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2020-2021 Catalog 
2020-2021 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

General Education - Area D: Social Sciences

Students learn from courses in multiple Area D disciplines that human social, political and economic institutions and behavior are inextricably interwoven. Through fulfillment of the Area D requirement, students will develop an understanding of problems and issues from the respective disciplinary perspectives and will examine issues in their contemporary as well as historical settings and in a variety of cultural contexts. Students will explore the principles, methodologies, value systems and ethics employed in social scientific inquiry. Courses that emphasize skills development and professional preparation are excluded from Area D.

Nine (9) units of social sciences at the lower division, distributed as follows:

American Institutions and Ideals (6 units)

Through a comprehensive study of American history and the development of American institutions and ideals, students will acquire knowledge and skills that will help them comprehend the workings of American democracy and the society in which they live. Students will engage in comprehensive study of American government including the historical development of American institutions and ideals, the Constitution of the United States and the operation of representative democratic government under that Constitution, and the processes of state and local government. The knowledge and skills they acquire will enable them to contribute to society as responsible and constructive citizens.

(Dh): (HIST 130   or HIST 131 

(Dc, Dg): AIS 150 ,  PSCI 100 *,

*Students transferring from other accredited institutions who have completed a course on United States government and the Constitution of the United States may replace PSCI 100  with a course on California state and local government: PSCI 415  (Dg) or HIST 347  (Dg).

(Dg): GEOG 341 , HIST 347 PSCI 415  

Check the Class Schedule or Degree Planner for the most up-to-date list of courses satisfying this requirement.

D7 Interdisciplinary Social Sciences (3 units)

Students will be able to identify the methods of inquiry for more than one social science discipline, summarize how the social science disciplines examined in these courses are inextricably interwoven, and explain the usefulness of an interdisciplinary approach for studying social phenomena and issues. They will be able to describe historical and contemporary perspectives of social issues and problems and acknowledge both Western and non-Western contributions to current social issues and problems. Students will be able to demonstrate how and why race, class, and gender are among the most important categories of social scientific analysis.

AIS 101 , AIS 225 AIS 240 , AIS 260 AIS 290 
ANTH 200 , ANTH 280  
BRS 100  
ENVS 100   
ETST 101  
GBST 100 
GEOG 201 
HD 101 
LBST 100 
LING 105  
LING 255  
PSYC 210 
SOC 105 , SOC 205
WGSS 101  

Check the Class Schedule or Degree Planner for the most up-to-date list of courses satisfying this requirement.