University Studies: Social Sciences AA Degree
University Studies – 21 Unit Emphasis | SC Program: AA.1501
The A.A. in University Studies, Social Sciences emphasis is designed to provide students with a strong foundation for the study of humanity from diverse perspectives. It is an excellent starting point for students interested in pursuing baccalaureate degrees in anthropology, history, political science, psychology, sociology.
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A program map shows all the required and recommended courses you need to graduate and a suggested order in which you should take them. The suggested sequence of courses is based on enrollment and includes all major and general education courses required for the degree.
Fall Semester, First Year14 Units Total
Note: For students who would benefit from further instruction and individual support while taking their first college-transfer level English course, ENGL 1AX is a recommended alternative to ENGL 1A.
This course develops the reading, critical thinking, and writing skills necessary for academic success, emphasizing expository and argumentative writing as well as research and documentation skills. As a transferable course, it presupposes that students already have a substantial grasp of grammar, syntax, and organization, and that their writing is reasonably free from errors. A research paper is required for successful completion of the course. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
This course provides an introduction to psychology, the study of the mind and behavior, as a science and as an applied field. The course provides an integration of physiological, cognitive, social-behavioral, psychodynamic, humanistic, cultural, and evolutionary perspectives. Topics include research methods, the nervous system, perception, learning, thinking, memory, human development, social behavior, emotions, motivation, personality, abnormal behavior, and psychotherapy. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
Spring Semester, First Year16 Units Total
This course is an introduction to the process of human communication with emphasis on public speaking. The subjects covered are speech topic selection, audience analysis, information competency (e.g. researching, evaluating and using supporting materials), presentation outlining, principles of effective speech delivery, critical evaluation of speeches, and presentation of informative and persuasive speeches. Most students will have the opportunity to be recorded and to use presentational technology. College level writing skills will be expected on all papers, outlines and short essays. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
This laboratory course is designed to complement BIOL 5 and is a one-semester human anatomy and physiology laboratory course. Exercises include anatomical language, microscopy, membrane transport processes, skeletal muscle contraction, cardiology, blood pressures, pulmonary ventilation, and enzymatic digestion. The anatomy of eleven organ systems is also included. BIOL 6 is a prerequisite for the LVN program. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
This course is a study of the basic institutions and principles of microeconomics and so it concentrates on the parts of an economic system: the markets, the producers, the consumers, and the structures of basic industries, along with systems for relative resource use and income determination. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
This course provides an introduction to the discipline of sociology. It examines interactions among social institutions, cultures, groups, and individuals. The focus is on how unequal power relations organize the social world and shape individual lives, and how individuals negotiate their lives in different social, cultural, and economic contexts. The course will examine a broad array of topics using a variety of theoretical perspectives and sociological research methods. The primary goal of this course is to recognize how people's experiences are shaped by social forces and reshaped through human action. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
Fall Semester, Second Year15 Units Total
This course is a comparative survey of the major ancient world civilizations which developed between 3500 B.C.E. and 1500 C.E. It examines political institutions, religious ideologies, the rise and fall of empires, and the major cultural innovations of each of the major world civilizations. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
The purpose of this course is to provide students with an introduction to social services and the social work profession, including social work fields of practice, social service agencies, and levels of social work practice using a sociological framework. The course will focus on the critical examination of social welfare issues, including a historical perspective, contemporary issues, structures of the current system, and alternative concepts. Discussions will examine direct services (micro level practice) and administration/planning (macro level practice). An overview of social service work will include discussion of the following areas: health care, children and family services, substance abuse, schools, mental health, the elderly, developmental disabilities, criminal justice, and the workplace. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
Spring Semester, Second Year15 Units Total
This course takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of race and ethnicity in the United States. It examines social justice movements in relation to ethnic and racial groups in the United States to provide a basis for a better understanding of the socioeconomic, cultural, and political conditions among key social groups including, but not limited to, Native Americans, African Americans, Asian Americans, and Latina/o Americans. This course examines the systemic nature of racial/ethnic oppression through an examination of key concepts including racialization and ethnocentrism, with a specific focus on the persistence of white supremacy. Using an anti-racist framework, the course will examine historical and contemporary social movements dedicated to the decolonization of social institutions, resistance, and social justice. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
The central emphasis of this course is upon the terms and concepts used in the field of political science. Discussion centers upon the nature of political science, the origin and nature of the State, patterns and functions of government, the nature of political ideologies, the nature of the U.S. Constitution and the basic principles of a constitution. It is recommended that students majoring in political science or other social sciences take this course. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
This course is a survey of the history of the United States from 1877 to the present. The course covers the rise of industrialization, the expansion of America into world affairs, the causes and results of the Great Depression, the world wars of the 20th century, the Cold War, and post-9/11 America. This course satisfies the CSU requirement for US History (US-1). This course may be offered in a distance education format.
This course examines the social, economic, political, and cultural dynamics of race and ethnicity in the United States. It utilizes theory to assess the comparative histories, cultures, and intellectual traditions of Native Americans, African Americans, Latino/as, and Asian Americans. It introduces major concepts used to understand the lived experiences of historically racialized groups such as social construction of race, racial formation, critical race theory, internal colonialism, and intersectionality. The course emphasizes the role of resistance and agency in advancing the goals of self-determination, decolonization, and equity. SOC 25 and ETHS 3 are cross-listed courses. Students may enroll in one course for credit, but not both. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
Please see a counselor to discuss options for meeting general education requirements for transfer to California State Universities (CSU) and/or University of California (UC) campuses, as well as any specific additional courses that may be required by your chosen institution of transfer.
*Alternative Courses: Please see a Shasta College counselor for alternative course options. You can also view the following to find other courses to meet degree/certificate requirements:
- California State Universities – General Education
- IGETC – Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum
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