Social Sciences

The Social Sciences Department at College of the Desert offers programs across eight disciplines of 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. 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.

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 that best meets their goals and needs. For more information please call 760.773.2574 or contact the program faculty advisor(s).​​​​​​​