Liberal Arts AA – Social Sciences Option

Code: AA.LA.SOC.SCI

The Associate of Arts (AA) in Liberal Arts (LA) with a concentration in the Social Sciences is an exciting alternative for students who enjoy the social sciences, but who are not ready to declare a major in any specific area. The degree will prepare students for further academic study in Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology and/or Women’s Studies.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate the ability to apply the three major sociological perspectives (i.e., structural functionalism, conflict theory and symbolic interactionism)
  • Demonstrate their knowledge of cultural diversity and be able to apply the perspective of cultural relativism when viewing the complex social world in which we all live.
  • Utilize the scientific method and the unique quantitative and qualitative tools developed by social scientists to objectively analyze social environments.
  • Evaluate and utilize materials found on the internet and other sources.
  • Use critical thinking skills to analyze and evaluate the ways in which social scientists examine the world.
  • State and support their own views on social issues addressed in their courses, both orally and in writing, with logical rigor and clarity.

Recommended Semester Sequence

First Semester

  Social Science Elective* 3
  Humanities Elective** 3
MAT  Mathematics Elective*† 3-4
COM-100Speech Communication

3

-or

COM-102Public Speaking

3

WRT-101English Composition I

3

Total Credit Hours:15-16

Second Semester

  Social Science Elective* 3
HIS  History Elective* 3
MAT/CIS/INF  Mathematics or Computer Science or Information Technology Elective*† 3-4
  or  
  Free Elective† 3
  Humanities Elective** 3
  Diversity Elective‡ 3
WRT-201English Composition II

3

Total Credit Hours:18-19

Third Semester

  Social Science Electives* 6
HIS  History Elective* 3
  Humanities Elective** 3
  Natural Science Elective* 4
Total Credit Hours:16

Fourth Semester

  Social Science Elective* 3
  Natural Science Elective* 4
  Humanities Electives*** 6
  Free Electives‡‡  2-4
Total Credit Hours:15-17

General Education Requirements

Communication

COM-100Speech Communication

3

-or

COM-102Public Speaking

3

WRT-101English Composition I

3

WRT-201English Composition II

3

Total Credit Hours:9

History Electives*

Total Credit Hours:6

Humanities Electives**

Three general education courses selected from the following fields, with no more than two courses in any one field: Arts (Art [ART], Music [MUS], Theatre Arts [THR], Cinema Studies [CIN]); Literature (LIT); Philosophy and Religion (PHR); World Languages and Cultures (LAN).

Total Credit Hours:9

Social Science Electives*

Two general education courses selected from the following fields, with no more than one course in any one field: Anthropology (ANT); Economics (ECO); Geography (GEO); Political Science (POL); Psychology (PSY); Sociology (SOC).

Total Credit Hours:6

Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Technology

  Mathematics* 3-4
  Mathematics or Computer Science or Information Technology* 0-3
  Natural Science Electives* 8
Total Credit Hours:12-14

Diversity Elective‡

Total Credit Hours:3

Total Credit Hours: 45-47

Program Requirements

  Social Science Electives – three courses, with no More than one course in any one field: Anthropology (ANT); Economics (ECO); Geography (GEO); Political Science (POL); Psychology (PSY); Sociology (SOC). 9
  Humanities Electives – two courses to be selected from the following fields: Arts (Art [ART], Music [MUS], Theatre Arts [THR], Cinema Studies [CIN]); History (HIS); Literature (LIT); Philosophy and Religion (PHR); World Languages and Cultures (LAN). 6

Total Credit Hours: 15

Free Electives‡‡

Total Credit Hours: 2-6

Total Credit Hours: 64-66

Specific Program Notes

*General Education Elective(s).

**General Education Electives in Arts (ART, MUS,THR, CIN); Literature (LIT); Philosophy & Religion (PHR); or World Languages & Cultures (LAN).

***Electives in Arts (ART, MUS,THR, CIN); History (HIS); Literature (LIT); Philosophy & Religion (PHR); or World Languages & Cultures (LAN).

†If a student's first-semester Mathematics elective is a 3-credit course, then s/he is required to select a second 3- or 4-credit elective in the second semester in Mathematics or Computer Science or Information Technology; and if a student's first-semester Mathematics elective is a 4-credit course, then s/he is required to take a 3-credit Free Elective in the second semester (which may be a second Mathematics elective).

General Education Diversity Course Elective. Recommended: Select a 3-credit course from ANT, ECO, POL, PSY, or SOC.

‡‡Recommended: IST-123 Success 101 or another Social Science course.