Social and Behavioral Sciences - Associate of Arts (Major Code - SBS)

The Social and Behavioral Sciences Associate of Arts degree prepares students for transfer to a university program in anthropology, history, political science, psychology, sociology, or related areas of study. To ensure seamless transfer, students must develop their specific program in close coordination with a Cochise College advisor and in cooperation with department faculty.

Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this program will be able to do the following:

  • Understand, analyze, and articulate the major topics in the social and behavioral sciences including anthropology, history, political science, psychology, and sociology.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of, analyze, and articulate human biological origins, based upon paleontological and archaeological records.
  • Analyze the effects of environment and geography on human evolution and cultural development and on the human physical and cultural development process.
  • Critically analyze the evolution of the United States’ political, economic, social, cultural and geographic development from colonization to the present, and evaluate the causes and consequences of historical events.
  • Critically analyze political events, persons, processes and principles, institutions, forces, theories, and practices.
  • Identify and evaluate the historical, political, social, and economic forces that have shaped present-day United States government, as well as the underpinnings of the United States Constitution.
  • Differentiate among and describe each of the key concepts, principles, and perspectives in psychology.
  • Use basic psychological terminology, concepts, and theories in psychology to explain behavior and mental processes.
  • Describe the sociological concepts of socialization, social interaction, culture, deviance, social control and forces, marginalization, global interdependence, social stratification, social organizations, race, ethnicity, gender, social roles and statuses, discrimination, and prejudice.
  • Identify and detail the conceptual framework of the primary sociological theorists and of the fundamental sociological perspectives.
  • Describe the evolution of sociology from the primary theorists through the Chicago school to the present.

Degree Map Anthropology Emphasis

Degree Map History Emphasis

Degree Map Political Science Emphasis

Degree Map Psychology Emphasis

Degree Map Sociology Emphasis

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS (AGEC-A) 35 CREDITS

Composition 6 credits

ENG 101Composition**

3

ENG 102English Composition**

3

Mathematics 3-5 credits

MAT 142College Mathematics**

3

or higher (3-5 credits)

Laboratory Sciences 8 credits

Arts 3 credits

Humanities 3 credits

Social and Behavioral Sciences 6 credits

HIS 110History of the United States 1607-1877**

3

OR

HIS 111History of the United States Since 1877**

3

AND

SOC 101Introduction to Sociology**

3

General Education Electives 4-6 credits

General education electives must be chosen from the general education list. See www.cochise.edu/AGEC.

Six credits of arts, humanities, social and behavioral sciences, or general education electives must be chosen from the current listing of intensive writing courses. See www.cochise.edu/AGEC.

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT 0-16 CREDITS

Non-English language second- or fourth-semester proficiency.

University non-English language requirements vary. Check with an advisor.

CORE CURRICULUM 21-22 CREDITS

ANT 101The Origin and Antiquity of Humankind*

3

 

HIS 110History of the United States 1607-1877**

3

OR

HIS 111History of the United States Since 1877**

3

 

POS 110American National Government**

3

PSY 101Introduction to Psychology**

3

SELECT AN AREA OF EMPHASIS BELOW

Anthropology

Take the following (3 credits):

ANT 102Society and Culture*

3

Select one of the following (3 credits):

ANT 110Exploring Archaeology*

3

ANT 287Archaeology of the Southwest*

3

Select one of the following (3 credits).

ANT 235Principles of Archaeology*

3

ANT 286Historic Indian Tribes of North America*

3

History

Take the following (6 credits):

HIS 243Western Civilization I**

3

HIS 244Western Civilization II**

3

Select one of the following (3 credits):

HIS 229History of Mexico I**

3

HIS 230History of Mexico II**

3

Political Science

Take the following (9 credits):

POS 220Federal and Arizona Constitutions**

3

POS 230World Politics***

3

POS 240Comparative Politics**

3

Psychology

Take the following (7 credits):

PSY 250Introduction to Statistics***

4

PSY 290Research Methods**

3

Select one of the following (3 credits):

PSY 210Social Psychology**

3

PSY 231/SOC 230Human Sexuality*

3

PSY 240Developmental Psychology**

3

PSY 270Abnormal Psychology**

3

Sociology

Take the following (6 credits):

SOC 160Sociology of Race and Ethnicity***

3

SOC 212Sociology of Gender**

3

Select one of the following (3 credits):

SOC 202Social Problems***

3

SOC 230/PSY 231Human Sexuality*

3

ELECTIVES (AS NEEDED TO COMPLETE 64 CREDITS)

Elective courses must be transferable to the university or universities to which the student plans to transfer. See www.aztransfer.com.

TOTAL DEGREE REQUIREMENTS 64 CREDITS