This degree program prepares students for transfer to a four-year college or university to earn a baccalaureate degree in an area of the social sciences. The social and behavioral sciences examine the development and activity of human beings both as individuals and in society. Disciplines included in the broad area of the social sciences include anthropology, history, political science, economics, geography, criminal justice, psychology, and sociology. JCC’s social sciences curriculum is an excellent transfer program since it parallels the first two years of most baccalaureate liberal arts programs. Working closely with their faculty advisors, students can select their courses to meet degree requirements and be prepared to complete a baccalaureate degree at a transfer institution with two additional years of full-time study. Many graduates of four-year programs whose bases are in the social sciences seek careers in psychology, teaching, government, and social work.

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Minimum program credit hours: 60

Program Codes
Degree Option
Associate in Arts Degree
Hegis Code
Curriculum Code
General Requirements
48 credit hours
ENG 1530: English Composition II3
ENG 1540: Writing About Literature3
Core Requirements
no credit hours
Electives 12 credit hours
Important Points
  • Students are required to take courses in at least three different areas of social sciences.
  • Students are required to take at least one 2000-level social science course.
Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the social science approach by using social science concepts and theories to analyze behaviors or institutions (as appropriate to the discipline). This outcome is to be assessed in 2000-level courses.
  2. Explain or demonstrate the methods that social scientists use to explore social phenomena, or to gather and interpret information (as appropriate to the discipline). This outcome is to be assessed in 2000-level courses.

Transfer Agreements

Our courses and programs are designed to give you a strong foundation in your area of study. But we know that for many of you, your time at JCC is just the first step in your educational journey. And when it's time for you to take your next step, that strong foundation, coupled with the wide variety of transfer agreements we maintain with several top colleges and universities, will help make your transfer process as smooth as possible. You might also want to consider our associate degrees and transfer agreements in criminal justice, criminal justice: policehuman services (A.S.), human services (A.A.S.), and global studiesLearn More
It is important when planning your transfer to talk with your advisor about the specifics of each four-year college or university. 

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Frank Corapi, Co-Director, Social Sciences
Frank CorapiCo-Director, Social Sciences HULT, Jamestown Campus716.338.1246Contact | Full Profile ▸