Associate of Arts Degree: Social Science Emphasis

Associate of Arts (AA) - 60 credits

About this program
The Associate of Arts degree with Emphasis in Social Science provides the necessary lower division coursework for transfer to a four-year major in sociology, social work or human services. Transferability of courses from Minnesota State Community and Technical College (M State) to public higher education systems in Minnesota is enhanced by transfer agreements that are in place. Coursework will transfer in its entirety to the Bachelor of Social Work at Minnesota State University Moorhead and may transfer in part or entirety to other programs and/or post-secondary institutions.
Program outcomes
  1. Develop writers and speakers who use the English language effectively and who read, write, speak and listen critically.
  2. Develop thinkers who are able to unify factual, creative, rational and value-sensitive modes of thought.
  3. Improve students' understanding of natural science principles and of the methods of scientific inquiry, i.e., the ways in which scientists investigate natural science phenomena.
  4. Increase students' knowledge about mathematical and logical modes of thinking.
  5. Increase students' knowledge of how historians and social and behavioral scientists discover, describe and explain the behaviors and interactions among individuals, groups, institutions, events and ideas.
  6. Expand students' knowledge of the human condition and human cultures, especially in relation to behavior, ideas and values expressed in works of human imagination and thought.
  7. Increase students' understanding of individual and group differences (e.g. race, gender, class) and their knowledge of the traditions and values of various groups in the United States.
  8. Increase students' understanding of the growing interdependence of nations and people and develop their ability to apply a comparative perspective to cross-cultural social, economic and political experiences.
  9. Develop students' capacity to identify, discuss and reflect upon the ethical dimensions of political, social and personal life and to understand the ways in which they can exercise responsible and productive citizenship.
  10. Improve students' understanding of today's complex environmental challenges.
Accreditation
Minnesota State Community and Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. More information can be found at www.minnesota.edu/accreditation.
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Curriculum overview

Credits Requirement type
27 Required courses
3 Restricted electives in courses
21 Restricted electives in MnTC Goal Areas
9 Restricted electives in course types
60 Total

Associate of Arts Degree: Social Science Emphasis - Associate of Arts (AA) (Social Work)

Required Courses:

Subj. Number Course Credits
BIOL1104 Biology of Human Concerns 3
COMM1120 Introduction to Public Speaking 3
ECON1150 Essentials of Economics 3
ENGL1101 College Writing 3
POLS1120 American National Government 3
PSYC1200 General Psychology 3
PSYC2222 Lifespan Development 3
SOC1111 Introduction to Sociology 3
SW2250 Introduction to Social Work/Social Welfare 3

3 credits from one or more of these courses:

Subj. Num. Course Credits
ENGL1205 Writing About Literature 3
ENGL1210 Writing About Current Issues 3
ENGL1215 Professional and Technical Writing 3

3 credits from these goal areas:

Goal Area
1. Communication

3 credits from these goal areas:

Goal Area
3. Natural Sciences

3 credits from these goal areas:

Goal Area
4. Mathematics/Logical Reasoning

9 credits from these goal areas:

Goal Area
6. The Humanities and Fine Arts

3 credits from these goal areas:

Goal Area
8. Global Perspective

9 credits from these course types:

Course Type
General Education w/MnTC Goals

Curriculum overview

Credits Requirement type
21 Required courses
3 Restricted electives in courses
21 Restricted electives in MnTC Goal Areas
15 Restricted electives in course types
60 Total

Associate of Arts Degree: Social Science Emphasis - Associate of Arts (AA) (Sociology)

Required Courses:

Subj. Number Course Credits
BIOL1104 Biology of Human Concerns 3
COMM1120 Introduction to Public Speaking 3
ECON1150 Essentials of Economics 3
ENGL1101 College Writing 3
POLS1120 American National Government 3
PSYC1200 General Psychology 3
SOC1111 Introduction to Sociology 3

3 credits from one or more of these courses:

Subj. Num. Course Credits
ENGL1205 Writing About Literature 3
ENGL1210 Writing About Current Issues 3
ENGL1215 Professional and Technical Writing 3

3 credits from these goal areas:

Goal Area
1. Communication

3 credits from these goal areas:

Goal Area
3. Natural Sciences

3 credits from these goal areas:

Goal Area
4. Mathematics/Logical Reasoning

9 credits from these goal areas:

Goal Area
6. The Humanities and Fine Arts

3 credits from these goal areas:

Goal Area
8. Global Perspective

15 credits from these course types:

Course Type
General Education w/MnTC Goals
Plans

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1st Fall Term - 15 credits

Subj. Number Course Credits
BIOL1104 Biology of Human Concerns 3
COMM1120 Introduction to Public Speaking 3
ENGL1101 College Writing 3
PSYC1200 General Psychology 3
SOC1111 Introduction to Sociology 3

1st Spring Term - 15 credits

Subj. Number Course Credits
ECON1150 Essentials of Economics 3
POLS1120 American National Government 3
PSYC2222 Lifespan Development 3

3 credits from one or more of these courses:

Subj. Num. Course Credits
ENGL1205 Writing About Literature 3
ENGL1210 Writing About Current Issues 3
ENGL1215 Professional and Technical Writing 3

3 credits from these goal areas:

Goal Area
6. The Humanities and Fine Arts

2nd Fall Term - 15 credits

Subj. Number Course Credits
SW2250 Introduction to Social Work/Social Welfare 3

3 credits from these goal areas:

Goal Area
1. Communication

3 credits from these goal areas:

Goal Area
3. Natural Sciences

3 credits from these goal areas:

Goal Area
4. Mathematics/Logical Reasoning

3 credits from these goal areas:

Goal Area
6. The Humanities and Fine Arts

2nd Spring Term - 15 credits

Subj. Number Course Credits

3 credits from these goal areas:

Goal Area
6. The Humanities and Fine Arts

3 credits from these goal areas:

Goal Area
8. Global Perspective

9 credits from these course types:

Course Type
General Education w/MnTC Goals

PDF downloads:

1st Fall Term - 15 credits

Subj. Number Course Credits
BIOL1104 Biology of Human Concerns 3
COMM1120 Introduction to Public Speaking 3
ENGL1101 College Writing 3
PSYC1200 General Psychology 3
SOC1111 Introduction to Sociology 3

1st Spring Term - 15 credits

Subj. Number Course Credits
ECON1150 Essentials of Economics 3
POLS1120 American National Government 3

3 credits from one or more of these courses:

Subj. Num. Course Credits
ENGL1205 Writing About Literature 3
ENGL1210 Writing About Current Issues 3
ENGL1215 Professional and Technical Writing 3

3 credits from these goal areas:

Goal Area
6. The Humanities and Fine Arts

3 credits from these course types:

Course Type
General Education w/MnTC Goals

2nd Fall Term - 15 credits

Subj. Number Course Credits

3 credits from these goal areas:

Goal Area
1. Communication

3 credits from these goal areas:

Goal Area
3. Natural Sciences

3 credits from these goal areas:

Goal Area
4. Mathematics/Logical Reasoning

3 credits from these goal areas:

Goal Area
6. The Humanities and Fine Arts

3 credits from these course types:

Course Type
General Education w/MnTC Goals

2nd Spring Term - 15 credits

Subj. Number Course Credits

3 credits from these goal areas:

Goal Area
6. The Humanities and Fine Arts

3 credits from these goal areas:

Goal Area
8. Global Perspective

9 credits from these course types:

Course Type
General Education w/MnTC Goals