Social Sciences

  • Overview
Offers students an opportunity to explore the social sciences in depth. The option provides a focused concentration on the social sciences for students interested in psychology, sociology, environmental studies, political science, and anthropology within the framework of a traditional liberal arts education.

You’ll build on a foundation in the Behavioral and Social Sciences by taking advanced courses in the fields of Anthropology, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology. You’ll learn how human psychology informs the structure of society as well as how societies can shape the behavior of individuals. The analytical work you’ll do in these classes will help you become more aware of how your own behavior is interrelated with biology as well as culture. You’ll also develop the ability to frame and pursue significant questions about human societies with scientific rigor.

Curriculum documents

This is just one way you might complete the Social Sciences program in 4 semesters over 2 years of full-time study, or 8 semesters over 4 years of part-time study. (Sample course sequences assume that all pre-requisites have been satisfied and the student is prepared for college-level work.) For a detailed list of required courses, optional electives and program information, download the Social Sciences program description from our official academic catalog.

Course descriptions are also available in the catalog. Find courses

Sample 2 Year Sequence of Courses
Fall 1Spring 1Fall 2Spring 2
ENG 101, 103, or 105
MAT course
SOC SCI 100-level course
PSY 101
General elective
ENG 200-level course
SOC SCI 200-level course (2)
HIS course
General elective
ENG 112, 114, or 116
PCS 101, 131, or 141
SOC SCI 200-level course
SOC 101
Lab Science course
HUM course
SOC SCI 200-level course (2)
Lab Science course
General elective
Sample 4 Year Sequence of Courses
Fall 1Spring 1Fall 2Spring 2
ENG 101, 103, or 105
MAT course
HIS course
PSY 101
Lab Science course
SOC SCI 200-level course
ENG 200-level course
SOC SCI 200-level course
Lab Science course
General elective
Fall 3Spring 3Fall 4Spring 4
ENG 112, 114 or 116
PCS 101, 131, 141
SOC 101
SOC SCI 100-level course
HUM course
SOC SCI 200-level course
General elective
SOC SCI 200-level course (2)
General elective

What’s next

Transfer to a Baccalaureate program in sociology, psychology, environmental studies, political science, or anthropology. Enter a career field based in the social sciences.

Consider this program if

  • You want a broad as well as deep understanding of one or more of the behavioral and social sciences.
  • You want to work in one or more of these fields.
  • You want to pursue higher academic study in any of the behavioral or social sciences.

By taking classes in a Liberal Arts option, students complete courses that help develop 100 and 200 course level knowledge and skills in a particular field. If you don’t satisfy the requirements of a specific Liberal Arts option, you may still be able to fulfill the requirements of another option, or fulfill the requirements of the Liberal Arts General degree. Students are advised to work closely with their GCC advisor to select the specific courses that will help meet their career or transfer goals. Note: Students who complete a Liberal Arts option will graduate with the degree “Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts.” Your area of concentration is reflected only in your transcript, not your diploma.