Interdisciplinary Studies: Social and Behavioral Sciences Option, Associate in Arts

The Social and Behavioral Sciences option is designed for the student planning to transfer to a four-year college or university. With careful planning the student will be able to complete lower division transfer preparation while concurrently completing the Associate in Arts degree.

Students planning to transfer to a California State University (CSU) in Political Science or Psychology should explore completing the AS-T degree designed specifically for transfer to the CSU. An AS-T degree provides the highest priority admission and other benefits for students who successfully complete them. Additional Social and Behavioral Sciences AA-T degrees may become available in the near future. See the college catalog or a counselor for additional information regarding AA-T/AS-T Degrees for transfer to the CSU.

Students are encouraged to see a counselor for assistance in developing an educational plan that will identify the lower division major preparation and general education coursework that corresponds to the intended major and transfer institution. Students should consult www.assist.org for current course articulation in their major. Please refer to the "Essential Transfer Information Checklist" located in the transfer section of the current college catalog. Counseling appointments may be scheduled online by selecting "Counseling" under "Student Resources" on the Delta College home page, or by calling the Guidance and Counseling Office at (209) 954-5151, ext. 6276. Failure to consult with a counselor may unnecessarily delay progress toward transfer.

Social and Behavioral Sciences courses explore the relationships between individual human behavior and the development and transformation of human cultural, social, political, and economic institutions. Courses in this option explore the theoretical foundations and core concepts and methods underlying the study of human institutions from a western and non-western perspective. Transfer majors appropriate for this option include but are not limited to: Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work, and Sociology.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate the ability to integrate and utilize knowledge from multiple disciplines.
  2. Analyze the similarities and differences between the ways knowledge is collected and applied in the disciplines studied.
  3. Compare and contrast controversial viewpoints regarding issues from the perspective of two or more disciplines.
  4. Demonstrate scientific literacy by identifying and applying the major components of the scientific method of inquiry.

General Education

Complete one of the following general education patterns:

  1. San Joaquin Delta College Associate Degree General Education (AA-GE) pattern - 24 units
  2. California State University General Education (CSU-GE) pattern - 40 units
  3. Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum version (IGETC-CSU) pattern - 37 units

*Completion of the San Joaquin Delta College Associate Degree General Education Pattern may be appropriate for the student who is:

  1. planning to transfer to an out of state or independent 4-year college or university that accepts completion of the Associate Degree for transfer.
  2. following NCAA guidelines.

General Education requirements vary widely from institution to institution. It is highly recommended that students see a counselor or consult the selected baccalaureate transfer campus catalog for appropriate GE course selection.

Courses Within the Area of Emphasis

Complete 18 units within the area of emphasis selected from:

A J 021

Criminal Justice in Society

3

AGBUS 012

Agricultural Economics

3

ANTHR 001

Cultural Anthropology

3

ANTHR 006

Introduction to North American Indians

3

ANTHR 010

Introduction to Archeology

3

BIOL 030/ PSYCH 030

Human Sexuality

3

BUS 008

Introduction to The American Legal System

3

BUS 026

Economics of Business

3

CDEV 021

Child and Adolescent Development

3

COM ST 007

Intercultural Communication

3

COM ST 011

Dialogues in U.S. American Culture

3

ECON 001A

Principles of Macroeconomics

3

ECON 001B

Principles of Microeconomics

3

GEOG 002

Cultural Geography

3

GEOG 003

Geography of California

3

GEOG 010

World regional Geography

3

HIST 002A

World History to 1600

3

HIST 002B

World History Since 1600

3

HIST 004A

History of Western Civilization

3

HIST 004B

History of Western Civilization

3

HIST 006A

History of Asian Civilization

3

HIST 006B

History of South and Southeast Asian Civilization

3

HIST 006C

History of Middle East

3

HIST 017A

History of the United States

3

HIST 017B

History of the United States

3

HIST 027

Women in History

3

HIST 030A

African-American History to 1877

3

HIST 030B

African-American History Since 1877

3

HIST 031

Mexican-American History

3

HIST 034

Asian Pacific American History

3

HIST 037

California History

3

POLSC 001

American Government and Institutions

3

POLSC 002

Introduction to Comparative Politics

3

POLSC 003

Introduction to Political Theory

3

POLSC 005

International Relations

3

POLSC 006

International Political Economy

3

PSYCH 001

Introduction to Psychology

3

PSYCH 003

Personal and Social Psychology

3

PSYCH 004

Introduction to Experimental Psychology

3

PSYCH 030/BIOL 030

Human Sexuality

3

SOCIO 001A

Introduction to Sociology

3

SOCIO 001B

Problems of a Changing Society

3

SOCIO 027

Gender in Contemporary Society

3

SOCIO 033

Social Inequalities in the United States

3

Minimum Area of Emphasis Units Required: 18

Complete all courses with a grade of "C" or better.

Minimum Degree Units Required: 60