Cerro Coso Community College

Liberal Arts: Social and Behavioral Sciences

Liberal Arts: Social and Behavioral Sciences AA

The Liberal Arts: Social and Behavioral Sciences AA Degree

  • Is set up to satisfy general education requirements for transfer students.
  • Emphasizes the perspectives, concepts, theories and methodologies of the disciplines that comprise study in the Social and Behavioral Sciences.

You can use this to:

  • Earn a two-year Associates Degree
  • Transfer to a 4-year degree program
  • To identify and apply methods, such as observation, hypothesis development, experimentation, evaluation of evidence or measurement and data collection, used by social scientists to study human behavior.
  • To identify and analyze theories explaining the individual, social, historical, political, or economic activities of men and women.

Note: Some courses within the major may have a required prerequisite. If you feel you have equivalent knowledge and skills to those included in the prerequisite course through professional experience, licensure, or certification, you have the opportunity to submit a Prerequisite Challenge to be reviewed by the faculty chair. For the Prerequisite Challenge to be considered, you must submit documentation/verification to substantiate the basis for the challenge. Please consult a counselor for more information regarding Prerequisite Challenge.

Select at least 18 units from the following courses:

For depth of study, 2 or more courses in one discipline required. For breadth of study, courses must be taken from 2 or more disciplines within the Area of Emphasis.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

This is a comprehensive course on the Criminal Justice System that includes the history and philosophy of the Administration of Justice in America. The course explores the development of the criminal justice system, including all sub-systems, relationship between the subsystems and their role expectations, theories on crime, adjudication, punishment, rehabilitation, education and training for the continued professionalism of the entire system. 54 hours lecture.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

This course analyzes social and cultural factors of human behavior in the recent past and present. Students compare and contrast cultural traditions, practices and beliefs, and discuss the associated environmental and social factors that shape human cultures. 54 hours lecture.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

This course examines humans as biological organisms from an evolutionary perspective. Areas covered include concepts, methods, findings, and issues in the study of the order primates, including relationships between fossil monkeys, apes and humans, and the significance of genetic diversity among modern populations. 54 hours lecture.

Limitation on Enrollment: Acceptance for the Honors program or eligibility for this honors course as determined in consultation with the instructor. Prerequisite: ENGL C070

This course examines humans as biological organisms from an evolutionary perspective. Areas covered include concepts, methods, findings, and issues in the study of the order primates, including relationships between fossil monkeys, apes and humans, and the significance of genetic diversity among modern populations. The honors course provides more content and requires greater intensity and depth of study than the non-honors class. 72 hours lecture.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

This course is an introduction to the study of archaeology. The course includes a discussion of the nature of scientific inquiry; the history and interdisciplinary nature of archaeological research; dating techniques; methods of survey, excavation, analysis, and interpretation; cultural resource management; professional ethics; and selected cultural sequences. 54 hours lecture.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

This course is an examination of the developing child in a societal context focusing on the interrelationship of family, school, and community and emphasizes historical and socio-cultural factors. The processes of socialization and identity development is highlighted, showing the importance of respectful, reciprocal relationships that support and empower families. Students are required to observe children in a group setting. 54 hours lecture.

Advisory: ENGL C070, LIBR C100.

This course is a study of infants and toddlers from pre-conception to age three including physical, cognitive, language, social, and emotional growth and development. Students apply theoretical frameworks to interpret behavior and interactions between heredity and environment. This course emphasizes the role of family and relationships in development. Students are required to observe children in a group setting. 54 hours lecture.

Advisory: CHDV C100, ENGL C070.

This introductory course examines the major physical, psychosocial, and cognitive/language developmental milestones for children, both typical and atypical, from conception through adolescence. There is an emphasis on interactions between maturational processes and environmental factors. While studying developmental theory and investigative research methodologies, students observe children, evaluate individual differences and analyze characteristics of development at various stages. Students are required to observe children in a group setting. 54 hours lecture.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

This course covers macro and micro economic concepts as they apply to current economic problems for the non-economics and non-business major. Students analyze the market forces of supply and demand, evaluate economic issues, and examine the efficiency of resource allocation. Economics C101 is a survey of economics for noneconomics majors. 54 hours lecture.

Prerequisite: MATH C050. Advisory: ENGL C070, MATH C055

This is an introductory course focusing on aggregate economic analysis. Topics include: market systems, aggregate measures of economic activity, macroeconomic equilibrium, money and financial institutions, monetary and fiscal policy, international economics, and economic growth. 54 hours lecture.

Prerequisite: MATH C050. Advisory: ENGL C070, MATH C055

This is an introductory course focusing on choices of individual economic decision-makers. Topics include scarcity, specialization and trade, market equilibrium, elasticity, production and cost theory, market structures, factor markets, and market failure. 54 hours lecture.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

This course covers the growth of European civilization. Social, political, and cultural developments are integrated with the introduction of ideas and institutions basic to the understanding of one's own heritage. This course also covers the development of Western Civilization from the earliest times to the close of the Middle Ages. 54 hours lecture.

Limitation on Enrollment: Acceptance for the Honors program or eligibility for this honors course as determined in consultation with the instructor. Prerequisite: ENGL C070.

This course covers the growth of European civilization. Social, political, and cultural developments are integrated with the introduction of ideas and institutions basic to the understanding of one's own heritage. This course also covers the development of Western Civilization from the earliest times to the close of the Middle Ages. The honors course provides more content and requires greater intensity and depth of study than the non-honors class. 72 hours lecture.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

This course covers the growth and development of European Civilization from the Renaissance to the present, integrating social, political, and cultural developments of European and the Western heritage. 54 hours lecture.

Limitation on Enrollment: Acceptance for the Honors program or eligibility for this honors course as determined in consultation with the instructor. Prerequisite: ENGL C070.

This course covers the growth and development of European Civilization from the Renaissance to the present, integrating social, political, and cultural developments of European and the Western heritage. Honors students meet one extra hour weekly to discuss and evaluate selected primary source materials.72 hours lecture.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

The course covers the political, economic, social and cultural development of California from prehistory to the present. 54 hours lecture.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

This course examines the social, political, economic and cultural history of theed States from the establishment of European colonies in the New World through Reconstruction. Special attention is given to the study of select topics, such as the development of American ideologies, institutions, and legal structures. 54 hours lecture.

Limitation on Enrollment: Acceptance to the Honors Program or eligibility for this honors course as determined by the instructor. Prerequisite: ENGL C070.

This course examines the social, political, economic and cultural history of theed States from the establishment of European colonies in the New World through Reconstruction. Special attention is given to the study of select topics, such as the development of American ideologies, institutions, and legal structures. The honors course provides more content and requires greater intensity and depth of study than the non-honors class. 72 hours lecture.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

The course examines the social, political, economic, and cultural history of theed States from Reconstruction to the present. Special attention will be paid to the study of selected topics, such as American institutions, ideologies, and Constitutional development. 54 hours lecture.

Limitation on Enrollment: Acceptance to the Honors Program or eligibility for this honors course as determined by the instructor. Prerequisite: ENGL C070.

The course examines the social, political, economic, and cultural history of theed States from Reconstruction to the present. Special attention will be paid to the study of selected topics, such as American institutions, ideologies, and Constitutional development. The honors course provides more content and requires greater intensity and depth of study than the non-honors class. 72 hours lecture.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

The course covers Mexican history from Pre-Columbian period to the present. It includes an analysis of the social, cultural, political, and economic aspects of the Mexican past. 54 hours lecture.

Prerequisite: MATH C053 or C055

This course covers data analysis using descriptive and inferential statistics. Graphs and computations include measures of central tendency and dispersion, correlation and regression, and presentation of data on a histogram, scatter plot, box plot, and the normal curve. Probability concepts include those for discrete and continuous random variables. Sampling and hypothesis testing are covered for means and variances. 72 hours lecture.

Limitation on Enrollment: Acceptance to the Honors Program or eligibility for this honors course as determined by the instructor. Prerequisite: MATH C053 or C055.

This course covers elements of descriptive statistics, measures of central tendency, dispersion and presentation of data. Included are concepts of probability, random variables and normally distributed random variables. Sampling error, sampling processes and the distribution of sample means are applied to real life examples. Students will conduct hypothesis testing of means and proportions for one and two populations and linear regression testing using the least squares criterion. Students use descriptive and inferential methods employing linear regression and study one and two way analysis of variance. The honors section provides more content and requires greater intensity and depth of study than the non-honors class. 90 hours lecture.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

The course includes the study of American government with an emphasis on national, state, and local government. In addition, students undertake a comprehensive analysis of government structure, functions, principles, and problems. 54 hours lecture.

Limitation on Enrollment: Acceptance for the Honors program or eligibility for this Honors course as determined in consultation with the instructor. Prerequisite: ENGL C070. Advisory: ENGL C070.

The course includes the study of American government with an emphasis on national, state, and local government. In addition, students undertake a comprehensive analysis of government structure, functions, principles, and problems. The honors course provides more content and requires greater intensity and depth of study than the non- honors class. 72 hours lecture.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

This course introduces students to the comparative analysis of government and politics. A number of key political concepts are discussed, which include statehood, democracy and democratization, governmental institutions and political systems, and the development of parties and interest groups. Course concepts are applied to a variety of modern nations to illustrate different political systems. 54 hours lecture.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

This course is an examination of various theoretical approaches to politics, as well as basic political problems and their proposed solutions. The course also covers analysis of selected political theories and the relevance of theory to contemporary problems. Students are introduced to long standing debates over the nature of justice, the proper use of power, and the meanings of equality and freedom and their implications for the contemporary state and state policies. 54 hours lecture.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

This course offers the student an introduction to the scientific study of behavior and mental processes focusing on exploration of major psychological theories and concepts, methods, and research findings in psychology. Topics include the biological bases of behavior and mental processes, perceptions, consciousness, memory, cognition, learning, motivation, emotion, development, intelligence, personality, social psychology, psychological disorders and therapeutic approaches, and applied psychology. The American Psychological Association (APA) format is taught and applied to written assignments and papers. 54 hours lecture.

Limitation on Enrollment: Acceptance for the Honors program or eligibility for this Honors course as determined in consultation with the instructor. Prerequisite: ENGL C070. Advisory: ENGL C101.

This course offers the student an introduction to the scientific study of behavior and mental processes focusing on exploration of major psychological theories and concepts, methods, and research findings in psychology. Topics include the biological bases of behavior and mental processes, perceptions, consciousness, memory, cognition, learning, motivation, emotion, development, intelligence, personality, social psychology, psychological disorders and therapeutic approaches, and applied psychology. The American Psychological Association (APA) format is taught and applied to written assignments and papers. The honors course provides more content and requires greater intensity and depth of study than the non-honors class. 72 hours lecture.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

This course covers the complex and diverse psychological, biological, socio-cultural, and historical aspects of human sexuality. Discussions include evaluation of prominent theories, examination of academic research and exploration of current issues pertaining to human sexuality. Students are encouraged to become aware of their own sexual attitudes, values, and to evaluate the consistency of their behaviors within their own moral frameworks. Current sex norms and various aspects of interpersonal and individual sexual adjustment are explored. 54 hours lecture.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

This course provides an overview, from a psychological perspective, of human development from conception through death, including biological and environmental influences. Theories and research of physical, cognitive, personality, and social development are examined, as well as attention to developmental problems. 54 hours lecture.

Prerequisite: ENGL C070, PSYC C101

This course introduces the scientific study of the biological bases of behavior and its fundamental role in the neurosciences. Physiological, hormonal, and neurochemical mechanisms, and brain-behavior relationships underlying the psychological phenomena of sensation, perception, regulatory processes, emotion, learning, memory, and psychological disorders are addressed. The course also notes historical scientific contributions and current research principles for studying brain-behavior relationships and mental processes. Ethical standards for human and animal research are discussed in the context of both invasive and non-invasive experimental research. 54 hours lecture.

Prerequisite: ENGL C070, PSYC C101

This course introduces the scientific study of psychopathology and atypical behaviors, broadly defined. Students investigate abnormal behavior from a variety of perspectives including biological, psychological, and sociocultural approaches. An integrative survey of theory and research in abnormal behavior, and intervention and prevention strategies for psychological disorders are also introduced. 54 hours lecture.

Prerequisite: PSYC C101, MATH C121

This course covers research methods in the social and behavioral sciences, as well as proper reporting of results in American Psychological Association (APA) style. These methods include research design (experimental, non-experimental, and quasiexperimental), the interpretation of behavioral data using descriptive and inferential statistics, and research ethics. 54 hours lecture.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

This course introduces concepts and research findings of contemporary sociology; this includes analyzing human groups such as the family, the peer group, the work group, social class, institutions, mass behavior and culture. Discussion is centered on the effects of social change in an industrial society. 54 hours lecture.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

This course is an examination of gender roles in the modern world, particularly in theed States, and includes historical, cross-cultural, psychological, sociological and political aspects. The focus of this course is analysis and discussion of gender relations in the home, family and the work place, politics, law, the mass media and health care systems. 54 hours lecture.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

In this class, students apply critical reasoning skills to the analysis of race, ethnicity, and racism. The class covers the cultural, political, and economic practices and institutions that support or challenge racism, racial and ethnic inequalities, and the patterns of interaction among various racial and ethnic groups. Through multiple and varied readings and classroom discussion, students discover the interrelatedness of concepts such as race, class, and gender, and the roots and future of our “melting pot” society. 54 hours lecture.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

Through the use of films, documentaries and analytical essays students use critical reasoning skills to discover how the structures of race, class, gender and similar constructs have shaped and formed our society and our culture. There is analysis, discussion, and written critique of selected films and readings. 54 hours lecture.

Complete one of the following general education patterns:

The awarding of an Associate Degree at Cerro Coso Community College is intended to represent more than an accumulation of units. It is intended to lead students through patterns of learning experiences designed to develop certain capabilities and insights.

Please consult the Transfer Center or Counseling for more information regarding which classes will transfer to a four-year institution.

Students desiring transfer to the California State University system may conform to either (1) the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or (2) CSU General Education Certification.

Please consult the Transfer Center or Counseling for more information regarding which classes will transfer to a four-year institution.

IGETC is a series of courses that community college students can use to satisfy lower division general education requirements at any CSU or UC campus.

Please consult the Transfer Center or Counseling for more information regarding which classes will transfer to a four-year institution.

The classes needed for this degree are available at nearly all of our campuses. Some of the other courses and general education courses may also be available online and at other campuses. Consult a counselor at your local campus for degree pathway options.

See Counseling for specific help with enrolling and completing this major.

This degree requires 60.0 units and will likely take 4 semesters.

Approximate Total Costs

CA Residents

60.0 units

at $46 per unit

Equals $2,760 in tuition and fees

Plus approximately $3,600* for books and supplies

Total cost $6,360 for 4 semesters

Non-residents

60.0 units

at $258 per unit

Equals $15,480 in tuition and fees

Plus approximately $3,600* for books and supplies

Total cost $19,080 for 4 semesters

*This is an estimate. Actual costs will vary.

Need help? Financial Aid can help with fee waivers and scholarships and other aid. Make sure to fill out your FAFSA every January.

For general questions, contact:

Matthew Jones
Social Science
Phone: (760) 384-6267
Email: matthew.jones@cerrocoso.edu

Counseling can provide specific help with enrolling and completing this major.

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