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.
Develop writers and speakers who use the English language effectively and who read, write, speak and listen critically.
Develop thinkers who are able to unify factual, creative, rational and value-sensitive modes of thought.
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.
Increase students' knowledge about mathematical and logical modes of thinking.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Improve students' understanding of today's complex environmental challenges.
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
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Associate of Arts Degree: Social Science Emphasis - Associate of Arts (AA) (Social Work)