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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. 

Make the Smart Choice

  • 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
    2MTH 154 Quantitative Reasoning OR Higher 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
      General Education Elective
    2MTH 245 Statistics I OR Higher 3
    3   Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab 4
     4   Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective 3
    Total 16
    3rd Semester
    5CST 110 Introduction to Communication 3
    6   Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
    Choose One
    7PSY 200 Principles of Psychology 3
    SOC 200 Principles of Sociology
     4   Social/Behavioral Sciences Electives 6
    Total 15
    4th Semester
     8   General Education Electives 6
    6   Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
    4   Social/Behavioral Sciences Electives 3
    9   Transfer Elective 3
    Total 15
    Total credits for the Associate of Science = 60
    Two Years Credits
    1st Semester
    ENG
    111
    3
      Elective
    1HIS
    3
    Quantitative Reasoning OR Higher
    2MTH
    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
    Statistics I OR Higher
    2MTH
    245
    3
      Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab
    3
    4
      Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective
     4
    3
    Total 16
    3rd Semester
    5CST
    110
    3
      Humanities/Fine Arts Elective
    6
    3
    Choose One
    7PSY
    200
    3
    SOC
    200
      Social/Behavioral Sciences Electives
     4
    6
    Total 15
    4th Semester
      General Education Electives
     8
    6
      Humanities/Fine Arts Elective
    6
    3
      Social/Behavioral Sciences Electives
    4
    3
      Transfer Elective
    9
    3
    Total 15
    Total credits for the Associate of Science = 60

    1 HIS 101, HIS 102, HIS 111, or HIS 112 are recommended. Other HIS courses may be chosen from the list of approved general education courses.

    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 biology, chemistry, ENV 121-ENV 122 physics, geology, or natural science courses with a lab component, listed under General Education Electives. Some four-year colleges require a two-semester sequence.

    4  See social/behavioral science courses listed under General Education Electives. To meet requirements at many universities, students should enroll in at least one U.S. History course and one Western civilization course. Students should consult with a counselor to determine the appropriate social science courses for their intended transfer university.

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

    6 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.

    7 SOC 200 is recommended to meet the Sociology requirement at many universities.

    8 See any of the courses listed under General Education Electives.

    Students can take another General Education Elective or select a course from the following transfer elective list. In consultation with an advisor, students may select from ECO 230, EDU 200, HIS 203, HIS 231, HIS 232, HIS 251, HIS 253, HIS 254, PLS 136, PLS 250, PSY 215, PSY 225,SOC 215, SOC 236, SOC 225, or SOC 266, choosing the course that best meets the requirements of your intended transfer institution.

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