Studying why we do what we do in social settings is what the social sciences are all about. It's a broad field with many areas of study. Some examples are economics, sociology, political science, communication studies, anthropology, history, international relations, law, human services, psychobiology, social work, and public health.
Social sciences help us better understand the world around us and our role in it. It expands our knowledge beyond our culture to see how other cultures exist and react to similar situations. It looks into how different constructs, like religion, race, politics, and language play a part in our collective response to past and current events.
Learning social sciences helps you build critical-thinking skills to be able to analyze scientifically society's behavior which can create changes that lead to a healthier, economically-sound, and better educated world for all of us.
SDCC offers an Associate in Arts degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences with an Emphasis in Social and Behavioral Sciences. Refer to the current catalog for the different degrees and certificates offered for any specific social science program.
The Behavioral Sciences Department offers the following programs: Alcohol and Other Drug Studies, Anthropology,Community Health Work, Psychology, Social Work and Sociology. For more information on each individual program, visit their respective pages.
The following table describes the Certificates and Degrees offered.
|CERTIFICATE OF PERFORMANCE:**||UNITS|
|Community Health Work||16|
|Conflict Resolution and Mediation||15|
|Mental Health Work||16|
|Youth Development Work||16|
|CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT:||UNITS|
|Alcohol and Other Drug Studies||36.5-37|
|Mental Health Work||19|
|ASSOCIATE IN ARTS DEGREE:||UNITS|
|ASSOCIATE IN ARTS FOR TRANSFER DEGREE:||UNITS|
|ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE DEGREE:||UNITS|
|Alcohol and Other Drug Studies||36.5-37*|
*and courses to meet graduation requirements, general education and electives as needed
to meet minimum of 60 units required for the degree.
** 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.