Liberal Arts - Social Science

Liberal Arts Emphasis in Social Science AA

The Liberal Arts with an Emphasis in Social Science degree program is designed to provide the Social Science student the opportunity to earn an associate degree with specialization of the student’s choice. The program provides introductory lower-division work in the Social Sciences. The area of emphasis is made up of 18 units in the fields of Economics, Ethnic Studies, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology. The program prepares students to be enlightened citizens equipped with the broad cultural background essential to studies in the fields of education, philosophy, literature, law, government, journalism, public service and business; all of which today demand a grasp of vital domestic and foreign concerns. Students should consult the catalog of their intended transfer university for any local requirements in addition to those earned through this degree and contact a West Hills College Lemoore counselor for further information or assistance.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • recognize the various types of academic sources used within the Social Science discipline, including primary and secondary sources.
  • analyze the legitimacy and validity of the various academic sources used within the Social Science discipline, including discerning facts from opinions, biases, the validity of data collection, and public opinion polls.

Required Coursework

Students may choose 18 units from among the following courses. A minimum of two disciplines must be represented (ex. Geography and History or Psychology and Sociology).

Course # Title Units
Required Core Courses
AOJ-001 Introduction to Criminal Justice
AOJ-029 Criminology
CD-005 Child Development
ECON-001A Macroeconomics
ECON-001B Microeconomics
ES-036 Contemporary Native American 3
GEOG-001 Physical Geography
GEOG-002 World Regional Geography
GEOG-003 Cultural Geography
GEOG-018 Geography of California 3
HIST-004A Western Europe to 1700
HIST-004B Western Europe from 1700
HIST-017A History of the U.S. 1492-1877
HIST-017B History of the U.S. 1865-Present
HIST-020 World History I
HIST-032 Cultural History of the Chicano
HIST-034 Introduction to Black Studies
HIST-044 Women’s Roles in U.S. History
POLSCI-001 American Government
POLSCI-002 Comparative Government
PSYCH-001 General Psychology
PSYCH-002 Abnormal Psychology
PSYCH-003 Developmental Psychology
PSYCH-004 Personal Psychology
PSYCH-005 Biological Psychology
SOC-001 Introduction to Sociology
SOC-002 Critical Thinking & Social Problems
SOC-003 Marriage and Family
SOC-005 Cultural Diversity
SW-020 Introduction to Social Welfare