Social Science

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 StudiesAnthropology,Community Health Work,  PsychologySocial 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
Archaeology 16
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
Anthropology 18*
Psychology Emphasis 18*
Sociology 18*
ASSOCIATE IN ARTS FOR TRANSFER DEGREE: UNITS
 Psychology  18-21*
 Sociology   18*
ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE DEGREE: UNITS
Alcohol and Other Drug Studies 36.5-37*
Social Work 28*

*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.