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Social Science

Associate Degree

A.A. in Social Science

The Social Science department offers classes in law and society and special studies in the areas of Mexican-American, Asian, and Native American experiences. These classes provide an excellent background for further study.

The program includes 21 units of coursework in the following areas: anthropology, economics, geography, history, philosophy, political science, psychology, social science, or sociology.

This degree enables the student to experience a wide range of diverse social science disciplines. To verify the transferability of specific courses and their university application, please consult your CRC counselor. Students who wish to transfer to a four-year college or university should plan their programs to meet general education and lower division major requirements. All students are encouraged to consult with a counselor.

Highlights include:
* Opportunities to build a foundation for interdisciplinary studies
* Overview of theoretical, methodological, analytical, and cultural principles

Note to Transfer Students:
If you are interested in transferring to a four-year college or university to pursue a bachelor’s degree in this major, it is critical that you meet with a CRC counselor to select and plan the courses for your major. Schools vary widely in terms of the required preparation. The courses that CRC requires for an Associate’s degree in this major may be different from the requirements needed for the Bachelor’s degree.

Catalog Date: January 1, 2023

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
A minimum of 21 units from the following: 21
Twenty-one (21) units must be completed in at least three different subject areas from those listed: Anthropology, Economics, Geography 310, History, Political Science, Philosophy 360, Psychology, Social Science, Sociology.
Total Units: 21

The Social Science Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See CRC graduation requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • Identify and comprehend an individual's relationship to structures in the larger society.
  • Apply effective critical thinking skills to interpret sociological phenomena.
  • Assess the significance of important social movements in American society.
  • Define and identify various theoretical perspectives across the discipline of Sociology.
  • Comprehend how social practices facilitate the functioning of social structures as they are responsible for maintaining the society as a whole.
  • Analyze, interpret, and critically think about sociological ascriptions to race, gender, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, political affiliation, and other sociological concepts.

Career Information

Instructor; Social Worker; Researcher;Criminal Justice; Social Services; Business and Corporate employment. Some career options may require more than two years of college study.