Social Science

Students interacting in classThe Social Science Degree is one of the broadest categories of study and is ideal for students who aren't quite sure what they want to do in their professional life. Social Science is the umbrella term used to group the academic disciplines that study human aspects of the world. It differs from the arts and humanities in that they tend to emphasize the use of the scientific method in the study of humanity.

Students engaged in an Associate of Science Degree in Social Science at Independence Community College can go on to  pursue many different interests within the field such as sociology, social work, psychology, public policy and public health, archeology, and criminology, just to name a few.

Social scientists study all aspects of society including human behavior and work to understand and explain why humans make certain decisions, how and why people exercise power and peoples’ responses to change. The social scientist ultimately suggests solutions to social, business, personal, governmental and environmental issues.

The Social Science Program at Independence Community College is designed to provide a transfer path for continued studies at a four-year college or university.

If you would like more information about the Social Science Program at Independence Community College, contact:

Malinda Williams

Ben Seel
(620) 332-5464

Isaias McCaffery
(620) 332-5438

Social Science Program Outcomes 
By the end of the program students should be able to
  1. Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of social, political and historical issues that impact racial and cultural relations. 
  2. Analyze the main ideas of the major theoretical paradigms and evaluate the relationship between social structure and individual behavior.
  3. Give examples of the dimensions of social problems utilizing sociological theories and methods. 
  4. Describe how systems of social stratification are associated with social problems. 

Social Science (SOC)
Degree: Associate of Science

Suggested Four-Semester Plan

Course Title Credit Hours

First Semester:

English Composition I 3
Public Speaking 3
College Algebra (or higher) 3
Introduction to Sociology 3
Elective 3
Term Total 15

Second Semester:

English Composition II 3
Computer Concepts & Applications or
Computer Information Systems
U.S. History** 3
General Psychology 3
Arts/Humanities Elective* 3
Elective 3
Term Total 18

Third Semester:

General Biology 5
Sociology Elective** 3
Arts/Humanities Elective* 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Term Total 17

Fourth Semester:

American Government 3
World Regional Geography 3
Psychology Elective** 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Term Total 15



*See Courses that meet General Education Graduation Requirements for a list of courses meeting the math/science, arts/humanities, and social/behavioral science requirements.

**See Program Advisor.

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