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Top Associate Degrees in Social Sciences

Students who are unsure about what they want to study or are not ready to jump into a four-year degree may want to pursue an associate degree. This program provides students with basic knowledge in particular subjects and normally takes two years to complete.

What is an associate degree in social sciences? This curriculum is designed for students interested in learning about how individuals and groups relate to each other within society. Every program will differ, but students typically learn how to analyze complex social issues and work towards practical solutions, as well as learn about the standards and ethical principles of working as a social scientist. They develop creative and critical-thinking skills, learn how to communicate effectively and advance their understanding of different cultures and racial groups. Classes may include diversity awareness, research methods, cultural anthropology and sociology.

There are numerous benefits for students who pursue this educational path. The skills learned can increase employment opportunities as well as help students navigate social situations in both their personal and professional lives.

Many students will consider cost before applying to a particular program. Social science programs are available at schools all over the world, and tuition varies quite a bit. Once students have narrowed down their choices, getting in touch with the schools is the smartest way to find out what financial requirements will be expected.

Students who earn an associate's degree in social science can choose from a variety of careers, especially if they opt to pursue a bachelor's as well. Most career options will be available in areas that serve the public. These include human resources, law enforcement, elder care, business administration, government, community service and health services. Examples of job titles include research assistant, policy or program analyst, employee relations manager, community outreach worker, social ecologist, youth organization leader, crisis counselor and community program developer.

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21 Results in Social Sciences

Youth for Understanding USA

The Community College Program matches you with the Social Sciences Studies program that best fits your needs. With YFU you will pursue your Associates Degree in in the ar ... [+]

The Community College Program matches you with the Social Sciences Studies program that best fits your needs. With YFU you will pursue your Associates Degree in in the area of Social Sciences while learning about life in the U.S. and your immediate community. Students have the opportunity to take courses in a variety of subjects in order to explore interests, expand knowledge, and participate in traditional American past-times and student activities.

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USA Washington
September 2019
Full-time
Campus
Goodwin College

As a Human Services professional, you will provide a broad range of services that assist people in meeting basic human needs, enhancing their quality of life, and address ... [+]

Build a Career Changing Lives with Our Human Services Degree

As a Human Services professional, you will provide a broad range of services that assist people in meeting basic human needs, enhancing their quality of life, and addressing obstacles to human growth and development. Our associate degree in Human Services will help you build the core competencies human service employers are looking for including: performing intakes and assessments; conducting interviews and counseling; providing case management; practicing with professionally recognized ethics, values, and cultural competence; understanding the psychology of individuals and groups; and providing effective advocacy. You will promote positive change in individuals, families, and communities. You will assist people in overcoming challenges and barriers that they face in their daily lives. And you will experience the incredible satisfaction of knowing that you made a real and positive difference in the lives of others.... [-]

USA East Hartford
Open Enrollment
Full-time
1 - 4 semesters
Campus
The American College in Spain

The University Transfer Program offered by the American College in Spain allows students to begin their first two years of studies in our Marbella university center by ta ... [+]

Associate Degree in Humanities/Social Sciences (Transfer)

University Transfer Program (2+2)

The University Transfer Program offered by the American College in Spain allows students to begin their first two years of studies in our Marbella university center by taking a large portion of the basic courses required for a Bachelor's degree by U.S. universities.

Once these first two years have been completed in Spain, the students will transfer their credits to a university in the USA where they will finish their last two years of studies and earn a Bachelor’s Degree.

This system, known as 2 + 2, is an academically differentiating element since it allows students to study for two years in Spain and another two years in North America, but with the great advantage of receiving a degree from a university in the USA (where the student will complete these last two years). The advantage of the 2 + 2 method is that it allows students to gradually adapt to the American educational system and language, with much less financial strain for students and their family.... [-]

Spain Marbella USA Davie
September 2019
Full-time
Campus
Sacramento City College

This program is designed to provide a clearly articulated track for students preparing to transfer in Psychology while also serving the diverse needs of students interest ... [+]

This degree program is designed to serve the needs of a wide variety of Sacramento City College students who are pursuing study in the field of psychology. The primary aim of this program is to provide a clearly articulated and comprehensive curricular track for students preparing to transfer to baccalaureate programs in psychology. An additional specific aim of this program is to expose “undecided” students to the core principles and practices of the field in order to build a foundation for their future personal, academic, or vocational paths. Among the many options, this foundation would be appropriate for entry into a variety of paraprofessional careers and careers in related fields.... [-]

USA Sacramento
September 2019
Full-time
Campus
Sacramento City College

This program is the branch of knowledge that deals with systems of government, and the analysis of political activity and behavior. ... [+]

Sacramento City College offers a unique political science experience that combines both the science and arts of politics that can only be appreciated in the heart of California’s capital. Faculty provide a strong orientation to the world of politics by blending theory and real-world activities, which students will value throughout their academic and professional careers.

Career Law Public relations Advocacy International relations Diplomacy Skills Compare systems and governments Compare ideological approaches to political thought and discourse Evaluate policy outcomes in civic culture Demonstrate how politics shapes local, state, national, and international decision-making [-]
USA Sacramento
September 2019
Full-time
Campus
Sacramento City College

The goal of Anthropology is to study the similarities and differences in biological and cultural adaptations and features across the globe throughout our human history. A ... [+]

Anthropologists study our species throughout time, focusing on our diverse modern culture and cultural adaptations, our biological classification as a species, and our inclusion in the Order Primates, and our species’ past developments, including our first steps to our first civilizations. The goal of Anthropology is to study the similarities and differences in biological and cultural adaptations and features across the globe throughout our human history.

Anthropology is a holistic discipline, which means that anthropologists study all aspects of human behavior. This includes Cultural Anthropology, Physical Anthropology, Archaeology, and Linguistics.

Recommended High School Preparation... [-]

USA Sacramento
September 2019
Full-time
Campus
Green River College

Have the first 2 years of your Bachelor of Sociology at Green River. ... [+]

You can go anywhere from here.

Have the first 2 years of your Bachelor of Sociology at Green River.

Green River College International Programs prides itself on the great service it offers to each and everyone of our students. Our goal is to help you to achieve your dream, whether it is to transfer to a top university, better your English or experience the American college life.

About University Transfer Pathway (UTP)

Green River College'sUniversity Transfer Pathway (UTP) Programprovides Conditional Guarantee and Designated Pathways to over 30 partner institutions in the United States and abroad. When you apply for either the university transfer or high school completion programs, you can choose to receive a conditional admission letter or statement from one of our UTP institutions listed below. Bring this letter along with your letter of acceptance from Green River to the United States Embassy or Consulate when applying for your student visa.... [-]

USA Auburn
September 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
Bellevue College

Courses may be subject to prerequisites and minimum grade requirements ... [+]

Courses may be subject to prerequisites and minimum grade requirements.

Associate in Occupational Arts Degree Certificate of Achievement in Occupational & Life Skills

ADMISSIONS TO THE PROGRAM

The Occupational and Life Skills Associate in Arts degree is a selective-admissions program. To be considered for acceptance into the program, students must follow specific admission guidelines.

ASSESSMENT

OLS uses a grading system that measures performance indicators directly related to 21st Century Skills and Bellevue College approved course outcomes. All courses for OLS are graded Pass/Fail.

INTERNSHIPS

The internship experience at OLS is designed to provide a safe and practical environment for students to develop a deeper understanding of the occupational and interpersonal skills they have learned.... [-]

USA Bellevue
September 2019
Campus
North Iowa Area Community College

NIACC offers the first two years toward a bachelor’s degree in virtually any field. The Associate Degree earned provides you with the general education requirements and c ... [+]

Hundreds of North Iowa Area Community College graduates transfer to four-year colleges and universities every year. Whether you want to become a teacher, lawyer, engineer, physician, artist or (you name it!), we can get you started. And if you’re unsure about a major, NIACC is a great place to get your feet wet.

NIACC offers the first two years toward a bachelor’s degree in virtually any field. The Associate Degree earned provides you with the general education requirements and core courses needed to continue your education as a junior at a four-year school.

Speech

Sample Schedule (2 year plan)

First Semester

SDV-199 College Essentials 1 s.h. ENG-105 Composition I 3 s.h. SPC-112 Public Speaking 3 s.h. MAT-110 Math for Liberal Artsa 3 s.h. JOU-115 Intro to Journalism 3 s.h. SDV-195 Student Senate 1 s.h. ... [-]
USA Mason City
September 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
North Iowa Area Community College

NIACC offers the first two years toward a bachelor’s degree in virtually any field. The Associate Degree earned provides you with the general education requirements and c ... [+]

Hundreds of North Iowa Area Community College graduates transfer to four-year colleges and universities every year. Whether you want to become a teacher, lawyer, engineer, physician, artist or (you name it!), we can get you started. And if you’re unsure about a major, NIACC is a great place to get your feet wet.

NIACC offers the first two years toward a bachelor’s degree in virtually any field. The Associate Degree earned provides you with the general education requirements and core courses needed to continue your education as a junior at a four-year school.

Occupational Therapy

Sample Schedule (2 year plan)

First Semester

ENG-105 Composition I 3 s.h. MAT-156 Intro to Statistics* 3 s.h. BIO-102 Intro to Biology# AND BIO-103 Intro To Biology Lab 4 s.h. SDV-199 College Essentials 1 s.h. PSY-111 Intro to Psychology 3 s.h. Total 14 s.h. ... [-]
USA Mason City
September 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
North Iowa Area Community College

Occupational Therapy Associate Degree ... [+]

Occupational Therapy Associate Degree

First Semester

ENG-102 Composition & Speech I MAT-121 College Algebra* CHM-153 College Chemistry I AND 153L College Chemistry Lab BIO-202 Biology I AND 202L Biology I Lab SDV-199 College Essentials

Second Semester

ENG-103 Composition & Speech II PSY-111 Intro to Psychology CHM-163 College Chemistry I AND 163L College Chemistry Lab BIO-203 Biology I AND 203L Biology I Lab

Third Semester

BIO-206 Anatomy & Physiology I AND 206L A & P I Lab PSY-121 Developmental Psychology BCA-101 Intro to Computers HSC-120 Medical Terminology I Humanities elective (Art or music, applied course) ... [-]
USA Mason City
September 2019
Full-time
4 semesters
Campus
European College for Liberal Studies

ALS - Associate in Liberal Studies (90 credits) ... [+]

Courses

Undergraduate courses are divided into core courses and specialization courses (relevant to a major or minor). Electives can be chosen from any of the scheduled courses offered at the undergraduate level. Specialization courses are scheduled based on enrollments and may not be available at all campuses. Specialization courses scheduled are available to all students also as electives. Students are recommended to complete courses and earn credits at the highest level possible.

Program requirements Total 90 credits Electives 90 credits / 18 courses

Switching to another program once the studies have started is possible as long as the program requirements are met by the end of the studies. Therefore, the decision to switch should be made as early as possible to avoid not meeting the program requirements within the intended program duration.... [-]

Spain Barcelona Belgium Brussels Madrid Switzerland Zürich Japan Tokyo Antwerp  + 6 More
September 2019
Full-time
Campus
Irvine Valley College

Psychology courses at Irvine Valley College provide academic instruction in basic psychological concepts, theories, terminology and research methods, and promote students ... [+]

Psychology courses at Irvine Valley College provide academic instruction in basic psychological concepts, theories, terminology and research methods, and promote students life skills, personal growth, and interpersonal effectiveness. Psi Beta - Psychology student honor society Psi Beta is the National Honor Society in Psychology for community college students. Irvine Valley College has an active chapter. Students take part in professional psychology conferences, service projects, field trips and social events. They also explore careers in psychology and learn about B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. programs. To qualify for membership in Psi Beta, students must have completed at least one college psychology course with a grade of "B" or higher, have completed 12-semester units and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0. After paying a one-time only fee, membership is for life.... [-]

USA Irvine
September 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
College of Marin

Anthropology is a scientific discipline concerned with all aspects of humankind: human biology and genetics; ancestral fossils and evolutionary processes; primates; cultu ... [+]

Anthropology is a scientific discipline concerned with all aspects of humankind: human biology and genetics; ancestral fossils and evolutionary processes; primates; cultures of the world, language and customs; crossÅ]cultural marriage and family processes; prehistory and archaeology; art, healing, religion and technology. Because it is such a diverse discipline, you may find anthropologists uncovering our early ancestors in Africa, excavating a pyramid in Central America, studying peoples in New Guinea or in San Francisco, collecting information on orangutans in Southeast Asia, and advising business and government on customs in India.

Career Options

Archaeologist, Consultant, Criminologist, Cultural Anthropologist, Ethnologist, Forensic Scientist, Genetic Counselor, Governmental Consultant, Industrial Consultant, International Business, Journalist, Linguist, Marketing Specialist, Museum Curator, Park Naturalist/Ranger, Peace Corps/Vista Worker, Physical Anthropologist, Prehistorian, Primatologist, Public Health Worker, Researcher, Scientific Illustrator, Social Worker, Teacher, Technical Writer, Tour Organizer, United Nations Advisor, Zoo Curator, Zoologist.... [-]

USA Kentfield Novato
September 2019
Full-time
Campus
College of Marin

The course offerings are designed to familiarize students with the facts, theories, and contemporary trends in psychology and human development and how these principles c ... [+]

The course offerings are designed to familiarize students with the facts, theories, and contemporary trends in psychology and human development and how these principles can be incorporated into a meaningful understanding of oneself. For students intending to major in psychology, there are several areas of concentration and career options.

Career Options

Activities Director, Administrator, Advertising Account Executive, Art Therapist, Child Psychologist, Clinical Psychologist, Community Mental Health Worker, Correctional Officer, Counselor, Customer Service Representative, Drug/Alcohol Counselor, Employee Relations Specialist, Employment Interviewer/Counselor, Experimental Psychologist, Industrial Psychologist, Manpower Development Specialist, Market Research Analyst, Marriage, Family and Child Counselor, Minister, Personnel Specialist, Probation/ Parole Officer, Program Director, Psychiatric Social Worker, Psychiatric Technician, Psychiatrist, Psychometrist, Public Health Educator, Public Relations Representative, Recreation Specialist/ Therapist, Rehabilitation Counselor, Research Assistant, Residential Counselor, Sales Representative, School Psychologist, Special Education, Speech Pathologist/Therapist, Statistician, Training Specialist, Welfare Worker, Youth Organization Leader... [-]

USA Kentfield Novato
September 2019
Full-time
Campus