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Social Sciences

The Social Sciences program at College of the Desert consists of the seven disciplines of anthropology, geography, history, philosophy, political science, psychology, and sociology. The courses offered in these disciplines generally serve as surveys of each field and/or as general education and transfer requirements. There is also a degree and certificate program in Alcohol & Drug Studies.

Social Sciences majors find jobs in social service agencies, non-profit organizations, government agencies, educational institutions, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, libraries, probation departments, and correctional institutes. Social Sciences majors also find jobs in business and industry in market research, survey research, public relations, management, advertising, human resources, sales, counseling, and as forensic anthropologists and archeologists. Careers that generally require graduate-level degrees include teacher, researcher, field anthropologist, historian, counselor, criminologist, urban planner, lawyer, political consultant, pollster, political campaign manager, philosopher, psychologist, psychiatrist, and human resources director. Even students who choose not to major in the social sciences find that coursework in the various disciplines prepares them to understand organizational and group dynamics, incorporate logic and reasoning in everyday life, understand research and statistical analysis, and connect personal problems to social issues through critical analysis.

College of the Desert’s Social Sciences program courses are designed to provide students with a general overview of various disciplines of the social sciences, help students meet general education requirements for transfer to four-year institutions, and provide them with supporting courses for majors in other programs. Even students who choose not to major in Social Sciences find that coursework in the field can improve their ability to think critically, problem solve, manage their lives, and understand the issues that engage our world, our country, and our community.

Within the social sciences program, students can earn an Associate of Arts degree in any of the seven disciplines and/or a Certificate of Achievement in Alcohol & Drug Studies. Students earning an associate’s degree within the social sciences program have a choice of pursuing positions as community support worker, gerontology aide, compensation/benefits worker, consumer survey advisor, delinquency counselor, insurance agent/broker, social welfare examiner, peace corps/VISTA worker, research assistant, claims representative, case aid worker, human resources assistant, public opinion surveyor, community service agency worker, or continuing their studies toward a bachelor’s or graduate degree.

College of the Desert offers associate degrees for transfer to the CSU in many social science disciplines. These degrees are designed to provide a clear pathway to a CSU major and baccalaureate degree. California Community College students who are awarded an AA-T or AS-T degree are guaranteed admission with junior standing in the CSU system and given priority admission consideration to their local CSU campus or to a program that is deemed similar to their community college major. This priority does not guarantee admission to specific majors or campuses.

Students who have been awarded an AA-T or AS-T are able to complete their remaining requirements for the 120-unit baccalaureate degree within 60 semester or 90 quarter units. To view the most current list of College of the Desert Associate Degrees for Transfer please go to Academic Programs.

COD has various transfer agreements with the California State Universities and University of California systems in the disciplines contained within the social sciences program. However, transfer requirements at four-year colleges and universities tend to vary from institution to institution; students should consult with a counselor for specific information regarding the transfer requirements of their preferred college or university. Current and prospective community college students are encouraged to meet with faculty advisors and a counselor to review their options for transfer and to develop an educational plan th​at best meets their goals and needs. For more information please call (760) 773-2574 or contact the program faculty advisor(COD has various transfer agreements with the California State Universities and University of California systems in the disciplines contained within the social sciences program. However, transfer requirements at four-year colleges and universities tend to vary from institution to institution; students should consult with a counselor for specific information regarding the transfer requirements of their preferred college or university. Current and prospective community college students are encouraged to meet with faculty advisors and a counselor to review their options for transfer and to develop an educational plan that best meets their goals and needs. For more information please call (760) 773-2574 or contact the program faculty advisor(s).

Advisors:

Eliu Benavides - History
ebenavides@collegeofthedesert.edu 760-400-5303

Amber Black - Sociology
adblack@collegeofthedesert.edu 760-862-1369

Sara Butler - Global Studies, Political Science
sbutler@collegeofthedesert.edu 760-776-7365

Jermaine Cathcart - Sociology
jcathcart@collegeofthedesert.edu 760-776-7436

Oceana Collins - History
ocollins@collegeofthedesert.edu 760-400-5302

Linda Emerson - Psychology
lemerson@collegeofthedesert.edu 760-776-7267

Ellen Hardy - Anthropology, Geography
ehardy@collegeofthedesert.edu 760-776-7449

Chris Jones - Psychology
cjonescage@collegeofthedesert.edu 760-568-3264

Michael Smith - Philosophy, Social Science
msmith@collegeofthedesert.edu 760-776-7404

Nicole Tortoris - Sociology
ntortoris@collegeofthedesert.edu 760-776-7349

Within the Social Sciences and Arts division, students may earn degrees and certificates in the following areas.

Associate of Arts Degrees

Certificate of Achievement