Apr 21, 2024  
2024-2025 NOVA Catalog 
2024-2025 NOVA Catalog

Social Sciences, A.S.

Location(s): AL, AN, LO, MA, NOL, WO

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CIP Code: 45.0101

NOVA Code: 8820

Purpose: The Associate of Science degree in Social Sciences focuses on how human beings interact with each other in the past and present. It emphasizes, through quantitative and qualitative research methods, how social scientists develop an understanding of the ways in which humans relate to themselves and each other through beliefs, customs, organizations, and institutions.  The Associate of Science degree in Social Sciences prepares students for transfer to a broad range of Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts programs, in fields such as economics, geography, geographic information systems, history, political science, psychology, sociology, teacher education, and more.

Transfer Information: This program provides transfer paths that include the general education courses and introductory major courses that students typically take during the first two years at a four-year college or university when they are majoring in a social science. Because senior institutions differ in their requirements, students are strongly urged to work with their assigned advisor or a counselor and to acquaint themselves with the requirements of the major department in the college or university to which they plan to transfer. The responsibility for proper course selection rests with the student.

Two Years

Total credits for the A.S. Degree in Social Sciences: 60 credits

Electives should be selected with advice of a counselor or academic advisor to meet the requirements of the transfer institution.

1 Select any HIS course listed under social/behavioral sciences in General Education Electives .

2 Students who plan to take MTH 245  should take MTH 154  or MTH 161  first. Credit will not be awarded for both MTH 155  and MTH 245 , or for both MTH 261  and MTH 263 , or for both MTH 262  and MTH 264 

3 See physical and life science courses listed under General Education Electives .

4 Select any course listed under General Education Electives 

5  See social/behavioral science courses listed under General Education Electives .

6 Select from the following: CST 100 , CST 110   CST 126 , or CST 229 .

7 See humanities/fine arts courses listed under General Education Electives . Students must choose courses from two of the three areas listed. Two courses cannot be from the same category. 

For this elective only students may select a social/behavioral science course from either the general education electives or transfer electives in footnote #9. This elective is not needed if selections for all other requirements total 60 credits or more.

9 Students can take another General Education Electives  or select a course from the following transfer elective list. In consultation with an advisor, students may select from any beginning world languages (101 or 102)BUS 240 CST 126 CST 229 ECO 230 EDU 200 HIS 127 HIS 180 HIS 141 HIS 142 HIS 241 HIS 243 HIS 267 HIS 269 HIS 276 HIS 279 HIS 281 HIS 203 HIS 231 HIS 251 ,  HIS 254 ,  ITE 100 ITE 152 PLS 136 PSY 215 PSY 225 SOC 215 SOC 225 SOC 236 SOC 266 , choosing the course that best meets the requirements of your intended transfer institution.



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