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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 Goals

Information Literacy Skills: Students will demonstrate literacy skills that will enable them to locate, evaluate and effectively use information to complete assignments.

Communication Skills: Students will demonstrate competency in written and verbal communication in the major of Social and Behavior Sciences.

Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills: Students will be able to assess claims and make judgments based on well-supported evidence in Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Scientific Literacy and Quantitative Reasoning Skills: Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze and interpret the research used in Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Information Management Skills: Students will demonstrate the ability to use and apply electronic media for research and oral and written presentations in Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Academic and Technical Proficiency in the Major: Students will demonstrate academic and technical proficiency in their area of concentration within 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 and Sciences A.A. Degree

Total Credit Hours Required 60

Institutional Requirements (1 credit)

  • FYE101  First Year Experience  1

GER Required Credits (31 credits)

English Composition

  • ENG101  Comp I—Expos Writing  3
    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

Science

  • BIO109  Human Biology & the Environment  4
  • GER  One (1) Science CourseG  3

Mathematics

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

Interdisciplinary/Emerging Issues

  • 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
  • CJC, ECN, GEO, POL, PSY, SOC
    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.