Social Science

Program Description

The Associate of Arts (AA) degree is designed for students who intend to continue their education and obtain a baccalaureate degree. The AA with an emphasis in social science is the appropriate choice for students who will take upper division coursework in the arts, humanities, or social and behavioral sciences. The degree program includes the Colorado Statewide General Education Core and meets the lower division general education requirements at institutions in Colorado. The social science emphasis provides students with the opportunity to develop a broad understanding of the various disciplines which traditionally constitute the social sciences: anthropology, history, political science, sociology, psychology, economics and geography.

The Social Science graduate certificate is designed for high school teachers who already have a Bachelor's Degree and need the credentials required by the Higher Learning Commission to teach history and political science courses for lower-division, college-level, concurrent enrollment classes.

Students in this certificate program will acquire 18 credit hours of graduate coursework in the fields of history and political science. The courses are spread over a two-year period, as shown in the schedule below.

In addition, the program allows students to explore history and political science in greater depth, and to prepare themselves for masters-level graduate degrees in these fields. The transferability of these courses towards a specific Master's degree is not guaranteed, and would depend on the individual Master's program to which the students choose to apply.

Contact Information

Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Lowell Heiny Hall 413
970.248.1696

SOCI 101 Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies-GTSS33 Credits

Introduction to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender studies. Exploration of LGBT studies as an academic field and consideration of the experience of being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

Essential Learning Categories: Social and Behavioral Sciences
Colorado Guaranteed Transfer (GT) Pathways General Education Curriculum

SOCI 120 Technology and Society-GTSS33 Credits

Overview of technological innovations and human societies throughout modern history. Emphasizes impacts of technology within a social, political, economic, and environmental context.

Essential Learning Categories: Social and Behavioral Sciences
Colorado Guaranteed Transfer (GT) Pathways General Education Curriculum

SOCI 196 Topics1-6 Credits

Course may be taken multiple times up to maximum of 15 credit hours.

SOCI 270 Introduction to Pre-Law Studies2 Credits

Exploration of the path to law school. Dispels the myths about the practice of law and law school acceptance. Understanding of skills needed to succeed in law school. Career outlook and resources available to applicants. Open to all majors.

SOCI 296 Topics1-3 Credits

Course may be taken multiple times up to maximum of 15 credit hours.

SOCI 390 GRE Preparation1 Credit

Introduction to the GRE, including the verbal, quantitative, and writing sections. Includes study tips, practice questions, and critical reading and writing techniques for students to improve their performance on the exam.

SOCI 395 Independent Study1-3 Credits

Course may be taken multiple times up to maximum of 6 credit hours.

SOCI 396 Topics1-3 Credits

Course may be taken multiple times up to maximum of 15 credit hours.

SOCI 397 Structured Research1-3 Credits

Course may be taken multiple times up to maximum of 9 credit hours.

SOCI 401 LSAT Preparation3 Credits

Preparation for the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT).

SOCI 410 Death, Dying & Bereavement3 Credits

Provides an in-depth overview of the issues surrounding death, dying and bereavement. The social and psychological processes of death using interdisciplinary readings from psychology, sociology, anthropology, history, medicine and philosophy.

SOCI 470 Pre-Law in Practice3 Credits

Prepare for law school. Information about types of law, career outlook, making connections, and selecting the right school. Building skills needed for law school. Understanding what is expected, how to apply. Hear from attorneys in the community. Open to all majors.

Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing.

SOCI 495 Independent Study1-3 Credits

Course may be taken multiple times up to maximum of 6 credit hours.

SOCI 496 Topics1-3 Credits

Course may be taken multiple times up to maximum of 15 credit hours.

SOCI 497 Structured Research1-3 Credits

Social or behavioral science research under the directed guidance of a faculty member. Designed for junior and senior level students.

Course may be taken multiple times up to maximum of 9 credit hours.

SOCI 499 Internship1-6 Credits

Course may be taken multiple times up to maximum of 15 credit hours.