Social Sciences Program



Social Sciences is a multidisciplinary program promoting an appreciation for the interrelatedness of Geography, History, Philosophy and Political Sciences by exposing students to their varied methodologies. The Social Science Program prepares students for transfer into either a major in Social Sciences or for the single subject teaching credential at four year institutions.

Program Emphasis

Courses in this program emphasize student learning outcomes, such as the development of critical thinking and communications skills to analyze problems, conceptualize theses, develop arguments, weigh evidence and derive conclusions; development of the ability to articulate the critical thinking outcomes through writing and/ or speaking or by other modes of communication; and the development of an awareness of civic responsibilities and a thorough knowledge of global issues.

Award Type Units
Certificate of Performance:
Global Culture Studies 15
Associate of Arts Degree:
Social Sciences - General 18*

*and courses to meet graduation requirements, general education and electives as needed to meet the minimum of 60 units required for the degree.

Career Options

Most careers in Social Sciences require education beyond the associate degree and some require a graduate degree. This is not a comprehensive list, but some of the most common career options utilizing social sciences preparation include: teaching, law, social work, public administration, librarianship, counseling, and business.

Students will be assessed through a combination of performance evaluations, written assignments, and written tests and quizzes.

Certificate of Performance

Global Culture Studies*

This certificate is designed for students interested in global issues, including students seeking an understanding of mankind’s cultural heritage, cultural geography, and an appreciation of intercultural communication processes. This certificate will complement courses taken in other multi-cultural academic areas and includes transfer general education courses.

*A Certificate of Performance is a departmental award that does not appear on the student’s transcript. All courses must be completed within the San Diego Community College District.

Courses: Units
HUMA 101 Introduction to the Humanities I 3
HUMA 102 Introduction to the Humanities II 3
ANTH 103 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3
COMS 180 Intercultural Communication 3
Select one of the following:
GEOG 102 Cultural Geography 3
GEOG 104 World Regional Geography 3
Total Units = 15

Associate of Arts Degree

Social Sciences (General)

Note: Only one course from the above list may be used to satisfy SDCCD general education requirements.

For graduation requirements see Requirements for the Associate Degree.

Electives as needed to meet minimum of 60 units required for the degree.

Recommended Electives: Geography 102 , 104 , 290 ; History 109 and 110 , 115A and 115B , 125 and 126 , 130 , 150 and 151 , 168 , 171 , 175 , 290 ; Philosophy 101 , 102A and 102B , 103 , 104A and 104B , 105 , 106 , 107 , 108 , 109 , 110 , 111 , 112 , 125 , 290 ; Political Science 101 and 102 , 103 , 140 , 290 ; Anthropology 103 , 200 , 210 ; Fine Arts 110 , 111 ; Economics 120 and 121 ; English 215 , 216 , 220 , 221 ; Humanities 101 , 102 ; Psychology 155 ; Sociology 101 , 110 , 201.

Courses Required for the Major: Units
HIST 100 World History I and 3
HIST 101 World History II or 3
HIST 105 Introduction to Western Civilization I and 3
HIST 106 Introduction to Western Civilization II 3
Select a six-unit sequence from two of the following different fields:
GEOG 102 Cultural Geography and 3
GEOG 104 World Regional Geography 3
HIST 109 History of the United States I and 3
HIST 110 History of the United States II 3
HIST 115A History of the Americas I and 3
HIST 115B History of the Americas II 3
HIST 150 Native Americans in United States History and 3
HIST 151 Native Americans in United States History 3
PHIL 102A Introduction to Philosophy: Reality and Knowledge and 3
PHIL 102B Introduction to Philosophy: Values 3
PHIL 104A History of Western Philosophy and 3
PHIL 104B History of Western Philosophy 3
POLI 101 Introduction to Political Science and 3
POLI 102 The American Political System 3
POLI 103 Comparative Politics and 3
POLI 140 Contemporary International Politics 3
Total Units = 18

Transfer Information

Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university should complete courses required for the university major and the general education pattern required by that transfer institution. See catalog TRANSFER INFORMATION section. Additional courses may be required to meet university lower-division requirements.

Course requirements at the transfer institution are subject to change and may be verified by a counselor or by consulting the current university catalog. Many Baccalaureate in Arts degrees require third semester competency in a foreign language. Consult the current catalog of the transfer institution and consult with a counselor.

Program Learning Outcomes