipment.
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:
  • Analyze, predict the behavior of, and synthesize electromechanical, electrical and electronic systems and subsystems with minimal supervision
  • Develop strategies and implementations for the installation, maintenance, repair, and operation of computers and computer peripherals; control systems; test, measurement, and instrumentation equipment; electromechanical assemblies and subassemblies;
  • Interpret technical concepts to a non-technical audience
  • Participate in a team project both as a leader and as a member
  • Evaluate, review, and interpret technical documents related to current technical advances and innovations
  • Analyze and interpret both technical and non-technical concepts orally and in written and electronic formats
  • Describe the community, societal, and ethical responsibilities and obligations associated with being awarded a college degree.

Fire Science Technology


Fire Science Technology is a two-year Associate degree program.
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:
  • Read and interpret building blueprints and codes.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of fire prevention including fire detection and its causes, fire prevention systems and building codes.
  • Apply problem-solving skills to specific fire ground situations.
  • Analyze fire fighting strategies, techniques and procedures involved with incident command.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the organization and management of fire departments
  • Analyze the ethical implications of fire department state policies and individual practices.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use technology related to fire science.
  • Communicate effectively in writing, verbal and electronic formats

Game Design Creation


This program introduces students to the skills and knowledge required to compete for entry-level positions in the fastest growing segment of the media field – the video game industry. Course work includes the fundamentals of game design, the elements of storytelling for digital media, graphic design, creative writing, digital video editing and multimedia content creation. Through the selection of elective tracks, students can focus their studies on animation, illustration, film and video or photography. Students are required to work with their faculty advisor regarding appropriate track options and course selection suitable to their needs and interests.
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:
  • Communicate orally and in writing in college level discourse
  • State the importance of committing to a process of life-long learning
  • Identify the fundamental process and sequence involved in the design of games
  • Describe the different roles and responsibilities of the game design team members
  • Relate the historical development of storytelling
  • Employ the elements of good storytelling
  • Demonstrate the essential skills of multimedia development, graphic arts design and video editing for gaming applications
  • Discuss the elements of game logic, game balance and the importance of challenge and reward milestones.
Other Communications Degrees Include:
  • Audio Production
  • Communications
  • Film
  • Journalism
  • Multimedia
  • Public Relations
  • Radio
  • Television

Game Design Development


Game Design Development is a comprehensive two-year program leading to an Associate in Applied Science degree. The program introduces students to a variety of animation, programming and gaming concepts. Students learn the concepts of 3D graphics, particle systems, rendering, collision detection, and game algorithms. Students also gain an understanding of the connection between game design with physics and mathematics. For better design, students are also required to successfully complete fine arts and creative writing courses. The program provides students with the skills necessary for entry-level positions in the game design and animation and game development industry.
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:
  • Define game design terminology.
  • Discuss the role of intellectual property, copyright, trademarks and patents in gaming.
  • Demonstrate animation techniques in game design development.
  • Apply the skills and concepts utilized in the game design industry including time management skills.
  • Design storyboards and prototypes for specific game design concepts.
  • Design and create complete 2D and 3D game assets to interactive games.
  • Communicate effectively in writing, verbal and electronic formats.

Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management

The Hotel, Tourism and Restaurant Management program provides Union County College students with a strong business and customer service foundation required for careers in this dynamic and expanding, hotel, restaurant, and tourism industries.
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:
  • Develop critical thinking, decision making, problem solving skills, and strategic planning.
  • Practice interpersonal and communication skills appropriate to function effectively in a diverse society.
  • Apply knowledge of basic computer concepts to their use in the hospitality industry.
  • Discuss the hospitality management code of ethics.
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform necessary elements of management within the hotel, restaurant, and tourism industries.
  • Appropriately use current equipment associated with hospitality management including planning its arrangement, operation, and maintenance.
  • Discuss sales, marketing, and hotel front office management in the hospitality industry, along with food and beverage operations.
  • Communicate effectively in writing, verbal and electronic formats.
  • Be skilled in teamwork, quality improvements, and the ability to make educated decisions in this ever changing, complex, international industry.
Consultation with the Coordinator of the Hospitality Management program is advised.

Mechanical Engineering Technology

Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) is a comprehensive two-year program which leads to an Associate in Applied Science degree. MET graduates are prepared to work in engineering and manufacturing firms and research and development laboratories. Typical positions are in the areas of Computer-Aided Design (CAD), machinery and tool design, Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM), facilities design, electronic packaging, CAD/CAM and materials testing. MET graduates also have the option to pursue a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering Technology at a four-year institution.
The specific objectives of this program are that the graduate shall be able to demonstrate:
  • an ability to apply computer-aided drafting (CAD) skills to prepare working detail, assembly and installation type engineering drawings to industrial standards;
  • an ability to apply Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) techniques to
  • engineering drawings;
  • an ability to select and specify materials for mechanical applications considering strength, weight, corrosion, finish, and cost;
  • an ability to select and specify appropriate screw threads and fasteners considering size, thread form, and series and head type;
  • an ability to use CAD/CAM software and hardware to create part geometry, generate a numerical control program, and operate a machine tool to produce an actual part;
  • the knowledge of the basic principles of statics and strength of materials to compute forces, stresses and strains in simple machines and machine frames;
  • knowledge of the basic principles of fluid mechanics to calculate hydrostatic pressure, forces on submerged surfaces, flow rates and pressure drops in pipelines;
  • an ability to use standard ANSI tables for sizing and tolerancing of mating parts;
  • an ability to utilize computer software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, basic programming, and mathematical computing.