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NOVA’s Associate of Science (A.S.) degree in Social Science

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Social Sciences, A.S.

Social Science is the study of human society, and the relationships of individuals within society. Well, what could be more important than that?

NOVA’s A.S. in Social Science exposes students to courses that are typically taught in the first two years at a four-year college or university. This means that it is easy to transfer credits. Graduates can find jobs in a variety of fields: Anthropology, Economics, Government, Law, Psychology, Social Work, etc. Speak with an advisor to determine the precise transfer track for you. 

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  • The A.S. in Social Science transfers easily to four-year schools with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) program.

  • Please speak to an advisor early to customize your program to meet the requirements of a specific major or institution.

  • Where Will I Learn?

    • Alexandria
    • Annandale
    • Loudoun
    • Manassas
    • Woodbridge
    • NOVA Online (NOL)
  • Transfer Information

    This program provides transfer paths that include the general education courses and introductory major courses that students typically take during the first two years at a four-year college or university when they are majoring in a social science. Because senior institutions differ in their requirements, students are strongly urged to work with their assigned advisor or a counselor and to acquaint themselves with the requirements of the major department in the college or university to which they plan to transfer. The responsibility for proper course selection rests with the student.

  • Course Details

    Two Years Credits
    1st Semester
    ENG 111 College Composition I 3
    1HIS Elective 3
    MTH 154 Quantitative Reasoning 3
    3 Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab 4
    Choose One
    SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
    SDV 101 Orientation to (a Specific Discipline)
    Total 14
    2nd Semester
    ENG 112 College Composition II 3
    Choose One
    ITE 115 Intro. to Computer Applications and Concepts 3
    ITE 119 Information Literacy
    4 General Education Elective
    Choose One
    MTH 245 Statistics I 3
    3 Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab
    5 Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective 3
    Total 16
    3rd Semester
    6CST 110 Introduction to Communication 3
    7 Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
    Choose One
    PSY 200 Principles of Psychology 3
    SOC 200 Principles of Sociology
    5 Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective 3
    8 Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective 3
    Total 15
    4th Semester
    9 General Education Elective 3
    7 Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
    5 Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective 3
    10 Transfer Electives 6
    Total 15
    Total credits for the Associate of Science = 60
    Two Years Credits
    1st Semester
    ENG
    111
    3
    Elective
    1HIS
    3
    MTH
    154
    3
    Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab
    3
    4
    Choose One
    SDV
    100
    1
    Orientation to (a Specific Discipline)
    SDV
    101
    Total 14
    2nd Semester
    ENG
    112
    3
    Choose One
    Intro. to Computer Applications and Concepts
    ITE
    115
    3
    Information Literacy
    ITE
    119
    General Education Elective
    4
    Choose One
    MTH
    245
    3
    Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab
    3
    Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective
    5
    3
    Total 16
    3rd Semester
    6CST
    110
    3
    Humanities/Fine Arts Elective
    7
    3
    Choose One
    PSY
    200
    3
    SOC
    200
    Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective
    5
    3
    Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective
    8
    3
    Total 15
    4th Semester
    General Education Elective
    9
    3
    Humanities/Fine Arts Elective
    7
    3
    Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective
    5
    3
    Transfer Electives
    10
    6
    Total 15
    Total credits for the Associate of Science = 60

    1 Select any HIS course listed under social/behavioral sciences in General Education Electives. Electives should be selected with advice of a counselor or academic advisor to meet the requirements of the transfer institution.

    2 Credit will not be awarded for both MTH 261 and MTH 263. Credit will not be awarded for both MTH 262 and MTH 264.

    3 See physical and life science courses listed under General Education Electives. Electives should be selected with advice of a counselor or academic advisor to meet the requirements of the transfer institution.

    4 Select any course listed under General Education Electives. Electives should be selected with advice of a counselor or academic advisor to meet the requirements of the transfer institution. This elective is not needed if selections for all other requirements total 60 credits or more.

    5  See social/behavioral science courses listed under General Education Electives. Electives should be selected with advice of a counselor or academic advisor to meet the requirements of the transfer institution.

    6 Select from the following: CST 100, CST 110  CST 126, or CST 229.

    7 See humanities/fine arts courses listed under General Education Electives. Electives should be selected with advice of a counselor or academic advisor to meet the requirements of the transfer institution.

    For this elective only students may select a social/behavioral science course from either the general education electives or transfer electives in footnote 10.

    9 Select any course listed under General Education Electives. This elective is not needed if selections for all other requirements total 60 credits or more.

    10 Students can take another General Education Electives or select a course from the following transfer elective list. In consultation with an advisor, students may select from any beginning world languages (101 or 102), BUS 241, CST 126, CST 229, ECO 230, EDU 200, HIS 203, HIS 231, HIS 232, HIS 251, ITE 100, ITE 115, ITE 119, PLS 136, PLS 250, PSY 215, PSY 225, SOC 215, SOC 225, SOC 236, SOC 266, choosing the course that best meets the requirements of your intended transfer institution.

     

     

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