Social Science Associate in Art

The Social Sciences program at College of the Desert consists of eight disciplines: anthropology, geography, global studies, 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. 

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.

Semester 1

Course Code Title Units
ECON 001 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
ENG 001A English Composition 4
CSU GE Area A1 Oral Communication 3
CSU GE Area C1 Arts 3

Semester 2

Course Code Title Units
HIST 003 History of World Civilization I 
PS 001 Introduction to Government 3
CSU GE Area A3 Critical Thinking 3
CSU GE Area B1 Physical Sciences 3-4
CSU GE Area F Ethnic Studies 3

Semester 3

Course Code Title Units
HIST 018 US History from Reconstruction to Present 3
PS 002 Introduction to Comparative Governments 3
CSU GE Area B2 Life Sciences 3-4
CSU GE Area 4 Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning 3-5
CSU GE Area C1 or C2 Arts or Humanities 3

Semester 4

Course Code Title Units
PHIL 006 Introduction to Philosophy
PSY 001 General Psychology 3
  Transferable Elective Units 7
CSU GE Area E Lifelong Learning & Self-Development 3

Please see a Counselor if you need help selecting transferable elective units, CSU GE or IGETC GE courses.

CSU GE Courses