Liberal Arts - Social Science Specialization

Health care, crime rates, economic growth, resource development, civil rights, international affairs, interpersonal relationships – these are the kinds of issues that must be addressed if we are to build a better world for the 21st century; and these are the kinds of issues addressed everyday in social science classes at DCC. Social sciences comprise a diverse group of disciplines that includes history, geography, political science, economics, sociology, and psychology. These varied disciplines are bound together by a shared focus on human activity and on helping students better understand the complexities of the human condition. At DCC, knowledge gained in social science courses not only enables students to function as informed and responsible citizens in today’s world, it also equips students to intelligently participate in forging the world of tomorrow. Whether you are learning about the history of the French Revolution, political unrest in central Africa, the economy of Southside Virginia, or the origins of racial prejudice in America, you are increasing your understanding of human behavior and the forces that affect the ways in which we interact with one another. When transferring to a four-year college or university, students who have earned an Associate of Arts and Science degree in Liberal Arts with the Social Science Specialization are well-prepared for majoring in any social science discipline, either in preparation for a career such as public administration, social work, or teaching, or as a prerequisite for continuing their education in graduate school.

Program Outcomes

The Danville Community College Liberal Arts program is designed to prepare students to transfer to a 4-year institution or enter the work force.

To this end, liberal arts graduates will demonstrate:

  1. The ability to communicate effectively by means of listening, speaking, reading, and writing;
  2. The critical thinking skills of synthesizing and analyzing complex ideas;
  3. An awareness and understanding of ethics, cultures, and society;
  4. An understanding of individual and group development and behavior; and
  5. An understanding of and competence in research methods and scientific inquiry.

Curriculum Map

Liberal Arts- Social Science Specialization graduates will demonstrate :

Required Course 1

Required Course 2

Required Course 3

Required Course 4

Required Course 5

Required Course 6

Outcome 1

The ability to communicate effectively by means of listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

ENG 111

ENG 112

HIS XXX

HIS XXX

 

 

Outcome 2

The critical thinking skills of synthesizing and analyzing complex ideas.

HIS XXX

HIS XXX

Sociology XXX

Sociology XXX

Psychology XXX

Psychology XXX

Outcome 3

An awareness and understanding of ethics, cultures, and society.

HIS XXX

HIS XXX

Sociology XXX

Sociology XXX

Psychology XXX

Psychology XXX

Outcome 4

An understanding of individual and group development and behavior.

HIS XXX

HIS XXX

Sociology XXX

Sociology XXX

Psychology XXX

Psychology XXX

Outcome 5

An understanding of and competence in research methods and scientific inquiry.

ENG 111

Natural Science XXX

Natural Science XXX

 

 

 

Outcome 6

An understanding of reflective writing as a learning tool

ENG 112

HIS XXX

HIS XXX

 

 

 

Outcome 7

An understanding and use of academic writing

ENG 111

ENG 112

HIS XXX

HIS XXX

 

 

Course Sequence

      Lecture
Hours
Lab
Hours
Course
Credits
First Semester      
SDV 100   College Success Skills 1 0 1
ENG 111   College Composition I 3 0 3
MTH 154   Quantitative Reasoning or higher
(excludes MTH 158)
3 0 3
BUS 147   Business Information Systems (or approved transfer computer class) 3 0 3
    Natural Science with lab I 3 3 4
HIS   History Elective I 3 0 3
    Total 16 3 17
           
      Lecture
Hours
Lab
Hours
Course
Credits
Second Semester      
ENG 112   College Composition II 3 0 3
HIS   History Requirement II 3 0 3
MTH   Math Elective 3 0 3
    Natural Science course with lab II 3 3 4
    Humanities or Fine Arts Elective I 3 0 3
    Total 15 3 16
           
      Lecture
Hours
Lab
Hours
Course
Credits
Third Semester      
SOC   Sociology Elective I 3 0 3
PSY   Psychology Elective I 3 0 3
    Liberal Arts Elective I 3 0 3
    Social Science Elective I 3 0 3
    Humanities or Fine Arts Elective II 3 0 3
    Total 15 0 15
           
      Lecture
Hours
Lab
Hours
Course
Credits
Fourth Semester      
SOC   Sociology Elective II 3 0 3
PSY   Psychology Elective II 3 0 3
    Liberal Arts Elective II 3 0 3
    Social Science Elective II 3 0 3
HLT/PED   Approved Wellness Elective 1 0 1
    Total 13 0 13

Total Minimum Credits for Associate of Arts and Science Degree in Liberal Arts, Social Science Specialization: 61

For more information consult the College Catalog.

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