According to the New Oxford American Dictionary, social science is “the scientific study of human society and social relationships.”

Social science was developed in the 19th century as a way to take tools from scientific method and use them to understand how people live and interact in a society. For hundreds of years, the natural sciences like biology, chemistry, and physics had used techniques like experimentation and data collection to build theories about how the world worked.

The goal of social science is to use those same techniques to understand how societies and social relationships work.

In other words, there’s a lot more to understanding social groups than logging onto Facebook.

At Texarkana College, we introduce you to the wide world of social science studies through a curriculum that covers the gamut from geography and history to government, sociology, psychology and more.

With a solid understanding of social sciences, you can learn how society works and make that knowledge work for you.

A background in Social Science Studies could lead to many advanced fields of study or careers in areas such as:

  • Anthropology
  • Counseling
  • Criminology
  • Demography
  • Education
  • Government Agency Work
  • History
  • Law Enforcement
  • Museum Curation
  • Political Science
  • Pre-Law
  • Public Administration
  • Social Work

To learn more, please contact us.

Dr. Alyce Bunting
Professor of Sociology & Psychology
(903) 823-3222
Dr. Dixon Boyles
Dean of Business and Social Sciences

Associate of Arts – Concentration in Social Science Studies

First Semester

ENGL 1301 Composition I (core) 3
MATH (any core course) 3
HIST 1301 United States History I (core) 3
SPCH 1315 Public Speaking or SPCH 1321 Business & Professional Speaking (core) 3
BCIS 1305 Business Computer Applications or PSYC 1300 Learning Frameworks (core) 3
Total 15

Second Semester

ECON 2301 Principles of Economics I 3
ENGL 1302 Composition II or ENGL 2311 Technical & Business Writing (core) 3
HIST 1302 United States History II (core) 3
GEOG 1303 World Regional Geography (core) 3
SOCI 1301 Introductory Sociology (core) 3
Total 15

Third Semester

Creative Arts (any core course) 3
GOVT 2305 Federal Government (core) 3
HIST 2321 World Civilizations I (core) 3
Biology/Geology/Chemistry/Physics (any core course) 4
Elective* (college level) 1
Total 14

Fourth Semester

Biology/Geology/Chemistry/Physics (any core course) 4
GOVT 2306 Texas Government (core) 3
HIST 2322 World Civilizations II (core) 3
Social & Behavioral Science** (any core course) 3
Language, Philosophy & Culture (choose from core; must be an ENGL prefix) 3
Total 16

Total Hours: 60 SCH

The majority of courses for this degree can be found in the Academic Core.

*Physical education class recommended

**PSYC 2301 recommended