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A career in Social Science can be a rewarding way to put study into practice. Opportunities in this career path include positions that use research and data to understand and improve society. Many of the top careers in social science are also expected to grow faster than average in the next ten years due to the need for qualified individuals to analyze data and trends.

Program Outcomes

The Social Science option may be attractive to those students who are undecided about which area within the social sciences and/or related field at the Associate Level they want to commit to, thus giving them the opportunity to explore courses both within and outside of the Social Sciences.

Course Outcomes

Anthropology

ANTH101 Introduction to Anthropology (3 Credits)

  1. Students will be able to see biology and culture as the basic      concepts of the discipline.
  2. Students will have an understanding of the subfield of  Physical anthropology and the concept of
  3. Students will be able to examine the origin and development of the human species.
  4. Students will develop an understanding of the subfield of
  5. Students will be able examine the techniques of excavation and materials retrieval, to examine various dating techniques, and to identify the differences between historical and pre-historical archaeology .
  6. Students will have an understanding of the subfield of Linguistic
  7. Students will be able to identify the concepts of descriptive linguistics, to comprehend the basis of linguistic relativity, and to understand the relationship of language and
  8. Students will have an understanding of the subfield of Sociocultural
  9. Students will learn the concepts of ethnocentrism and cultural
  10. Students will be able to appreciate the variety of ways of living  a life.
Economics

ECON201  Principles of Economics I (Macroeconomics) (3 Credits)

  1. Students will be able to identify such basic ideas of economics as scarcity, opportunity cost, market allocation, benefits of trade, and mixed economies.
  2. Students will be able to identify major features of macroeconomics, such as Gross Domestic Product, nominal and real values, unemployment, inflation, money, and banking.
  3. Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of current economic conditions, such as phases of the business cycle, monthly rates of unemployment and consumer prices, interest rates, and government budgets.
  4. Students will be able to identify government fiscal and monetary policies.
  5. Students will be able to demonstrate a depth of understanding of the major explanations of macroeconomic conditions, such as classical, Keynesian, monetarist, and supply-side models.
  6. Students will be able to demonstrate a depth of understanding of the ends and means of government fiscal and monetary policy.
  7. Students will strengthen Core Competencies in order to increase success in this and other courses and in the workplace.

 

ECON202 Principles of Economics II (Microeconomics) (3 Credits)

  1. Students will be able to identify such basic ideas of economics as scarcity, opportunity cost, market allocation, benefits of trade, and mixed economies.
  2. Students will be able to identify features of market analysis, such as demand, elasticity, utility, supply, and fixed, variable, and marginal costs.
  3. Students will be able to identify market equilibriums determined by marginal utility and marginal cost.
  4. Students will be able to identify market structures, such as competition, oligopoly, and monopoly.
  5. Students will be able to identify government laws and regulations of firms.
  6. Students will be able to describe income distribution in factor markets.
  7. Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of microeconomic issues, including:
  8. Market demand, including elasticity and utility
  9. Market supply, including fixed, variable, and marginal costs
  10. Market equilibrium determined by marginal utility and marginal cost
  11. Short and long run analysis
  12. Perfect and imperfect competition, including oligopolies and monopolies
  13. Normal and economic profit
  14. Antitrust laws and enforcement
  15. Business regulation
  16. Factor income distribution
  17. Students will strengthen Core Competencies in order to increase success in this and other courses and in the workplace.

 

ECON210 Introduction to Health Economics (3 Credits)

  1. Students will be able to describe how factors of healthcare supply and demand affect health expenditures.
  2. Students will understand economic models of private insurance for healthcare.
  3. Students will be able to apply economic models and concepts to evaluate the strengths and limitations of government policies affecting health care, health insurance, and health production.
  4. Students will be able to apply the health production model to explain factors associated with health status.
  5. Students will be able to identify and summarize published economic studies on health and healthcare.
  6. Students will be able to make informed contributions to discussions of the American healthcare system.
  7. Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of major health economics issues, including:
    1. Health Production
    2. Demand for health services
    3. Demand for insurance
    4. Private and public supply and financing of health care
    5. Quality of care and malpractice
    6. Cost-Benefit and Cost-Effectiveness
  8. Students will sharpen skills in empirical analysis of health economics issues.
  9. Students will improve understanding about how economic analysis is used to help in analysis of important public policy issues.
  10. Students will enable practical analysis that will be useful in careers related to health care.
  11. Students will strengthen Core Competencies in order to increase success in this and other courses and in the workplace.
Film

FILM122 Film and Society (3 Credits)

  1. Students will be able to understand the similarities and differences in cinema, literature and the theatre.
  2. Students will be able to examine the basic vocabulary of these disciplines.
  3. Students will be able to recognize and understand the variety of genres found in modern cinema.
  4. Students will be able to critically view and recognize the distinction of films produced in the United States from those of other countries.
  5. Students will be able to critically examine the various topics often presented in the behavioral sciences, such as coming of age and rites of passage, love and romance, and norms and values.
  6. Students will further develop their moral sense.
Geography

GEOG 201 Human Geography (3 Credits)

  1. Students will be able to understand the differences between physical and cultural geography and between regional geography and topical geography.
  2. Students will be able to examine maps as a primary tool in geography.
  3. Students will be able to identify the various map projections and their uses.
  4. Students will be able to examine culture as a basic concept in human geography.
  5. Students will learn the concepts of ethnocentrism, cultural relativism, and cultural ecology.
  6. Students will be able to examine the various topics, such as population, ethnicity, language, religion, subsistence, economies, political systems, and so on, that make each country of the world unique.
  7. Students will be able to examine particular countries to develop a geographical perspective.
Religion

RELG101 Introduction to World Religions (3 Credits)

  1. Students will be able to identify the comparative perspective in order to comprehend the scientific basis of the study of religion as human behavior.
  2. Students will understand the interconnections of belief and ritual.
  3. Students will be able to apply a historical perspective when studying the development of the world’s religions.
  4. Students will develop a vocabulary used in the study of comparative religion.
  5. Students will be able to recognize the characteristics of the Religions of the East: Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, and Shinto
  6. Students will be able to read and comprehend portions of the sacred literature of these traditions.
  7. Students will be able to recognize the characteristics of the Religions of the Book: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
  8. Students will be able to read and comprehend portions of the sacred literature of these traditions.
  9. Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the development of new religious movements as they appear in human affairs.
Sociology

SOCI104 Principles of Sociology (3 Credits)

  1. Students will be able to identify the Sociological viewpoint to comprehend the scientific basis of sociology, and the three major sociological perspectives: functionalist, conflict, and interactionist.
  2. Students will be able to define the characteristics of culture.
  3. Students will be able to recognize the norms and values of American culture.
  4. Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the processes of socialization and the agents of socialization.
  5. Students will be able to recognize the various forms of social organization, including groups, and societies.
  6. Students will be able to identify the characteristics of a formal organization.
  7. Students will be able to recognize the processes of social control.
  8. Students will be able to identify the characteristics of deviant behavior and to recognize some of the theories to explain deviant behavior.
  9. Students will be able to recognize the processes of stratification.
  10. Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the U.S. class structure, the characteristics of race and ethnicity, and the characteristics of gender and age.
  11. Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the social institutions:
    1. Marriage and the family
    2. Education
    3. Religion
    4. Politics and government
    5. Health and medical care
  12. Students will become familiar with the cultural ecology of the environment, population, and urbanization.
  13. Students will be able to recognize the characteristics of collective behavior and social movements.
  14. Students will become aware of the processes of social change.

 

SOCI202 Social Problems (3 Credits)

  1. Students will be able to identify, define and illustrate basic concepts, theories, and research techniques related to the sociological study of social problems.
  2. Students will develop an understanding of why and how some social issues become defined as social problems and others do not.
  3. Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of competing explanations of social problems, especially those focusing on individual, cultural, and social explanations.
  4. Students will develop an understanding of the major systems of power and inequality and how they intersect and produce (and reproduce) contemporary social problems.
  5. Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the role of social institutions (such as education, economy, family, housing, the criminal justice system, health care and politics) in relation to social problems.
  6. Students will be able to find and interpret qualitative and quantitative information about social problems.
  7. Students will be able to identify and evaluate policies that address social problems and assess the policies’ impact on society.

 

SOCI203 Criminology (3 Credits)

  1. Students will be able to understand the complexity in defining criminology aka: crime theory in appreciating why the influence of law breakers, law makers, and societal reactions is necessary.
  2. Students will become familiarized with major research, and crime course statistic developments and techniques in the field of criminology.
  3. Students will become familiarized with the major theoretical frameworks from which criminal behavior is analyzed and studied in our society.
  4. Students will be able to critically examine the major forms of criminal behavior with focus on those most often addressed by the formal social control of the criminal justice system.
  5. Students will be able to understand and appreciate how historical, political and social forces impacts the experiences and responses to addressing criminal behavior in our society.

SOCI204 Sociology of Deviance (3 Credits)

  1. Students will be able to identify and understand the major definitions of deviance and scientific basis of the Sociological approach in studying Deviance in our society
  2. Students will become familiarized with major research developments and techniques in the field of deviance studies.
  3. Students will become familiarized with the major theoretical frameworks from which deviance is analyzed and studied in our society.
  4. Students will be able to critically examine the major forms of personal deviance with focus on current formal and informal responses and practices. Special attention will be given to the following non-exhaustive forms drug and alcohol abuse, sexual deviance, mental disorders, organizational deviance, and unconventional beliefs
  5. Students will be able to understand and be able to appreciate how social context impacts the experiences and responses to addressing deviance in our society.

SOCI208 Family and Community (3 Credits)

  1. Students will be able to appreciate the complexities in defining the Institution of Family in an ever changing local and global society.
  2. Students will become familiar with the Historical Origins of U.S. families and the various eras of change ad evolution
  3. Students will become familiar with the various sociological approaches to study and explain the Institutions of Marriage and Family
  4. Students will be alerted to current and historical events with the topics of Social Class, Race and Ethic Variation, and Sexual Orientation, Aging
  5. Students will be able to appreciate the role of pre-marital and Non-marital relationships in our society.
  6. Students will become familiar with how the core concepts of Socialization is utilized in understanding the Parent-Child relationship, child rearing, and the transition into parenthood.
  7. Students will have a general appreciation and academic insight into the critical issues of family stress, violence, and divorce.
  8. Students will be able to analyze social problems and concerns within the institution of the family that are impacted by Social Policy.

 

SOCI215 Urban Sociology (3 Credits)

  1. Students will be able to describe the processes that transformed the United States from a rural to an urban society, and explain the impact this transformation has had on social life
  2. Students will be able to describe, analyze, and critique cities and city life using sociological theories, and identify important theorists
  3. Students will be able to identify and analyze the impact of key structural divisions, such as social class, race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, immigrant status, and age, on the organization of social activity in cities
  4. Students will be able to explain how important social institutions, such as mass media, family, economy, politics, and education, and religion, affect and are affected by urban life and issues
  5. Students will be able to differentiate between opinion and unbiased, scientifically sound sources of information interpret basic social statistics such as rates, percentages, and averages and identify key points from tables, graphs, and charts.
  6. Students will be able to describe and explain major issues and problems of contemporary urban life, and evaluate possible policies and other solutions.

 

SOCI232 Sociology of Race and Ethnicity (3 Credits)

  1. Students will develop a sociological understanding of ethnic and racial relations in the U.S.
  2. Students will be able to recognize and be able to apply the major sociological perspectives to the study of race and ethnicity.
  3. Students will develop an understanding of the history and contemporary social organization of relations between ethnic and racial groups in the U.S.
  4. Students will be able to identify the characteristics of power and privilege and recognize the importance of the intersections between race, ethnicity, social class, and gender.
  5. Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the variety of experiences within each ethnic and racial group, especially in terms of gender and class.
  6. Students will develop an understanding of the social process of racial and ethnic identity formation.
  7. Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the role of social institutions (such as education, economy, family, housing, the criminal justice system, health care and politics) in relation to race and ethnic studies.
  8. Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the common issues, coalitions and conflicts between racial and ethnic groups.
  9. Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the societal efforts to combat problems of various forms of individual, group and institutional discrimination.

 

SOCI260 Victimology (3 Credits)

  1. Students will be able to define victimology and the core principles of the field of victimology, including the impact of victimization.
  2. Students will be able to identify and comprehend the theories of victimization. to comprehend legislation on victimization, including the Victim’s Bill of Rights.
  3. Students will be able to locate primary crime data and comprehend these data sources in order to give an assessment of victimization.
  4. Students will be able to identify factors regarding intimate violence, stranger violence, workplace violence, and school violence, and the criminal justice response to such incidents.

Programs

  • # MassTransfer eligible program
  • * Selective admissions program
  • ^ Not Financial Aid Eligible