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

Associate of Arts – Concentration in Social Science Studies

Freshman Year

First Semester Hours
ENGL 1301 Composition I (core) 3
MATH 1324 Mathematics for Business & Social Sciences,
1314 College Algebra,
or 1332 Math for Liberal Arts (core)
HIST 1301 United States History I (core) 3
EDUC/PSYC 1300 Learning Framework (core) 3
BCIS 1305 Business Computer Applications 3
Second Semester Hours
GOVT 2305 Federal Government (core) 3
ENGL 1302 Composition II (core) 3
HIST 1302 United States History II (core) 3
SPCH 1315 Public Speaking (core) 3
ARTS 1301 Art Appreciation,
DRAM 1310 Introduction to Theater,
2366 Film Appreciation, or
MUSI 1306 Music Appreciation (core)

Sophomore Year

First Semester Hours
ENGL 2327 American Literature I,
2328 American Literature II,
2332 World Literature I, or
2333 World Literature II (core)
GOVT 2306 Texas Government (core) 3
PSYC 2301 General Psychology,
2308 Child Psychology,
2314 Lifespan Growth & Development,
or SOCI 1301 Introductory Sociology (core)
BIOL 1308 + 1108 Biology for Non-Science Majors I (core) or
core science + lab
GEOG 1303 World Regional Geography 3
Second Semester Hours
BIOL 1309 + 1109 Biology for Non-Science Majors II
or BIOL 2306 + 2106 Environmental Biology (core)
or core science + lab
ECON 2301 Principles of Economics I 3
HIST 2321 World Civilizations I 3
HIST 2322 World Civilizations II 3
Elective 1
Total Hours 60

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