Social Sciences, A.S.

Associate of Science
Campuses: Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, NOVA Online, Woodbridge

This program is designed for individuals who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a bachelor of science in one of the social sciences. It also prepares students for some teacher certification programs. Students from the A.S. program major in a wide variety of fields, including anthropology, economics, government/political science, history, mass communications, pre-law, psychology, public administration, social work, and sociology.

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 Curriculum

Below is a table that shows the courses needed to satisfy this program. Please speak with an advisor to ensure you meet your program requirements.

Two Years Credits
1st Semester
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
1HIS Elective 3
2MTH 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
ITE 115 Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts 3
2MTH 245 Statistics I 3
3 Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab 4
4 Social/Behavioral Science 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 Science Elective 6
Total 15
4th Semester
8 General Education Electives 6
6 Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
4 Social/Behavioral Science 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
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
ITE
115
3
2MTH
245
3
Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab
3
4
Social/Behavioral Science Elective
4
3
Total 16
3rd Semester
5CST
110
3
6
3
Choose One
7PSY
200
3
SOC
200
Social/Behavioral Science Elective
4
6
Total 15
4th Semester
General Education Electives
8
6
6
3
Social/Behavioral Science 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 a course that will transfer in their intended major. In consultation with an advisor, 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, or SOC 266, choosing the course that best meets the requirements of your intended transfer institution.