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.
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.
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.
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:
- Social Work
- Criminal Justice
- 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 (31 credits)
Comp I—Expos Writing
Min. C grade required
Arts and Humanities
- SPC101 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
- BIO109 Human Biology & the Environment 4
- GER One (1) Science CourseG 3
Introductory Statistics (Recommended)
or MAT105 College Algebra 3*
- CIS105 Intro to Computers 3
Concentration Coursework (18 credits)
- CJC101 Intro to Criminal Justice 3
- POL140 American National Government 3
- PSY240 Intro to Abnormal Psychology 3
- SOC201 The Family 3
- SOC211 Social Problems 3
Any one (1) 3
Electives (10 credits)
Choose additional courses after consultation with advisor.
* Minimum C grade required for this major.
G GER Courses must be on the Approved General Education Course list.