Feb 18, 2019
School: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Academic Dept: Social Sciences
Important Note about Program Requirements
The requirements listed below are for students entering into this program in Spring 2019. Students who entered the program during a prior semester will find their specific requirements listed in the Catalog under which they entered. Archived Catalogs are accessible through the dropdown menu above.
Associate of Arts (A.A.) and Associate of Science (A.S.) Degrees Defined
The purpose of the A.A. and A.S. is to build a foundation in a discipline, then continue to higher levels of education by transferring to a four-year institution. The A.A. contains liberal arts credits; including coursework in the arts, humanities and social sciences, and provides flexibility to pursue several careers. Conversely, coursework for the A.S. contains some liberal arts credits and coursework also directly applicable to a clearly defined career path. Click to learn more about the differences among award types.
Students enrolled in this program have an excellent opportunity to explore the various social and behavioral sciences while completing requirements in other academic areas such as the humanities, mathematics, and biological and physical sciences.
The Social Science curriculum with concentration in Psychology is an excellent transfer program that provides the opportunity for the completion of the first two years of study in Psychology and also parallels the first two years of most baccalaureate liberal arts programs. Most graduates are able to transfer with sufficient credits to complete their bachelor’s degree in two additional years of full-time study.
The Social Science curriculum is an excellent starting point for students interested in careers in teaching (elementary, secondary, and college), pre-professional programs (such as law and medicine), business, government, social work, non-profit organizations, and international agencies.
Program Learning Outcomes
Students in this program will:
- Demonstrate an understanding of key concepts and fundamental theoretical principles in at least 3 different social science disciplines, as well as the similarities and differences across disciplines.
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of research methods used widely in the social sciences.
- Gain a broad liberal education in the social sciences, giving them a broad foundation for later life, flexibility in transferring to baccalaureate programs, and a foundation for job opportunities.
- Demonstrate an ability to think critically and apply logical reasoning to practical problems and issues using concepts from the disciplines studied. This will be done through problem solving and research scenarios.
- Demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively – orally and in writing – both individually and in group settings. They will be able to express and explain the “great” ideas in each discipline they have studied. They will be able to discuss and debate different points of view within their disciplines.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the historical context of their current lives and of the development of the disciplines studied.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the contemporary world and develop a sense of their place in a global setting. They will develop an appreciation for the range of human experiences in the world.
General Education Requirements - 31 Credits
Students are required to fulfill a certain number of credits within the specific categories shown below. Where specific courses are not listed within these categories, courses must be selected from the list of SUNY General Education Courses .
Basic Communication (3 credits)
Natural Sciences (4 credits)
Select ONE of the following lab courses:
(Note that some of these are available as honors courses)
Social Sciences (9 credits)
Other World Civilizations (3 credits)
Degree Requirements – 29 Credits
- Psychology Courses (9 credits, see below)
- Communications Course (3 credits, see below)
- English/Communications Course (3 credits, see below)
- Liberal Arts Course - Category 1 (3 credits, see below)
- Liberal Arts Courses - Category 2 (6 credits, see below)
- Free Electives (5 credits, any college courses)
Select ONE of the following courses:
Select ONE from the following:
Liberal Arts Course - Category 1
Select ONE course from the following disciplines:
- Anthropology (ANTHR)
- Economics (ECON)
- Geography (GEOG)
- History (HIS)
- Political Science (POLSC)
- Sociology (SOC)
Liberal Arts Courses - Category 2
Select TWO courses from the following:
Minimum Total Credits – 60
Upon successful completion of this program, a student will:
- Demonstrate an understanding of key concepts and fundamental theoretical principles in at least three different social science disciplines, as well as the similarities and differences across disciplines.
- Demonstrate knowledge and application of research methods used in the social sciences.
- Use critical thinking skills to analyze and evaluate the historical context of one’s life and of the development of the disciplines studied.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the contemporary world and one’s place in it.
Career Path Opportunities
Are you wondering what careers you can explore with a degree or certificate? Perhaps you are not sure what people do or how much money they make in certain careers that pique your interest? Would you like to know how many jobs are predicted to be available in a particular industry? Or maybe you are unsure whether receiving a degree or certificate would be right for you? Go to https://sunywcc.emsicareercoach.com to explore career paths, their associated job descriptions, salary trends, and jobs trends. Complete a career assessment for additional guidance. Still not sure? Visit www.sunywcc.edu/career for more career resources and contacts.
Transfer Opportunities (SUNY)
Westchester Community College is committed to facilitating a smooth transfer process for its incoming and graduating students. To ensure its graduates enjoy a seamless transfer with junior status to another college in the same discipline at both institutions (transferred from/to) and are able to complete a bachelor’s degree within two years of full-time study upon transfer, Westchester Community College has signed Transfer Articulation Agreements with many colleges that offer bachelor’s degree programs. Visit www.sunywcc.edu/transferarticulation to see a list of Articulation Agreements by institution or search by a specific program of study. Visit www.sunywcc.edu/transfer for additional transfer resources and contacts.
State University of New York (SUNY) Transfer Paths
This program of study is an approved SUNY Transfer Path, which guarantees SUNY two-year associate of arts and associate of science graduates a seamless transfer path from the associate’s degree level of study to the bachelor’s degree level within the SUNY system. This applies to degrees received in the same discipline at both institutions in a designated SUNY Transfer Path. Students will have junior status upon transfer, which allows for the completion of a bachelor’s degree within two additional years of full-time study. Visit SUNY Transfer Paths for more information about how to advance your academic career within the State University of New York.
Transfer Scholarship Opportunities
Many colleges and universities are eager to have Westchester Community College graduates transfer to their institutions. Consider this an incentive to complete your WCC degrees with high honors! Go to www.sunywcc.edu/scholarships to view the many transfer scholarship opportunities to four-year colleges.
Are you a prospective Westchester Community College graduate? We look forward to seeing you soon! Apply today, then see the College’s Admissions and Enrollment Checklist.