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    Mar 22, 2023  
2021-2022 Catalog 
2021-2022 Catalog [ARCHIVED]

Emphasis in Social and Behavioral Sciences, AA

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The intent of this degree is to prepare students for careers and/or higher education in the social sciences, generally, or in specific disciplines within this broad designation. This degree emphasizes the nature of individual and collective human behavior: our interactions; the political, economic, social, and psychological structures and institutions of human beings; and the challenges of developing and sustaining interpersonal and intercultural relationships. Students employ the fundamental principles of the scientific method and apply data collection, synthesis, and analysis to enhance their ability to explain how groups and subgroups operate and to make responsible political, moral, and social decisions.

Complete a minimum of 18 units from the following courses, with at least one course taken in three different disciplines.​

Social and Behavioral Science Disciplines

Total Units Required: 18

To obtain the Associate in Arts degree with an emphasis in Social and Behavioral Sciences, students will have to:

  1. Complete
    1. The CSU General Education Certification pattern, a minimum of 39 units.
    2. The IGETC Certification pattern, a minimum of 36 units.
    3. The IVC Associate Degree General Education pattern, a minimum of 31 units. 
  2. Complete a minimum of 18 units from the courses listed in the emphasis, including a minimum of 9 units selected from at least three of the social and behavioral science disciplines.
  3. Complete any elective, degree-applicable courses needed to bring the total number of units to 60.
  4. Maintain a 2.0 overall GPA and a grade of “A,” “B,” “C,” or “P” in all courses taken in the area of emphasis.
  5. Satisfy the residency and competency requirements as stated on Associate Degree Graduation Requirements .

Students are advised to consult with faculty in the fields of interest within the emphasis to identify career areas and to consult with a counselor to clarify graduation requirements and/or to determine specific transfer paths. The courses within each concentration described in the emphasis represent clusters of courses designed to prepare students for common traditional university major areas of study, for certificate programs, or for technical education certificates.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the AA degree with emphasis in social and behavioral sciences, students will be able to

  • Demonstrate knowledge of research methodology.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of global social and political perspectives.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of historical and contemporary global issues.

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