A.A. in Social Sciences (formerly known as Social and Behavoral Sciences)

The degree in social sciences is concerned with providing a broad understanding of the social, cultural, and intellectual world in which we live. Social science students have diverse interest in human problems and seek a liberal education in a broad spectrum of understandings, insights, and appreciations.

The emphases in this degree are multidisciplinary in nature and seek to provide an understanding of the interrelationships and varied methodologies of its subject areas.
 
Students will study about themselves and others as members of a larger society. Topics of discussion will stimulate critical thinking about ways people have acted in response to their societies and will allow students to evaluate how societies and social subgroups operate.
 
The specific emphases in this degree prepare students to transfer to UC and CSU as well as private and out-of-state 4-year schools in variety of disciplines, including geography, gender studies, Latino and Chicano studies, and international relations.
 
PLEASE NOTE: The courses that universities and colleges require for transfer vary. When selecting courses for transfer purposes, students should consult with a counselor to determine the particular transfer requirements of specific transfer institutions

Students receiving this degree must meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete the District General Education Pattern, CSUGE or IGETC.
    If transferring to a CSU or UC students are strongly recommended to complete the CSUGE or IGETC General Education Patterns. Students looking to transfer to an out of state or private college should consult with a counselor for the appropriate GE pattern selection.
  2. Complete with a “C” or better each course as specified by the major.
  3. Maintain an overall GPA of a 2.0 or better in all degree applicable coursework.
  4. Meet the local area requirement of Kinesiology/Dance.
Select one (1) of the following History courses:
History of the United States before 18773
History of the United States before 1877 - Honors
History of the United States since 18773
History of the United States since 1877 - Honors
Select one (1) of the following Political Science courses:
American Government and Politics3
American Government and Politics - Honors
Select one (1) of the following additional core courses:
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology - Honors
Introduction to Psychology3
Introduction to Psychology - Honors
Introduction to Sociology3
Introduction to Sociology - Honors
Areas of Emphasis (select one)
Select one of the following areas of emphasis - Chicano and Latino Studies, Gender Studies, Geography, or International Relations - and complete all required courses and electives within that area.
1) Emphasis in Chicano and Latino Studies
Chicano and Latino Studies offers an interdisciplinary and comparative approach to understanding the historical experiences, contemporary social status, challenges, and accomplishments of Mexican, Mexican American, and Latino populations in the United States.
Required course:
Introduction to Chicano/Latino Studies3
Select two (2) of the following courses:
American Latino Literature3
Introduction to Ethnic Studies3
Latin American Culture and Civilization3
Latin American Culture and Civilization
History of Latin America to 18253
History of Modern Latin America3
History of Mexico3
Minorities in America3
May include one of the following:
Spanish III5
Spanish IV5
Intermediate Spanish for Spanish Speakers I5
Intermediate Spanish for Spanish Speakers II5
2) Emphasis in Gender Studies
Gender studies is an interdisciplinary field that focuses on the role of gender in society and culture.
Required course:
Introduction to Gender3
Select two (2) of the following courses:
Sex and Gender in Cross Cultural Perspectives3
Sex and Gender in a Cross Cultural Perspective - Honors
Introduction to Women's Literature3
Introduction to World Literature: 1600's through Twentieth Century3
Introduction to Ethnic Studies3
Minorities in America
Cultural Geography3
Great Religions of the World3
Introduction to Philosophy3
Introduction to Philosophy - Honors
Introduction to Psychology3
Introduction to Psychology - Honors
Psychology of Women3
Public Address3
Public Address - Honors
Argumentation and Debate3
Introduction to Theatre Arts3
3) Emphasis in Geography
Geography is an interdisciplinary study focusing on the spatial relations of physical, cultural and economic systems of our world.
Required courses:
Cultural Geography3
Physical Geography3
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems4
4) Emphasis in International Relations
The international relations program provides an interdisciplinary integrated approach to an understanding of society and events, preparing the student for a variety of perspectives in a rapidly changing world.
Required courses:
Principles of Macroeconomics3
Principles of Macroeconomics - Honors
International Relations3
Select two (2) of the following courses:
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology - Honors
Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology3
Anthropology of Religion, Magic, and Witchcraft3
Principles of Microeconomics3
Introduction to Ethnic Studies3
Introduction to Chicano/Latino Studies3
Cultural Geography3
History of World Civilization up to 1500 C.E.3
History of World Civilization up to 1500 C.E./Honors
History of World Civilization since 15003
The World in Conflict - The 20th Century, a History3
Great Religions of the World3
Comparative Politics3
Total Units18-21

A.A. Degree Level Student Learning Outcomes

Students completing the Social Sciences A.A. Degree will:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of social science issues and vocabulary.
  2. Demonstrate analytic thinking by comparing and applying social science theories and concepts to human culture, economics, history, or political questions.
  3. Develop an understanding of cultural, social, economic, historical, and/or political views different from one’s own.