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Social Science

Degree Offered: Associate in Arts

Credits Required: 61/63 (2016-2017 Academic Year)

As a Social Science graduate, you are prepared to transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a bachelor’s degree in a major such as psychology, sociology, history, economics, law, or anthropology. 

In the Social Sciences, you will explore the behavior of individuals, the groups with which those individuals interact, and the world in which they live. You will work in a career that will help you understand yourself and others.

 

Program Outcomes:  

Graduates will be able to

  1. Support conclusions with evidence and logic.
  2. Apply principles and theories used in the social sciences to their daily lives, and/or their community, and/or their society.
  3. Identify principles and theories used by the social and behavioral sciences to describe personal, social, and organizational issues.

 

Curriculum - 1st Year

First Semester - 15 Credits

Code
Title
Credits
CIST 100
Introduction to Information Tech
3.00
A computer course designed to introduce students to personal computers. Topics include basic concepts of computer operations, storage media, software categories, Windows operating system, computer communication devices, and Internet. The course also includes introduction to Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. 3-0-3
PSYC 101
General Psychology
3.00
This course examines the scientific study of behavior and mental processes and provides a survey of the major areas of psychology. Important topics and findings from psychology are reviewed. Topics include the role of science in the study of behavior, the biological foundations of behavior, learning, information processing, stress and health, social interaction, development, motivation, emotion and psychological disorders. 3-0-3
WRIT 101
English Composition
3.00
Students will practice expository writing and learn the academic form of the essay and research paper. Students will focus on the development of an academically sound and challenging thesis and resulting essay. The mechanics of writing will be reviewed as needed. 3-0-3 Pre-requisite: Placement testing; successful completion of DEVS012 Reading and DEVS015 Introduction to College Writing if required, permission of the Division Director.
 
TAOC Category Five (HIST) - 3 credits
 
 
TAOC Category Five - 3 credits
 

Second Semester - 15/16 Credits

Code
Title
Credits
LITR 210
Concepts of Literature
3.00
This course introduces students to the three major forms of literary expression: fiction, poetry, and drama. Significant works from each form will be analyzed to reveal creative techniques, how they represent an author’s time, and how they reflect today’s human condition. Prerequisite: WRIT101 or permission of the department.
SOCI 101
Principles of Sociology
3.00
This course provides the student with a general survey of the theories and concepts utilized in the field of sociology which contribute to a basic understanding of modern society and its structures. Key elements addressed within the course include the three foundational theoretical perspectives utilized in sociology, Functionalism, Conflict Theory and Symbolic Interactionism, the process of socialization, social institutions, such as family, marriage and religion, as well as an introduction to the basic research methods utilized in the field. 3-0-3
MATH 126
Statistics
4.00
This course is an introduction to a field whose ideas and concepts pervade modern society and whose importance in business, technology, science and research in general is considerable and ever growing. The course consists of three parts, namely, descriptive statistics, probability and inferential statistics. Prerequisite: "C" or better in PREP021, appropriate placement score or high school records. 4-0-4
 
OR
 
 
TAOC Category Three - 3/4 credits
 
 
TAOC Category Five (HIST) - 3 credits
 
 
TAOC Category Five (PSYC) - 3 credits
 

Curriculum - 2nd Year

Third Semester - 16 Credits

Code
Title
Credits
COMM 201
Public Speaking
3.00
The emphasis is on speech preparation and delivery in a variety of speaking experiences designed to improve the speaker’s capability through the application of correct speech practices. 3-0-3
 
TAOC Category Four - 4 credits
 
 
TAOC Category Five - 3 credits
 
 
TAOC Category Five or Six - 3 credits
 
 
TAOC Category Five or Six - 3 credits
 

Fourth Semester - 15/16 Credits

Code
Title
Credits
BIOL 110
Human Ecology & Heredity
3.00
This course studies the interaction of man with his environment. Such topics as overpopulation, pollution, behavior, drugs, and evolution will be discussed in terms of how they affect the well being of man. Resource speakers and field trips will be an integral part of the course. No prior science background is necessary. 3-0-3
 
OR
 
CHEM 105
Principles of Biological Chemistry
3.00
This course introduces students to the compounds of carbon and the role that these compounds play in living organisms 3-0-3
 
OR
 
PHYS 110
Introduction to Astronomy
3.00
This is an introductory course in the concepts of Astronomy. Emphasis is geared toward the student who wishes to acquire a beginning knowledge of astronomical phenomena. Topics are approached on a qualitative basis by the use of videos, classroom discussions, demonstrations, the World Wide Web, and off-campus activities. 3-0-3
 
OR
 
 
TAOC Category Four - 4 credits
 
 
TAOC Category Five - 3 credits
 
 
TAOC Category Five - 3 credits
 
 
TAOC Category Five or Six - 3 credits
 
 
TAOC Category Five or Six - 3 credits