Social Sciences (Liberal Arts & Sciences) (A.A.)

Study social sciences at JCC

The Social Sciences degree at Jamestown Community College prepares you for transfer to a four-year college to earn a bachelor’s degree in an area of the social sciences. You can pursue careers in psychology, teaching, government, and social work in roles such as archivist, anthropologist, archaeologist, historian, lawyer, political scientist, psychologist, social manager, and sociologist.

JCC’s program in social and behavioral sciences examines the development and activity of human beings both as individuals and in society. You can explore courses in anthropology, history, global studies, political science, economics, geography, criminal justice, psychology, and sociology.

While at JCC, you’ll work closely with your advisor to choose your courses and prepare for transferring after graduation. You can earn the general Social Sciences degree or select a concentration in economics, psychology, or sociology. Each concentration is a SUNY Transfer Path, which can help you identify core coursework for transfer to four-year SUNY schools. You can also explore anthropology, geography, history, and political science as specializations within the general Social Sciences degree.

2021 median pay for life, physical, and social science occupations: $72,740/year according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Where to study at JCC

Social sciences skills

After you complete the program, you will be able to:

  • 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.
  • 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.

Semester 1

  SUNY
  JCC
Course
Credits
Requirements Met

Program Core Elective

Recommended:

ANT 1510: Human Evolution and Prehistory or

ANT 1520: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology or

ANT 1530: Comparative Religion or

GEO 1520: World Regional Geography or

HIS 1510: World History before 1500

3
SUNY: Other World Civilizations SUNY: Social Sciences JCC:Cultural Understanding JCC:Global Perspectives

Program Core Elective

Recommended:

ECO 1530: Contemporary Economic Problems or

POL 1510: American Politics or

PSY 1510: General Psychology or

SOC 1510: Introduction to Sociology

3
SUNY: Social Sciences JCC:Scientific Reasoning: Social Sciences

Mathematics Elective

Recommended:

MAT 1500: Problem Solving or

MAT 1540: Elementary Statistics

3
SUNY: Math JCC:Mathematical Reasoning

ENG 1510: English Composition I

3
SUNY: Humanities JCC:College Composition

INT 1555: Inquire

2
JCC:Critical and Integrative Reasoning
  • Set up shadowing experience with Career Services.
  • Visit the Learning Center for support throughout the semester.

Semester 2

  SUNY
  JCC
Course
Credits
Requirements Met

Program Core Elective

Recommended:

HIS 1520: World History since 1500 or

HIS 1530: U.S. History before 1865 or

HIS 1540: U.S. History after 1865 or

HIS 2610: Intro to U.S. Women’s History

3
SUNY: American History SUNY: Western Civilization JCC:Cultural Understanding

Social Sciences Elective

Choose a 1000 or 2000 level social sciences course

3
SUNY: Social Sciences JCC:Scientific Reasoning: Social Sciences

Mathematics & Sciences Elective

Recommended:

BIO 1510: Health Science or

MAT 1540: Elementary Statistics

3
SUNY: Math SUNY: Natural Sciences JCC:Mathematical Reasoning JCC:Scientific Reasoning: Natural Sciences

ENG 1530: English Composition II

3
SUNY: Basic Communication JCC:College Composition JCC:Oral Communication

Elective

Recommended:

BUS 1500: Intro to Business or

CMM 1510: Intro to Communication or

CRI 1510: Intro to Criminal Justice or

HUS 1210: Intro to Human Services

3

Semester 3

  SUNY
  JCC
Course
Credits
Requirements Met

Social Sciences Elective

Choose a 1000 or 2000 level social sciences course

3
SUNY: Social Sciences JCC:Scientific Reasoning: Social Sciences

Program Core Elective

Choose a 2000 level social science course

3
SUNY: Social Sciences

Natural Sciences Elective

Recommended:

BIO 1500: Human Biology or

BIO 2510: Anatomy & Physiology I or

CHE 1500: Introduction to Chemistry

4
SUNY: Natural Sciences JCC:Scientific Reasoning: Natural Sciences

Humanities Elective

Recommended:

Choose any Art, Music, or Theatre course

3
SUNY: Arts

Elective

Recommended:

ASL 1510: Introductory Sign Language I or

SPA 1510: Introductory Spanish I

3
SUNY: Foreign Languages JCC:Cultural Understanding
  • Prepare applications to transfer programs.

Semester 4

  SUNY
  JCC
Course
Credits
Requirements Met

Program Core Elective

Choose a 1000 or 2000 level social science course

3
SUNY: Social Sciences JCC:Scientific Reasoning: Social Sciences

Program Core Elective

Choose a 1000 or 2000 level social science course

3
SUNY: Social Sciences JCC:Scientific Reasoning: Social Sciences

Elective

Recommended:

ASL 1520: American Sign Language II or

ARA 1520: Introductory Arabic II or

FRE 1520:  Introductory French II or

SPA 1520: Introductory Spanish II

3
SUNY: Foreign Languages JCC:Cultural Understanding

Elective

Choose any Liberal Arts and Sciences elective

3

Elective

3
  • Complete an internship or other applied learning experience.