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Social Science AA with emphasis on Community Studies

A.A. Degree

Majors in Social Science with Emphasis in Community Studies gain durable tools to enrich and empower their communities by promoting social justice. Taking courses in anthropology, cultural geography, economics, history, political science, psychology, and sociology, students become competent to analyze, contextualize, and change local communities. They create linkages between national and global issues, movements, and ideas as they relate to local communities, and prepare both for a variety of careers and for all-important responsibilities as participants in a democracy.

Students completing this A.A. degree will be able to transfer to four-year colleges or enter the professional world in fields includ- ing public service, law, politics, community organizing, advocacy, media, teaching, social work, psychology, anthropology, history, urban planning and economics.

Program Learning Outcomes: After completing this degree students will be able to:
--practice and analyze democratic civic engagement.


--demonstrate and evaluate relationships between local and national issues, movements, and ideas as they relate to local communities.

-- demonstrate a range of skills including: research, documenta- tion, analysis, evaluation, communication, contextualization, teamwork, observation, and cultural competency by relating social science concepts and theories to issues of importance to local communities.

--identify, develop, use, and assess tools and methods for com- munity change and social justice.

REQUIREMENTS: (6 UNITS)

ANTH 3 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3 units) SOC 1B Introduction to Social Problems (3 units)

AND choose one:
GUID/POLS/PSYC 27 Contemporary Leadership (3-4 units)

OR

POLS/PSYC/CMUN 6 Introduction to Conflict Resolution (3 units)

AND choose one:
HIST 3 History of California (3 units)

OR


HIST/HUM 12 Mexican-American Cultural History (3 units)

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AND Elective Courses: Choose 8-9 units from list below to complete a total of 21 units:

Introduction to Murals (3 units)
Intercultural Communication (3 units)
Small Group Communication (3 units)
Conservation of Natural Resources (4 units)
Cultural Geography (3 units)
Environmental Geology (3 units)
Human Sexuality (3 units)
United States History Reconstruction to the Present (3 units) History of California (3 units) if not taken above Women’s Lives in Early United States History (3 units) Women’s Lives in Recent United States History (3 units)

ALSO if not taken above
POLS 1 Introduction to Political Science (3 units) POLS/PSYC/CMUN 6: Introduction to Conflict Resolution (3 units)

if not taken above
GUID/POLS/PSYC 27: Contemporary Leadership (2-4 units)

 

Certificate of Achievement

Program Learning Outcomes: After completing this certificate students will be able to:
--practice and analyze democratic civic engagement.


-- demonstrate and evaluate relationships between local and national issues, movements, and ideas as they relate to local communities

--demonstrate a range of skills including: research, documenta- tion, analysis, evaluation, communication, contextualization, teamwork, observation, and cultural competency by relating social science concepts and theories to issues of importance to local communities.

--identify, develop, use, and assess tools and methods for com- munity change and social justice.

REQUIRED:

CMUN 10 Small Group Communication (3 units)

SOC 1B Social Problems (3 units)

AND choose one:
POLS 27/PSYC 27: Contemporary Leadership (3 units)

OR

POLS/PSYC/CMUN 6: Introduction to Conflict Resolution (3-4 units)

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ALSO choose 6 units on Electives list below:

HIST 3--California History
HIST 5--Women's Lives in US History before 1900
HIST 6--Women's Lives in US History after 1900
HIST/HUM 12 Mexican American Cultural History (3 units)

Total units for Certificate of Achievement: 15-16 units

updated May 2016