Liberal Arts - Social Science Specialization

Award: Associate in Arts & Science

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 Information

Minimum credits: 61 

Length: 2 years (4 semesters) if suggested full-time course sequence is followed.

Transfer opportunities: This degree is designed for students planning to transfer to a four-year university in a social science discipline.  

Admission requirements vary by institution. Students are urged to familiarize themselves with the requirements of the college to which they intend to transfer and plan course selections with their DCC advisor.

Division: Arts, Sciences, & Business

Contact: 434.797.8402 or 434.797.8462

Program Outcomes

Graduates of this program will demonstrate:

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

Course Sequence

  Lecture Hours Lab Hours Hours in Class Credits
First Semester
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1 0 1 1
ENG 111 College Composition I 3 0 3 3
MTH 154 Quantitative Reasoning or higher (excludes MTH 158) 3 0 3 3
BUS 147 Business Information Systems (or approved transfer computer class) 3 0 3 3
Natural Science course with lab I 3 3 6 4
HIS History Elective I 3 0 3 3
Total 16 3 19 17
Second Semester
ENG 112 College Composition II 3 0 3 3
HIS History Elective II 3 0 3 3
MTH Math Elective 3 0 3 3
Natural Science course with lab II 3 3 6 4
Humanities or Fine Arts Elective I 3 0 3 3
Total 15 3 18 16
Third Semester
SOC Sociology Elective I 3 0 3 3
PSY Psychology Elective I 3 0 3 3
Liberal Arts Elective I 3 0 3 3
Social Science Elective I 3 0 3 3  
Humanities or Fine Arts Elective II 3 0 3 3
Total 15 0 15 15
Fourth Semester
SOC ociology Elective II 3 0 3 3
PSY Psychology Elective II 3 0 3 3
Liberal Arts Elective II 3 0 3 3
Social Science Elective II 3 0 3 3
HLT/PED Approved Wellness Elective 1 0 1 1
Total 13 0 13 13

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

Note: Students must complete a year-long sequence in history, sociology, & psychology; and also must select two electives that may include courses in the above areas or in different social sciences such as political science or economics. These electives and humanities electives should be used to meet the demands of a transfer institution and to achieve breadth of exposure to other disciplines. 

For more information consult the College Catalog.

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