Miami Dade College

Padrón Campus

Welcome to the Department of Social Sciences at the Eduardo J. Padrón Campus of Miami Dade College. The variety of courses offered in our Department includes those that are required for various majors as well as many electives. The Department offers a wide range of courses for academic programs leading to an Associate in Arts (A.A.) or Associate in Science (A.S.) degree in the disciplines within the Social Sciences. The Department’s courses include Anthropology, Criminal Justice, History, International Relations, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Social Work.

The Department of Social Sciences is committed to student learning and provides courses during a variety of different time blocks and days of the week providing a wide range of scheduling options. We also provide state-of-the-art laboratories and multimedia classrooms.

Our highly qualified faculty utilize creative and innovative teaching and learning strategies. Students can obtain one-to-one assistance in our STEM success center or learning commons and/or utilize a variety of software designed to assist classroom instruction. These support areas are open during the day, evenings, and on weekends. In addition, the Department offers Student Life Skills courses designed to teach students to identify and develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that enhance success in college and lead to lifelong learning.

We look forward to contributing to your academic goals.

Academic Programs

Associate in Arts Degree (A.A.)

The Associate in Arts degree is the degree designed for transfer to upper-division universities. These university parallel or college transfer areas of concentration prepare students to enter the junior year at four-year upper-division colleges and universities.


Anthropology is the study of humankind. Course offerings prepare the student in the four fields of the discipline: Cultural Anthropology, Physical Anthropology, Anthropological Linguistics, and Archaeology. The curriculum prepares students for subsequent upper division work. Students majoring in Anthropology should plan to obtain a graduate degree to fully succeed in the field.


History as a major is one of the best preparations for students who are considering law school. In addition, history prepares students well for teaching social studies in middle or high school, as well as providing a starting point for careers in teaching history at the college level. History as a major in college also provides a background for those who wish to pursue careers in state or federal government positions. Finally, history is excellent general liberal arts major for students who plan to later attend graduate or professional school in the arts or business.


This program is designed to equip students with a fundamental orientation in the field of international relations, to provide basic methods of approach to this field of study and to provide intelligent observation of international affairs. Employment opportunities are to be found in government service, teaching, and business.


A baccalaureate in Political Science provides a strong foundation for students planning to pursue graduate work in the field or to attend law school. Most jobs in political science require a Ph.D. Political scientists are employed as college professors, consultants, writers or by governmental agencies.


A major in psychology provides students with courses and information about human behavior. Professional psychologists must continue their education and training beyond the baccalaureate degree. Students wishing to explore careers in counseling, social work or human services should look closely at this undergraduate major.


This program is designed for students planning careers requiring liberal arts education or specialized competence in social relations or social behavior, including careers in business, government, or the professions.


This program prepares students in the field of social welfare for careers as social workers or workers in related human service fields. Social workers provide the link between organized social services and individuals and families who are not able to provide for themselves or who need assistance in solving their problems. Employment areas include hospitals, mental health centers, rehabilitation centers, schools and correctional institutions.

Associate in Science Degree (A.S.)

The Associate in Science degree is awarded to students who successfully complete one of the Occupational, education, or Allied Health programs. These areas of study are designed primarily to prepare students for immediate employment. However, credits earned for many courses in these programs are acceptable to upper-division colleges should the student decide to continue toward a four-year degree.


The Human Services program with a specialization in Addiction Studies is designed to prepare students for employment as human services specialists, human services practitioners, chemical dependency practitioners, addiction specialists, mental health and social services practitioners, or to provide supplemental training for persons previously or currently employed in these occupations. The program is also designed to provide most of the general academic and addiction specific requirements of the Certification Board for Addiction Professionals of Florida.

Applied Sciences Degrees

The College offers a variety of educational opportunities for those who wish to prepare for healthcare careers. Any students interested in any of the Applied Science or Allied Health programs are encouraged to consult advisors at the Medical Campus to receive the most current information regarding program admission.

Student Life Skills

Student Life Skills refers to the areas of study that prepare students for college and life success. Student Life Skills courses are designed to teach students to identify and develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes that enhance college success, retention, and lifelong learning.

Health and Wellness

The Health and Wellness program sponsors special activities such as health information, lectures and health screenings.

Faculty & Staff

Name Web Page Email Telephone Office
Department Staff
Carla Hamaty
Social Sciences Interim Chair
305-237-6150 1351
Heidi Calderon
Assistant to the Chair
305-237-6156 1308-5
Karen Chavez
305-237-6068 1308-5
Dr. Miriam Frances Abety 305-237-6564 1321
Dr. Manolo Garcia 305-237-6063 1344
Social Sciences
Prof. Jose Aragon 305-237-6355 1339
Dr. Ronald Stubbs 305-237-6619 1347