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NOVA 2012-2013 College Catalog: Programs of Study

SOCIAL SCIENCES  
Associate of Science Degree AL, AN, LO, MA, WO, ELI


Purpose:  The Associate of Science degree in Social Sciences is designed for persons who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.) in one of the social sciences. It also prepares students for some teacher certification programs. Students from the AS degree program major in a wide variety of fields, including: Anthropology, Economics, Government/Political Science, History, Mass Communications, Pre-law, Psychology, Public Administration, Social Work, and Sociology.

Transfer Information:  This program provides transfer paths that include the general education courses and introductory major courses that students typically take during the first two years at a four year college or university when they are majoring in a social science. Because senior institutions differ in their requirements, students are strongly urged to work with their assigned advisor or a counselor and to acquaint themselves with the requirements of the major department in the college or university to which they plan to transfer. The responsibility for proper course selection rests with the student.

Two Years Credits
1st Semester
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
1HIS Elective 3
2MTH 151 Math for the Liberal Arts I or higher level MTH 3
PED 116 Lifetime Fitness & Wellness 1
3___ Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab 4
4SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
Total   15
2nd Semester
5ENG 112 College Composition II 3
ITE 115 Intro to Computer Applications & Concepts 3
2MTH 152 Math for the Liberal Arts II or higher level MTH 3
3___ Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab 4
6___ Social Science Elective 3
Total   16
3rd Semester
CST 110 Introduction to Communication or 3
  CST  126  Interpersonal Communication or  
  CST  229  Intercultural Communication or  
7___ Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
8SOC Elective 3
6___ Social Science Elective 3
6___ Social Science Elective 3
Total   15
4th Semester
9___ General Education Elective 3
9___ General Education Elective 3
9___ General Education Elective 3
7___ Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
6___ Social Science Elective 3
Total   15
Total credits for the Social Sciences A.S.=61

1 HIS 101 or 102 are recommended to meet the Western Civilization requirement at many universities.

2 Many universities require MTH 151 or higher while others require MTH 163 or 166 or higher, often including a statistics course for majors in the social sciences. It is therefore important that students confer with a counselor to determine the appropriate mathematics courses for their intended transfer university.

3 The science elective may be selected from biology, chemistry, physics, geology, or natural science courses with a lab component, listed under General Education Electives. Some four-year colleges require a two-semester sequence.

4 Students can take the SDV 101 Orientation section related to their particular program.

5 ENG 125 may be substituted with the advice of a counselor or academic advisor according to requirements of transfer institutions.

6 The social science elective may be selected from the social/behavioral sciences courses listed under General Education Electives. To meet requirements at many universities, students should enroll in at least one U.S. History course and one Western Civilization course. Students should consult with a counselor to determine the appropriate social science courses for their intended transfer university.

7 Humanities/fine arts elective may be selected from the humanities/fine arts courses listed under General Education Electives. Electives should be selected with advice of a counselor or academic advisor to meet requirements of the transfer institution.

8 SOC 201, 202, 211 or 212 are recommended to meet the Sociology requirement at many universities.

9 General Education Electives may be met by one of the courses listed under General Education Electives.