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

The following is a suggested course of study which will satisfy the requirements for this Associates of Arts degree at Texarkana College.


Freshman Year

First Semester Hours
ECON 2301
Principles of Macroeconomics
ENGL 1301 (core)
Composition I
HIST 1301 (core)
United States History I
Pick one: Math (any core course)
MATH 1324 Math for Business & Social Sciences
MATH 1314 College Algebra
MATH 1332 Math for Liberal Arts
EDUC/PSYC 1300 (core)
Learning Framework
Total 15
Second Semester Hours
ENGL 1302 (core)
Composition II
GOVT 2305 (core)Federal Government 3
HIST 1302 (core)
United States History II
Pick one: Creative Arts (any core course)
ARTS 1301 Art Appreciation
DRAM 1310 / 2366
Introduction to Theater or Film Appreciation
MUSI 1306
Music Appreciation
SPCH 1315 (core)Public Speaking 3
Total 15

Sophomore Year

First Semester Hours
GOVT 2306 (core)Texas Government 3
Pick one: Social & Behavioral Science (any core course)
PSYC 2301/2308 General or Child Psychology
PSYC 2314 Lifespan Growth & Development
SOCI 1301 Introductory Sociology
GEOG 1303
World Regional Geography
BIOL 1308* + 1108 or core science + lab (core)
Biology for Non-Science Majors I
Pick one: Language, Philosophy, & Culture (core)
HIST 2321 World Civilizations I HIST 2322 World Civilizations II PHIL 2306 Introduction to Ethics
Total 16
Second Semester Hours
ECON 2302
Principles of Microeconomics
HIST 2321
World Civilizations I
HIST 2322
World Civilizations II
BIOL 1309* + 1109 or core science + lab (core)
Biology for Non-Science Majors I
Elective 1
Social Science Studies AA Total

To learn more, please contact us.

Doug Saffel
Associate Professor of History / Government
(903) 823-3228
Dr. Dixon Boyles
Dean of Business and Social Sciences