Social Sciences

Dept Chair: Keith Johnson
tel: 408-855-5277
Counseling: 408-855-5030

The Social Science major offers a broad, multi-disciplined program of study, enabling people to pursue a career and their interest in human affairs systematically and without the usual constraints imposed by the single-discipline major.

For those planning to transfer to a 4-year institution, the program is designed to give students the opportunity to earn an Associate Degree while completing the required transfer general education classes. In addition, for students planning to major in one of the social and behavioral sciences, the degree can provide a strong foundation in your major, usually filling the required lower-division courses in a particular major.

For those not planning to transfer to another institution, the major does not lock a student into a specific career or profession, but instead allows a student several career options.

The major requires a minimum of 18 units taken from the categories listed below, in addition to the college's general education requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates from the Social Science program will possess an increased understanding of the world’s social, political, economic and natural systems and an appreciation
of the diversity of human culture which in turn will enable them to better work in the global economy, live in a multicultural society and make intelligent decision as
global citizens.

Through the subject matter and activities presented in each course, graduates from the Social Science program will be able to:

  • Analyze major global challenges superseding the diverse traditions, values and practices in existence
  • Identify varying worldviews on the same issues and occurrences
  • Differentiate multiple perspectives affecting behaviors and decisions
  • Explain how/why the environmental well-being of the world demands personal and collective responsibility at both the local and global levels
  • Describe core civic values which generate socially responsible behavior at bothlocal and global levels
  • Explain the interconnectedness of global decisions and events
  • Analyze the interdependence among people, groups, societies, governments, andnations in finding solutions to current global problems and conflicts
  • Student ability to analyze, synthesize and evaluate current world events, conditionsand issues will be assessed through quizzes and exams, participation in discussions
  • and activities, and term papers and/or projects.

Additional Catalog Information

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  • Experienced instructors and convenient classes
  • Fill your General Education Requirements
  • Hone your writing and analytical skills
  • Deepen your understanding of American society and the global community
  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Global Studies
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Political
  • Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
Career Options
  • Civil Rights
  • Community Development
  • Community Advisor
  • Community Relations
  • Computer Programmer
  • Corrections Officer
  • Counselor
  • Criminal Justice Administration
  • Editor
  • Educational Administrator
  • Employment Resources
  • Environmental Analyst
  • Financial Analyst
  • Housing
  • Insurance
  • Labor Relations
  • Lobbyist
  • Office
  • Personnel Recruiter
  • Planning
  • Probation Officer
  • Public Relations Officer
  • Public Service Professional
  • Research Analyst
  • Sales Representative
  • Social Program Administrator
  • Social Worker
  • Special Education

Some career choices may require courses beyond the Associate Degree.