Social Sciences

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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

    To plan degree completion, see the course descriptions in the academic catalog which specify the planned semester(s) in which required classes are to be scheduled.

  • 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 Comp. I
    MAT course
    Social Science 100-level course
    PSY 101
    Open elective
    ENG Comp. II
    PCS 101, 131 or 141
    Social Science 200 level course
    SOC 101
    Lab Science course
    ENG 200 level course
    Social Science 200 level course (2)
    HIS course
    Open elective
    HUM course
    Social Science 200-level course (2)
    Lab Science course
    Open elective
    Sample 4 Year Sequence of Courses
    Fall 1Spring 1Fall 2Spring 2
    ENG Comp. I
    MAT course
    ENG Comp. II
    PCS 101, 131, or 141
    HIS course
    PSY 101
    SOC 101
    Social Science 100 level course
    Fall 3Spring 3Fall 4Spring 4
    Lab Science course
    Social Science 200 level course
    ENG 200 level course
    HUM course
    Social Science 200 level course
    Open elective
    Soc Sci 200 level course
    Lab Science course
    Open elective
    Social Science 200 level course (2)
    Open 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.

Bachelor's degree programs at GCC

Earn your bachelor’s degree right here in Greenfield!

With the right selection of courses, the Social Sciences program allows seamless transfer into Elms College’s Bachelor of Science in Social Work degree which can be completed in as little as 20 months, right here on GCC’s main campus!

Elms-intent students should meet with an advisor early on to ensure an academic plan that maximizes the possibility of transferring credits.

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