This degree provides an opportunity for students to earn an Associate of Arts (AA) degree in a comprehensive area of study and is intended for the student who is not currently preparing to transfer to a university. A minimum of 60 semester units must be completed with an overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or better in all degree-applicable units. Only courses numbered 1-299 may be applied toward this associate degree

Social Sciences courses provide theory and instruction on the role of institutions, groups and individuals in society. These courses focus on the interaction of social, historic, economic, political, geographic, linguistic, religious, and/or cultural factors, with emphasis on the ways humans understand the complex nature of their existence. Courses emphasize the understanding of human and societal development within the context of issues which could divide people and culture (e.g., racism, colonialism, geopolitical issues and economic inequities) and the complex relationships between culture, individual development and historical context. Courses include discussion of skills and practices used by the social sciences: data collection, hypothesis development and testing, and critical evaluation of evidence.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the program, students will have demonstrated the ability to:

  • Critically examine and comprehend human nature and behavior, social traditions, and institutions.


Degree Options & Requirements:

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