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 3
AOJ 029 Criminology 3
CD 005 Child Development 3
ECON 001A Macroeconomics 3
ECON 001B Microeconomics 3
ES-036 Contemporary Native American 3
GEOG 001 Physical Geography 4
GEOG 002 World Regional Geography 3
GEOG 003 Cultural Geography 3
GEOG 018 Geography of California 3
HIST 004A Western Civilization to 1700 3
HIST 004B Western Civilization From 1700 3
HIST 017A History of the U.S. 1492-1877 3
HIST 017B History of the U.S. 1865-PRESENT 3
HIST 020 World History I 3
HIST 032 Cultural History of the Chican 3
HIST 034 Hist of African Americans in the US 3
HIST 044 Women's Roles in United States History 3
POLSCI 001 American Government 3
POLSCI 002 Comparative Government 3
PSYCH 001 Introductory Psychology 3
PSYCH 002 Abnormal Psychology 3
PSYCH 003 Developmental Psychology 3
PSYCH 004 Personal Psychology 3
PSYCH 005 Biological Psychology 3
SOC 001 Introduction to Sociology 3
SOC 002 Critical Thinking and Social Problems 3
SOC 003 Marriage and Family Relations 3
SOC 005 Cultural Sociology 3
SW-020 Introduction to Social Welfare