Catalog 2019-20

Social Science

Associate Degree

A.A. in Social Science

The Social Science department offers classes in law and society and special studies in the areas of Mexican-American, Asian, and Native American experiences. These classes provide an excellent background for further study.

The program includes 21 units of coursework in the following areas: anthropology, economics, geography, history, philosophy, political science, psychology, social science, or sociology.

This degree enables the student to experience a wide range of diverse social science disciplines. To verify the transferability of specific courses and their university application, please consult your CRC counselor. Students who wish to transfer to a four-year college or university should plan their programs to meet general education and lower division major requirements. All students are encouraged to consult with a counselor.

Highlights include:

  • Opportunities to build a foundation for interdisciplinary studies
  • Overview of theoretical, methodological, analytical, and cultural principles

Note to Transfer Students:
If you are interested in transferring to a four-year college or university to pursue a bachelor’s degree in this major, it is critical that you meet with a CRC counselor to select and plan the courses for your major. Schools vary widely in terms of the required preparation. The courses that CRC requires for an Associate’s degree in this major may be different from the requirements needed for the Bachelor’s degree.

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
A minimum of 21 units from the following: 21
Twenty-one (21) units must be completed in at least three different subject areas from those listed:
Anthropology
Economics
Geography 310
History
Political Science
Philosophy 360
Psychology
Social Science
Sociology.
Total Units: 21

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

Identify and comprehend an individual's relationship to structures in the larger society.

Apply effective critical thinking skills to interpret sociological phenomena.

Assess the significance of important social movements in American society.

Define and identify various theoretical perspectives across the discipline of Sociology.

Comprehend how social practices facilitate the functioning of social structures as they are responsible for maintaining the society as a whole.

Analyze, interpret, and critically think about sociological ascriptions to race, gender, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, political affiliation, and other sociological concepts.

Career Information

Instructor; Social Worker; Researcher;Criminal Justice; Social Services; Business and Corporate employment. Some career options may require more than two years of college study.

Social Science (SOCSC)

SOCSC 360 Law and Society

Units: 3

Same As: BUS 345

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU; UC

This course is an introduction to the American legal system emphasizing the nature, purpose, sources and functioning of American law but including some comparative analysis of other historical and contemporary legal systems. It stresses the evolution of legal concepts as a reflection of the social environment and the role of the judiciary. A theoretical rather than practical view point is used through analysis of selected cases and legislation in the areas of individualism, socioeconomic groups, the family, the economy, crime, criminal procedure and punishment, church and state separation, the environment, and torts. This course should not be taken for any major for which BUS 340 is required, as it is not comparable. This course is the same as BUS 345, and only one may be taken for credit. See “Cross-Listed Courses” in the catalog.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

• SLO 1: DEMONSTRATE SKILL AND COMPREHENSION IN RESPECTIVE SUBJECT AREAS AS INDICATED BY COURSE OUTCOMES PERTAINING TO BUSINESS LAW.

SOCSC 480 Honors Seminars in Social Science

Units: 1

Same As: HONOR 370

Hours: 18 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU

Honors Seminars in Social Science are special one-unit intensive courses for academically accomplished students or those with the potential for high academic achievement. In these seminars, students will study topics in the movements, trends and philosophies found in the Social Sciences. Enrollment is limited to Honors Program students.
Details about the Honors Program can be found in the front of the Catalog and on the CRC website. This course is the same as HONOR 370. This course, under either name, may be taken a total of one time for credit.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

EXPRESS IDEAS CLEARLY IN WELL-ORGANIZED WRITTEN MESSAGES (SLO #1, College Wide SLO – Area 1, and General Education SLO C5a – English Composition). This includes the ability to:

SOCSC 495 Independent Studies in Social Science

Units: 1 - 3

Hours: 54 - 162 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU

An independent studies project involves an individual student or small group of students in study, research, or activities beyond the scope of regularly offered courses. See the current catalog section of "Special Studies" for full details of Independent Studies.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: Actively engage in intellectual inquiry beyond that required in order to pass a course of study (College Wide Learning Outcome – Area 4).

The Social Science department offers classes in law and society and special studies in the areas of Mexican-American, Asian, and Native American experiences.

Full-time Faculty

George Nyenbeku.
Nyenbeku George
Office: BS 117
Phone: (916) 691-7536
E-mail: georgen@crc.losrios.edu