Social Sciences

Dept Chair: Kathryn Wood
tel: 408-855-5346
Counseling: 408-855-5030

The Social Science major offers a broad, multi-disciplined program of study, enabling people to pursue a career and their interest in human affairs systematically and without the usual constraints imposed by the single-discipline major.

For those planning to transfer to a 4-year institution, the program is designed to give students the opportunity to earn an Associate Degree while completing the required transfer general education classes. In addition, for students planning to major in one of the social and behavioral sciences, the degree can provide a strong foundation in your major, usually filling the required lower-division courses in a particular major.

For those not planning to transfer to another institution, the major does not lock a student into a specific career or profession, but instead allows a student several career options.

The major requires a minimum of 18 units taken from the categories listed below, in addition to the college's general education requirements.

Career Options
  • Civil Rights
  • Community Development
  • Community Advisor
  • Community Relations
  • Computer Programmer
  • Corrections Officer
  • Counselor
  • Criminal Justice Administration
  • Editor
  • Educational Administrator
  • Employment Resources
  • Environmental Analyst
  • Financial Analyst
  • Housing
  • Insurance
  • Labor Relations
  • Lobbyist
  • Office
  • Personnel Recruiter
  • Planning
  • Probation Officer
  • Public Relations Officer
  • Public Service Professional
  • Research Analyst
  • Sales Representative
  • Social Program Administrator
  • Social Worker
  • Special Education

Some career choices may require courses beyond the Associate Degree.

Additional Catalog Information


  • Experienced instructors and convenient classes
  • Fill your General Education Requirements
  • Hone your writing and analytical skills
  • Deepen your understanding of American society and the global community
  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Global Studies
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Political
  • Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology