Explore Academic Programs - Social Science


With the Associate of Arts degree in social science, students can choose courses from among eight disciplines of study to include anthropology, economics, geography, government, history, philosophy, psychology and sociology. Through curriculum that emphasizes ethics, integrity, citizenship and awareness of global issues, students develop an ability to integrate information from textbooks with real-world issues and work with different perspectives and understandings of societal needs, diverse cultures and individual responsibility.


Careers, Potential Earnings & Market Growth Rates

Secondary School Teacher*

Potential Earnings: $56,310 annually

Market Growth Rate: 5 - 8%


School Psychologist**

Potential Earnings: $68,900 annually

Market Growth Rate: 14% or higher


Lawyer**

Potential Earnings: $114,970 annually

Market Growth Rate: 5 - 8%

Social Worker**

Potential Earnings: $59,100 annually

Market Growth Rate: 2-4%


Political Science Teacher, post-secondary**

Potential Earnings: $73,790 annually

Market Growth Rate: 9 - 13%


Economist*

Potential Earnings: $95,710 annually

Market Growth Rate: 5 - 8%


Urban and regional planner*

Potential Earnings: $66,940 annually

Market Growth Rate: 5 - 8%

*Requires a minimum of a bachelor's degree

** Requires an advanced degree


Degrees and Certificates

The Associate of Arts degree in social science requires 60 hours of coursework including 42 hours of core curriculum requirements, nine hours of social and behavioral sciences electives and the remaining coursework in life and physical sciences, foreign languages and physical activity (KINE). Full-time students can expect to complete the degree in four semesters (two years).

Delivery Mode

Associate of Arts

Social Science

60 credit hours, four semesters full time