Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

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Social Sciences

ALLEGHENY, BOYCE, NORTH, SOUTH  
Associate of Arts (059.2)

This program prepares the student for transfer to a four-year institution with a broad college background and skill and knowledge in the social sciences. Students can pursue an overall general degree or develop a concentration in sociology/anthropology, history or political science. 

Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will:

  1. Demonstrate basic knowledge of public and constitutional law and the political institutions and processes of the government of the United States.
  2. Discuss and analyze the dynamics of politics and power in political systems in the modern world.
  3. Historical Context. Demonstrate knowledge of American and world history sufficiently to be able  (1) to read, comprehend, recall and discuss historical interpretation and data, (2) to place events and the interpretation of those events in an appropriate temporal and spatial context, including a meaningful chronological order and within a larger scheme of historical evolution and appreciation of historical epochs.
  4. Differentiate among the fundamental theoretical perspectives of sociology and/or anthropology.
  5. Define social structures in the form of the social institutions (e.g., religion, government, economy and media) and other critical structures such as stratification as well as social forces such as conformity and discrimination.

Graduates may earn a bachelor’s degree in geography, history or political science and prepare for study in the professions, including education and the law.

See the graduation checksheet for this program in printable PDF form.

Degree Requirements

Minimum Credits to Graduate: 60-64

First Semester

Course #

Course Name

Credits

ENG-101

English Composition 1

3

HIS-101 
HIS-104

Western Civilization 1 or  
U.S. History 1

3

SOC-101

Introduction to Sociology

 3

 

Computer Information Technology Elective        

3–4

 

Humanities Elective1

3

 

Total Credits

15–16

Second Semester

ANT-101

Introduction to Anthropology

3

ENG-102

 English Composition 2

3

POL-101
POL-103

Introduction to Political Science or  
American Government

3

                

Humanities Elective1

3

                

Mathematics Elective
(Refer to the mathematics course descriptions in the
CCAC academic catalog for mathematics courses
appropriate to specific program areas.)

3–4

                    

Total Credits

15–16

Third Semester

                 

English Elective

3

 

Humanities Elective1or 
Social Science Elective2

3

 

Natural Science Elective

3–4

                 

Restricted Electives in Concentration

6

                   

Total Credits

15–16

Fourth Semester

                  

English Elective

3–4

                 

Mathematics /Science Elective

3–4

 

Restricted Electives in Concentration

6

                  

Social Science Elective2

3

                

Total Credits

15–16

1Humanities Electives recommended are Ethics, Logic, and Speech.

2Social Science electives include ANT, CJC, ECO,GEO, HIS, POL, PSY, and SOC.

 Social Science Concentrations

General Social Science
Student to select 4 courses with the alpha codes of ANT, CJC, ECO, GEO, HIS, POL, PSY and SOC
Anthropology and Sociology
Student to select 4 courses with the alpha codes of ANT and SOC
History
Student to select 4 courses with the alpha codes of HIS and GEO.
Political Science
Student to select 4 courses with the alpha codes of ECO and POL.