Porterville College

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Social Science (AA)

The Social Science Associate in Arts degree is intended to train students in a variety of methods and expose them to diverse perspectives in understanding and appreciating the human condition in the past, present, and future. The Social Science Division’s core disciplines of Anthropology, Geography, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology encourage students to investigate human existence from a variety of theoretical, methodological, and cross-cultural perspectives. Students intending to transfer to a four-year institution will find that this general background will prepare them for upper-division coursework in any of the disciplines within the degree, or that it will serve as an intellectual foundation for coursework in other disciplines. This preparation provides a solid foundation for critical thinking and understanding suited to a variety of careers.

Program Learning Outcomes: Explain the methods of investigation typically used in the disciplines studied within the degree; explain the methods of explanation typically used in the disciplines studied within the degree; apply the methods and explanations studied within the degree toward an understanding of world events, conflicts, and processes; apply the methods and explanations studied within the degree toward an understanding of the development of one’s own point of view or perspective about the world; present research and concepts from the disciplines studied within the degree according to the current standards for the respective disciplines.

Required Courses (19 units total)

List A: (12 units):

ANTH P102 - Cultural Anthropology (3 units)

GEOG P113 - Cultural Geography (3 units)

HIST P117 - History of U.S./Colonial Period to 1877 (3 units)

HIST P118 - History of the U.S. from 1865 to the Present (3 units)

PHIL P106 - Introduction to Philosophy (3 units)

POLS P101 - American Government (3 units)

PSYC P101A - General Psychology (3 units)

SOCI P101 - The Social World (3 units)

List B: (3 units):

All students must select one course from any of the following disciplines; courses already selected for the List A requirement may not be used for the List B requirement:

ANTH P101 - Intro to Biological Anthropology (3 units)

ANTH P102 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology. (3 units)

ANTH P103 - Introduction to Archaeology (3 units)

ANTH P104 - Prehistory and Ancient Civilizations (3 units)

ANTH P105 - Native Cultures of North America (3 units)

ANTH P107 - Anthropology of Religion and Ritual (3 units)

ECON P101 - The Principles of Microeconomics (3 units)

ECON P102 - Principles of Macroeconomics (3 units)

GEOG P113 - Cultural Geography (3 units)

GEOG P114 - Physical Geography (3 units)

GEOG P125 -World Regional Geography (3 units)

HIST P101 - World History to 1500 (3 units)

HIST P102 - World History from 1500 to the present (3 units)

HIST P104 - History of Western Civilization (3 units)

HIST P105 - History of Western Civilization II (3 units)

HIST P107 - California History (3 units)

HIST P108 - Early Latin American History (3 units)

HIST P109 - Modern Latin American History (3 units)

HIST P117 - History of U.S./Colonial Period to 1877 (3 units)

HIST P118 - History of U.S./1865 to the Present (3 units)

HIST P119 - Mexican American History (3 units)

HIST P120 - History of the Middle East (3 units)

HIST P121 - History of East Asia (3 units)

HIST P123 - History of Mexico (3 units)

PHIL P106 - Introduction to Philosophy (3 units)

PHIL P107 - Introduction to Logic (3 units)

PHIL P108 - Introduction to Philosophy of Religion (3 units)

PHIL P109 - Existence and Reality (3 units)

PHIL P110 - Introduction to Ethics (3 units)

PHIL P112 - The Ethics of Living and Dying (3 units)

PHIL P113 - Introduction to the World Religions (3 units)

PHIL P114 - History of Ancient Philosophy (3 units)

POLS P101 - American Government (3 units)

POLS P102 - Introduction to Comparative Politics (3 units)

POLS P103 - Introduction to International Politics (3 units)

PSYC P101A - General Psychology (3 units)

PSYC P110 - Abnormal Psychology (3 units)

PSYC P126 - Lifespan Human Development (3 units)

PSYC P133 - Psychology of Personal & Social Adjustment (3 units)

PSYC P223 - Child Psychology (3 units)

SOCI P101 - The Social World (3 units)

SOCI P102 - Social Problems (3 units)

SOCI P130 - Family and Society (3 units)

SOCI P140 - Gender and Society (3 units)

SOCI P150 - American Ethnicity (3 units)

SOCI P160 - Crime and Society (3 units)

SOCI P170 - Community & Social Psychology (3 units)

List C: (4 units):

MATH P122 - Introduction to Statistics (4 units)

General Education: In addition to completing the major requirements, students must also complete one general education pattern:
1. PC General Education Pattern
2. IGETC Pattern
3. CSU General Education Pattern

Electives as needed to complete the 60 minimum units to complete the degree.