Social And Behavioral Sciences - Garrett College

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Social & Behavioral Sciences


Interested in what makes the world the way it is and how to change it? These are questions for exploration if you are into people, culture, civiliation and how it all swirls together.

Why Choose a Concentration in Social and Behavioral Sciences?

Social and Behavioral Sciences focuses on humans, the environment in which we live, and the dynamic, multi-facted interactions between the two. It incorprates the civil, cultural, and individual (psychological and social) factors that shape everyday life experience.

The Social and Behavioral Sciences concentration prepares students for further studies in fields such as anthropology, criminal justice, and sociology. Students will earn an associates degree in Arts & Sciences and prepare for a smooth transition to a four-year college or university.

Degree Awarded

Garrett College awards an Arts and Sciences Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree to graduates of the Social and Behavioral Sciences concentration

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to incorporate information literacy skills in order to locate, evaluate, and effectively use information needed to complete advanced coursework in the social and behavioral sciences.
  • Students will demonstrate competency in verbal and written skills, particularly those skills that enhance their ability to complete advanced coursework in the social and behavioral sciences.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to structure, analyze, evaluate, and support an argument both orally and in writing within the context of the social and behavioral sciences.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to interpret, compare, and contrast ideas within the context of the social and behavioral sciences.
  • Students will demonstrate an adequate knowledge of the methods, techniques, concepts, and vocabularies of the social and behavioral sciences.
  • Students will demonstrate an adequate knowledge of the historical, theoretical, and contemporary issues relevant to the social and behavioral sciences.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze, interpret and apply the research used in the social and behavioral sciences.

Program Benefits

The program is designed to enable students to develop mastery of the fundamental knowledge, skills, and abilities requried for success in the disciplines of social and behvioral sciences. Additionally students develop the capacity for critical thinking through deductive and inductive reasoning. This foundational knowledge and an associates degree aids in smoothly transferring to four-year institutions to attain higher degrees.

Career Goals

The Garrett College Social and Behavioral Sciences concentration is recommended for students interested in majoring in pre-professional programs. Possessing a degree (associates or higher) in this area of expertise affords a broader latitude of options, including:

  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Social Work
  • Counseling
  • Criminal Justice
  • Anthropology
  • Counseling
  • Political Science
  • Law Enforcement

Social and Behavioral Sciences concentration
Arts & Sciences A.A. Degree

Total Credit Hours Required 60

Institutional Requirements (1 credit)

  • FYE101  First Year Experience  1

GER Required Credits (32 credits)

English Composition

  • ENG101  Comp I—Expos Writing  3
    Min. C grade required

Arts and Humanities

  • COM101  Intro to Communication  3
  • GER  Literature CourseG  3
  • GER  Humanities CourseG  3

Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • PSY101  General Psychology  3
  • SOC101  Principles of Sociology  3

Science

  • BIO109  Human Biology & the Environment  4
  • GER  One (1) Lab Science CourseG  4

Mathematics

  • MAT210  Intro Statistics (Recommended)
    or MAT105  College Algebra 3*

Interdisciplinary/Emerging Issues

  • CIS105  Intro to Computers  3

Concentration Coursework (21 credits)

  • CJC101  Intro to Criminal Justice 
    or
    SWK270  Social Work & Social Welfare  3
  • POL140  American National Government  3
  • PSY240  Intro to Abnormal Psychology  3
  • SOC201  The Family  3
  • SOC211  Social Problems  3
  • SOC238  Ethics in Human Services & Ad Cnslg  3
  • CJC, ECN, GEO, POL, PSY, SOC
    Any one (1)  3

    GEO201 recommended for FSU transfers

Electives (6 credits)

Choose courses after consultation with advisor. Recommended electives: SOC215 Deviant Behavior, SOC221 Criminology, SOC260 Gender Roles, or CJC220 Juvenile Delinquency.

*  Minimum C grade required for this major.

G GER Courses must be on the Approved General Education Course list.