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Social Sciences, A.S.

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CIP Code: 45.0101
NOVA Code: 8820 

Offered through AL, AN, LO, MA, NOL, WO

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

1 HIS 101 , HIS 102 , HIS 111 , or HIS 112  are recommended. Other HIS courses may be chosen from the list of approved general education courses.

2 Credit will not be awarded for both MTH 261  and MTH 263 . Credit will not be awarded for both MTH 262  and MTH 264 .

3 See biology, chemistry, ENV 121 -ENV 122  physics, geology, or natural science courses with a lab component, listed under General Education Electives . Some four-year colleges require a two-semester sequence.

4  See social/behavioral science courses listed under General Education Electives . To meet requirements at many universities, students should enroll in at least one U.S. History course and one Western civilization course. Students should consult with a counselor to determine the appropriate social science courses for their intended transfer university.

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

6 See humanities/fine arts courses listed under General Education Electives . Electives should be selected with advice of a counselor or academic advisor to meet the requirements of the transfer institution.

7 SOC 200  is recommended to meet the Sociology requirement at many universities.

8 See any of the courses listed under General Education Electives .

Students can take another General Education Elective or select a course from the following transfer elective list. In consultation with an advisor, students may select from ECO 230 EDU 200 HIS 203 HIS 231 HIS 232 HIS 251 HIS 253 HIS 254 PLS 136 PLS 250 PSY 215 PSY 225 ,SOC 215 , SOC 236 , SOC 225 , or SOC 266 , choosing the course that best meets the requirements of your intended transfer institution.

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